Pastors Desk: Second Sunday in Ordinary Time / C

Posted 19th January 2019 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 20th January 2019 - Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/C

wineThere are currently several advertising campaigns being run this month to encourage us to give up alcohol for the month of January. Some are to raise funds for charities and others are simply for the health benefits we get from abstaining from alcohol for one month. Perhaps it’s rather ironic that wine forms a central theme in today’s gospel.

John tells us that the changing of water into wine was ‘one of the first signs given by Jesus’ but what does that mean? Well, scripture scholars tell us that by changing the six jars of water into wine Jesus confirmed the goodness of wine. So, like many good things in life, it’s not the wine that is evil but the abuse of it.

The changing of the water into wine also helps us to understand Jesus’ role and purpose in coming to earth. Christ came on earth to change people and to make all things new. He came to change us just as he changed water into wine. His presence among us is an invitation to change our ways and a call to new life in him so that our lives are changed for the better.

In countries where wine is produced the arrival of the new wine from the annual harvest is eagerly awaited. Will it be a vintage crop? Will the wine taste good? In this new year, we drink the wine of the New Covenant and are filled with the joy and mercy of Christ.

Fr. Gerry

Pastors Desk: The Baptism of the Lord / C

Posted 12th January 2019 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 13th January 2019 - The Baptism of the Lord /C

bapt-of-the-lord6In recent days and weeks, we have seen and heard many stories on television, radio and in newspapers about the devastation caused by the tsunami in Indonesia following the volcano eruption there. Water, something that is essential to life for all of us also has the potential to cause damage, destruction and take innocent lives.

On today, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord we see how the use of water in Baptism provides a powerful symbol of the Holy Spirit at work. Water cleanses, and washes away dirt. Water is vital for life. Without it we will dehydrate and become ill. And, like the Holy Spirit, water is a God-given resource that cannot be destroyed. In the world it is estimated that there are about 320 million cubic miles of water. The water-cycle brings us the evaporation of sea water through the heat of the sun. The water condenses as clouds and then falls back to earth as rain. Then it either flows in rivers back into the sea or eventually sinks into the ground.

So ever since the creation of the world that water has been recycled, re-used, countless millions of times. If God loves us enough to give us free life through water, how much more will he provide for us spiritually? The waters of Baptism use that never-ending water supply to welcome us into the never ending life in the spirit.

Fr. Gerry.

Pastors Desk: The Epiphany of the Lord / C

Posted 5th January 2019 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 6th January 2019 - The Epiphany of the Lord /C
3-wise-menToday we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, perhaps one of the most important feasts of the Church’s calendar. It is about the revelation of Jesus Christ, the Messiah to the whole world. There are three events in the life of Jesus which make up the Epiphany: His baptism in the Jordan, the wedding feast at Cana and of course the event we celebrate today, the adoration of the Magi, the wise men from the East.

We know precious little about the wise men apart from what we read in St. Matthew’s Gospel. We know that they came from the east; we know of their encounter with Herod and the religious leaders of the time, of the advice and directions they received; and how, by following the star, they eventually came to Christ and his family and gave their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, and worshipped him. There is an ancient tradition identifying the “Magi of Bethlehem” as Balthasar of Arabia, Melchior of Persia, and Gaspar of India.

There was a survey of school children carried out in England recently. One of the questions was: How did the wise men find their way to the child Jesus? The choices given were: by a star, by railway, by Google Maps, by plane. About 30% of the children said the wise men found the Child Jesus by using Google Maps. While some may be horrified or amused by the children’s answers, what is important is the focus of the question and that is Jesus Christ. How did they, the wise men get to the Christ child, the one sent by God, the Word of God made flesh, who came among us, who lived among us as one of us?

Though we hear nothing more about them after they meet Jesus and go back to their own country, their encounter with Jesus and Mary and Joseph not doubt changed them forever. He was the objective of their long journey and their act of worship was the culmination of their searching and their longing to be close to the One they knew God has sent.

Our search for Jesus Christ, the anointed one of God, our deep inner yearning to be close to God brings us to Mass today. We meet the same Jesus Christ, in Word and in Sacrament, in this Eucharist we celebrate and participate in, giving our gift of our self. This is our act of Worship, our coming together with the one who was born in the stable in Bethlehem, who was visited by the shepherds and who was worshipped by the Magi; come, let us adore him.

Fr. Gerry

Feast of the Epiphany

Posted 4th January 2019 in Ceremonies

This Sunday 6th January we will celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany. Masses in Holy Trinity will be at the usual Sunday Mass times:

Vigil Mass on Saturday 5th January at 6.30pm.

Masses on Sunday 6th January at 9.30am and 11.30am.

Pray out the Old, Pray in the New

Posted 27th December 2018 in Ceremonies

A special Last Light Ceremony will be held in Holy Trinity Church on Monday 31st December (New Year’s Eve) from 4.00 pm to 5.00 pm. Please join us as we give thanks for the blessings of the year 2018 that is just ending, and as we invoke God’s help for the New Year of 2019.