We are very fortunate in this parish with the number of volunteers, who have been the backbone of this parish for many years, and continue to be so. It is vital that we continue these roles - even though some great stalwarts are no longer able to be there. This means helping in so many various ways. How? Quite often with the simple things! Examples are numerous. Greeting people, ensuring the door stops are in the doors for the exits from our Masses, especially at St. Joseph's on Sundays. A friendly face greeting and welcoming, and handing out newsletters and hymn books. If that doesn't happen with greater involvement, we get the same people having to double up (even tripling up) on everything. Its simply not enough to say that "Oh, he/she will look after that....!" That is not the case any more. With the older generation of people unable to commit in the same way as they did in the past, it is absolutely essential for the growth of our parish that as many as possible weigh-in. New Ministers of the Eucharist, new readers of the Word - all contribute to the life blood of any parish.
Thought from Fr. Colm - 8th February