Christmas Message from Fr. Aquinas

Dec 23, 2021

Here we are again….


As I write, I feel like it is still Christmas 2020 and that little has changed. But of course that is not true. Since then the  majority of people have been vaccinated and we are on the third shot at this stage. So we have as they say some defence structures to protect us. Its probably the uncertainty that is difficult to live with. But that’s where we are. Stuff happens that we have so little control over and we have to learn to live with it. As Joseph and Mary set out on the journey, little did they know what was ahead of them. On that journey they encountered good and bad alike. But what helped them through the uncertainly was their faith in God who was guiding them and the mystery of Jesus unfolding in front of them. The wise men too set out on a journey to Jesus, not sure if they would make it, but they were prompted to   persevere and not to give up.


In the midst of uncertainty be it about Covid or the future of our parishes, we trust that we are not alone. Emmanuel, God with us, is there guiding us along a path that is yet to be discovered. In a sense we are being asked to open our hearts to the wonder and awe of God. It’s a wonder and awe that comes naturally to children who await this time with great  expectation and hope. Let’s hold on to that sense of Wonder and Awe so that each day holds new possibilities which allow us to begin again.


May I take this opportunity to thank all our Parish Staff and Volunteers for all you do for the Glory of God. A special thank you to the Principals, Staff, children, Parents and Board members of our schools.


I am glad to report that the necessary repairs to our Church are half way through and we are on target. It is wonderful that thanks to the continuing generosity of parishioners we have been able to do this work. We could have been closed permanently otherwise. It will be beautiful when completed and a fitting place to worship and praise God. Thank you also to Johnstown-Killiney & Foxrock Parishes for accommodating us during the temporary closure of our Church.


On behalf of Fr Tom and Fr Arthur, may I wish you a very peaceful Christmas and every blessing for the journey of 2022.


Fr Aquinas T Duffy