Survey on Sacramental Preparation

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The Archdiocese of Dublin is seeking the views of parents, teachers, priests, parish personnel, and the wider faith community on how we might improve the way we prepare for and celebrate the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, Communion and Confirmation. The survey will be open until 24th February. Everyone is invited to participate.

Please click here to take part in the online survey.

Pastors Desk: Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time / C

Posted 16th February 2019 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 17th February 2019 - Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time/C

beatitudeToday the core message in our readings is that our true happiness lies in the awareness that we are all children of a loving Father in heaven and that our happiness will only grow when we share our blessings with our Sisters and Brothers. Another word for ‘beatitude’ could be ‘blessedness’ in that we enjoy both God’s favour and true happiness as a result of all our actions done in his name.

In Luke’s account in today’s gospel what Jesus was trying to do is contradict the idea of real happiness found in Jewish culture at that time and indeed in our modern society, where wealth, health, power and influence are seen by many as the true beatitudes. The trouble with this reliance on such material resources to bring happiness is that, in the final analysis, it does not work. Jesus warns that putting our trust in material comforts alone will lead to a misplaced confidence.

The message of hope today is that despite the failure of society to share the good things of this world more fairly, God loves each one equally and cares for each uniquely. We are all created to share God’s joy with others by responding to their needs as best we can in a variety of situations each day.

Of course, all of this requires courage on our part. Today, and every Sunday we pray that it will be nourished by listening to God’s word and by receiving the Eucharist.

Fr. Gerry

Pastors Desk: Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time / C

Posted 9th February 2019 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 10th February 2019 - Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time/C

simonWhen we buy fresh fish in the shop or pick it up from the frozen section in the supermarket we rarely if ever think about the hard work that’s gone into catching and processing it so that we can enjoy it at mealtime.

I discovered recently that fish don’t come to the surface during daylight - preferring instead to stay on the bottom of the ocean. As a seasoned fisherman Simon knew this but against his better judgement he decides to follow Jesus’ request and he ‘pays out the nets’. We hear of his reaction when the nets are full, and the two boats are filled almost to sinking point. He is astounded because they had been fishing all day and caught nothing until now.

However, this time his faith and perseverance are rewarded with this bumper catch. He is overcome and begins to feel that he is unworthy. He tells Jesus ‘Leave me Lord, I am a sinful man’.

What happened to Simon is what happens to us. When we recognise our own sinfulness Christ’s power becomes available to us and it helps to make us stronger individuals so that we can offer ourselves to others in his service with all our faults and failings. We can become ambassadors of God’s mercy to others. There are times when we are called to change direction in life and often journey into the unknown. To meet that challenge we need to have that trust and faith that Simon had.

Fr. Gerry

Pastors Desk: Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time/C

Posted 2nd February 2019 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 3rd February 2019 - Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time/C

good-news1At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, he was received with great approval by all. People came from far and wide just to hear what he had to say. However, they eventually realised that what he had to say was directed towards them individually and their lives. Their reaction is not surprising when they began to say ‘who is he to start telling us how to live our lives - after all we know his family, he is one of our own.’ But Jesus didn’t come along just to be popular. He came to preach the Good News regardless of how it would be received.

We are all called to preach that Good News. Very often what we have to say may not be received well by those hearing it. That is especially the case when it’s a family member or someone close who is listening to us. Instead of listening and maybe taking on board what we have to say they can often come back with the retort ‘who are you to tell me what to do’ or ‘you should sort out your own life first’. That may be the case. Maybe our own lives may not be perfect? Maybe we could be doing better. But God chooses to speak to all of us in some of the most unlikely settings and individuals.

Today we pray that we may always have the wisdom and the knowledge to listen more closely, with open hearts and minds to what is being said to us by others.

Fr. Gerry

Pastor's Desk: Third Sunday in Ordinary Time / C

Posted 26th January 2019 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 27th January 2019 - Third Sunday in Ordinary Time/C

spirit-of-god1In today’s gospel Jesus proclaims that the Spirit of the Lord has been given to him and that he has been sent to bring good news to all and also proclaim ‘the Lord’s year of favour’.

That same message is to be spread through us each day. At the time of our baptism when the word of God entered our souls we received that challenge to spread his message of love and compassion to all we meet. We can help those whose hearts are heavy with the ups and downs of daily living. We can listen to those who are burdened by the sadness of losing a loved one. We can touch people’s lives and be healers but usually in very simple and ordinary ways.

However, if we want to be able to channel God’s message we first have to get our own lives in order. We need to look at ourselves and ask what is it about me or my life that would inspire anyone. We need to invite Jesus into our lives in order that we can see if we are on the right track ourselves and also ask ‘what it is about my life that might inspire others to follow the Lord?’

When God sends a messenger to us we pray that we may always welcome them with open hearts and minds and be able to discern what the Lord is revealing to us through our encounter with them.

Fr. Gerry