Close to 100 people gathered in the parish centre in Leighlinbridge for the second deanery conversation last Saturday afternoon, March 7. The afternoon produced a rich conversation among all who attended and has given the Commission for Liturgical Formation valuable insights for their work. The Commission is now looking forward to the next conversation in the Osprey Hotel, Naas on Thursday March 19, from 7:30-10 p.m.


In his November pastoral letter Bishop Denis stated his intention, along with the Diocesan Commission for Liturgical Formation, to hold deanery conversations in relation to funeral practices in the diocese. These conversations will give people the opportunity to discuss and explore how we celebrate the rites and rituals around the time of death and the meaning these rituals have for people. It will also give people the chance to name the reality of the changing circumstances of our time and how this has impacted on parish celebrations of funerals and other accompanying rites in recent years. It has often been said that parishes do funerals very well. The fruits of these conversations will be invaluable in helping to support parishes to build on this good practice in ways appropriate to the needs of the people and in keeping with the Christian message of hope and consolation. Delegate forms will be sent to parishes in the coming weeks. However, these are open meetings and all are welcome. For preparation purposes we ask only that people who are not already specified delegates of a parish book their place in advance by ringing or emailing: / 059 9164084 Please leave name, contact number, parish and venue.