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Posted 24th January 2015
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Catholic Schools Week 2015
This week the Church in Ireland is celebrating CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK, until next Sunday 1st February. The theme this year is “Catholic Schools: A Call to Serve”. We here in Holy Trinity Parish are blessed with the quality of teaching and formation our Catholic Schools provide for the children of our parish. As you are aware, the very existence of Catholic schools in our society is continually being debated and their right to have an ethos that reflects our faith. The bias of our mainstream media is very evident yet the numbers enrolling in the Catholic schools of this parish tell a different story. This debate involves all of us because as tax payers we have a right to express our desire that our money would go towards educating our children in the Faith.
This week we celebrate our five Catholic Schools in the parish: Holy Trinity SNS; Naomh Cholmcille SNS; Scoil BhrГde JNS; St. Kevin’s JNS and St. Francis of Assisi NS Belmayne. We express our thanks to the teachers, staff, Boards of Management, Parents’ Associations and in particular to the Principals of each school for their dedication and commitment. Next Sunday, 1st February, each school will be represented by a class at the 12.30pm Family Mass when we will give thanks to God for the work of the schools and ask His continued blessing upon them.
Registering for the Week of Guided Prayer
Last weekend we had speakers at each of our Sunday Masses inviting parishioners to take part in the Week of Guided Prayer from February 8-14. The closing date for registering is this coming Tuesday, 27th January. Please complete the registration form available at the doors of the church or from the Sacristy by Tuesday and return it to the Parish Office or the Sacristy. We will be in touch with you about the next stage in due course.
Posted 17th January 2015
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Welcome everyone, as we gather for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. The theme of our readings today is that of answering God’s call in our lives. We see in our first reading, from the Book of Samuel, that Samuel is confused and doesn’t know whose voice he is hearing; he heard a literal voice and so was looking for a physical person but Eli advises him to remain still next time but answer, “Speak Lord, your servant is listening”. In the Gospel then we see more disciples follow Jesus and also that Simon is chosen by Jesus to be their leader; he is to be the rock of the church.
Having reflected on our own baptismal calling last week we see this week that each of us has a calling from God to be bearers of his Word to others. As a parish community we need each other to play our part in building up the Kingdom of God. We do this by using the talents that God has given us for the benefit of the community. So let us all make that line from the Book of Samuel our own; “Speak Lord, Your servant is listening” and see what the Lord is saying to us. If you are looking for something to reflect on during the Monday Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, you can do no better!
Week of Guided Prayer
I am delighted that this weekend we will have a speaker at each of our Masses offering this excellent opportunity for parishioners to develop or deepen a style of prayer that suits their busy lives. No experience is necessary. During the week of February 8-14 your individual Prayer Guide will meet with you each day to help you hear God’s Word just as Samuel did in our First Reading today. Information leaflets and registration forms are available at the tables by the church doors.
Posted 10th January 2015
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‘This is my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on him’
Welcome back to you all as we begin a new week and settle into the New Year of 2015. We conclude the season of Christmas and begin the Season of “Ordinary Time” with the celebration of the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Today we remind ourselves of how this was such a pivotal experience in Jesus’ life: prior to his baptism in the River Jordan by his cousin John the Baptist, we know very little of Jesus’ life, but from this moment forward he begins his public ministry of preaching the Gospel or Good News. It starts out as a solitary journey but quickly a community forms around Jesus and that continues to be the case up to our own time.
Our own baptism should be a pivotal event in our lives. We might not remember anything about it but the fact that it happened at all means we are members of the Body of Christ, the Church, and have rights and responsibilities. Only within the community of faith can we exercise those rights and responsibilities. Our parish is very lucky to have so many committed members who take part in our liturgies each week and do so much voluntary work for our parish; without you we would have a very poor sense of what church is. Let us celebrate this great Feast day by renewing our baptismal promises and refreshing ourselves in the waters of salvation.
Do this in Memory Mass
The next Mass for families with a child preparing for First Confession and First Communion is next Sunday at the 12.30pm Family Mass. we look forward to seeing you then.
Posted 3rd January 2015
Mass for the Feast of the Epiphany (6th January) will be celebrated in Holy Trinity Church at 6.30pm on Monday (Vigil Mass) and at 10am on Tuesday morning. There will be no evening mass on the Feast Day itself.