Mass times during Lent

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For the duration of Lent, morning Mass will be celebrated at 10am Monday to Saturday.

Pastors Desk: First Sunday of Lent / B

Posted 17th February 2018 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 18th February 2018 - First Sunday of Lent / B

1st-sunday-of-lent1In most bookshops you’ll find a selection of titles written by a wide range of authors who have taken time off or left their career behind to go in search of something that has been missing from life until then. The Camino de Santiago (Way of Saint James) which has become very popular in recent years, is full of walkers who are journeying in search of a new direction or meaning in their lives. The ‘Way’ or walk is taken by people of all faiths and none alike.

In scripture, there are many stories of Jesus leaving the disciples and taking time to go away to be alone. Today we hear how soon after his own baptism he is led by the Spirit out into the wilderness and remains there for forty days. In that time, we learn how he is tempted and tested by Satan but protected by the angels. When he enters Galilee after John has been arrested his message is clear for all. ‘The time has come’. That time is now.

On Wednesday we were all invited to begin our Lenten journey in preparation for our forthcoming celebration of Easter. The priest placed the ashes on our foreheads and used words like those in today’s gospel ‘repent and believe in the Gospel’ or ‘good news’. That call challenges each of us to make use of this time wisely and draw closer to God perhaps by time spent each day in prayer and quiet reflection.

Today’s readings all challenge us to firstly turn towards God and then towards others with renewed faith and courage.

Fr Gerry

Ash Wednesday

Posted 11th February 2018 in Ceremonies

ash-wednesdayMass will be celebrated in Holy Trinity at 10am on Ash Wednesday, 14th February.

Blessed Ashes will be distributed during Mass.

 

(There will be an evening Mass on Ash Wednesday at 7.30pm in Kilbarrack Foxfield).

Pastors Desk: Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time/B

Posted 10th February 2018 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 11th February 2018 - Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time / B

faith-healingThe scripture readings at daily mass have been full of stories of Jesus healing people, restoring them to health or casting out devils.

In our first reading we have an account from the Book of Leviticus of the man who is leprous. For fear that he will spread the disease to others, he is ostracised from society and forced to live a life in isolation from his family and his community.

We have a similar story in today’s Gospel, except this man came to Jesus and pleaded to be cured. Jesus is moved by the man’s condition and stretches out his hand, touches him and he is well again. Normally a healthy person didn’t touch someone with leprosy because it usually meant that they became infected too, so for Jesus to physically touch him was very significant. The man is cured instantly and is told to go away and tell no one what has happened. Naturally, the man is so happy to be well again that he can’t contain himself and begins to tell his story everywhere.

We all need healing of one sort or another in our lives. It may be a physical healing from some painful condition we endure daily, healing of the mind, or of the spirit. We may have become isolated from family, friends or society by choices we have made or directions we have taken in life. Sometimes however, it’s not always evident to us that we need to be relieved of whatever it is that’s preventing us from living a better and more fruitful life.

May our hearts always be touched so that we too reach out our hand to the broken and alienated among us.

Fr Gerry

Pastors Desk: Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time / B

Posted 3rd February 2018 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 4th February 2018 - Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time / B

jesus-healing-motherIn the television series ‘The Meaning of Life’ the actor Stephen Fry, who is an atheist, caused some controversy when during the interview, Gay Byrne asked him what he would say to God at the gates of heaven, should he have gotten it wrong and this all be true. His immediate response was, I would say to him (God) ‘How dare you, how dare you create a world to which there is so much misery that is not our fault…’ These words were regarded as blasphemous by some and made headlines for some time after.

Today, we hear how Jesus goes with James and John to Simon and Andrew’s house. He heard that Simon’s mother-in-law was unwell. As he enters and takes her by the hand we are told that the fever leaves her, and she is well once again. Rather than rest, she immediately begins to wait on all those around her. Having been healed by Jesus she feels called to minister to others and share her experience of being cured of her illness.

The presence of sickness and pain in society can often cause us to question or doubt God’s love or his very existence. Our faith can be tested or even disappear entirely in the aftermath of a major tragic event we witness personally or see and hear of in the media. In today’s story we see through Jesus’ healing of the sick who were brought to him that God is not indifferent to suffering in the world.

Fr Gerry