Cemetery Masses 2019

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

Old Cemetery, Kilbarrack Sunday 19th May 2019 4pm (Prayers)
St. Fintan’s Cemetery, Sutton Sunday 9th June 2019 12pm
Fingal Cemetery, Balgriffin Sunday 16th June 2019 12pm
Glasnevin Cemetery Sunday 30th June 2019 3pm
Old Balgriffin Cemetery Sunday 7th July 2019 12pm
Dardistown Cemetery Sunday 7th July 2019 3pm

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

First Holy Communion 2019

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

Sunday 5th May - Belmayne Educate Together National School
Sunday 12th May - St. Francis of Assisi Primary School
Sunday 19th May - Scoil Bhríde
Sunday 26th May - St. Kevin’s National School

Pastors Desk: Fifth Sunday of Easter / C

Posted 18th May 2019 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 19th May 2019 - Fifth Sunday of Easter / C

love-othersOn the night before he died and just after Judas has left the upper room Jesus gives the rest of the disciples a command and a promise. He tells them to love one another and the guarantee is that people will know that they are his disciples. There is both a challenge and a reassurance. On a later occasion Jesus went as far as to say that we would be judged on the love we show to others.

Living out that commandment to love one another isn’t easy, even within our own families. Because we are all imperfect creatures. It’s easy to love those who are kind and loving towards us but Christian love calls us to do more than this. No one must be excluded from our loving. Even our enemies and those who have hurt us. We all know just how difficult that is though. We are called to recognise God, present in everyone we meet and treat them accordingly. So becoming real Christians is probably the work of a lifetime and not something that happens overnight. It requires a lot of patience on our part.

If we have truly experienced God’s love in our lives and we allow him to enter our hearts, we are asked to share that unconditional love with others and become channels of his grace. The challenge for all of us in today’s Gospel is to look at our own lives and into our own hearts to see how we are answering this call to love each other as he loves us.

Fr. Gerry

Pastors Desk: Fourth Sunday of Easter / C

Posted 11th May 2019 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 12th May 2019 - Fourth Sunday of Easter / C

Good Shepherd Sunday
World Day of Prayer for Vocations

good-shephardThe image of the shepherd and the sheep is one that we often encounter in the Scripture readings at mass. Psalm Twenty-Two ‘The Lord is my Shepherd, there is nothing I shall want’ is one that we are all fairly familiar with. While we may know the psalm we need to ask ourselves how well do we know the shepherd?

In today’s gospel Jesus tells us ‘The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice, I know them and they follow me’. A sheep knows the voice of the shepherd, and will only respond to that particular voice. But we all know that sheep often stray away from the rest of the flock in search of greener pastures and before long they may become lost and cut off from the watchful eye of the shepherd.

In society there are lots of voices and things fighting for our attention, promising riches, pleasure or satisfaction. Some of us do find happiness when we are distracted this way. But when we are spiritually healthy we can hear the voice of God in our lives guiding and directing us differently. God sends Shepherds to us, Women and Men to guide us on our way and bring us back to his safe protection when we are lost.

So today, we pray for vocations to religious life and Priesthood. That Women and Men will continue to answer the call in the service of the Lord. That families will support and encourage Daughters and Sons as they seek to discern if they have a vocation as one of his modern-day shepherds.

Lord, inspire Women and Men to give their lives to building your kingdom on earth.

Fr. Gerry

Pastors Desk: Third Sunday of Easter / C

Posted 4th May 2019 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 5th May 2019 - Third Sunday of Easter / C

With their dreams shattered by the events of Good Friday it now seems that the Apostles are anxious to get their lives back to normal. Simon Peter says that he is going fishing and some of the other disciples decide to join him. After trying all night, they have nothing to show for their labours.

As they return to the shore Jesus calls out and asks ‘have you caught anything, friends?’ ‘No’, they reply. He encourages them to cast out their nets once more. Miraculously this time their nets are filled to capacity with fish. It suddenly dawns on them who this man is. eucharist1

When they reach land Jesus invites them to ‘Come and have breakfast’. Though none of them asked him who he was they all knew in their hearts that it was Jesus. He shares the bread and fish with them. In the course of conversation, he asks Simon Peter three times if he loves him and gives him an instruction. The third time he tells him ‘Feed my sheep’.

We all need food daily to help our bodies and minds to function. If we don’t have regular and healthy meals, we will eventually begin to have problems. It’s the same with our spiritual lives. They need to be nourished by prayer and scripture. The Eucharist is food for the soul and gives us that spiritual nourishment we so badly need to guide and direct us.

Because we may have a busy work or lifestyle we can end up eating ‘fast food’ and not sit down to eat properly. So too with our spiritual lives. We need to take time daily to sit and relax, come into the Lord’s presence and allow ourselves to be present to him also.  Then our own ‘spiritual nets’ will provide us with the nourishment we need for the journey.

Fr. Gerry