For the parish the work of inclusion involves working in partnership with the Traveller community to build new relationships and to break down unjust barriers in our society.
Solidarity “in a sense, respect for minorities is to be considered the touchstone of social harmony and the index of civic maturity achieved by a country and its institutions” (To Build Peace, Respect Minorities, 1989, Pope John Paul II).
We in the Parish of the Travelling People have come to recognise that we need to work in solidarity with Travellers to help change structures and attitudes in Irish society. In offering culturally appropriate services to Travellers this Parish stands in solidarity with Travellers who are excluded in so many ways by Irish society and its administrative structure. Today the Parish is made up of men and women, Traveller and settled, cleric, lay and religious, working together to create a more inclusive and just church and society.
Justice is a key concern for the Parish which serves a people who are living on the edge of a society that does not welcome the young Traveller child “with great joy” (Rite of Baptism) It means challenging the settled faith community about its role in this exclusion and oppression, so that Travellers don’t remain witnessing to the Kingdom in isolated sites on the margins of society.