Sacrament of Reconciliation

Posted 17th December 2018 in Ceremonies

An Advent Penitential Service including the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the parishes of Holy Trinity, Ayrfield, Edenmore and Grange Park will be held in Holy Trinity Church on Tuesday 18th December at 7.30pm. All are invited to attend.

In Holy Trinity, individual confessions will also be available on Christmas Eve from 10am to 11am.

Pastors Desk: Third Sunday of Advent / C

Posted 15th December 2018 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 16th December 2018 - Third Sunday of Advent /C

3rd-sunday-advent1Today the people ask John ‘what must we do’. He urges them to share what they have with others who are less fortunate. Christmas can be a time when we over indulge on many fronts. The amount of food and alcohol we may purchase. Expensive gifts that we may buy for each other and exchange on Christmas Day. We can be fooled by the television advertisements that we need lots of things in order to have a ‘Happy Christmas’.

But at this time of year it’s also important to remember those who are less fortunate than ourselves. It’s our opportunity to show that we care.

As we begin the 3rd week of Advent today the question we might all ask ourselves is ‘what must I do, Lord, in order to celebrate Christmas this year?’

Fr. Gerry

Christmas Timetable

Posted 14th December 2018 in Events

The parish Christmas Timetable has been published, and begins with the annual Carol Service with the Parish Choir on Sunday 16th December at 5pm in the church. All are invited to join in the celebration of the most popular Christmas carols.

Pastors Desk: Second Sunday of Advent / C

Posted 8th December 2018 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 9th December 2018 - Second Sunday of Advent /C

2nd-sunday-advent3Many celebrities have special requests that must be taken care of in advance of their visit or appearance at a concert venue. They may demand certain types of food or drinks for example in their dressing room or hotel. In advance of the event, the sound checks are done, and the stage adjusted perhaps to ensure that their needs and demands are complied with. Similarly, when a head of state is planning to visit a country, months and weeks of preparation are spent ensuring that security is taken care of and the itinerary for their visit is carefully timed so that they can manage to keep on time and ensure a successful trip.

In today’s gospel John’s proclamation to his own contemporaries of the coming of Jesus makes similar demands from us as followers. It reminds us of the need to prepare a way for the Messiah in our hearts. If there are any ‘valleys’ or ‘crooked paths’ that we have created in our souls or lives by living out our faith in a half-hearted way, or by some dishonest practice, or by harbouring grudges and failing to forgive, then this time of Advent is an ideal time to repair them and make the way ahead straight in order that we can welcome the Messiah into our lives and hearts with a renewed spirit and commitment.

May the Lord guide each one of us towards Christmas with renewed strength and grace so that when the Lord comes, he will find us prepared to meet him with open hearts and minds.

Fr. Gerry

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Posted 3rd December 2018 in Ceremonies

immaculate-conception-1On Saturday 8th December we will celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady. Masses in Holy Trinity will be as follows:

Vigil Mass on Friday 7th December at 6.30pm.

Mass on Saturday 8th December at 10.00am.

(Saturday evening Mass will be the Vigil Mass of Sunday, as usual).