This week we are publishing Parish Bulletin to cover weekends of August 20th and 27th. Masses up to September 3rd are included. If you have items you’d like to bring to the attention of the parish, please click here and we will include “on-line” next week in a NEWS POST.
Fr John will soon be taking up his new appointment in the Parish of Attymass. This week he included a few words of farewell and thanks on the cover of our Parish Bulletin. We include his words here, alongside a prayer for him and every good wish as he leaves our parish. We are and will forever be grateful to him for all his kindness and ministry in our parish.
This weekend is my last weekend among you before I take up my appointment as Administrator of Attymass Parish. It is very hard to believe that nine years have passed so quickly here in the Parish of Kilmovee and I am very grateful to you, the people of this parish for allowing me to be part of your life’s journey – Baptisms, Communions, Confirmations, Weddings, Funerals and all the church ceremonies of the year.
That’s one of the greatest joys of the priesthood, where a priest has the great privilege of being part of every family in the parish, as it says on our newsletter every week a family of families, this is the family of the priest. It is a treasure to be held with great care by the priest and never to be taken for granted because in my eyes it is more precious than Gold.
The memories of this treasure gives the priest the courage to face his new appointment because of the faith experience shared in the parish he is leaving. Leaving is never easy at any stage of life and change brings with it the unknown, but for a priest on the day of his ordination he makes a vow of obedience to the Bishop, in which he says yes to go where he is needed. As this change comes about let us keep each other in our prayers.
It would be wrong of me if I didn’t say a thank you to Fr. Farrell Cawley and Fr. Vincent my Parish Priests during my time here. To the Sacristans of our churches; Paddy Nyland, Maureen Duffy, Marie Regan and Mike Hawkins. I cannot forget the late Nuala Hawkins. All that make parish life run so smoothly; Parish Pastoral Council, Choirs, Organists and Musicians, Minsters of the Word, Minsters of Holy Communion, Altar Servers, all involved with the parish collections and altar societies. You, the people of the parish, for your kindness and support over the last nine years will never be forgotten by me.