TV’s, Table Football and Tricycles were just the tip of the ice-berg of fantastic prizes the Parish had gathered together for the fundraiser. Master of Ceremonies was Rev. Fr Sean Emerson who kept everyone on their toes with his wit and humour.
It wasn’t just the rickety wheel that entertained the faithful, with a wide array of stalls with bric-a-brac, jewellery and hand-bags up for sale. Guess the name of the doll was popular as was the guess how many 5p’s were in the jar, with someone hitting the nail on the head at £30.75. The star of the show was Santa of course, who dropped in to see how everyone was behaving themselves before his main appearance later this month.
As well as parishioners local GAA club Naomh Comhghall provided extra volunteers on the day, selling tickets and stewarding the car-park.
Thanking everyone involved Fr. Emerson said “Obviously the Bazaar raises welcome funds for our parish, but more importantly it provides an opportunity to come together as a Christian family. In the run-up to Christmas we remember that we are part of a living church, and we value our strong bonds of community and togetherness.
“I was delighted to see such a packed hall, and people giving so generously, I hope they will enjoy their prizes and will look forward to next year’s event. Finally I sincerely thank our generous sponsors who donated prizes, and also all those who helped in any way to make today such a success.”
On the 1st April 2012, we had our very first Passover celebration. The event took place in St. Joseph’s Parish centre and proved a most enriching and prayerful beginning to our holy week preparations.
The evening was attended by the clergy of the parish, Sr. Catherine, parishioners of all ages and a warm welcome was extended to those from neighbouring parishes. The focus of the evening was to contemplate the Passover meal that Jesus celebrated with his disciples prior to his death and that is celebrated today by many Jewish families. The Passover was celebrated to commemorate the liberation of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. The significance and symbolism surrounding the samples of the food provided was illustrated through a family role-play and the child’s questions were answered through explanations and scripture readings.
The evening was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended and we hope to repeat this spiritual evening next year as part of our Easter preparations.