Confirmation Class of 2012
Thursday 29th March, 2012
The Catechism of the Catholic Church describes Confirmation as a deepening of baptismal gifts. It says that the sacrament roots us more deeply in our identity as God’s children; unites us more firmly with Christ; increases in us the gifts of the Holy Spirit; binds us more closely to the Church; and gives us special strength to bear witness to our faith
As a parish faith community we congratulate our young parishioners who received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Monsignor Bryan McCanny on the evening of Thursday 29th March, 2012. May they continue to grow and mature individually and as members of our Church faith community in every way throughout your lives. Our new-confirmed are.
Ciaran Bradley • Rachael Clarke • Aiden Conway • Alannah Coyle • Megan Coyle • Kira Donnelly
Ryan Gumley • Ronan Hollywood • Emma Maguire • Lucy-Marie McCrory • Emma McElerney
Mairead McGlinchey • Aimee McGuigan • Clodagh McKenna • Corey Morris • Leanne Morris
Erin Mulholland • Louise O’Brien • Laura Tuohey • Rachael Tuohey • Orla Warnock
Ciaran Bradley • Rachael Clarke • Aiden Conway Alannah Coyle • Megan Coyle • Kira Donnelly Ryan Gumley • Ronan Hollywood • Emma Maguire Lucy-Marie McCrory • Emma McElerney Mairead McGlinchey • Aimee McGuigan Clodagh McKenna • Corey Morris • Leanne Morris Erin Mulholland • Louise O’Brien • Laura Tuohey Rachael Tuohey • Orla WarnockWe offer them all the encouragement we can so that they can grow daily in living and developing their faith. May each of you continue to grow and mature both individually and as members of our Church faith community in every way throughout your lives. Thanks to everyone who contributed to making this such a blessed experience in our parish.
Message for the 27th World Youth Day Rejoice in the Lord Always
Vatican City (Tuesday 27th March, 2012) [VIS]
“Rejoice in the Lord always”, a verse from St. Paul’s Letter the Philippians, is the theme chosen by the Holy Father for twenty-seventh World Youth Day, which is to be celebrated in dioceses throughout the world on Palm Sunday. Extracts from the English-language version of the message are given below. “This year’s World Youth Day theme comes from St. Paul’s exhortation in his Letter to the Philippians: “Rejoice in the Lord always”. Joy is at the heart of Christian experience. At each World Youth Day we experience immense joy, the joy of communion, the joy of being Christian, the joy of faith. This is one of the marks of these gatherings. We can see the great attraction that joy exercises. In a world of sorrow and anxiety, joy is an important witness to the beauty and reliability of the Christian faith. The Church’s vocation is to bring joy to the world. … In these difficult times, so many young people all around you need to hear that the Christian message is a message of joy and hope!” 1. Our hearts are made for joy “A yearning for joy lurks within the heart of every man and woman. … This is particularly true for you, because youth is … a time of openness to the future and of great longing for happiness, friendship, sharing and truth, a time when we are moved by high ideals and make great plans. … Yet each day we also face any number of difficulties. Deep down we also worry about the future; we begin to wonder if the full and lasting joy for which we long might be an illusion and an escape from reality. … How can we distinguish things that give real and lasting joy from immediate and illusory pleasures? How can we find true joy in life, a joy that endures and does not forsake us at moments of difficulty?” 2. God is the source of true joy “Whatever brings us true joy, whether the small joys of each day or the greatest joys in life, has its source in God, even if this does not seem immediately obvious. This is because God is a communion of eternal love, He is infinite joy that does not remain closed in on itself, but expands to embrace all whom God loves and who love Him. … God wants us to share in His own divine and eternal joy, and He helps us to see that the deepest meaning and value of our lives lie in being accepted, welcomed and loved by Him. Whereas we sometimes find it hard to accept others, God offers us an unconditional acceptance which enables us to say: “I am loved; I have a place in the world and in history; I am personally loved by God”. “God’s infinite love for each of us is fully seen in Jesus Christ. The joy we are searching for is to be found in Him. … The cause of all this joy is the closeness of God Who became one of us. … Christ is the One Who lives and Who overcame evil, sin and death. He is present among us as the Risen One and He will remain with us until the end of the world. Evil does not have the last word in our lives; rather, faith in Christ the Saviour tells us that God’s love is victorious”. 3. Preserving Christian joy in our hearts “The discovery and preservation of spiritual joy is the fruit of an encounter with the Lord. Jesus asks us to follow Him and to stake our whole life on Him. … Joy is the fruit of faith. … Learn to see how God is working in your lives. … Turn your eyes to Him often. He gave His life for you on the cross because He loves you. Contemplation of this great love brings a hope and joy to our hearts that nothing can destroy”. “To seek the Lord and find Him in our lives also means accepting His word. … God’s word reveals the wonders that He has accomplished throughout human history. … The liturgy is a special place where the Church expresses the joy which she receives from the Lord and transmits it to the world. Each Sunday at Mass the Christian community celebrates the central mystery of salvation, which is the death and resurrection of Christ”. [SOURCE]
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