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: Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time / B

Posted 16th June 2018 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 17th June 2018 - Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time/B

treeI once knew a parish sister in my home parish who was, with the benefit of hindsight, far ahead of her time. From her many years working as a missionary in Africa, she realised the importance of encouraging parishioners to take on roles in the church.

Several people I know from that time, went on to work in ministry in the Diocese and I know that the advice they got from the parish sister really helped to shape their work in ministry.

Unfortunately, the parish sister did not live to see the fruits of her efforts but I think she would very much approve of the far greater involvement of lay people in the church in recent years which has been facilitated by courses in places like Mater Dei.
I thought of her when I read this Sunday’s gospel. It speaks about the farmer sowing the seed but not being aware of when and how tall it would grow.
I am reminded of words written about Archbishop Oscar Romero, who will be canonised by Pope Francis later this year.

“We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.”

I think that most of us are workers rather than master builders helping to create the kingdom of God in the world that we live in today. We should ask the Holy Spirit to assist us in our work.

Even small gestures on our part can make a big difference in spreading the Gospel whether it is by assisting others, taking time for prayer and reflection or getting involved in the life of our parish. People can be encouraged by the example of our lives and we must never underestimate how a good life, well lived can be a great example to people on their journey of faith.

Let us remember that the seed that we spread in our lives can bear fruit in ways beyond what we can ever imagine.

Deacon Gerard

Pastors Desk: Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/B

Posted 9th June 2018 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 10th June 2018 - Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/B

tenth-sundayWe all know that the world is full of temptation. That temptation can come in different guises. You only must know someone with an addiction to gambling, drugs or alcohol for example to understand how difficult it is to make positive life-giving choices each moment of the day to avoid the very thing that is causing them harm and making life difficult for those close to them.

But we are not alone in our struggles with temptation on any level. In the first reading today from the book of Genesis we are told that evil will be conquered or overcome. Saint Paul in his letter to the Corinthians encourages them by telling them how the one who raised the Lord Jesus to life will raise them to the Lord Jesus in turn. They must not weaken in their resolve as the troubles or temptation they are experiencing will soon be over.

Today’s gospel speaks of another type of temptation. Initially, Jesus’ own relatives wanted to take charge of him believing that he was ‘out of his mind’ and even possessed by the devil. Knowing that they were doubting and asking questions Jesus tries to challenge them by using parables. They didn’t really know how to handle Jesus. He warns them against division in the world and promotes unity among people as the cornerstone of his gospel message.

‘Anyone who does the will of God, that person is my brother and sister and mother’

Fr Gerry

Pastors Desk: The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ / B

Posted 2nd June 2018 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 3rd June 2018 - The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)/B

corpus-christi3Today we celebrate the Feast of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ or Corpus Christi as it is more widely known.

The readings at Sunday masses follow a three-year cycle and each year there is a different theme for today’s feast. In this year ‘cycle B’ the emphasis is on the Eucharist as a sign of the covenant between God and humanity. It was Pope Urban IV who first extended the feast to the church worldwide during his own Pontificate.

During the offertory procession the grains of wheat that have been ground into flour and now made into bread and the grapes which have crushed to make the wine are brought forward for consecration. Our Lord chose these elements to show us that we need that essential connection with each other to allow the Holy Spirit to transform our lives. Christ is the head and we are the body. But together we are one. As Christians, today’s feast teaches us the importance of community.

Over the last four weeks, children from five of the eight schools in our parish grouping have received their First Communion. Today is an opportunity for us to reflect on the meaning of our own experience of that special day when each of us was called to the table of the Lord to receive the Eucharist for the first time.

May we celebrate this feast, not only today, but as often as possible when we come to mass and receive these gifts that have been freely given to us.

Fr Gerry

Pastors Desk: Feast of the Most Holy Trinity / B

Posted 26th May 2018 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 27th May 2018 - The Most Holy Trinity / B

holy-trinity4This weekend we have the fifth and final First Communion ceremony in our Parish grouping. Over the last month on each school day the children have come to the Church to practice for their special day. They have rehearsed over and over how to come forward with symbols and gifts, the scripture readings, the hymns, where to stand etc.

As they practice the correct way to come forward to receive on their First Communion day it is often amusing to see them struggle to bless themselves correctly after they have received for the first time and before they move away from the altar. No matter how many times teachers go through it with them it can be very confusing.

Blessing ourselves before and after prayer is something most of us have been doing since childhood. Perhaps we do it so often we might fail to recognise its importance. As we gather at the beginning of mass we bless ourselves ‘in the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit’ and as we depart the priest imparts a blessing in the name of that same Trinity.

Understanding the Blessed Trinity is one of the most difficult areas of Christian belief to understand. The method used by Saint Patrick, using the three leaves of the shamrock, is probably the best-known attempt to explain it to our human minds.

We should never look on the Trinity as a problem to be solved or something to test our faith. Whenever we make the sign of the cross as we bless ourselves, we express our faith, invoking the name of the one God who is love.

Fr Gerry

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