THIS WEEK'S LOVE CELEBRATIONS
|THE ISLAND - LISBURN|
Maybe some people think that I spend all my time writing blogs - and nothing could be further from the truth.
First and foremost I am a priest and pastor and I spend the great majority of my time ministering to people in all kinds of situations - especially those looking married and their partnerships blessed.
This week I had one wedding for members of the Irish Travelling Community and one Partnership for two girls from San Diego in California.
Sofie and Martin - members of the Travelling Community from England and County Kery were married in Lisburn.
|Sofie, Martin and myself at Lisburn|
Irish Traveller weddings are very extravagant affairs and all the ladies try and outdo each other when it comes to style:
|Blue is this year's colour|
The couple and their large group of families and friends stayed at The Island for their wedding reception.
Belfast Castle was the venue of the blessing for Cheli and Jessica who have been partnered for 12 years.
They hail from San Diego in California and were blessed in Belfast Castle when their cruise ship called into Belfast for a day.
|Jessica (left) myself and Cheli|
The ladies are on a 12 day cruise of the Nordic countries, the Uk and Ireland. Their ship arrived in Belfast at 7 am. Their Blessing Ceremony was in the castle where they stayed with some friends for a lunch and then hurried off to see the Giant's Causeway before rejoining their ship at 7pm to head for Invergordon in Scotland.
|Norwegian Star - Belfast|
Cheli's full name is actually Arracheli - (Ara Coeli) means altar of the sky.
It gives me immense pleasure and satisfaction as a human being and as a priest to be able to facilitate and proclaim God's blessing on all kinds of couples and all varieties of love and relationships.