Mid Summer Evening 2017

Father Dominic McGrattan chatting to the Laity at the Diocesan Mid Summer Evening set up by Bishop Noel Treanor. The Diocese of Down & Connor, Belfast, Northern Ireland.



Diocesan Mid Summer Evening set up by Bishop Noel Treanor. The Diocese of Down & Connor, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Our third Living Church Mid-Summer Evening was held on 21st June this year in St Bernard’s Parish Centre- part of St Mary’s On the Hill Parish, Glengormley. The purpose of these gatherings is to bring together people involved in pastoral councils and other planning groups from all around the Diocese for an evening of food, prayer and information. This year saw our biggest attendance yet- some 250 people came. The hospitality from the parish was second to none. People arrived to the sounds of beautiful Irish traditional music played by local children. The weather was good to us and so were able eat the food provided in the open air. Fair to say, we all ate our fill! Following on from our food, we all found a place inside the Parish Centre and settled down to hear nine presentations about exciting events and programmes being run around the Diocese. We heard from parishes and from groups. We heard about Missions and Faith Development Courses. We heard from one of our New Ecclesial Movements- Koinonia John the Baptist.  We heard about guided prayer and safeguarding courses and more (the full list is below). Each presentation was timed at three minutes and so the information was delivered in a concise and snappy manner. This made it easy to take in all the presentations. Interspersed with music and prayer, the night was a great success. Many people expressed interest in hearing more about the ideas, events and programmes discussed.

There was an opportunity, too, to say goodbye to Fr Alan McGuckian, Director of the Living Church Office. Fr Alan has been asked by the Pope to become Bishop of the Diocese of Raphoe and he will be ordained on the 6th August. Fr Alan spoke warmly of his time in the Diocese and wished us all well into the future. Our thanks and prayers go with Fr Alan as he takes up his new role.

Bishop Noel brought proceedings to a close, thanking all who attended and all who work so tirelessly around the Diocese to bring the Good News to the homes of our people.

This event is growing in its vibrancy year on year. All parishes are asked to send delegates from their Parish Pastoral Councils or other delegates where there is no Pastoral Council. We look forward to holding this event on mid-summer evening again next year. Special thanks again to all in St Bernard’s who catered for those who attended with such professionalism and care. Please see below the full list of presentations from the evening:

Parish Missions; Guided Prayer; Living Youth; Oasis Day for Married Couples; ONUS Training (Safeguarding); Koinonia John the Baptist; Dead Theologians Society (Faith Development Course for young adults); Called & Gifted (Exploring the gifts of the Holy Spirit in our lives); Altaration (Faith Development Course)