Congratulations to our Car Raffle Winner!!
We were delighted to join our winner of the Toyota Hybrid, Jeremy Britton and his wife Shawn, at Carroll & Kinsella car dealership where he picked up the keys to his brand new car! His mother bought the ticket for him as a wedding anniversary gift!
We had a fun morning meeting with them as they picked up their brand new hybrid car.
Official Opening and Blessing of NEW Pastoral Centre and Parish Office
Our New Pastoral Centre was officially opened by Bishop Eamonn Walsh in a memorable celebration on Sunday 3rd March.
In a note of thanks to Fr. Gerry, he wrote that “Sunday was a most joyous occasion and an example of a parish on Mission in earnest”. He extended his congratulations to one and all, and to those behind the scenes.”
We are deeply grateful to the committed group of volunteers who gave up much of their weekend to set up the centre on Saturday, to bake the delicious cakes and buns which were enthusiastically consumed at the Reception, to serve teas and coffees to visitors of all ages, upstairs and downstairs, and who remained afterwards to tidy up.
Some volunteers are veterans, involved in the parish over many years, and some are new. Each of them said “it is lovely to be involved”!. Sunday was a true example of a Community in action.
Many thanks to everyone who assisted in any way on or before the special day, including our Sacristan, the Choir, the Liturgy Committee and Flower Committee.
What our New Pastoral Centre Offers
The new entrance is beside the Church. To facilitate this the Sacristy has been moved to the area behind the Altar. Over the Sacristy we have a wonderful theatre which can seat up to 50. We will also have an Informal Meeting Area and an open space upstairs suitable for youth events as well as many other uses.
Our Centre has a wonderful theatre which can seat up to 50 and has state of the art communications facilities. We can hold conferences and seminars in this space and anticipate that it will be in high demand.
On the ground floor there is space that is suitable for informal meetings and gatherings. It houses our new ‘Cafe 67’ coffee dock where we are enjoying teas and coffees after Mass on Sundays, group get-togethers and other meetings.
The entrance to the Centre is beside the Church providing easy access for all including those with decreased mobility. There are toilet facilities which are accessible during all ceremonies in the Church.
Even though we have been running fundraising events, and the car raffle winner has been announced. We still are short of our goal to clear the debt on the Centre. A big THANK YOU to all who have already contributed. If you have yet to do so, please do it NOW! As we have arranged funding which we plan to pay off over 3 years we are asking you to please consider making a monthly pledge over those 3 years. We know that it is easier for us all to pay a small amount regularly. Click on HERE for the Donation Form.