Bishop Fintan’s first visit to Douglas Parish.

Braving the winds and rain of Storm Ciara, Bishop Fintan Gavin made a visit to the Parish of Douglas and Rochestown this weekend where he was warmly welcomed by parishioners at masses in St Columba’s and St Patrick’s churches. 

In his homily, Bishop Fintan reminded us that we are called to be the salt of the earth through our baptism, and never to sell ourselves short as we are the people of God. 

The bishop told the congregations that he was working with the people of his diocese in a spirit of unity and renewal, listening and planning how together we will meet the challenges facing the Church in Cork and Ross.  He was sure that together we will meet these challenges and that the changing face of Ireland calls us to be strong in faith.  

The gospel message is highly relevant today and that, following Pope Francis’s lead, we must go to the margins and peripheries and find a new language to speak to the young people. 

Bishop Fintan finished his homily praying that we might he the courage to listen to the Lord and to be missionaries in the here and now. 

Following Mass, Bishop Fintan met many parishioners.