Pastor's Desk: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 1st August 2015 in Pastor's Desk

In place of the Pastor’s Desk this week, we include the following extract from Intercom Magazine:

The Deep End - Desire

In Titian’s painting Noli Me Tangere (1511-15), the risen Jesus veers just inches away from Mary’s touch. She may, in a second, fall to the ground. In the eternal now of the painting, however, she remains just inches away. Mary desires touch to make sense of sight but must learn to let go in order know her rabbi more deeply. A resuscitated Jesus could only ever be a phantom, a zombie even. The risen Jesus remains present no longer as the mistaken gardener but in the bodies of others, in the touch of the community that form his body.

In today’s readings Paul and John both speak of desire. Paul urges the Ephesians to abandon old desires and illusions while John’s Jesus tells his followers that their desire is misplaced. They are looking for food that rots but he is offering himself as bread from heaven. Paul asks his readers to desire Christ, to unite themselves to his body. Likewise, in the Gospel, Jesus offers his body. This is no attempt to flee the world. Instead, Christian faith invites us to live as the body of Christ and, in so doing, experience his presence in the bodies of others.

Paul Clogher

Pastor's Desk: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 25th July 2015 in Pastor's Desk

Welcome everyone. I hope you are enjoying the summer months, in-between the showers! We are taking Trinity Weekly off its summer break for this weekend because, as you will be aware, I celebrate my last Sunday Mass as a priest of the parish this weekend. It is very surreal for me to even write that because for the last 9 years I have understood myself as a priest of Holy Trinity Parish and have been very proud of that fact.

As I prepare to begin my sabbatical leave, I am ever more conscious of the great parish I am leaving behind. Over the past 9 years we have seen the parish grow from 2,500 houses to over 6,000 households today. In the same time, the number of priests has gone down from 4 to 2 and for long periods over that time, even down to 1. While the work load was increasing the response of parishioners was more than equal to it. Many parishioners accepted the invitation from the Parish Pastoral Council and I to become more involved in their parish by volunteering for the variety of Ministries active in the parish. That is an abiding memory I will take with me of Holy Trinity Parish, how there was always people willing and eager to lend a hand, whether it was delivering Trinity News from door to door, cleaning the church, setting up our new Saturday Vigil choir, helping with the Novena of Grace, people always made themselves available. A constant phrase I found myself using over the years to so many people was “thanks for the work”. I think that is a real indication of the great parish Holy Trinity is.

Many people have been asking me where I am moving to and although the official letter of appointment has yet to come, I met with Archbishop Martin a few weeks ago and he has asked me, after I have completed my mini sabbatical, to take up a new appointment in Lusk Parish in North County Dublin. I am delighted to be returning to the North County considering that my first appointment 25 years ago was teaching in Swords and some of my students were from the parish of Lusk. I will be replacing Fr Paul Hampson PP in Lusk in January of 2016.

Before I go I’d like to offer a sincere Thank You to those who sent me Mass Bouquets, cards and gifts, but most of all to everyone for the joy and challenge of the past nine years. Please do keep me in your prayers as I will you. I wish you all every blessing for the future. I will offer my Mass this Saturday for your intentions.

Fr Eoin

Pastor's Desk: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 18th July 2015 in Pastor's Desk

In place of the Pastor’s Desk this week, we include the following extract from Intercom Magazine:

The Deep End - Nourishment

Although today’s Gospel is short, there is plenty of food for thought. The apostles have returned to Jesus after their mission. They are exhausted and we are told have not even had time to ‘eat’. They are in need of rest and nourishment in body, mind and spirit. Jesus gives good instruction to them and to us today: ‘Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while’. Our world demands so much from us, everyone is so busy all of the time. Jesus’s instruction tells us that time out is so important; we need to look after ourselves.

Of course it doesn’t go to plan. The crowd are desperate for guidance. Jesus takes pity on them as they are like ‘sheep without a shepherd’. Either they have no one to guide them or the leaders who are guiding them are offering a fruitless leadership. These people need to be listened to. What are they asking for? What do they need? As Church, are we offering people what they need or are we leading them to the ‘safe places’ that no longer serve their needs? Where are people going for nourishment today? These are important questions. We must listen to the need in ourselves for rest and nourishment and also respond to the real needs of others.

Jane Mellett

Pastor's Desk: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 11th July 2015 in Pastor's Desk

In place of the Pastor’s Desk this week, we include the following extract from Intercom Magazine:

The Deep End - ‘Keep it Simple’

We hear in the First Reading of the prophet Amos essentially being told to ‘go prophesy somewhere else’. By and large, prophets are not popular people. By the very nature of their calling, they are disturbing presences in our midst, the searing consciences of their age – and we would rather if they would not disturb us any further. Who are the prophets of our time whom we admire, perhaps from afar, for what they stand for and for who they defend – just as long as they don’t expect us to change our way of life or modes of thinking?

Jane Mellett

Pastor's Desk: 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 4th July 2015 in Pastor's Desk

In place of the Pastor’s Desk this week, we include the following extract from Intercom Magazine:

The Deep End - ‘What is this Wisdom?’

Can you think of a time when someone returned home after a life-changing experience, full of enthusiasm, and the response of the locals was mixed: ‘Who do they think they are?’ Perhaps it was you who had changed in some way, experienced a conversion or a new outlook on life and suddenly you were surrounded by the people who know you deeply and who are struggling to accept your new found wisdom. Often when these experiences happen, our family and friends do us a favour. They keep our feet on the ground and bring us on a journey back to everyday life. Like Jesus, we too can be amazed that this ‘wisdom’ is not shared by those around us. We should never crush the dreams or visions of others, but sometimes it is useful to keep one foot in reality while trying to achieve our dreams in small steps.

Today, it is also worth asking how we treat our modern day prophets? Prophets are controversial, they swim against the tide; they tell people things that they don’t want to hear; they try to encourage change and transformation. They can be extremely unpopular. Can you think of one modern-day prophet who may be calling you to something different, to something greater, even if it is uncomfortable? We will always learn something, even if our viewpoint doesn’t change. We should challenge ourselves to listen, to grow. How often has Jesus come to us in the form of someone we know very well, but we did not recognise him?

Jane Mellett