I cannot believe that another year is gone by so quickly. This time last year, I was coming to the end of my deacon intern year in Taney and I was heading into a summer of coach driving around the country. That seems so long ago, but yet it is not that long ago. Here I am in the thick of organising the Parish Fête. As the saying goes, ‘Time and tide wait for none’ and as each day passes I can see that more and more of the jobs for the Fête are being fulfilled by a very willing band of volunteers. On behalf of the clergy and your fellow parishioners I say a very big, ‘THANK YOU’ for all your work and energy in making Taney Parish Fête the success that it always is. Fêtes are wonderful because they bring communities together, each person working for the common good of the parish. It is also a way of extending friendship to all our friends and neighbours within the local community, and I know this year will be no different. As we open our parish grounds to the wider community in Dundrum I would ask that we all push ourselves beyond our comfort zone and go out of our way to welcome an unfamiliar face, it makes such a difference to people who may be visiting for the first time.
As another year draws to a close in the life of parochial activities and summer has arrived, may I encourage all of you to make the most of this time of year, when we can all recharge our batteries and enjoy the outdoors with family and friends. Life is a great gift and we should always be thankful to God for such a gift. He has given us the ability to enjoy his creation and we should aim to do so throughout these months of summer. As you take time out from work, school runs, sports runs and the like, I pray that you will have a restful, enjoyable and blessed summer. Travel safely and I look forward to meeting you again in September, if not before.
With every good wish and blessing.