Candles were lit by the parents and children present and shared among those gathered, symbols of the hope which Christ offers to each one of us, and which we in turn can offer to others, whether they live among us or far away.
A special celebration of mission past, present and future took place in Dromantine on Mission Sunday 20th October 2019 to mark the Extraordinary Month of Mission 2019. Around 60 people with a connection to SMA participated in a special Mission Sunday Mass to celebrate their call to mission and their various roles as missionaries in the world.
Inspired by Pope Francis’ proclamation that we are each “Baptised and Sent”, the gathering was also an opportunity to connect, to be nourished by the missionary spirit of others, and to sustain each other on our shared missionary journey.
The group included those from many walks of life who have been on mission in Africa and other parts of the world, and people who have been missionary in their own lives and places here in Ireland through work in parishes, education, awareness raising, fund raising and all the many ways in which they live out their baptismal call to be “Church of Christ on mission in the world.” As well SMA priests, Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles, Sisters of St Clare, Sisters of St Louis and Sisters of the Sacred Heart were all represented. Former missionaries and others associated with the Friends of Africa, the Dromantine Summer Camps, support for projects in Africa, with caring for creation and with Dromantine itself ensured that the gathering was diverse in age, gender and experience.
A wonderful celebration of Eucharist was the highlight of the gathering, where everyone actively participated in reflection and sharing on the Gospel, in the prayers of the faithful and in the offertory. Candles were lit by the parents and children present and shared among those gathered, symbols of the hope which Christ offers to each one of us, and which we in turn can offer to others, whether they live among us or far away. The singing and music, led by Ronan Sharkey was reflective, joyful and added richly to the liturgy, the hallmark of which was participation and inclusion.
The afternoon concluded in the sharing of a meal, stories, memories and ideas, and a wonderful sense of belonging.