Continued Easter blessings to all families and friends of Teach Bhríde!
As Jess mentioned in Sunday’s post, the calendar–or diary as they say here–has been pretty chill this week. The primary school kiddos are out of school, half of the parish team is gone, and even Patrick is still galavanting around the island having adventures with his family. So we women of Teach Bhríde enjoyed some well-deserved days of rest and relaxation. Jessica spent Monday and Tuesday traveling Kildare, visiting sites associated with our patroness, while Clarisa and I visited the Irish clinic, where Clarisa was diagnosed with none other than chicken pox. I know, right? Don’t worry, though–everyone here has been doing the utmost to make sure she’s well taken care of, that she’s taking good care of herself, and all the rest of it, and I’m happy to report that she’s doing much better. So after all that, we’ve been easing back into the work thing yesterday and today… taking time out to watch the royal wedding, of course. (Bonus: we didn’t have to watch it at some ridiculously early hour like everyone in America… the one instance when being on the Irish time zone is actually advantageous.)
Aside from ooh-ing and aah-ing over Kate’s fabulous dress, we’ve been getting music ready for the Easter season’s liturgies, as well as filing and organizing the aftermath of Lent, Holy Week, and the Triduum. Next week we’ll be putting the finishing touches on a day-long retreat we’re giving for the youth in Adamstown next Saturday, so there are still things to keep us busy and out of trouble. It always seems like Easter marks the beginning of the end; schools are close to the end of term, most parish choirs adjourn for the summer months, and life here seems to fall into that pattern as well. We have a few more events to plan, and of course our weekly liturgical responsibilities, but even since this past Sunday, it seems as though the end of Teach Bhríde Season 2 is downright imminent, like I’m going to wake up tomorrow and be boarding a plane back to the States. Fortunately, the days are long here, and getting longer, so we have the opportunity to make the most of the time we have left. We’ll do our best and keep you posted as always, and we’ll keep you in thought and prayer as we continue to rejoice in the Resurrection. Jesus lives–alleluia!