Pastors Desk: Second Sunday of Advent / B

Posted 9th December 2017 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 10th December 2017 - Second Sunday of Advent / B

2nd-sunday-advent2In our first reading today, the prophet Isaiah refers to a voice crying in the wilderness, urging those listening to ‘prepare in the wilderness a way for the Lord’. He adds that God is a shepherd who will gather and protect his sheep always. In our gospel, Mark also refers to this statement by Isaiah and adds that he will also send a messenger to prepare a way for the Lord.

So, this season of Advent is really all about preparing or clearing a way for the Lord in our own lives. It allows us time to reflect and prepare our lives spiritually for the forthcoming season. We can all be so busy preparing for Christmas on many levels. Many families and individuals experience extra pressure on many fronts and its so easy to lose sight of the real meaning of Christmas.

Next Sunday, the 3rd Sunday of Advent, an annual event takes place in St. Peter’s Square. For the last 30 years it’s become a tradition for children to bring their ‘Bambinelli’, the figurines of the baby Jesus from their cribs at home, to be blessed by the Holy Father after the Angelus that day. The figurines are held high for the blessing and are brought back home, wrapped or simply placed under the Christmas tree until Christmas Eve when they are placed in the family crib to mark the birth of the baby Jesus. If you’d like to have the figure of the infant Jesus from your own crib blessed you can simply bring it along to any mass here in Holy Trinity or in St. Paul’s next Sunday 17th when the blessing will take place during all masses.

Today’s gospel challenges us to prepare a way for the Lord by keeping hope alive in our hearts.

Fr Gerry

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Posted 4th December 2017 in Ceremonies

On Friday 8th December we will celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady. Masses in Holy Trinity will be as follows:

Vigil Mass on Thursday 7th December at 6.30pm.

Mass on Friday 8th December at 10.00am.

Pastors Desk: First Sunday of Advent / B

Posted 2nd December 2017 in Pastor's Desk

advent4Pastor’s Desk 3rd December 2017 - First Sunday of Advent / B

Today we celebrate the first day of the new year in the Liturgical life of the church. The beginning of Advent also marks the start of our journey through the holy season in preparation for our celebration of Christmas in just 4 weeks. With the commercial side of the season in full swing, Advent also affords us the space to pause and take stock of our relationship with God and invite him to enter our lives once again if we have lost touch with him over time.

The core message of all of today’s readings is Jesus’ warning that we need to be alert and prepared because Christ’s second coming, which will coincide with the end of the world, can occur at any time.

In the second reading today St. Paul reminds the Corinthians that they are not ready to face the day of the Lord yet because they were misusing the gifts of the Holy Spirit. They were to be used for the good of the community and not to destroy it like some of them had been doing. Mark used these words of Paul years later in Rome to remind his community to ‘Be constantly on their guard and stay awake’ for the return of the appointed one at any time. The reward or punishment for their actions or inactions is certain.

So, listening to what Isaiah, Paul and Mark have to say to us today, let us use these four weeks wisely. Then we may be in a better position to celebrate the Feast of Christ’s birth.

Fr Gerry

Pastors Desk: Solemnity of Christ the King / A

Posted 25th November 2017 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 26th November 2017 - Solemnity of Christ the King / A

christ-the-king2Throughout most of history, leaders of nations have been surrounded by riches, servants and others who pander to their wishes. Most have resided in great houses or palaces that we have all heard about from time to time. That power brings with it a life and responsibility of its own because of the trappings associated with their office. Sometimes however leaders can use their office or power to their own advantage and fail to serve the very people who trusted in them and placed them in power. We have seen the consequences of this in Zimbabwe in recent days.

Today we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King. While the Feast had previously been celebrated by the Franciscans and other great theologians it was eventually brought into the liturgical year of the universal Church by Pope Pius XI. He wanted to bring Christ, his rule and Christian values back into the lives of Christians, into society and into politics. He wrote an encyclical in response to the rise of secularism throughout Europe at that time. He was witnessing the rise of non-Christian dictatorships in Europe and wanted leaders and nations to recognise that they were bound to give respect to Christ.

When we accept Jesus as King in our lives then all else falls into place. When we allow him to take control of our hearts and minds then we are challenged to treat others with dignity, respect, justice and compassion just as Jesus did.

Fr Gerry

Pastors Desk: Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time / A

Posted 18th November 2017 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 19th November 2017 - Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time / A

heavenOn this second last Sunday of the Liturgical year we are reminded in today’s gospel of the preparations we need to make to reach heaven. All three readings focus on the invitation to live in such a way that we make best use of the talents God has given us before time runs out.

The first reading from the book of Proverbs suggests that we all should be as diligent and industrious as the faithful wife who uses her God given talents to ‘bring forth good, not evil’. Unlike the man who may have been so scared that he buried the Talent, she takes her gift and is praised for ‘reaching her hand out to the poor’ and extending her arms to the needy.

God has invested heavily in all of us. He has given us all life, and each of us also has a collection of “talents” we can make use of. We all have certain gifts, skills, experiences, resources and abilities that come from God. We should not take them for granted or bury them in the ground out of fear. So, it’s important that we make the best use of these ‘talents’ and use them for the benefit of others.

Saint Paul tells us that the ‘Day of the Lord is going to come like a thief in the night’. With that in mind we need to see every moment as gift from God. We should seize every opportunity to increase the investment that God has made in us so that we may be worthy to hear God tell us, “Well done, my good and faithful servant”.

Fr Gerry