Sacramental Programmes 2014-2015

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Details of the Sacramental Programmes for 2014-2015 are now available:

First Eucharist Programme 2014-2015

Confirmation Programme 2014-2015

As always at this time of year, the dates for the Confirmations are not confirmed yet till we hear from Archbishop’s House.

There will be a Parents’ Meeting for both Sacraments later this month; First Communion on Wednesday 24th September and Confirmation on Thursday 25th September. Both meetings will take place in the Church with sign-in from 7.15pm and meetings starting at 7.30pm.

Pastor's Desk: Solemnity of the Exaltation of the Cross

Posted 13th September 2014 in Pastor's Desk

crossWelcome everyone. Today’s Solemnity, always celebrated on the 14th September, is a call to remember that Jesus brings healing, redemption and love into our lives. To those uninitiated in Christianity, a Cross shows a man impaled on wood; a form of torture. And that of course is what it was; the most painful and slow death used in the Roman Empire and reserved for the lowest of the low. But for us Christians, we see the Cross as THE symbol of love and forgiveness.

316The context is set very well by today’s First Reading which tells the Jewish folktale of how the people, wandering in the wilderness, lost faith and suffered bites from the poisonous snakes. To heal them, Moses fashions a serpent made of bronze and hoists it on a stick. Merely by raising their eyes to the bronze serpent brought healing. Jesus hoisted on the wood of the Cross is the means of our healing. As John 3:16 of today’s gospel says,

” God loved the world so much
that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost
but may have eternal life.”

In that one sentence the essence of our Christian Faith is explained. So the next time you bless yourself, or wear a cross on a chain, or look at a crucifix, remember you are celebrating a symbol of God’s love for you. Symbols of love are always to be treasured.
Fr. Eoin

Pastor's Desk: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 6th September 2014 in Pastor's Desk

Welcome everyone as we return to normal here in the parish after the summer break. I do hope that you had an opportunity for relaxing and also to enjoy some of the sunshine we had over the summer months.

Grouping of Parishes

Archbishop Martin has formally “grouped” Holy Trinity Parish with St. Paul’s Parish, Ayrfield. This means that both parishes will be cared for by the one Team of Priests. The Priests appointed to this Team are:

Fr. Eoin McCrystal who will be Moderator of the Team
Fr. Gerry Corcoran Co PP who be arriving in HTP at the end of November
Fr. Niall McDermott Co PP who is residing in Ayrfield
Fr. Tom Colreavy who will be Team Assistant also residing in Ayrfield

All appointments are effective from the 1st December 2014. This is a very welcome decision by the Archbishop as I explain in the September edition of Trinity News. We will keep you posted of how it works in practice once we begin meeting in December. For the record, this is my third appointment while remaining in the one parish!! I think it may be a diocesan record!!

Services of the Word

Over the months of July & August we had a Service of the Word with Holy Communion each Wednesday. The reports I have received back is that they were celebrated beautifully with great dignity. I want to express my thanks to the Ministers who led those Services and to the parishioners for the way you embraced this new departure.

Fr. Eoin

Pastor's Desk: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 30th August 2014 in Pastor's Desk

In place of the Pastor’s Desk this week, we include the following extract from Intercom Magazine:

The Deep End - An Open Book

‘The Christian is a living epistle, known and read by all men, an open letter, an advertisement for Christianity.’
- William Barclay

What would an advertisement for Christianity look like? If you had to design an ad to sum up your faith, what would you include? On the one hand we are called to be joyful - to sing, shout, clap our hands and rejoice! But faith is not always so straightforward. There are many obstacles and temptations, and sometimes we are afraid to stand up for what we believe in. And then there’s today’s Gospel, which speaks of suffering, and tells us that following Jesus involves taking up our cross. How do we make sense of all this in the context of our faith journey?

The good news is we are not alone in our struggles. In today’s First Reading, Jeremiah struggles with his faith in one of his many ‘laments’. His faith has caused him to be a laughing stock. He feels conflicted; although his faith is inviting insult and derision, it is also a fire burning in his heart. In spite of people’s hostile reactions, he has been ‘seduced’ by God, and he cannot but speak out.

Is this how we feel about our faith? Is it like a fire burning within us, in our very bones, or are we lukewarm in our commitment? Following Jesus is a radical choice, now more than ever perhaps. Today’s readings teach us to be less concerned with what people think, and more concerned with living according to Jesus’ teachings - however others may react.

Tríona Doherty

Pastor's Desk: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 23rd August 2014 in Pastor's Desk

In place of the Pastor’s Desk this week, we include the following extract from Intercom Magazine:

The Deep End - Why are we Here?

‘Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value’
- Albert Einstein

How easy it is to lose our way. Business people who start out with a great idea can sometimes become overly focused on money and lose sight of their passion. Politicians who start out young and idealistic can become disillusioned or corrupt. Teachers may become overly focused on exam success and forget their enthusiasm for their subject. It is all too easy to get caught up in rules and regulations, and forget to take a step back and ask ourselves: why are we here?

The Church, too, can lose its way. Over its history, we know the Church has not always lived up to its great responsibility to communicate God’s love to the world.

Today’s readings are an interesting mix as we reflect on our Church and its mission. The Gospel passage is often seen as a reference to the origins of the Church and the papacy, as Jesus hands Peter ‘the keys of the kingdom of heaven’. But look what Jesus asks him just before this: ‘Who do you say I am?’ Everything we do as Church should come back to this question - who do we say that Jesus is?

Lest we get too sure of ourselves, the Second Reading reminds us: ‘Who could ever know the mind of the Lord?… All that exists comes from him; all is by him and for him’. Everything comes from God, and everything we do should be for God.

‘The Church sometimes has locked itself up in small things, in small-minded rules. Ministers of the Church must be ministers of mercy above all.’
- Pope Francis

Tríona Doherty