Parishioner Seamus McEntee to be Ordained
Priest for Dublin, Tuesday 3 June 2014
|Left, back: Bishop Eamonn Walsh, Seamus McEntee, Fr Aidan Kieran|
Front: Seamus's mother, Mary, and his nephew, Stephen Harney
Photo taken in St Finian's Parish Centre, 13 January 2013
On the feast day of St Kevin, Tuesday, the 3rd June, at 11.00 a.m. in the Pro-Cathedral, Seamus McEntee from Rathcoole will be ordained by Archbishop Martin as a priest for the diocese of Dublin. As well as being a memorable occasion for his family and our parishes, it will be an occasion equally as memorable for the diocese, since Seamus's is the only ordination this year for Dublin.
Our bicentenary book on St Finian's carries a feature on Seamus, which includes the above photo (p.100). Born in 1965 to Mary and the late James McEntee, he grew up with two brothers and two sisters on the family farm in Colmanstown. He spent five years with the Missionary of Charity Fathers in Mexico. In 2012 he gained a degree in Theology in Maynooth, followed by a Diploma in Pastoral Theology, and was ordained deacon in the Pro-Cathedral on 12 November 2013, feast day of St Laurence O'Toole (see report in the Irish Catholic ).
He has been serving as deacon in Clondalkin for the past year, and tells us about himself in a piece he wrote for that parish's newsletter in December 2013 (you can read it here). He will say his first Mass there in the church of the Immaculate Conception (in the centre of the village) on Wednesday 4th, 7.30 p.m.
Our bicentenary book carries a feature on Fr Andrew Hart, P.P. of the 'United Parishes of Saggart, Rathcoole and Newcastle', who was responsible for the building of St Finian's. He is buried in our parish church of St Mary's, with a life-sized effigy on the south wall marking his grave. Two hundred years later, another Rathcoole man is becoming a priest. We congratulate Seamus, and wish him many happy years among his people.
Fr Seamus will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving on Saturday 7th June at 6.30 p.m. in the Church of the Holy Family, Rathcoole. A small reception will be held after Mass in the Community Centre. All are welcome to attend.