School of the Word

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The Word of God was never more important - pastorally, liturgically, and spiritually. You are invited to join us for our School of the Word series entitled “God’s first chosen people: their story and ours” where Fr. Kieran O’Mahony OSA will give talks for six Thursday evenings from October 23rd to December 4th.

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Pastor's Desk: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 25th October 2014 in Pastor's Desk

lovethyneighbourWelcome everyone. This Sunday’s Gospel is very easy to understand but quite difficult to live out in our daily lives. The question is posed to Jesus, which is the greatest Commandment? Remember that the Jewish Torah contained 613 Commandments from God so this was no idle query! Jesus summarises all the Laws of God in the following, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second resembles it: You must love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments hang the whole Law, and the Prophets also.’

Feast of All Saints 1st November

As this is the last weekend in October I hope everyone remembered to put their clocks back! Otherwise you will be arriving an hour early for everything. Also, a quick reminder that next Saturday is the 1st November, the Feast of All Saints and a holy day of obligation. We have 10am Mass on the Saturday itself. Please note, we have no Vigil Mass here in Holy Trinity Church but our neighbouring parishes do. The 6.30pm Saturday evening is, as usual, the Vigil Mass of Sunday. I hope you all have a very enjoyable Bank Holiday weekend and we wish the school children a restful and safe midterm break for the coming week.

Fr. Eoin

Feast of All Saints Mass Times in Local Churches
Vigil Masses
Friday 31st October
7.00pm Grange Park
7.00pm St. Laurence O’Toole Baldoyle
7.30pm St. Paul’s Ayrfield
No Vigil Mass Holy Trinity Church
Saturday 1st November 10.00am Holy Trinity Church

Pastor's Desk: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 18th October 2014 in Pastor's Desk

Mission Sunday

missionsundayThe theme for World Mission Sunday in Ireland this year 2014 is “That they may have Life”. Contributions will be used to build simple mission churches, to educate seminarians as well as female diocesan religious novices. Your support also assists in the formation of catechists and lay leaders. The Mission Sunday gift may also be used for building health facilities for children and adults as well as for providing emergency aid in times of war or natural disaster or to assist missionaries in their efforts to care for refugees.

On Mission Sunday, in a special way, we celebrate the work our c. 1,300 Irish born missionaries and all missionaries throughout the world. We thank God for them, for all who support them in our own country and during mission month we unite ourselves in prayer with them and with the communities with whom they work.

The School of the Word!

This Thursday we begin our Autumn Adult Faith Development Scripture Course in Holy Trinity Parish. In collaboration with Augustinian Priest, Fr. Kieran O’Mahony OSA, the parish will host six talks by Fr. Kieran on scripture based on the Sunday readings. Who is it for? Anyone interested in increasing their knowledge of the Word of God. How much will it cost? It is totally free! The talks will be from 7.30-9.00 on Thursdays in Holy Trinity Church.

Fr Eoin

Pastor's Desk: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 11th October 2014 in Pastor's Desk

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Welcome everyone. A theme running through our First Reading and the Gospel is that of a banquet. In both the Old and New Testament the image of a banquet was used as a metaphor for the Kingdom of Heaven. It is a beautiful image which evokes the thoughts of good company, good food and drink, and a good and happy atmosphere. It is certainly a very inviting image.

And yet in the Gospel we hear that a group of people invited to the splendour of a royal wedding couldn’t be bothered to attend! The King in Jesus’ parable is furious and rightly so, everything is prepared. So he sends out his servants to bring anyone they meet to the great feast. And what happens then? One of those newly invited guests is reprimanded by the King for not wearing a wedding garment and thrown out.

The message for Jesus’ time is quite clear; the Jewish people were the original invitees to the wedding feast, the Kingdom of God, but they wouldn’t live up to the challenge that invitation presents. The people offered the invitation instead are the Gentiles who enthusiastically listen to Jesus’ message.

The treatment of the guest without the garment seems strange but the message to us all is that yes, God is generous in offering his Kingdom to all but there is a standard to be reached. It is not good enough to be as half hearted as the original guests were. If we are, we will receive the same treatment and be thrown out of the banquet, God’s Kingdom. So let each of us check ourselves, so that we are worthy of a place in the Kingdom of God.

Fr. Eoin

Pastor's Desk: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 4th October 2014 in Pastor's Desk

eucharist2Welcome everyone. Today is a very important day for the boys & girls who are preparing to receive their First Eucharist next May because today is ENROLMENT SUNDAY for the “Do this in Memory” programme. At each of our Masses the parents of the children will be invited to present an enrolment certificate for their child to the celebrant. Continuing the responsibility they took on at their child’s Baptism, the parents now commit to do all they can to prepare their child for the gift of this Sacrament by attending Sunday Mass, prayer in the home, and using the THUMB workbook and Grapevine newsletter for other ideas to help grow their child’s faith. We pray that the parents will be successful and as a parish we will do all we can to support them.

Readings this Sunday

There is no mistaking the meaning of our readings today: the Lord has given each of us gifts, talents and abilities that are unique to ourselves and we are meant to produce fruit for the community of faith from those unique gifts. Jesus uses parables again this week to show how God is disappointed when that fruit is missing. Let us share our talents for the building up of the community of faith.

Fr. Eoin