Bishop Fintan Gavin made his first pastoral visit to Ballyphehane Parish on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th January.
In the course of his visit he celebrated all three weekend Masses as well as praying at the Tuskar Rock Monument on the church grounds.
Parishioners and Canon Michael Murphy PP warmly greeted Bishop Fintan and after each Mass they shared their appreciation of the deep-rooted faith community in the parish.
The love that exists between people, bishop and priests was very visible in the freedom with which parishioners greeted Bishop Fintan outside the church and were overjoyed to have their photograph taken with the bishop. In his homily Bishop Fintan remarked about the great tradition of vocations to the priesthood and religious life from Ballyphehane Parish.
In that context he said that as a diocese we are entering a period of change and renewal with a decreasing number of priests. He spoke of people and priests working together in co-responsibility in emerging Families of Parishes.
Bishop Fintan spoke about the joy in the people of Nazareth listening to the gracious words spoken by Jesus in their synagogue.
He hoped that everyone will work together towards renewal of our parishes and an increase in priestly vocations from the parish.
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