This year’s Novena of Grace will take place from Wednesday 4th March to Thursday 12th March in Holy Trinity Church, Donaghmede.
Novena Masses: Weekdays 7.30pm, Saturday 6.30pm, Sunday 11.00am
Our guest speakers this year are Fr. Bernard McGuckian SJ, Colette Furlong, Adrienne Dines, Fr. Peter McVerry SJ, Archbishop Charles Brown, Deacon Derek Leonard, Angela & Alan Hayes and Msgr. John Fitzpatrick. Click here for full details of guest speakers and Mass times.
Car parking will be available in Donaghmede Shopping Centre, with kind permission.
Posted 28th February 2015
in Pastor's Desk
Welcome everyone to Mass on this second Sunday of Lent. The readings today are quite a contrast; the Gospel tells us the story of the Transfiguration, that beautiful moment in time when Jesus was revealed in all his glory as the only Son of God. Our first reading from Genesis is quite a disturbing and distressing piece of scripture where we see God ask Abraham to sacrifice his only son Isaac. We are left asking how God could ask such a thing. The fact that God stops Abraham before he does any harm to the boy doesn’t dispel our dismay.
The intention of the passage is to show that God stopped short of asking Abraham to do something that He Himself would do in the person of Jesus Christ. God would give His Son Jesus over to sinful men to be the acceptable sacrifice on behalf of us all. In this season of Lent when we are making our own sacrifices we realise nothing asked of us compares to that suffered by Jesus on our behalf.
In the beautiful Gospel text of the Transfiguration, Jesus is revealed in His glory before His closest apostles as a preparation for what lay ahead, His suffering and passion. Peter, the leader of the apostles gets it wrong again. He wants to build three tents and remain in this blissful experience. But the reality is we all must come down from the mountain, those moments of God’s closeness, and continue our journey in the valleys.
Novena of Grace 2015, March 4-12
Holy Trinity Church, Donaghmede
Novena Masses are weekdays 7.30pm; Sat 6.30pm & Sun 11.00am
Click here for a full list of speakers
(Parking available in Donaghmede Shopping Centre with kind permission)
Posted 21st February 2015
in Pastor's Desk
The Gospel today tells us how the season of Lent came about. Jesus, after His baptism in the River Jordan, went immediately into the desert or wilderness. Jesus stays there 40 days and nights and uses this time alone to reflect on His mission and prepare for preaching the Good News of God’s love. While alone Jesus suffers temptation at the hands of Satan and His faith in God is ridiculed. After this period of testing, Jesus began His mission of calling people back to a relationship with God.
Our season of Lent is about pausing and reflecting on our living out of our Faith. There is no doubt that being a person of Faith is very difficult today. There are plenty of people ready to mock our belief in God and sometimes the bombardment can get to us so that we begin to have doubts ourselves. Academics and scientists get plenty of time on TV and radio to undermine what are our core beliefs and suggest that believers are really very gullible people indeed.
Do we have an answer for them? Have we put a bit of thought into why we believe? Why not use this Lent to do that reflection.
Bishop Kevin Talk on Marriage tomorrow evening 7.30pm
I am delighted that Parish Pastoral Council has organised Bishop Kevin Doran to speak in our church tomorrow, Monday evening at 7.30pm on the topic of Marriage & the Family. As a society we will have a referendum in May that could possibly change our Constitutional understanding of Marriage for everyone not just future Marriages. The media is solidly behind the proposal for same sex marriage so those with a different view don’t get the same space in print or on air. They are also greeted with a frosty reception which emphasises the bias towards them. If we want to hear an alternative view to the mainstream media we have to create the opportunities. We invite all to come along Monday evening for such an opportunity.
Posted 14th February 2015
in Pastor's Desk
Welcome everyone; looking at the Readings of our Mass today, we see that leprosy is common to the First and Gospel Readings. In the First Reading from the Book of Leviticus, God tells Moses and Aaron how to recognise the disease. For people of that time Leprosy caused absolute panic. It was contagious and so at the first sign of it breaking out on a person’s body, they were treated as outcasts. They left the family home, their livelihood and their community. Their lives would never be the same again. To warn of their condition they also must shout out, “Unclean, unclean”, to give the healthy a chance to avoid coming into contact with them. It must have been a soul destroying experience. Of course, medical knowledge was not so widespread then so people with psoriasis, bad acne, and other skin ailments were all treated as lepers. Any kind of blemish was enough to end life as you knew it.
Once again then, we see Jesus break the social norms of His day by allowing Himself have encounters with these social outcasts. The man in the Gospel has faith that Jesus can cure him and is bold enough to ask Jesus to heal him. What is even more shocking is that Jesus touches the man as he cures him. Jesus then tells him not to tell anyone! He no longer has to live outside of the town, he can resume his life with his family; life has been given back to him again. There is no way this is going to be kept quiet.
But we don’t even need illness as an excuse to cast people aside; family rows or imagined slights are enough for many today to justify never speaking to someone again. Jesus in the Gospel is saying there is no one I will not reach out to. Can we say the same?
Mass Times for Ash Wednesday 18th February
10.00am & 7.30pm
Ashes will be distributed at both Masses
Posted 9th February 2015
Holy Trinity Parish would like to invite you to a talk given by
Bishop Kevin Doran of Elphin
on the subject of
“The Synod on the Family and its Implications for our Understanding of Marriage”
Venue: Holy Trinity Church, Donaghmede
Time: Monday February 23rd at 7.30pm
All are welcome!
Click here to download a poster for your noticeboard
Update: You can read the content of Bishop Doran’s address on the Diocese of Elphin website