By Sean Ryan - 15 September, 2016
“Helping and caring for others is a beautiful example of God’s closeness in times of need and his living mercy active in our lives."
A unique celebration of thanksgiving for all who provide care to people in need will take place in St Mary’s Church, Navan in Co Meath on Saturday next 24 September.
Michael Lyster of RTE’s The Sunday Game will be the main speaker at the ceremony at 3pm.
St Mary’s parish pastoral council has organised this ceremony to mark the Holy Year of Mercy by highlighting the many ways in which people are cared for in the local community.
Speaking to the Meath Chronicle newspaper, Navan-based Fr Kevin Heery said, “Many people in our community give humble and quiet care to a family member or neighbour in their own homes while others through their work, profession or the organisations to which they belong, give invaluable care and assistance to so many people in our parish.”
He added, “Helping and caring for others is a beautiful example of God’s closeness in times of need and his living mercy active in our lives. As a parish we wish to celebrate these examples of God’s love shown through our caregivers during this Jubilee of Mercy.”
The ceremony will be a celebration of thanksgiving for the work of care-giving and a prayer of blessing.
It will be followed by an refreshments in the parish community centre.
Anyone in a caring role, both professionally and casually, are warmly invited to the celebration.
Speaking on behalf of the parish pastoral council, Michelle Egan said, “This is a wonderful opportunity to recognise so many people in our parish who give so much of themselves for other people, to recognise their work and contribution to building up a caring community, and to show our appreciation.”