The Word of God was never more important - pastorally, liturgically, and spiritually. You are invited to join us for ourÂ School of the Word series entitled “God’s first chosen people: their story and ours” whereÂ Fr. Kieran O’Mahony OSA will give talks for six Thursday evenings from October 23rd to December 4th.
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Posted 22nd November 2014
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The Feast of Christ the King
Today is the last Sunday of the Church’s liturgical year and we gather to celebrate this great feast of Christ the King. The Church wants us to reflect upon what the whole of all creation is ultimately about. Our Faith tells us that Christ will return to establish the Kingdom of God and when that time comes, the world as we know it will be transformed. This is not something to be feared but rather something we long for because it means the complete fulfilment of God’s will.
For us today the meaning of the feast day may be a little less clear than it was some centuries ago when there were many kingdoms in the world, each ruled by a monarch with total authority over the lives of the people who lived there. The people were called “Subjects” because they were subject to the will of their King. Today, such monarchs no longer exist as all Kings and Queens today are Heads of State in democracies and so are pretty much figure heads. For Catholics of a few centuries ago, the image of Christ the King would have been a very real and easy concept to understand; it would be the time when Christ would surpass even their own earthly King and reign for ever over their lives. In contrast to earthly Kings, Jesus’ Kingship is not seen in power and glory but in humble service of others. His “throne” is the Cross.
Fr. Gerry arrives next Sunday
I am delighted to say that Fr. Gerry Corcoran will be with us from next Sunday, the First Sunday of Advent. It has been a long two months on my own in the parish and quite a struggle too trying to cover the bases. It is impossible to do of course on your own but I was given great support by the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC), the Parish Team, Ministers of the Word & Eucharist and by many parishioners. My sincere thanks & appreciation to all for all your help & support.
Posted 15th November 2014
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Welcome everyone. This is the second last Sunday of the Church’s year and the Gospel today is the parable of the talents. Jesus wishes us to reflect on how we use the talents and abilities that have been given to us uniquely as individuals, for the betterment of those around us. As you remember, in the parable, one servant buries his talent and then gives it back when requested by the Master. The Master is angry because the talent has never been used.
Parish life gives many opportunities for people to discover and share their talents. Think of the ways you have done so in your life. There is always time to discover a new, hidden talent. Our challenge is to stretch ourselves for benefit of others.
St Doulagh’s Church 150th Anniversary Service
I received the following very kind invitation from Rev Norman Gamble, Rector of the Malahide Group of Church of Ireland Parishes: “Dear Eoin, On behalf of the Select Vestry, I write to invite you and your parishioners to join us in a very special Service on Sunday 16th November at 7pm as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the building of St Doulagh’s in its present form under Rev Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy in 1862-64. Archbishop Jackson will be present, and the preacher will be Rev Andrew Studdert Kennedy, Rector of Marlborough, Geoffrey’s great-grandson.”
I do hope some of our parishioners here in Holy Trinity will be able to join me in participating in the Service this evening in St Doulagh’s Church, Kinsealy.
PS. Our next “Do this in Memory” programme Mass in preparation for First Confession and First Eucharist is next Sunday at the 12.30pm Family Mass. We look forward to seeing all the families then.
Posted 8th November 2014
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Welcome everyone. The 9th November is always the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica and when it falls on a Sunday it takes precedence over the Sundays of Ordinary Time. Some of you may ask why are we celebrating a church that is miles away?! We have to remember that for the early Church there were no buildings to gather in because they were afraid of being rounded up and persecuted or put to death by the Roman Empire, so they met in the private houses of believers for the reading of the scriptures and the breaking of bread, the Mass. When Emperor Constantine made Christianity legal in the Roman Empire in 313 he gave the Christians part of his Laterano family palace in Rome to use as a gathering place. This was the Lateran Palace and a simple church was built. The large basilica we know today was built in 1646. This is also where the popes lived till the Middle Ages and the Lateran Basilica is to this day the Cathedral Church of the Diocese of Rome, i.e. the Pope’s Cathedral. People often think that St. Peter’s is the Pope’s Cathedral but it is not. The Diocese of Rome is run from the offices at the Lateran Basilica. This basilica is the first and mother church of the churches of the Catholic Church in the city and in the world, hence our reason to celebrate it.
Of course we are not interested in bricks for their own sake. If there are no people of faith to gather there then the building means nothing. Today we are reminded that the most important element of church buildings is the “living stones” that are the people of God. We are about being church. The building merely provides the safe venue for us to gather and celebrate and support one another in the living out of that faith.
Like the bricks of the basilica, we need to lean on each other for support and then we are strong and solid, the more so because Christ is the foundation stone.
Posted 1st November 2014
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Welcome everyone. Today we celebrate the Feast of All the Faithful Departed more commonly known as All Souls Day. Yesterday was the Feast of All Saints when we remembered those members of our families who have been rewarded by God with a place in His Heavenly Kingdom. Today we remember those who are still on their way to the eternal banquet we hear about in scripture. We invite parishioners to return their November List of the Dead so that your loved one can be remembered at all Masses this month and on the First Fridays throughout the year. Please also note that the Annual Mass for those who died in the parish over the last year will be celebrated next Friday 7th November at 7.30pm. May their souls and the souls of all the Faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.
Annual Mass Census
On the first three Sundays of October we carried out the annual census of Mass attendance as required by Archbishop’s House. Normally we do the census on one Sunday but from this year onwards we will average out the attendance of three Sundays. The figures recorded and submitted to Archbishop’s House show an increase on last year and were as follows:
||1st Eucharist Enrolment
||1st Eucharist Mass
Posted 25th October 2014
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Welcome everyone. This Sunday’s Gospel is very easy to understand but quite difficult to live out in our daily lives. The question is posed to Jesus, which is the greatest Commandment? Remember that the Jewish Torah contained 613 Commandments from God so this was no idle query! Jesus summarises all the Laws of God in the following, â€˜You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second resembles it: You must love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments hang the whole Law, and the Prophets also.’
Feast of All Saints 1st November
As this is the last weekend in October I hope everyone remembered to put their clocks back! Otherwise you will be arriving an hour early for everything. Also, a quick reminder that next Saturday is the 1st November, the Feast of All Saints and a holy day of obligation. We have 10am Mass on the Saturday itself. Please note, we have no Vigil Mass here in Holy Trinity Church but our neighbouring parishes do. The 6.30pm Saturday evening is, as usual, the Vigil Mass of Sunday. I hope you all have a very enjoyable Bank Holiday weekend and we wish the school children a restful and safe midterm break for the coming week.
|Feast of All Saints Mass Times in Local Churches
Friday 31st October
||St. Laurence O’Toole Baldoyle
||St. Paul’s Ayrfield
|No Vigil Mass
||Holy Trinity Church
|Saturday 1st November
||Holy Trinity Church