Pastors Desk: Third Sunday of Lent / C

Posted 23rd March 2019 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 24th March 2019 - Third Sunday of Lent / C

third-sunday-of-lent1The theme running though today’s readings is that a disaster is usually connected or associated with punishment for sin for those caught up in the tragedy.

For example, in today’s gospel the construction accident at Siloam where 18 people died is attributed to their sin. This strange and misleading attitude is still prevalent today. Many natural disasters are seen as a judgement of God on the unfortunate innocent victims who just happen to be in the wrong place at the time. Sometimes terrorist attacks are seen by some to be God’s righteous judgement.

Jesus was quick to point out that this way of thinking was wrong. He asked those listening to him if they really thought these innocent victims were guiltier than everyone else living in Jerusalem. “I tell you no” he quickly adds.

When people die in tragic events it does not reflect God’s judgement in any way. But it is a stark reminder for us to always be prepared for that moment when our earthly journey comes to an end. Keeping on the straight and narrow is a daily challenge for all of us.

This season of Lent affords us the opportunity to take a closer look at our lives and perhaps ask ourselves just how we stand before God right now. It’s also a good time to do some ‘weeding’ around our hearts in the hope that these actions will produce good fruit.

Fr. Gerry

Pastors Desk: Second Sunday of Lent / St. Patrick / C

Posted 16th March 2019 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 17th March 2019 - Second Sunday of Lent/St Patrick/C

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

baptismI am writing to ask each parish in the diocese to highlight Baptism this Lent. I invite you to a renewed appreciation of what it means to be baptised.

In the early days of Christianity, Lent was the time of final preparation for adults who were to be baptised at the Easter Vigil. In recent years, some parishes have had a similar experience - welcoming adults into the Church and accompanying them towards their baptism at Easter. This has a powerful effect on others in the community, putting them back in touch with their own Baptism.

My invitation for this Lent is that all of us, across the diocese, would take this time to come to a new sense of being baptised in Christ. If we take this opportunity, we can then renew our Baptism promises at Easter in the most meaningful way.

Some parishes have done great work to make Baptism more visible and prominent in their churches. But, more often than not, it is not visible. It can even be absent from our consciousness. Baptism can be something that happened ‘back then’ rather than something we are living now. I hope that this Lent many of us will move from thinking that ‘I was baptised’ to realising that ‘I am baptised’. I hope that this will be a time for many of us to reconnect with our own Baptism and to reawaken its power.

Today, our churchgoing communities are surrounded by a larger community where many were baptised but, for one reason or another, are not now in touch with that grace. A Christian community which has a living sense of being a baptised people will be a more attractive witness to others. Its attractiveness can prompt others to re-awaken Baptism in their lives.

I wish to express my appreciation for the wonderful ministry of the Baptism teams in our parishes. Their engagement with young families is critically important. When we as a Christian community are animated about our own Baptism, it reinforces what they do and multiplies its effect.

I encourage you to avail of the resources now available on the diocesan website. I hope that you will find them helpful as we seek to bring Baptism to the centre of our Christian lives and our Christian communities.

With prayerful good wishes,

+Diarmuid Martin
Archbishop of Dublin

St. Patrick's Day

Posted 13th March 2019 in Ceremonies

shamrock

Next Sunday 17th March is St. Patrick’s Day, the Feast Day of our National Apostle. Masses in Holy Trinity will be at the usual weekend times:

Vigil Mass: 6.30 pm Saturday evening

Day Mass: 9.30 am & 11.30am Sunday morning

Shamrock will be blessed at all Masses.

Pastors Desk: First Sunday of Lent / C

Posted 9th March 2019 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 10th March 2019 - First Sunday of Lent/C

1st-sunday-of-lent2As we begin our Lenten journey our thoughts turn towards what we might either give up or do during the season. We start off with good intentions but often fall soon at the first hurdle. We are tempted in so many ways to abandon our quest.

In today’s gospel we hear how the Devil tried to tempt Jesus as he fasted for 40 days and nights in the wilderness. Jesus rebukes him with the words ‘You must not put the Lord your God to the test’ and ‘the Devil left to return at another time’ we are told.

Life is full of temptations for us too. One of the things that God gives us is free will. In other words, the ability to freely make choices for ourselves. Each day in many different situations we are forced into making decisions. They can range from the simple ‘will I have that piece of cake or another biscuit’ or the more serious one to begin a new friendship or relationship that we know is not going to have a positive outcome from the outset. Very often the choices we make are the ones that fulfil a need here and now without thinking ahead to the future and how they might affect not just me but those around me. The people who matter most in my life.

During this season of Lent, we pray that the Lord may open our hearts and minds so that we don’t always act on impulse but out of real discernment and with a clearer vision of what God is guiding us towards.

Fr. Gerry

Ash Wednesday

Posted 3rd March 2019 in Ceremonies

ash-wednesdayMass will be celebrated in Holy Trinity at 10am on Ash Wednesday, 6th March.

Blessed Ashes will be distributed during Mass.

There will also be an evening Mass on Ash Wednesday at 7.30pm as part of the Novena of Grace.