Dear People of Ballinlough,
On this, my first Christmas in Ballinlough, I want to thank everyone for your warm welcome to me since arriving last September. Even in challenging circumstances, you have been thoughtful, considerate and welcoming to me.
At this special time of the year I also want to thank so many people who contribute to the functioning of our parish. To our Sacristans, parish secretary, Ministers of the Eucharist, those who look after the flowers and decorating of the church, church cleaners, parish finance committee, people who distribute dues envelopes, our parish schools and so many others. In a particular way, I want to pay tribute to our covid stewards who work to ensure our safe gatherings in the church. Your work is very precious in these times.
May I wish all of our parishioners, a blessed and safe Christmas and the graces of the Christ child to sustain us in 2021.
Beannachtaí Na Nollag,
Monsignor Gearóid Dullea