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Changes in the Pastoral Area – Message from the PPC

Over the past number of years the impact of the reducing number of priests has had its effect not only in the diocese of Dublin but also across the country. The number of priests reaching retirement age far exceeds the number in our seminaries preparing for the priesthood. Add into this those who become seriously ill and unable to minister, it is simple to see that the numbers of priests available to serve our needs will continue to reduce. As it is in this parish we are dependent on priests willing to work beyond their retirement age, for which we thank them.

The numbers of people participating in our weekend liturgies is reducing. We have seen a 40% decrease in regular attendance at our weekend Masses over the past 10 years. Over the past 12 months the Parish Pastoral Councils of Greystones and Kilquade have been considering how best to meet these challenges.

We worked on the basis
  • that there is a need to provide for our community who continue to attend mass and the Sacraments.
  • there is a need to create a welcome and an openness to those joining our community in the new homes blossoming across our area.
  • finally there is a need to consider ways of reducing the workload on our priests.

Our pastoral area consists of:

  • 7 Churches where there is at least one Mass each weekend giving us 12 Masses each week-end.
  • We have up to 6 Baptism Ceremonies each month.
  • There are weddings and funerals on Saturdays through the year.
  • In addition, there are the Annual Feast Days and First Communions and Confirmations.

This is a large workload for our current priests.

Looking towards the next 5 – 10 years, the diocese is working on the basis of providing no more than one active priest per parish. These are challenges we need to address, but it is not a bad news story.

We are a vibrant parish who come together in various ways and various times over the year to celebrate our faith in our living and active God. We have an increasing population in our parishes. We are seeing new primary and secondary schools being built and, importantly, we have enthusiastic priests and lay people available to help us as we move forward together.

As part of our planning over the past year, we have been asking questions and listening.  In the past months we have listened to those young families preparing for the sacraments in the coming year. We listened to them share on their experiences of church and their ideas on how to help them to engage more fully.

Some changes are already in place:

  • The words of welcome at our weekend Masses delivered by the minister of the Word.
  • Notices for the week ahead brought to our attention by lay people
  • There is a group of people who write our Prayer of the Faithful each week as a response from within our community to the readings we engage with on a Sunday.
  • We have a lay led Liturgy of the Word on Wednesday mornings in Greystones.
  • Our new Funeral Ministry teams are growing in confidence.
  • We have Children Liturgy of the Word groups operating every Sunday at two of our Masses with an average of 50 children taking part each Sunday.
  • We have had lay led liturgies of Word and Communion on occasional Sundays where there was a priest unavailable at short notice.
The next stage is to try to address the decline in our congregations at Sunday liturgies. Initially we intend to concentrate our resources on three of our Sunday masses, two in Greystones, and one in Kilcoole. With this in mind from the First Sunday of Advent this year, the 2nd December, we plan to change the weekend Mass schedule in the Pastoral Area:
  • Sunday Mass in St. Anthony’s, Kilcoole will be the 10:30am Mass.
  • The 11am and the 12:15pm Masses in Holy Rosary will be amalgamated into a single Mass with a new time of 11:30am
  • The Sunday evening 6:30pm Mass will move from St. Anthony’s in Kilcoole to Holy Rosary church, Greystones.
  • The 6pm Saturday evening mass in Holy Rosary and the 10am Sunday morning mass in Blacklion remain unchanged.

The purpose of these changes is to enable us to focus on and develop the liturgies of these specific Sunday Masses in order to include a wider group of participants, including families and youth, while continuing to meet the needs of our existing congregation.

We understand that these changes impact each of us in different ways. We will have an open meeting on the evening of Wednesday the 14th Nov. 8pm in Kilian House Family Centre, Greystones, to enable further discussion and clarification on this.

We intend to monitor the effectiveness of these changes regularly and modify as we go.  We will hold a review before Easter 2019 and report back to you after Easter on progress.

This is an opportunity that we have, as a people of faith, to deal with real problems that are likely to increase. Doing nothing is not an option.

We can develop our liturgies and build on our current foundations so as to grow our living church, confident in the certainty that these problems can be addressed.  We need to re-engage our youth with the great joy of the Christian message of love.

Let us will finish with a short quote from a prayer of Saint Oscar Romero. The full text is below:

“This is what we are about:

We plant seeds that one day will grow.

We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.

We lay foundations that will need further development.

We cannot do everything and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.

This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.”

Liam McCabe & Rachel Kerrigan, Parish Pastoral Council Chairpersons

Romero Prayer – A Future Not Our Own

It helps, now and then, to step back and take the long view.

The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is beyond our vision.

We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of

the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.

that the kingdom always lies beyond us.

No statement says all that could be said.

No prayer fully expresses our faith.

No confession brings perfection.

No pastoral visit brings wholeness.

No programme accomplishes the church’s mission.

No set of goals and objectives includes everything.

It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way,

We may never see the end results,

We are workers, not master builders, ministers, not messiahs.

We are prophets of a future not our own.

This is what we are about:

We plant seeds that one day will grow.

We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.

We lay foundations that will need further development.

We provide yeast that produces effects beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.

This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.

Nothing we do is complete, which is another way of saying

an opportunity for God’s grace to enter and do the rest.

but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.

Mass of Remembrance

November 2, 2018 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Masses will be celebrated at 8pm on Friday 2nd November, the Feast of All Souls.

This Mass is offered for all those who have died this past year, especially for those whose Requiem Mass was celebrated here in the parish.

If you would like a loved one, who died this past year, remembered and prayed for at this celebration please add their name to the List of the Dead in the parish office or sacristy.

Harvest Weekend

October 28, 2018

On the last weekend of the month (Sunday 28th October) we give thanks for the harvest of good things we enjoy in our community and country.

There are baskets placed in the sanctuary if you would like to donate non perishable foods over the next couple of weeks which will be forwarded to the FIVE LOAVES charity at the end of the month.

Sacrament of First Communion in 2019

Registration for the Sacrament of First Communion in 2019 is now closed as the information meetings for our preparation programme are complete.  We will open registration for preparation for First Communion 2020 in August of 2019.

If you have a child that you believe is now excluded from First Communion in 2019 you need to contact Paul Thornton on 0851259753 to discuss it.

Photo Updates

Check out the Gallery for some photos of recent events…. you never know who you might recognise…

Put the kettle on, make a cuppa and sit back and enjoy the parish photo album!

See photos here

“Furry Friend” Photos in Honour of St. Francis

Blessing of the Animals took place on Sunday in the Grounds of Holy Rosary Church.

Many companions and their owners came together, the owners in prayer and thanksgiving for their furry friends.

See some photos here.

Church Flowers in Holy Rosary

The flowers in our church add so much life and beauty to our church.

We are looking to build a team to work on the flower arrangements in our church.

Please contact Jennifer (086 232 5148) if you would like to help out with the Church flowers.

Celebrating 100 Years of the The Pioneer Total Abstinence Association

Last weekend at the 6.30pm Vigil Mass, we celebrated the 100 year anniversary of The Pioneer Total Abstinence Association in Greystones.

Mass was celebrated by Mons. Enda Lloyd and Fr. John.

Many members were awarded medals for 25, 50 and even 60 years membership of the Association.

The president of the Association was on hand to hand out the silver and gold pins.

Congratulations and well done to all those involved.

History

The Pioneer Total Abstinence Association of the Sacred Heart was founded in St Francis Xavier Church, Gardiner St, Dublin on 28th December 1898 by Fr James A Cullen.

Fr Cullen was born in New Ross, Co Wexford, in 1841 and entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 1901. Fr. Cullen was always concerned with social issues, and his motivation in setting up the Pioneers was to address the enormous damage that he saw excess alcohol was doing in the Ireland of his times. Many workers were heavy drinkers, and alcohol was the greatest drain on the weekly earnings of the family. From the beginning, members – who joined in their thousands – pledged three things: to abstain from alcohol for life (which Fr Cullen referred to as “The heroic sacrifice”); to say the Pioneer prayer twice a day; and to bear witness by wearing the pioneer pin at all times.

The PTAA has always been underpinned by devotion to the Sacred Heart, and its emblem reflects this. In 1905, after five years, there were 43,000 members. In 1906 there were 70,000, and by 1910 there were 100,000. In 1917, even though a considerable number had been expelled for failure to live up to the pledge, membership came to 250,000.

In the 1950s, as many as one in three Irish adults were members. And even though membership has declined considerably since then, there are still more than 100,000 Pioneers in Ireland today. The Pioneers have played a very important role in Irish society in the 20th century. The historian Ulick O’Connor claims that the two organizations that contributed most to the building of modern Ireland were the Pioneers and the GAA. Some influential members include: Venerable Matt Talbot (1856 – 1925), Venerable Edel Quinn (1907 – 1943), Servant of God Fr. John Sullivan SJ (1861-1933), and Servant of God Frank Duff (1889 – 1980).

Parish Safeguarding

If anyone engaged in parish ministry has not been recently Garda Vetted can you please pick up a Garda Vetting forms from the Sacristy, Parish office and Parish website.

All engaged in ministry who have yet to be vetted need to complete and return this form by all Friday 12th October.

Contact Louise Fenelon 087 2252527; Liam McCabe 086 0230233.

Email: childsafeguarding@greystonesparish.ie for more details or click here for forms and further information.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Documents:

Further information may be read at the Dublin Diocese website

Blessing of the Animals

October 7, 2018 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

In honour of St Francis, whose feast day we celebrate 4th October, there will be a blessing of animals at Holy Rosary Church on Sunday 7th October.

Francis loved the larks flying about his hilltop town. He and his early brothers, staying in a small hovel, allowed them-selves to be displaced by a donkey.

Francis wrote a Canticle of the Creatures,an ode to God’s living things. “All praise to you, Oh Lord, for all these brother and sister creatures.” A pet can be a true companion. Many people arrive home from school and work to find a furry friend over-joyed at their return. Many a senior has enjoyed the constant companionship of a pet.

No wonder many people enjoy the opportunity to take their animal companions to church for a special blessing. Church is the place where the bond of creation is celebrated. The blessing of animals will take place this Sun. 7th Oct at 3pm in front of the Holy Rosary Church.

All animals big and small are very welcome to come along. Please bring owners!!!

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