Thought for the Week

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In the lo­cal school this week I was able to visit the pupils who had just spent theirs first half day at school; they were very tired as they had worked hard all morn­ing.

They met new friends and be­gan their life of learn­ing in a school com­mu­nity.

In May I cel­e­brated my 70th birth­day and had a num­ber of op­por­tu­ni­ties to re­flect on my life’s jour­ney so far.

Grow­ing up in ru­ral Ire­land in a well-es­tab­lished com­mu­nity where the same fam­i­lies have lived for gen­er­a­tions, we made many friend­ships that have en­dured to this day. When we meet or com­mu­ni­cate with each other we in­vari­ably re­mem­ber our par­ents and grand­par­ents, teach­ers and men­tors of our child­hood years.

As school be­gins some chil­dren will have en­joyed very in­ter­est­ing and fun filled va­ca­tion while oth­ers will have scarcely ven­tured from their home town.

Here at St Colum­bkille’s we are de­vel­op­ing a child ori­en­tated liturgy for the lit­tle ones which cel­e­brates Gods love for us, our love for one another and a real ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the gifts that God has given us.

Even to­day there was men­tion of the Christ­mas gift tree which has now be­come a fea­ture of our Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion; how does it work? Our So­ci­ety of San­ton Vin­cent de Paul place la­bels on this tree and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity take them away and buy Christ­mas gifts for chil­dren who would maybe not re­ceive a gift at Christ­mas time and last year the re­sponse was over­whelm­ing.’

Here at St Colum­bkille’s we wor­ship in ex­ile as our church is be­ing re­fur­bished. Our dream would be to celebrate Christ­mas of 2015 in the home of our Parish fam­ily with peo­ple of all ages. Fa­ther Hen­nessey St Colum­bkille’s

Su­per Stonelaw

CoolC Club

These kids were hav­ing a good time

Young­sters at Stonelaw

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