Re–opened and Renewed – Healing and Hope in Raheny and Coolock
One minute past midnight this morning (Monday June 29) saw the re-opening of All Saints’, Raheny and St John the Evangelist, Coolock after 15 weeks of lockdown.
Parishioners gathered at both churches in the early hours of St Peter’s Day, yellow ribbons were cut, prayers said and candles of ‘Hope and Healing’ were lit to celebrate the beginning of a new phase of parish life.
“The onslaught of COVID-19 and the closure of our churches brought hardship and sadness but also brought us closer together as a community. We found new ways of connecting and rediscovering that being church is not all about the buildings. Nevertheless, we are delighted to open the doors and worship together again, albeit with bleary eyes at this time of the morning. We re-open with hope, with a renewed sense of purpose and with an openness to God doing new things among us,” the Rector, the Revd Norman McCausland commented.