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31 August 2014

Goodbye to Fr. Brendan

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Sadly this weekend at Fr. Brendan celebrated his last weekend Mass in this church at 12.00 midday on Sunday 31st. Next weekend he will take up his new appointment in Laurel Lodge Castleknock.  The Parish Pastoral Council on behalf of all our parishioners wish to thank him most sincerely for all he has done and achieved for us as a parish community.

He has become a much loved priest and considered “one of us”. Our parish is a better parish thanks to his time working among us. He initiated: The Funeral Ministry Team,  giving best pastoral care to those bereaved.  Enhanced our liturgies by involving new singers at the 6.30pm vigil mass and the 9.00am mass.  He always always made sure we had well prepared liturgies.  He helped us  to reach out those who are ill and housebound by setting up our Website Team and internet broadcast. He installed the drop down screen used for congregational singing and for helping understanding of the Gospel during homilies especially used at the Family Mass. His story telling at the Family Mass ensured that children and their parents found our church a place of welcome where they  are valued and important . He ensured the sacredness of our sacraments through good preparation programs for parents and children and renewal of the value of confession, inviting the Franciscan Fathers.  At all times he encouraged those in ministry and empowered people to share their faith and be responsible for building our parish community.  He led the Parish Pastoral Council in establishing our Child Protection Program and appointing a Child protection Officer. 

These are only some of the things, that came about through his vision and leadership. It would be impossible to name everything.  But we hope this acknowledges his huge commitment and pur appreciation of his work for our parish and keeping the person of Jesus alive in who we are.   We on the Pastoral Council will work to ensure that we continue to build on what Fr. Brendan has established here.

Thank you Fr. Brendan for all you have done for us as a parish and for all the ways you have touched people’s lives that we do not know about. We wish you well in Laurel Lodge, may God bless you and give you all you need for this time of transition. May the love and regard with which the people of Ballygall hold you strengthen and affirm you in the coming weeks. You will be in our prayers. 

Goodbye to Ballygall -Brendan Quinlan

Leaving the people of Ballygall parish was never going to be easy. This kind of separation runs deeper than the ink on the letter of appointment. There is a break that I feel deep within myself. Earlier this year I asked on a number of occasions to be left here. My request was made to those who have authority and who exercise influence in the diocese, to leave me in this parish until I reach retiring age; six years from now.  I was refused politely. That’s the trouble about making a promise of obedience to your bishop and his successors on ordination day – some forty-four years ago. It always raises its head when you are asked to move to another parish. Saying no is not on the agenda.

Fr, David

Bro. David Collins OFM - from the Franciscans on Merchants Quay was a very welcome addition to the Parish Team over the past few months. Bro. David was working with us in Ballygall in advance of his Ordination which took Place on May 24th.

At the family Mass Marie Cunningham, Chairperson on Ballygall Parish Pastoral Council paid tribute to David's hard work during his time with us. The children, on behalf of the whole Parish presented Bro David with a gift of a Mass Kit. Following Mass Bro David gave all the children a very special Blessing.  View some photos here

On behalf of everyone in Ballygall we wish Bro. David good luck in his appointment to his new parish, and thank him sincerely for all he has done during his time with us





Eucharistic Adoration takes place each Tuesday and Friday morning from 8.45 to 9.45am in the Church and on Wednesday afternoon from 3.00pm to 4.00pm in the Oratory, Parish Centre.






Sadly, this weekend, Fr. Brendan will celebrate his last weekend Mass in our Church at 12.00pm on this Sunday, 31st August.  The following weekend he will take up his new appointment in Laurel Lodge, Castleknock.  Ballygall Parish Pastoral Council on behalf of all our parishioners wish to thank him most sincerely for all he has done and achieved for us as a Parish community. 




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Fr. Brendan Quinlan, P.P.
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41 Cremore Heights,
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