The Month of May every year is the month when the Church remembers Our Lady, Our Blessed Mother Mary, in a special way.
May Altars are an age old tradition when a statue or picture of Our Lady is placed in a special place in homes and it is decorated with flowers for the month to remind us that it is Mary’s Month. Churches too will decorate their statues or pictures of Our Lady in a special way for this month. Pictures show the May Altars in our Parish Churches and this year we had an additional outdoor May Altar in the grounds of St Joseph’s Church beside the Outdoor Mass Room. During the month parishioners brought flowers and plants to decorate the Altar and it was indeed a very colourful space surrounding the statue of Our Lady of Knock.
Fr Alexander too had a beautiful Icon of Our Lady placed in the Outdoor Mass Room.
The Month of May this year was also the Month when we had a couple of Parish celebrations, the first of these being when we celebrated First Holy Communion with the Primary 4 Children from St Mary’s Primary School on Saturday 15th May. It had been hoped to have the Mass ourdoors in the grounds of St Joseph’s but as the weather temperature dropped it was moved indoors to St Mary Star of the Sea, Nunsquarter. Due to the restrictions in place because of Covid 19, numbers attending were limited to the First Communicants and their parents. However, despite the lower numbers, a very gente and personal celebration took place.
Our other celebration during this Month of May was held on Sunday 23rd May when Fr Alexander conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation on the Primary 7 children of our Parish. Despite the inclement weather which took place on the afternoon, the children were confirmed outdoors in the grounds of St Joseph’s. The children, Fr Alexander and their sponsors were all protected from the elements by the gazebos that were erected earlier by a number of parishioners after the morning Mass. Thankfully the weather did improve towards the end of the ceremony and the children were able to get photographs taken in the afternoon sunshine.