Pastors Desk: Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/B

Posted 10th November 2018 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 11th November 2018 - Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/B

we-are-all-equalToday Jesus talks about the Scribes who wore their long robes and took up the front seats in the synagogue and how they expected to be greeted ‘obsequiously’ in the market square. In other words they wanted to be seen and treated differently than their fellow women and men. They expected to be given places of honour while at the same time they took financial advantage of those who were less well-off. They engaged perhaps in the daily prayer rituals so that others would regard them to be good men and worthy of God’s favour.

The widow on the other hand is willing to share the little she has with those in her community. Jesus is quick to point this out and commends the woman for her generosity and humility while he criticises the Scribes for their hypocrisy.

We can all be like the Scribes from time to time. Ok, we may not take financial advantage of those less fortunate than us, but we need to be aware of the ability of the human heart to want to be affirmed and recognised for all the good we may do for all the wrong reasons.

In God’s eyes we are all equal. When the Lord calls each one of us to our eternal home it won’t matter if we are a widow, beggar, priest. We will be judged on whether we loved God and our neighbour as we loved ourselves.

Fr. Gerry

Pastors Desk: Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time/B

Posted 3rd November 2018 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 4th November 2018 - Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time/B

gospel-living1In our Gospel today, Jesus sets out clearly the guidelines for good Christian living.

To the Scribes, the Law of Moses was the greatest, fullest and most perfect revelation of God’s will in the world. So, when one of them comes forward and asks him which of the commandments is first Jesus is quick to reply. The first is that the Lord our God is the one Lord and we must love him with all our hearts. The second is to love our neighbour as ourselves. The Scribe is quick to commend Jesus for his reply, claiming that to live according to these core values was far better than any holocaust or sacrifice that was common practice of the Jews at that time.

This commandment to love our neighbour is difficult to observe and often far removed from the reality we all find ourselves in. It was hard for the Jews in Jesus’ time because only a fellow-Jew who observed the Law of Moses was to be considered a friend.

Living out that commandment to love is very difficult to do even in our families. Our home life is often far from the harmonious environment we all think exists in the house next door or across the road. We can take each other for granted. Words often said but never meant to hurt can and do just that. We need to admit our failings and ask forgiveness of those we have offended.

Finally, if we are going to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and spirit, then we are going to have to place his will ahead of our own.

Fr. Gerry

Feasts of All Saints and All Souls

Posted 28th October 2018 in Ceremonies

On Thursday 1st November we will celebrate the Feast of All Saints, a Holy Day of Obligation when we honour all Christian saints, known and unknown. The feast is celebrated by all the Christian churches.

The Vigil Mass on Wednesday 31st October (All Hallows’ Eve) will be held in Holy Trinity at 6.30pm. This is a shared Vigil Mass for the four parishes in the area: Holy Trinity, Ayrfield, Edenmore and Grange Park. All are welcome. In Holy Trinity, Mass on the Feast Day itself will be celebrated at 10.00am on Thursday 1st November.

Friday 2nd November is the Feast of All Souls. Morning Mass will be celebrated in Holy Trinity at 10.00am as normal, and we will celebrate our Annual Remembrance Mass at 7.30pm.

Pastors Desk: Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time/B

Posted 27th October 2018 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 28th October 2018 - Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time/B

jesus-and-the-blind-manYou have to admire Bartimaeus’ persistence in today’s gospel story. Sitting at the side of the road he discovers that it is Jesus who is passing nearby and so he calls out to him ‘Jesus, have pity on me’. Despite the fact that people told him to be quiet he shouted out all the louder. Jesus hears him, stops and tells his followers to ‘Call him here’. He jumps up and runs to Jesus who asks him ‘What do you want me to do for you’. He asks that he be cured of his blindness and be able to see again. Jesus grants his request.

We can all suffer from different forms of blindness from time to time. We can be blind to many of God’s blessings in our lives. We can be blind to things going on around us because they may challenge our attitudes or call into question our life choices etc. We can be blind to our own sins but miraculously we are able to see other people’s with great clarity. All of this can cloud our world and prevent us from seeing things as God wants us to.

We pray that we may always have the persistent faith that Bartimaeus exhibits in today’s gospel. If we are experiencing any ‘blindness’ in any aspect of our lives that God will give us greater insight and help us to see clearly his plan for each one of us.

Fr. Gerry

Pastors Desk: Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time/B

Posted 20th October 2018 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 21st October 2018 - Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time/B

world-mission-sunday1Today over one billion Catholics all over the world will celebrate World Mission Sunday. The anniversary was instituted in 1926 by a Papal decree issued by Pope Pius XI. So, every year since then the church worldwide has always used the month of October to reflect and pray for the work of the missions. On today in particular we are asked to contribute to a collection which is used in the work of evangelisation around the world.

There has always been a long tradition of Missionary Sisters and Priests from Ireland going to all parts of the globe to spread the gospel message. With declining vocations and an aging population many have returned home to their congregations and diocese. Now, in 2018 the new ‘missionaries’ who travel from our shores to share the gospel message of love and compassion for our fellow humanity are those who work with agencies like Concern, Trócaire, GOAL, Bóthar etc.

In one of his World Mission Sunday messages, Pope Benedict XVI encouraged churches with a shortage of priests to welcome them from countries where there are many. For the last year we have been fortunate to have Fr. Ubaldo and Fr. Dominic stay with us while they pursued their course of studies at DCU. Sadly, they have returned home in recent weeks. We wish them well in their ministry.

The theme of this year’s World Mission Sunday is ‘Christian Families are Missionary Families’. Pope Francis reminds us that through the proclamation of the Gospel, the risen Jesus becomes our contemporary and that families or individuals who welcome him with faith and love can experience the transforming power of his Spirit.

Fr. Gerry