On 11th May, Archbishop Farrell released the Dublin Diocesan Appointments list for 2023. In relation to our Parish partnership of Castleknock, Laurel Lodge and Porterstown, it simply says: “Very Rev. Damian McNeice appointed Parish Priest Porterstown in addition to Parish Priest Castleknock and Laurel Lodge.” On hearing the news, I was reminded of a line in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings when Bilbo Baggins says: “I feel… sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.” It is perhaps timely for us to consider what the worship and prayer life of our Parish Partnership may look like in the very near future. Please continue to pray for vocations, that we may be blessed with more servants of the Gospel. Pray too that the Holy Spirit may be our helper and guide in discerning what form the Lord wishes for our Christian communities to take in the Dublin of the future.