First Holy Communion 2018

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Children from our local primary schools will make their First Holy Communion at the 11.30am Mass on Sundays in May as follows:

Sunday 6th May - Belmayne Educate Together National School
Sunday 13th May - St. Francis of Assisi Primary School
Sunday 20th May - Scoil Bhríde
Sunday 27th May - St. Kevin’s National School

Cemetery Masses 2018

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The annual masses for the cemeteries in our area will take place on the following dates:

Old Cemetery, Kilbarrack Sunday 27th May 2018 4pm (Prayers)
St. Fintan’s Cemetery, Sutton Sunday 10th June 2018 12pm
Fingal Cemetery, Balgriffin Sunday 17th June 2018 12pm
Glasnevin Cemetery Sunday 24th June 2018 3pm
Old Balgriffin Cemetery Sunday 1st July 2018 12pm
Dardistown Cemetery Sunday 1st July 2018 3pm

For more information, visit the Fingal County Council and Glasnevin Trust websites.

Pastors Desk: Pentecost Sunday / B

Posted 19th May 2018 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 20th May 2018 - Pentecost Sunday / B

pentecost-sunday4Today, Pentecost marks the end of the Easter Season and is the day we remember how the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles and the Virgin Mary in the form of fiery tongues. This event took place 50 days after Jesus’ resurrection. So, the Paschal mystery of Christ’s Passion, Death, Resurrection and Ascension culminates with the sending of the Holy Spirit by the Father (at the request of his son) on Jesus’ disciples. The feast also marks the official inauguration of the Christian Church.

In our first reading from the Acts of the Apostles we have a very dramatic description of how this happened. The apostles must have been frightened by the tremendous wind whose sound filled the room as if it was coming from heaven. Then, what appears to be like tongues of fire, comes and settles on the head of each of them. Immediately they are filled with the Holy Spirit and can speak in foreign languages. This miracle of tongues allowed them to share the marvels of God in any language to anyone they met.

In our second reading from St. Paul to the Galatians the very last line urges us ‘Since the Spirit is our life, let us be directed by the Spirit’. Through the Sacrament of Confirmation, we received the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit to enable us to live Spirit filled lives that would be visible to others always.

We need to permit the Holy Spirit to direct our lives by constantly remembering and appreciating his presence within us.

Fr Gerry

Pastors Desk: The Ascension of the Lord / B

Posted 12th May 2018 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 13th May 2018 - The Ascension of the Lord/B

ascensionParents, teachers and coaches will always tell you that perseverance always pays off in the end. If we apply ourselves to study and revision, then our results will be good. Our prospects for employment, the future etc. will increase significantly. Similarly, in sport for example, if we work hard at the training, we can become a great footballer, hurler, swimmer, runner or other type of athlete on the world stage.

Today we hear how Jesus appeared to the Eleven. With their period of training now over, Jesus tells the disciples that their mission has begun, and he challenges them to go forth into a world that might he hostile to the message they have to share. They might have to face much opposition, hostility and even danger.

The disciples must have felt saddened and disappointed that Jesus was now leaving them alone for a second time. Jesus understood it was important that they did not become discouraged by the reaction of some non-believers to their message. To help them in their task the disciples received the gift of perseverance through the Holy Spirit. Their task of spreading the word was never going to be simple and needed much patience, courage and faith. But, the amazing power of the Spirit is endless and is with us in all our endeavours and the love of God that is constantly pouring into our world can’t ever be stopped.

Victory over evil is being achieved and was achieved by Jesus through his death and resurrection and continues to be won through his power at work in the world each day.

Fr Gerry

Pastors Desk: Sixth Sunday of Easter / B

Posted 5th May 2018 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 6th May 2018 - Sixth Sunday of Easter /B

love-one-another3Love is one of those words which has a wide application today. It can be used simply to refer to a love of a sport, food, music, a favourite holiday destination etc. However, in today’s Gospel Jesus is clear when he tells his disciples that it is the love of their fellow man which should be central to their lives and that they would be judged on the amount of love they had shown at the end of time.

The first place we learned about love was as children in our family homes. It was there that we experienced the love of our parents, grandparents, siblings and extended family members. It was also here that we learned what it meant to forgive and be forgiven. The guiding principle in all of these matters was the core message of Love and respect for others.

The final words of today’s gospel passage couldn’t be more challenging or blunt: ‘What I command you is to love one another’. But carrying out this commandment to love in all situations in life is not easy, as we are all aware. The model and example for this unconditional love comes to us from the one that Christ has shown for us on the cross. It follows from this that we share that experience of his love with others by giving them the respect they deserve. Wherever there is love, God is truly present.

Lord fill our hearts with your love so that we may always live in a way that pleases you.

Fr Gerry