The Diocese of Ossory has launched its first diocesan newsletter called ‘Ossory Times’ and it will be on sale throughout all Parishes next weekend.
The brainchild of the Adult Faith Development Group the 52 page, high-quality, magazine publication will provide up-to-date news and commentary from across the Diocese and beyond and will act as a valuable resource for exchanging information and ideas throughout the Diocese and its many groups and Parishes.
Compiled by a special editorial group, the first issue includes a wide collection of news items, articles, reflective pieces and pictures with contributions coming from both clergy and laity.
Commenting on the new edition, Fr Dermot Ryan, Chairman of the Editorial Board and Director of Adult Faith Developmemnt, said “our first newsletter is really a response to the many vibrant initiatives which are taking place now, both at Diocesan level and within individual Parishes. It is important to share the news of these activities with one another and to have a collective experience of the great energy and passion which are so strong within all our Parish communities. Above all, we are seeking to celebrate the vision and the endeavour of all those who are working to enrich their relationship with God and who are striving to inspire the next generation with the true gift of faith in Jesus Christ”.
Another of the editorial group, Eadaoin Brennan, noted, “I believe the newsletter, the first of its kind here in the Diocese, will be very well-received. It’s attractive, it’s colourful and it’s very informative. The diverse content will be of interest to all ages and I hope it will be very enjoyable”.
Fr Dermot went on to add “Of course, we are inviting constructive views and suggestions on our first issue and we encourage readers to submit news and pictures of events in their own Parish for the next edition which we hope to publish in February next”.
Describing Ossory Times as a very worthwhile project, Bishop of Ossory, Seamus Freeman, SAC, welcomed the first edition and said “it will provide the faithful with a unique insight into the various activities and services provided by the Diocese”. Furthermore he noted “sometimes the people of a diocese can be rather distant from one another especially in the age in which we live, where there is a tremendous emphasis on individualism that is very often at the expense of community. What better way of promoting community and communication than to have this very important instrument of communication at the service of the diocese and available to all parishes and to all the people of the diocese.” “In this Year of Faith which was declared by Pope Benedict, we must do all we can to promote the faith and I would urge everybody to support our new publication”, the Bishop added.
The newsletter magazine will be available at all Churches next weekend and will cost €2. They may also be purchased directly from local Deanery Representatives and the Cathedral Book Shop.