Pastors Desk: Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/A

Posted 18th January 2020 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 19th January 2020 - Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/A

christian-unityToday we begin our Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Too often in the past, the Christian Churches have been divided on different issues instead of focusing on what unites us all as followers of Jesus Christ.

When John sees Jesus coming towards him, he is quick to proclaim, ‘Look there is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world’. He tells them that Jesus was the one he spoke of when he said that someone was coming after him who was far greater than he was. It’s almost as if John the Baptist is saying that his task is now complete and that it’s up to those listening to decide for themselves if they want to become followers of ‘the Chosen One of God’.

Through the Sacrament of Baptism, we are all called to be Jesus’ modern day disciples and his witnesses by the way we live our lives. That seed or gift of faith which was planted back then requires a loving personal response from us. Our faith is not something that we live out in isolation from the wider world. We are called to be ministers of his love and show compassion to those we meet daily. Bearing witness to Christ is an active, not passive, lifelong task. By doing so we can also draw or invite others to ‘come and see’ and hopefully respond to his lifelong invitation.

May always that flame of faith we all received at baptism burn brightly in our hearts.

Fr. Gerry C.

Pastors Desk: The Baptism of the Lord/A

Posted 11th January 2020 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 12th January 2020 - The Baptism of the Lord/A

baptism-of-the-lord1The Feast of the Lord’s Baptism marks a significant time in Jesus’ Life. He leaves his private life behind in Nazareth to begin his public ministry. Joining the queue of sinners, he waits to be baptised by John in the Jordan. John is reluctant to baptise him, as he was the sinless one but eventually gives in to Jesus’ request.

We are told that as Jesus is leaving the water something truly amazing happens. The heavens opened and God the Father’s voice echoes from above confirming ‘This is my Son, the Beloved, my favour rests on him.’ That favour is echoed in every Christian Baptism, always.

Today’s Feast is also a powerful reminder of the significance of the gift of Baptism that most of us received as infants. It was the beginning of our journey in faith with God and other members of the Christian family. Now it challenges us to make a mature commitment as adults to respond, profess our faith anew and live Spirit-filled lives guided by God alone. It reminds us that we have responsibility to respect, love and care for our fellow humanity and the world in which we live.

The New Year also give us the opportunity to review our commitment to God in our lives and reflect on how that fits into the wider Christian family.

Fr. Gerry C.

Pastors Desk: Second Sunday of Christmas/A

Posted 4th January 2020 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 5th January 2020 - Second Sunday of Christmas/A

new-yearToday we celebrate the second Sunday in the holy season of Christmas, the time of Christ.

Traditionally we always waited until after the Feast of the Epiphany or Nollaig na mBan before we removed the Christmas decorations in our homes. However, by today many Christmas trees have already been consigned to the shredder or banished into the attic until we decide to retrieve them for Christmas 2020. Each year Christmas decorations seem to appear long before the season has begun, only to disappear before the season is completely over. It seems that we are influenced more and more by the commercial calendar than the Christian one these days.

In today’s readings Paul and John try to help us to realign our focus for the year ahead by presenting us with the essentials of our faith, and they challenge us to have the courage to do the right thing, irrespective of others.
Saint Paul encourages those who are listening to focus their minds on the Lord Jesus and to live always through love in his presence. He prays that they gain a spirit of wisdom and a knowledge of God which in turn will influence their interior life and external behaviour. It will give them a clear sense of direction

In the gospel of St. John, he tells us that the One born of the Virgin is the creator of all that there is in the world, and that he is the true light to guide us on our way to eternal life and final happiness with God at the end of time, filled with grace and truth.

Fr. Gerry

Feast of the Epiphany

Posted 2nd January 2020 in Ceremonies

On 6th January, we will celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany. As the 6th falls on a Monday this year, there will be no Vigil Mass of the Feast. Masses in Holy Trinity for the Feast Day will be on Monday at 10.00 am and 6.30 pm.

Pray out the Old, Pray in the New

Posted 28th December 2019 in Ceremonies

78599046_10162727194425128_3136485496666980352_oA special Last Light Ceremony will be held in Holy Trinity Church on Tuesday 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 2019 that is just ending, and as we invoke God’s help for the New Year of 2020.