I hope all is well. There are some important events due to happen over the next few weeks to which I would like to draw your attention:
Firstly, we send greetings to our friends in St Joseph’s Parish who celebrate 25 years since the building of the new church. Mass will be celebrated in St Joseph’s tomorrow, Tuesday 8 May at 11h00. We pray God’s blessing on our sister community on the Avenue Hoche!
Next, our book sale will take place on Sunday 20 May. As a number of people cannot make it that Sunday, there will be another sale on Sunday 3 June. On each Sunday the book sale will take place immediately after Mass, c. 12h30. Anyone who would like to donate books to this sale can do so by bringing them here to the College, particularly after Mass on Sunday. Please spread word of the book sale as there will be a wide variety of books for sale, in English and in French, on both days. The proceeds of the book sale will be used to offset the costs of St Patrick’s Day and also to help to pay for our new website.
Our Confirmation ceremony will take place on Sunday 24 June at our 11h30 Mass. This will be followed by our annual summer picnic for everyone in the community. We will be very happy to welcome Bishop Noel Treanor, from Down and Conor, who will preside at the ceremony and confirm our candidates. I would ask you to keep our candidates in your prayers–Niamh, Juliet and Matthew. Also, we need some practical help on the day, particularly with the hospitality and the ceremony. Anyone who would like to bring a dish might get in contact beforehand so that we can co-ordinate and organize the refreshments for the picnic. Those who can commit themselves to bring something might contact us soon so that we can sign people up to different items. Also, people who can help on the day with the catering and hospitality (and the clean-up) might offer their help now so that everything can be co-ordinated and organized.
One further item of news. Our new website is now being designed. We hope to launch it soon. It will be the primary means of communication for the Chaplaincy and we hope it will be of interest to many friends of the College who might be interested in keeping in contact with Chaplaincy events. We also hope that it will be a means for people to engage with Scripture and prayer as well as keeping in contact with the community here. Once the launch date is set, we will let you know.
Fr Sean Maher
THE IRISH CHAPLAINCY