Pastors Desk: Third Sunday in Ordinary Time / B

Posted 20th January 2018 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 21st January 2018 - Third Sunday in Ordinary Time / B

“God’s call can be found in the ordinariness of our daily lives.”

Today’s Gospel is in two parts. The first part is an important invitation of Jesus to each and every one of us. If Twitter had been around in the time of Jesus, he might have used it to say this or perhaps given it as a soundbyte to a reporter from Sky News: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

This is a key statement of Jesus at the beginning of his public life. It’s his opening remarks as he sets out on his ministry to come. The second part tells the story of the call of the first four disciples: Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John. He gives the same invitation to us today.

The Jesuit Father Donal Neary points out that God’s call can be found in the ordinariness of our daily lives: “God can surprise us and call us into his service. Our expectation is sometimes different - that we need long times of prayer to find God, or read about him, or do big things for him. Just as the smallest things are done out of human love, God is found in the ordinary”.

When reflecting on this gospel during the week and its call to be of service to others, I was reminded of the work of Professor John Monaghan of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul who died last week. John was National Vice-President for many years and the public face of the Society, particularly at budget time. He was a strong advocate for equality, social justice and the less well off. In tribute, President Michael D Higgins said:
“Professor Monaghan was an advocate for the importance of education and an ethic of care. He set a powerful example of practical solidarity and inclusiveness, working to improve the welfare of those most in need.”

As we thank God for our own calling to be followers of Jesus, we should also reflect on the meaning of that call in the changing circumstances of our lives and how we respond to it. Like John Monaghan, may we be generous in our response to what God may be asking of us at different moments of our life’s journey.

Deacon Gerard Reilly

Pastors Desk: Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/B

Posted 13th January 2018 in Pastor's Desk

helping-handsPastor’s Desk 14th January 2017 - Second Sunday in Ordinary Time / B
“We have found the Messiah”

People often talk about the importance of having a mentor. Someone who will inspire and help us, often at an important or challenging part of our life’s journey.

This may be a family member, perhaps an uncle or aunt. It may be a teacher or work colleague who may have been particularly helpful to us when giving advice about our careers. Or perhaps a priest or nun or lay person who has inspired us on our journey of faith.

We can see a number of mentors at work in today’s readings. Eli is advising Samuel about the meaning of God’s call in the first reading and, in our Gospel today, we see John the Baptist directing his disciples to Jesus. Later in the reading, Andrew having found Jesus goes and tells his brother Peter “We have found the Messiah” in a wonderful moment of revelation.

So, here we have three mentors, Eli, John the Baptist and Andrew helping other people on their journey of faith by showing them the way to God.

In our lives, we may have opportunities to show Jesus to those we meet in the different circumstances of our lives. Saint of Francis of Assisi once said to preach the gospel and to use words if necessary. In other words, the example of how we live our lives can be at least as important to others as the words that we speak.

There can be many opportunities for us to share our faith and to encourage our family, friends, neighbours, colleagues and fellow students. It may be a supportive word at a difficult moment, a practical gesture of help, giving time to listen to someone who comes to us for advice or simply be present and attentive to the person we are speaking to.

Let us pray in the coming week that we will be able to share our faith and insights on life with those in need of our guidance and support in whatever circumstances we may encounter them.

Deacon Gerard Reilly

Pastors Desk: The Baptism of the Lord / B

Posted 6th January 2018 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 7th January 2017 - The Baptism of the Lord / B

bapt-of-the-lord5Shortly after most of us were born, our parents chose to give us the gift of faith through the sacrament of Baptism. That priceless gift is one we carry with us throughout our lives. Today is a day to reflect on our own baptism.

For 30 years Jesus lived a quiet life in Nazareth with Mary and Joseph. He didn’t need to be baptised but was perhaps waiting for a sign that he had been called to do something more important in life. He had heard that his cousin John was Baptising. So, he left his old life and is changed from being a carpenter to being a preacher, teacher and healer. In today’s gospel, at Jesus’ baptism, we hear how the heavens are torn apart, with the Spirit, like a Dove, descending on him. Then the voice from heaven declares ‘this is my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on him’. That favour is echoed in every Christian baptism always.

Nothing quite so dramatic happens when we are baptised. But it is the significant beginning of our journey through life as a Christian. Baptism is like a crossroads in life when we must make that daily choice between one path to go our own way, or another that’s focused on the way of Christ. Very often we may find ourselves returning to the crossroads having to make that choice repeatedly. It’s a continual growth process.

The new year also gives us the opportunity to review our commitment to God in our lives and reflect on how it fits into the society we live in.

Fr Gerry

Feast of the Epiphany

Posted 1st January 2018 in Ceremonies

On Saturday 6th January we will celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany. Masses in Holy Trinity will be as follows:

Vigil Mass on Friday 5th January at 6.30pm.

Mass on Saturday 6th January at 10.00am.

Pray out the Old, Pray in the New

Posted 30th December 2017 in Ceremonies

A special Last Light Ceremony will be held in the Church on Sunday 31st December (New Year’s Eve) from 4.00 pm to 5.00 pm. Please join us as we give thanks for the blessings of the year 2017 that is just ending, and as we invoke God’s help for the New Year of 2018.