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God asks us to reach out to care for others
I learnt the sad news of the death of Fr Paddy O’Kane’s father last Friday morning. I worked with Fr Paddy for four years in Holy Family parish in Ballymagroarty and during that time Fr Paddy’s father Dominic lived in the parochial house with us. At the time Dominic was in his late eighties, physically in great health yet coping with the onset of Alzheimer’s. If this wasn’t dramatic enough Mr O’Kane also had to cope with the arrival of a new curate in the house. This couldn’t have been easy at the start as Dominic had to become accustomed to a new face and a new voice. For those four years I have to confess Dominic was an absolute gentleman, you couldn’t have shared a home with a more gentle, caring and prayerful person. I can only admire the care provided by his son, Fr Paddy, his family and the team of volunteers and carers who looked after Dominic. It was great witness to see the support provided to someone living with Alzheimer’s.
 
 

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