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Four hundred parishioners gather to celebrate St Kevin’s feast in Hampton Park

Monday 3 June 2019

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Up to 400 parishioners gathered on Sunday for the feast of St Kevin’s at their school hall in Hampton Park.  
 
 
For the past three years, the social group at St Kevin’s Parish in Hampton Park has been organising an annual lunch for the community where all parish members are warmly invited to share in a fellowship meal after the 11am Mass. 

The significance of the feast event is for the entire parish to come together in celebration of the feast of St Kevin’s. Everyone is welcome, and as social group member Anita Fernandez says, ‘it is a way of bringing the entire congregation together and give back to the people for all their support and help in keeping St Kevin’s as vibrant as it is.’
 
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St Kevin’s Parish in Hampton Park is largely made up of young families of diverse nationalities such as Indian, Sri Lankan, Mauritian and Filipino and it's this diversity, according to Parish Priest Fr Desmond Maloney, that attracts active involvement.
 
Thanks to an overwhelming response by parishioners to bulletin notices and announcements advertised by St Kevin’s social group just a few weeks ahead of the event, a special spread was on offer, complete with a cake to celebrate.

‘The Social Group has nine members, who have coordinated this whole event,’ explains Anita.

‘Once we have a final tally, the social group then decides if we need to buy any additional food to cater for the lunch.’ Before the event, we gathered in the school hall to arrange and prepare for this lunch and on the day, we had a few extra hands …about six people who came and helped,’ she says of the cohort of assistance received on the day.
And the result? ‘It was a grand success.’
 
 
And all who attended agreed, with comments such as ‘a wonderful celebration’ and ‘a well-organised event’ from a variety parishioners who attended.

St Kevin’s feast is celebrated on June 3, with St Kevin known as the patron saint of Dublin and Glendalough.
 
 
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