Holy Bees – Swarm of bees at the Church in Carrigaline Co.Cork!!!!!!
A swarm landed outside the front door of the church yesterday afternoon. They will usually land on a bush while scout bees search for a new home. With this warm weather bees are very much on the move. A colony will split in half and fly off to a new home. Swarming takes place during the month of May and usually up to mid June. It especially happens in hot sunny weather.
Thankfully this swarm has now been transferred to a new home💕 There are at least 10,000 bees in this swarm. Bees are often quiet when they gather like this in a big ball of bees. Each bee before it left its former home, has filled themselves with enough honey to last them three days while they find a new home. So with so much honey inside them they usually don’t sting. In the photos the branch was lowered down to the box and with a quick shake the bees fell into the box. Once the queen is inside the box all the bees will happily walk in

In Ireland this weekend is a Bank Holiday Weekend for June. The weather is also beautiful. Enjoy your weekend whatever your plans are.

Thought For The Week

‘When you’re really filled with the Holy Spirit it is impossible for those around you not to know it.’ ~Rod Parsley

Last Sunday we celebrated the feast of Pentecost. It is always a great feast day celebrating new life, energy, vibrancy, positivity, creativity, hope, light and so much more. It would be great if there was a simple formula in our search for God. We are often unsure where to start and how to begin. Our searches are many, from our local church, attending Mass and saying prayers that vary from traditional to something deeply personal.

Some find that these simply are not for them and search elsewhere. These searches can often be surprising and beautiful. They include finding God in the humdrum of daily life, music, reading, gardening, reflection, meditation, relaxation and so on. Whatever and wherever our search, it is good that we are searching.

Sometimes though the search can be frustrating and lonely. This is why the support of the Christian faith community can be our anchor when we struggle and falter. The local church can be a place where people meet in joyful and happy occasions such as our recent first holy communion Masses, to sad occasions such as a funeral, but all the while there is a sense of connection, togetherness and sharing together.

Pentecost Sunday reminds us that the Spirit of God knows no limits. If anyone puts limits, then it is we who put them there. Pentecost Sunday is all about being open, trusting in the Spirit of God and letting the beautiful energy of God flow where it wants to. There are days too when we lack energy and motivation. But God’s love for us is constantly bubbling over with life and enthusiasm. Nothing can change this. We pray to the Holy Spirit to re-energise us and to help us find meaning, direction and fulfilment in our daily lives.

The Thought For The Week is updated each Monday