Mothers Day Celebrated In African Style
THE AFRICAN CATHOLIC Chaplaincy in the Dublin Archdiocese celebrated Mothers’ Day in style at St Finian’s Church in Swords. The chaplaincy was founded a number of years ago with the aim of celebrating the Catholic Mass in a generic African style in parishes within the Dublin Archdiocese once a month. Mass was concelebrated with His Grace Archbishop Diarmuid Martin DD.
The idea to celebrate this year’s Mothers’ Day was initiated in recognition of the role mothers play in nurturing children whilst building and sustaining the family unit.
The event was also used to foster a sense of integration among the members of the congregation living in Balbriggan, Blanchardstown, Clondalkin, Lucan, Phibsborough, Swords and Tallaght.
Guests and friends from diverse national and cultural backgrounds were also in attendance from across Africa and indeed Ireland.
The African’s face many challenges not least because they find it harder to worship here and to maintain a sense of community. However the goal and the role of the chaplaincy is to plug this gap and help bring greater integration and cohesion within the wider African Catholic community.
The chaplaincy hopes to make the Mothers’ Day celebration an annual occasion.