Mass Schedule for Summer

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Please note that our summer Sunday Mass schedule will operate from July 5th/6th to August 30th/31st as follows:

Vigil Mass: Saturday at 6.30pm
Sunday Masses: 9.30am & 11.00am

There are also changes to our weekday schedule during July and August, with a Service of the Word & Holy Communion each Wednesday at 10am, and no morning Mass on Saturdays. Normal Mass times will resume in September.

Click the link below to download a flyer containing details of Sunday and weekday Mass times in Holy Trinity Parish, and Sunday Mass times in neighbouring parishes.

  Summer Mass Schedule 2014

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

Pastor's Desk: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 16th 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 - It’s a Test

If it is a test, the Canaanite woman passes with flying colours! Her faith is impressive. When Jesus ignores her initial appeal, she tries again. And when he knocks her back, she replies with a witty retort: ‘Ah yes, sir; but even house-dogs can eat the scraps that fall from their master’s table.’

I always find this exchange amusing. At first reading, it seems that the woman has got one up on Jesus. He attempted to fob her off, and her quick wit has caught him out. We can imagine him chuckling as he concedes ‘Woman, you have great faith’.

But the exchange also makes me wonder: what was Jesus really up to? By the end of the conversation, he is clearly impressed with the woman’s faith, her wit and her wisdom. But why the test? Why does he try to fob her off, and why the dog reference?

In the Gospels, Jesus often tests his followers. He certainly tests Peter and the other disciples. He challenges them to think, and to come up with the right answers. Perhaps he is testing not only the woman’s faith but also his disciples’. In using the analogy of a ‘house-dog’, he may well be giving voice to the thoughts of his disciples. They would have little time for this Canaanite woman, a Gentile. They certainly would not have expected her to demonstrate such faith.

Perhaps it was an exchange that would come back to them at a later date as they expanded their mission to the Gentiles. Paul would later talk of God’s mercy ‘to all mankind’ (see today’s Second Reading). A far cry from ‘house-dogs’!

Tríona Doherty

Pastor's Desk: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 9th 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 - Fear and Faith

How often are we motivated by fear? Fear of looking silly, fear of being laughed at or rejected, fear of failure, fear of losing everything we have worked for - some of these fears will be familiar to us.

In the Gospels fear is often the opposite of faith. Peter has enough faith to get out of the boat and start walking on the water, but as soon as he feels the force of the wind he becomes afraid and begins to sink. Sometimes we start out fine but lose motivation or momentum along the way. Events seem to conspire against us, we get tired and fearful, and it is easier to just give up.

Some of the most powerful and consoling words of Jesus are contained in this Gospel passage: ‘Courage! It is I! Do not be afraid.’ When we are afraid, Jesus is there to lift us out of our fear. When we lose faith, doubt ourselves, and feel as though we are sinking, Jesus stretches out his hand to us. Next time you are panicking, stressed or fearful, spend some time in prayer. If you struggle to find the words, why not echo Peter’s cry, ‘Lord! Save me!’ Let Jesus lift you back into the boat and help you get back on track.

Tríona Doherty

Pastor's Desk: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 2nd 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 - The Ripple Effect

You never know what impact a small act of kindness can have. The mental health crisis in Ireland has been widely reported upon in recent years; sadly, however, many people continue to suffer in silence, and hundreds of people die by suicide in this country every year. We have a long way to go before there is an open and positive attitude to mental health in our society.

Earlier this year, the Green Ribbon campaign was launched with the aim of ‘changing minds about mental health, one conversation at a time’. Their simple message, ‘Time to talk’, spread rapidly. Who knows how many lives were saved or transformed by the reminder that we should always be ready to listen and to help? It got me thinking about the ripple effect - how one kind word or act can make all the difference, or even save a life. What can we do to let people know we are available to help and to lend a sympathetic ear.

Today’s Gospel sees Jesus taking pity on the crowds, even though he had planned some alone time, and in spite of the disciples’ efforts to send them away. Are we like the disciples, sending people away when they need help? Or do we follow Jesus’ example, acting with compassion and helping those we encounter?

The crowd had only five loaves and two fish, yet from this meagre beginning Jesus was able to feed five thousand people. The smallest gesture of help or kindness can multiply and bear a great amount of fruit.

Tríona Doherty