Last Friday, 21 February, Bishop Denis in the company of Fr Paul O’Boyle was delighted to visit the home of Khalil and Noor Al Sheblak in their new home in Clane Parish.

The Al Sheblak family are settling well into the parish because of the great hospitality shown to them by Clane Parish with the co-operation of Clongowes Wood College.

This is a very good example of the Community Sponsorship Programme where parishes are encouraged to respond constructively to the migrant and refugee crisis.

Khalil and Noor Al Sheblak, along with their two children Tallin and Dania, come from Syria but travelled to Ireland two months ago from Jordan. We wish them every blessing and a hearty Céad Míle Fáilte!