As I write today, Wexford is bathed with sunshine and enjoying absolutely beautiful weather. This time of the year is always exciting, as the emergence of enjoyable weather and nature’s renewal often come along with new and exciting adventures and activities. There is a good bit of excitement brewing around Clonard this month, as we are beginning some new ministries that offer new liturgical variety and more great opportunities for fellowship.
One of the biggest new activities we are kick-starting is preparation for this May’s Resurrection play, “To See You.” Rehearsals are beginning this week, and we had a read-through of the script with the cast this past weekend. I don’t want to reveal anything ahead of the production, but I can tell you that Joy has written an outstanding script, and Teach Bhríde and the rest of the cast are really excited to begin rehearsing. I have very little theater experience myself, but I am really looking forward to experiencing all the preparation and practice that will lead up to what promises to be a fulfilling, entertaining, and prayerful drama of Christ’s Resurrection.
Our sacramental preparation activities are also expanding this month, as we will begin assisting with some Confirmation retreats for local primary schools. Joy is assisting with the first retreat of the year this week, and we are all looking forward to sharing time and exploring our faith with students preparing to make their Confirmation. The retreats offer the students a great opportunity to explore and deepen their faith lives during this important year of initiation for them.
Excitement has also come in the form of visitors this week. This past weekend, Nicole Antonelli (formerly Storey) from Teach Bhríde IV and her husband Jamie visited Wexford, and we were able to spend some fun and relaxing time catching up with them. They also were able to spend a good amount of time with many friends from the Clonard community, and it was great to see the joy that was brought by their reunion with many friends from last year. Additionally, my own family is currently in Wexford visiting this week, and they’ve had a wonderful time seeing the town and meeting so many of our friends in the parish. Thank you to everyone who has welcomed our guests so graciously and made their time here so enjoyable!
This is also a time of liturgical transition for us, as we are now one week into the season of Lent. As we greet the beginning of spring and the improving weather, we are also called to reflect spiritually and renew our relationship with God. We pray that everyone may enjoy a refreshing and uplifting Lenten journey over the next several weeks. May God’s blessings be with you all!