Three communities will have new parish priests following the announcement of a number of clergy appointments by Archbishop Patrick O’Regan last month.
Churches might be closed but parish teams have been busier than ever trying to stay connected with their communities through a range of initiatives from live streaming Masses to phoning parishioners and dropping bulletins in their letter boxes.
Children will be encouraged to have a say and write down their thoughts during National Child Protection Week in September.
In the past 50 years lay people have taken on many liturgical ministries, from extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion and readers, to visitors to the sick and collection counters. For many parishes the ministry of hospitality holds a special place because hospitality is – or ought to be – the hallmark of every Christian. We might think that hospitality at Mass is limited to providing a warm greeting as parishioners and visitors arrive, or handing out parish bulletins, but in fact it is much more than this: it is the ministry of the whole community.
From cleaning the church and maintenance work, to leadership roles and faith formation, the recipients of the 2017 Archbishop’s Awards for service to parish life demonstrate the myriad of gifts that people bring to our Catholic community.