Sunday Mass Times

Posted in Ceremonies

Saturday Vigil - 6:30 pm
Sunday Morning - 9:30 am & 11:30 am

Pastors Desk: Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time / A

Posted 14th October 2017 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 15th October 2017 - Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time / A

kings-feastAnyone who has sent out invitations for a wedding, a birthday party or some other event will know how slow we can be when it comes to that RSVP request to reply by a specific time. We usually have to call or email some of the invitees nearer the closing date to confirm if they are coming along so we can give a final number to the hotel or venue and avoid the added expense of paying for guests who are not going to be there.

Today’s Gospel story has a slightly similar theme to it. We hear how the Kingdom of Heaven is compared to a feast that the King gives for his son after his wedding. While many of the guests had said they would love to attend when they received the invite they didn’t bother turning up on the day. They were too busy going about their business or tending their farms to join the King and his family for this happy occasion. They just couldn’t be bothered. But, rather than give up, the King sent his servants out and invited everyone they could find in the community who genuinely wanted to come to the wedding feast.

Each week we are all invited to the Banquet. To attend a feast every Sunday where we are nourished by the word of God and the bread of life. Many choose not to attend even though they received that invitation from the time of their baptism. The question arises should we ever stop issuing that invitation? Pope Francis tells us that we should never stop being missionaries who go out and invite others to the eternal banquet by how we live our lives and treat our fellow humanity with dignity and respect. By doing so maybe we can inspire others to come and be as nourished as we are.

Fr Gerry

Pastors Desk: Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time / A

Posted 7th October 2017 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 8th October 2017 - Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time / A

gods-vineyardThe first reading today from Isaiah and the gospel from Matthew use the image of a vineyard to illustrate their message. Isaiah speaks of the love that his friend has for his vineyard and how he tends it with loving care on the fertile hillside. Isaiah is really using this story to warn the Israelites that they were going wrong. That they, the chosen people, were ignoring God their Father and needed to change their ways.

St. Paul gives words of support and encouragement when he urges those listening ‘not to worry’ and to ask God for anything they need in prayer but also give thanks when it is due. He tells them they must fill their minds with noble thoughts and deeds and if they do then the God of peace will be with them guiding and directing them in all matters.

The chief priests and elders were not too impressed by the parable in today’s gospel. They thought that all was well between themselves and God but now they are being criticised for their actions. Ironically this was not the first time they had heard Jesus speak. Like many others they had heard him before. But while many had grown in faith by listening to what Jesus had to say and changed their attitudes, the Pharisees had not budged one millimetre.

We can all come to mass each week and listen to God’s word but like the Pharisees we can fail to listen or embrace any of the challenges the scriptures set before us. We all need to take heed of the warnings from Isaiah, St. Paul and Jesus and apply them to our own lives. If we respond to those challenges then we are like the good tenants in God’s vineyard.

Fr Gerry

Change to Sunday Mass Times

Posted 1st October 2017 in Announcements

Dear Parishioners,

At a recent meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council it was proposed that Sunday morning mass times should be changed. This is for several reasons: There is just one priest working full time in the Parish, and I also have responsibility for St. Paul’s in Ayrfield and celebrate mass there on Sundays. At times, I also provide support and cover for St. Benedict’s Grange Park and St. Monica’s Edenmore. The Parish Pastoral Council feels that given the current situation, two Sunday morning masses here in Holy Trinity are adequate; it works well during the months of July and August. To that end, from Sunday 8th October mass times will be as follows:

Saturday Vigil - 6:30 pm
Sunday Morning - 9:30 am & 11:30 am

Music at the new 11:30am mass will be provided by the Folk Group and the Family Mass Group on alternate Sundays. The First CommunionDo This in Memory of Me‘ and Confirmation preparation masses will now take place at this new earlier mass time of 11:30am.

I am grateful for all the support and understanding I have received over the last couple of weeks. I appreciate that many who attend the 12:30pm mass may be disappointed by the changes but we hope you will continue to join us at the 11:30am mass.

Fr Gerry

Pastors Desk: Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time / A

Posted 30th September 2017 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 1st October 2017 - Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time / A

love-and-supportIn our Gospel reading today, we meet two sons with very different approaches to mission and ministry. One of them agrees, perhaps a bit hastily, to accept the request from his father. Maybe he wants to please him but he certainly does not give himself any time for reflection and later decides not to complete the task.

The other son is also a bit hasty with his decision making but, having thought about it for a while, decides to go and do what he was asked.

At this time of year we recommence various parish groups and activities after the summer break. Many of us will have enjoyed the opportunity over the summer to be out in the fresh air and to have pleasant walks on the longer evenings. As the days start to get a bit shorter, it’s a good time to think about how we can spend some time assisting in our parish community in various ways.

One way we can do this is to pray for the parish and in particular for parishioners who are sick, whether at home, in hospital or in nursing homes. We can ask God to accompany them at this challenging part of their journey of faith.

I think we often underestimate the difference that a smile or a kind word can make to a person. A priest once told me that, even if he was rushing somewhere, he would always try to take time to speak to any parishioners who wanted to have a word with him. And this ministry of listening is there for each and every one of us in the different circumstances of our lives.

Like the two sons in today’s gospel, we too have to weigh up carefully what time and commitment with can give to our parish and to reflect on how our talents and abilities can be of service to our community. And we should remember that even small gestures can be of real benefit to people.

Deacon Gerard Reilly