On the Feast of All Saints Of Ireland, our Diocesan Administrator, Fr Dermot Meehan was Principal Celebrant at a Mass of Thanksgiving in the Cathedral of The Annunciation and St Nathy, Ballaghaderreen. The mass was celebrated in thanksgiving for the recent renovations carried out in the cathedral and in gratitude for all who had supported this work through the Living Faith Campaign. This campaign, begun by Bishop Thomas Flynn, R.I.P. and concluded by Bishop Brendan Kelly had ear-marked works to be carried out in the cathedral. Much work has been done with a totally updated electrical and heating system installed, works carried out to remove dampness from the building etc. The cathedral looks very well and it was wonderful to be able to gather there with people from around the diocese to celebrate Mass.
Fr Dermot spoke of the building of the Cathedral as the building by people of faith, a place of worship in a very difficult time. He spoke of the need to tend to the building of a people of faith too. Perhaps that is our current challenge and calling in the diocese at this time.
The World Day of Prayer for Vocations 2018 falls on Sunday April 22, Good Shepherd Sunday. In the Gospel (Mt 9:38 and Lk 10:2) Jesus instructs his disciples to “Pray to the Lord of the Harvest to send labourers into his harvest”.
Whilst the church recognises that everyone receives a vocation from God, be it to married life, single life, or some form of ministry, the church focuses on this day, to pray for vocations to ordained ministry (Priesthood and Diaconate) and to religious life in all its forms.
Will you make a special effort to ask the Lord for more vocations? Pray for more young men and women in our diocese to respond to God’s call. Pray for the priests and religious who have ministered to you throughout your life, both living and dead. Keep your priests and religious in your prayers throughout the week. Encourage your children, grandchildren, or other young people to consider a vocation?
This year, will be the 55th anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.
Numerous surveys show that a very high percentage of men and women who have entered the priesthood or religious life have been involved in some aspect of ministry in their parish and have received encouragement from either a priest or a member of their parish community.
Is there someone your know whom would make a good priest, deacon or religious? Could you consider encouraging them to take the time to reflect on this possibility? Are vocations prayed for on a regular basis? If not, could you encourage your parish for opportunities to pray for vocations?
FOR INFORMATION ON VOCATIONS
Our diocesan Vocations Director is:
Fr Paul Kivlehan
Tel. 094-986 0011
or submit your query by using this contact form. If your interest is not in the diocesan priesthood but possibly in the Permanent Diaconate or Religious Life, Fr Paul will direct your query to the relevant person. Thank you.
Ordinations to the Permanent Diaconate took place for the first time in the Diocese of Achonry on Easter Monday, April 2nd, 2018. Bishop Brendan Kelly returned to the diocese to ordain two men to the Permanent Diaconate. Fr Dermot Meehan, Diocesan Administrator and Director of the Permanent Diaconate programme in the diocese was the homilist.
A packed congregation in the Church of St James’, Charlestown, Co. Mayo watched and prayed as Martin Lynch (Parish of Kiltimagh) and Kevin Flynn (Parish of Collooney) became the first Permanent Deacons in our diocese. Both men are married and their families were in attendance along with many friends and well wishers.
After the homily, both candidates are called forward by a deacon – answering “present” to the calling of their name is symbolic of their response to God’s Call to ministry. Having presented themselves for ordination they are, in turn, presented to the bishop as candidates for ordination.
Having been called to Ministry and accepted for ordination, both candidates committed themselves to the ministry of Deacon and responded to the questions put before them by Bishop Brendan Kelly.
Both will assume ministry in the diocese and we pray God’s continued blessing on them and their families.