Many people do not like having to wait. At times we can grow impatient if we have to wait in a queue of traffic or in a shop or if someone that we have an appointment with is late or whatever. We like things to happen now.
Advent is a time of waiting and preparation. We are waiting and preparing to celebrate the great and wonderful Feast of Christmas. While all around us the Christmas trees and decorations are appearing and the Christmas music is ringing in our ears we are invited to focus on the true meaning of the Feast. While we all have to live in and engage with the real world we should not allow the commercialism take over completely.
In the midst of the shopping, the cards, the gifts and the visits to Santa let us pause and reflect on the presence of Christ in our lives. If Christ had not been born we would not have Christmas. We need to ensure that we do not have Christmas without Christ.
As we journey through Advent let us commit to doing something each day that reminds us of Christ and his unfailing love.
Perhaps we might take a little time out from the hustle and bustle and ask ourselves
What part will Christ play in our preparation for Christmas?
Loving God, Bless our families and our homes this Advent season.
Strengthen our faith and hope in your unfailing love for us.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
This will be celebrated in
St. Cronan’s Church
on Sunday May 8th at 11am.
All students doing exams and their families are invited to attend.
The readings, prayers and music will be led by students of Balla Secondary School.
Some lovely links to prayers etc.
are online here
There are 103 Diocesan Priests in the Diocese.
32 are retired and 71 in active ministry.
There are 5 seminarians.
Since 2005 we have had 38 deaths and 4 ordinations.
The age profile is: 2 are in their 90s, 2 in their 80s, 25 in their 70s, 21 in their 60s, 19 in their 50s, 12 in their 40s, 3 in their 30s, 0 in their 20s.
These figures speak for themselves and remind us of how important it is to pray for vocations to priesthood and to reflect on how we can all do our bit to support the handing on of faith within our own community.
Leaving Cert and Junior Cert exams this week.
You will be remembered in Masses
celebrated in the parish over the next few weeks.
May the Holy spirit support you at this time.