Posted 21st March 2015
in Pastor's Desk
Our season of Lent is moving closer to its conclusion in the dramatic events of Holy Week which begins next Sunday. In our Gospel today, Jesus reflects on what He will have to go through and He tells His disciples and us too, that He is fearful about it all, he says; “Now my soul is troubled. What shall I say: Father save me from this hour?” Jesus is both the Son of God and the Son of Man; that is defined in our faith, and it would be wrong to think that His divinity meant he didn’t feel all the human emotions that life generates in us. If that was the case, then he wouldn’t have lived a human life. Yet Jesus expresses real fear in our Gospel today. But He knows that salvation cannot be achieved without this suffering. He must be the “Grain of wheat that dies and brings forth a rich harvest”.
He then calls on His followers, including us today, to follow His example, not by death on a cross but by “dying to ourselves”. What does that mean? Well it means putting the needs of others ahead of ourselves. We have lived through the boom years where arrogance and self absorption were the traits most on display. We didn’t only see this with the wealthy in our society but at all levels. All of us fell into the trap of only seeing as far as the end of our nose. Jesus calls us to “die” to our selfish ways and give ourselves freely to others. We do this by sharing our talents and abilities, whatever they maybe, with the community. There are loads of ways to give something back. Let us look around and see what we are been called to do.
We need the help of a few good people to cut some palms for our Palm Sunday liturgies. If you are free Thursday after 10.00am Mass and have a good pair of secateurs, please call to the Sacristy.
Posted 18th March 2015
in Catholic Bishops' eZine
The Spring 2015 issue of the Catholic Bishops’ eZine is now available. This quarterly newsletter is published by the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. You can read it here on the Holy Trinity Parish website, or you can subscribe to receive it by email.
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Posted 14th March 2015
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A Blessing Prayer for Mother’s Day
God of Love, listen to this Blessing Prayer.
God of Holy Women, of Sarah, Ruth and Rebecca;
God of Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist;
Of Mary, mother of Jesus;
Bend down Your ear to this request
And bless the mothers of our families.
Bless them with the strength of Your Spirit;
They who have taught their children
How to stand and how to walk.
Bless them with the melody of Your love,
They who have shared how to speak,
How to sing and how to pray to You.
Bless them with a place at Your Eternal Dinner Table,
They who have fed and nurtured the life
that was formed within them
While still helpless but embraced in their love.
Bless them today, now, in this lifetime,
with good things; with health, joy, love, laughter
and pride in their children.
Surround them with many good friends.
May they who carried life in their womb,
be carried one day to Your Divine Embrace;
there for all eternity, to rejoice with their family and friends,
This blessing, and all graces, we pray,
descend upon the mothers of this community;
In the name of the Father,and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
Mass Times for St. Patrick’s Day
Vigil Mass Monday 6.30pm
Tuesday 17th 9.30am & 11.00am only
Blessing of shamrock at all Masses
Posted 7th March 2015
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It is hard to believe that the Ten Commandments were written some 3,500 years ago. Moses received the two tablets of stone which bore the Commandments from God and they have been the foundation of civilised society for Jews and Christians ever since. The beauty of the Commandments is their simplicity. In a clear way they emphasise the centrality of God in the lives of all who follow them and then they tell us to think of others and their needs rather than suit ourselves.
Secular society today denies there is a supreme being such as God at all and therefore each person centres themselves not on God, but on themselves. What is good or bad is no longer decided externally but how by “I” feel about it. Likewise how I treat others is no longer dictated by morals agreed by all but by me and my happiness. The name given to this kind of thinking is “relativism” and it is something that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has spoken about at length. Good and bad, right and wrong, are decided by how it is experienced relative to each individual, not by a moral code external to the individual.
The Ten Commandments are still the best moral code for Christian living and, as we examine our conscience this Lent, we should use them as a ruler to see how we measure up.
Novena of Grace
The Novena of Grace Masses in honour of St Francis Xavier are being enjoyed very much by those attending them. The Masses continue until Thursday evening. Click here for a list of the remaining speakers, or see the noticeboards at the church doors. There will be refreshments for the entire congregation on our last night, this Thursday evening.
Posted 28th February 2015
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Welcome everyone to Mass on this second Sunday of Lent. The readings today are quite a contrast; the Gospel tells us the story of the Transfiguration, that beautiful moment in time when Jesus was revealed in all his glory as the only Son of God. Our first reading from Genesis is quite a disturbing and distressing piece of scripture where we see God ask Abraham to sacrifice his only son Isaac. We are left asking how God could ask such a thing. The fact that God stops Abraham before he does any harm to the boy doesn’t dispel our dismay.
The intention of the passage is to show that God stopped short of asking Abraham to do something that He Himself would do in the person of Jesus Christ. God would give His Son Jesus over to sinful men to be the acceptable sacrifice on behalf of us all. In this season of Lent when we are making our own sacrifices we realise nothing asked of us compares to that suffered by Jesus on our behalf.
In the beautiful Gospel text of the Transfiguration, Jesus is revealed in His glory before His closest apostles as a preparation for what lay ahead, His suffering and passion. Peter, the leader of the apostles gets it wrong again. He wants to build three tents and remain in this blissful experience. But the reality is we all must come down from the mountain, those moments of God’s closeness, and continue our journey in the valleys.
Novena of Grace 2015, March 4-12
Holy Trinity Church, Donaghmede
Novena Masses are weekdays 7.30pm; Sat 6.30pm & Sun 11.00am
Click here for a full list of speakers
(Parking available in Donaghmede Shopping Centre with kind permission)