St Columba Gallery

The Parish in Pictures



The Eucharist, in the language of the ancient Church, was called, among other things, the "meeting together", the assembly. It draws and binds people together, unites them, builds up community. The assembly to which Jesus Christ calls us is the assembly of all the children of God. The Lord does not assemble the parish community in order ot enclose it but in order to open it up. The person who allows himself to be " assembled" by the Lord has plunged into a river which will always be taking him beyond the limits of his self at any one time. To be with the Lord means to be willing, with Him, to seek all the children of God.            
          -Pope Benedict XVI