Summer Mass Schedule

Posted in Ceremonies

Please note that our summer Sunday Mass schedule will operate from July 2nd/3rd to August 27th/28th as follows:

Vigil Mass: Saturday at 6.30pm
Sunday Masses: 9.30am & 11.00am

There are also changes to our weekday schedule during July and August, with a Service of the Word & Holy Communion each Wednesday at 10am, and no morning Mass on Saturdays. Normal Mass times will resume in September.

Click the link below to download a flyer containing details of Sunday and weekday Mass times in Holy Trinity Parish, and Sunday Mass times in neighbouring parishes.

  Summer Schedule of Masses 2016

Pastor's Desk: Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 27th August 2016 in Pastor's Desk

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

The Deep End - Topsy-turvy land

The people walk upon their heads,
The sea is made of sand,
The children go to school by night,
In Topsy-Turvy Land.

The front-door step is at the back,
You’re walking when you stand,
You wear your hat upon your feet,
In Topsy-Turvy Land.

from ‘Topsy-Turvy’ Land
by H.E. Wilkinson

Everything is upside down and back to front these past few weeks. Have you been following the train of thought in the Gospel readings? First we had Jesus talking about how he has come to bring division, rather than peace. Next we heard him tell people that the first will be last, and the last first.

Today, he turns our expectations on their head once again, this time offering a lesson in humility. We should not ‘exalt’ ourselves or take the place of honour among our friends and acquaintances; rather, we should ‘humble’ ourselves and take the lowest place. When we throw a party, we ought to invite those in need rather than our friends, family, or rich, influential people - because we should expect nothing in return for kindness or generosity.

Jesus seems to enjoy a ‘topsy-turvy’ approach to life. Following him means thinking differently from the rest of the world - wearing our hat on our feet, so to speak!

Tríona Doherty

Pastor's Desk: Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 20th August 2016 in Pastor's Desk

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

The Deep End - Do I know you?

What a frightening thought, that the master would reject us and deny that he knows us. To think that we would have done our best to live a good life, only to meet him at the narrow door and be denied admission!

Yet many of us think we have it all sussed. Like those in today’s Gospel, we think we are surely safe. But there is a certain complacency in the voices that plead to the master ‘We once ate and drank in your company; you taught in our streets’ - as if it is enough to have a passing acquaintance with Jesus. Those are not the words of someone who really knows the master and deserves to enter his house. We may think we won’t be denied eternal salvation because we say our prayers, go to Mass every Sunday, and try our best to live good and holy lives. Wouldn’t it be disappointing after all that if we turned into someone that Christ does not recognise?

There are elements in all our lives that Christ would not recognise. What are the areas in our lives that need to change, in order that he might invite us in?

Tríona Doherty

Feast of the Assumption

Posted 14th August 2016 in Ceremonies

Monday, 15th August, is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and is a holy day of obligation. There will be one Mass for the Feast Day in Holy Trinity Parish, at 10.00am on Monday morning.

There will be an evening Mass at 7.30pm on Monday in our neighbouring parish of St. Paul’s, Ayrfield.

Pastor's Desk: Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 13th August 2016 in Pastor's Desk

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

The Deep End - Peace on Earth?

It is only a few short weeks since Jesus was advising his disciples to greet people with the words ‘Peace to this house!’ We certainly like to associate Jesus more with peace than division. When Jesus later appears to the disciples after his resurrection, his first words are ‘Peace be with you’. And now here he is talking about division!

At the time that Luke was writing his Gospel, the early Christian community was experiencing division. Households were divided over what to believe. It is not that Jesus was encouraging division; rather, not everyone was ready to accept his teachings. Jesus remains a divisive figure today. People either run towards him or run from him. Division is a natural consequence of Jesus’ work, and those who follow him must be willing to sacrifice everything.

This is a challenging Gospel for us. It’s almost as if Jesus is asking us what we are willing to do in his name, if we are truly ablaze with love for him. We may at times face ridicule or rejection from the world. We may have to change the company we keep, or leave old ways of life behind, in order to truly follow him. In this sense there may well be division.

Tríona Doherty

Pastor's Desk: Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 6th August 2016 in Pastor's Desk

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

The Deep End - Watching and waiting

We do not like to wait. Listening to a radio discussion recently about the ever-increasing role technology plays in our lives, one panellist described how her smartphone had become almost like an extension of her arm. We don’t know how to be alone or to have free time anymore, she lamented. If we’re waiting for a friend or family member, the slightest delay has us reaching for our phones to catch up on emails, social media or the latest news. Delayed flights, or food that doesn’t arrive promptly in a restaurant, can make us impatient and jittery. We have lost the art of waiting.

Yet Jesus regularly emphasises the importance of waiting. But it is clear that it is not the sort of waiting where we can sit around scrolling through our phones - there is an art to it. We must be awake and dressed for action and have our lamps lit, ready to go. We must be ready to open the door to the master when he knocks.

The ‘waiter’ described in today’s Gospel is a devoted servant, eagerly awaiting his master’s return. We don’t know when Jesus will return, but we are called to live in constant vigilance and readiness. Let us not be found asleep on the job, or distracting ourselves with the trivial things in life!

Tríona Doherty