Fr Peter McVerry highlights work of young at opening night of Novena

Nick Rabbitts


Nick Rabbitts

Fr Peter McVerry highlights work of young at opening night of Novena

Young ‘live the gospel of Jesus’: Fr Peter McVerry

THE Moyross Novena got under way over the weekend, with a two special Masses led by social justice campaigner, Fr Peter McVerry.

The pews were packed at Corpus Christi Church in the northside estate on both Friday and Saturday nights, where Fr McVerry addressed parishioners.

In his first homily, he addressed the question as to why youngsters were turning away from the church – but pointed out the majority of today’s youth do actually carry out the teachings of the church and the gospel.

“The church is supposed to continue the message of Jesus, but what the church is saying is seen by many to be totally irrelevant. Instead of thousands of people coming as they did to listen to Jesus, thousands of people are walking away from the church,” he said.

However, Fr McVerry, whose trust was set up to reduce homelessness in Dublin’s north inner city, said: “Young people today have an extraordinary sense of fairness, and a great sense of justice”.

He illustrated this by highlighting Belvedere College’s annual sleep-out, where 70 students sleep on the streets of O’Connell Street Dublin for two nights in the run up to Christmas to draw attention to the problem of homelessness in the capital.

The annual event is oversubscribed by more than two-to-one, he pointed out.

“You ask somebody to do something for someone in need, and they will do it. They will jump to do it, and they are delighted to do it. I think they are living the gospel of Jesus, the gospel message of caring and compassion, even though they may not becoming to church,” he said.

As part of the Novena, Corpus Christi’s Sunday Mass was broadcast live on RTE Radio, and it featured singing from the girls and boys of the local school.

Meanwhile, this morning, Frank Murphy, the Chaplain of Milford Care Centre will be in the estate to take part in the annual yellow ribbon day.

Here, people tie yellow ribbons to a tree outside the church to remember loved ones who have passed away.

Tomorrow night, a special Mass will commemorate the achievements of the league champion soccer team Moyross United.

Wednesday’s Mass will be addressed by Kathy Ryan, a 46-year-old mother who has been diagnosed with early on-set Alzheimer’s disease.

Thursday night will see the visit of Joanne O’Riordan, one of only seven living people born with the condition Tetra-amelia sydrome.