Is it a question of getting the balance right?
I found myself thinking the other night about the parish and its people. It is truly a great parish and, with Fr John, I feel blessed to be here. There is so much goodness around us and so much good happening. I was nonetheless thinking about those who seem to have stopped coming to church or who over the years have attended less and less.
The origin of these thoughts was, I think, a Funeral Mass celebrated and the truth dawning that it was the 111th Funeral in the Kilmovee/Urlaur side of the parish since I came here. That does not count the funerals in Glann and Kilkelly. Not all of these people lived in the parish, and among them were two infants, but the truth remains that in a parish like this it’s a significant number and these people are missed, primarily by their families and friends, but also by the parish since many of them belonged to that generation that saw Church as central to their lives and attendance at Mass a necessary part of their week.
Somehow they seemed able to balance other activities with and around their faith. Church and Mass were central and, for them, the cornerstone of a solid relationship. The weekly gathering, of course, included meeting neighbours and the chat outside the church was significant and meaningful for them too.
It saddens me to think this may not be part of the future for some of our people…
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