Below is an excerpt of an article in CiNews about a new initiative one Dublin parish is instigating to try and help unemployed people in its area.
“In a sign of the times, and a demonstration of the fact that the church wants to play its part in helping people in these very difficult times, a meeting was held last evening at the monastery of St Paul of the Cross, Mount Argus in Dublin, mother house of the Passionist Province and a parish in the Dublin Archdiocese, to explore how the parish might come together to help those who are unemployed.
The genesis of the idea began with homilies prepared separately by the two priests of the parish, Frs Frank Keevins, cp and Ignatius Waters, cp, on the topic of unemployment. One thing led to another and last evening, about thirty-five people came together for the first of what will clearly be a series of meetings.
In his opening remarks, Fr Frank spoke his own childhood in Glasgow, of his father being made redundant and subsequently, having to find work in northern England, work, which, with its stresses of being away from home and travelling back and forth each weekend, eventually killed him from a heart attack. Fr Frank himself experienced unemployment before he answered his vocational call to join the Passionists.
Fr Ignatius on the other, although never being unemployed, spoke of how his life has been affected by meeting those who have suffered in this way.
The meeting was led by Tony Bolger, who focus on the need to do something ensured that the evening became a worthwhile experience for those who attended.”
By Gerard Bennett
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