dsc_0847On the 25th of September 2016, Andrew Cassidy, our parish Pastoral Assistant was commisioned for pastoral work within the Sacred Heart Church. Andrew began work as our Pastoral Assistant on the 22nd of February 2016 and was previously the Youth Ministry Coordinator for the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in the Anglo-Irish Province. Andrew was commissioned after completing his probationary period. Andrew has done a lot in his short time in post. He has spent a lot of time boosting our online presence by creating Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts as well as updating the parish website. He has made a number of reflective videos with Fr. Jim Crampsey SJ for special feast days. He has developed an RCIA programme, prepared couples for marriage, prepared parents for their children’s baptism. He has assisted with Sacramental preparation and the Faith Cafe. He has also trained Eucharistic Ministers and assisted Fr. Peter Scally SJ with sixth year retreats. He has also delivered a retreat for fifth year pupils at Holy Rood High School.