Pastor's Desk: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 3rd October 2015 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 4th October 2015 - 27th Sunday OT

Through my work with ACCORD I get to meet many couples at pre-marriage courses. Many have been living together for some time but have now decided to enter into the Sacrament of Marriage. As part of my presentation I ask the couples to focus a little on why they have chosen a Sacramental marriage over a simple civil ceremony. Do they really recognise the part that God has played in bringing them together and now want to enter into a Sacramental celebration or is it simply down to pressure from parents or some other reason?

27th-sunI then ask them to focus on the marriage vows that they will exchange during the ceremony and try to illustrate how intrinsic they are to the celebration of the Sacrament. What exactly does it mean to say ‘for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, all the days of our lives’? For most of them it’s the first time they have ever thought or spoken to each other about the true meaning of the vows they will make on their wedding day.

In today’s Gospel the Pharisees try to catch Jesus out by a question on the lawfulness of divorce. It’s clear that the Law of Moses allowed some form of divorce. It’s also worth noting that the Pharisees said the Law gave the man the right to drop his wife whenever he wished but that his wife had no corresponding right. Jesus is quick to point out that the man had no more right to divorce and marry another than had his wife.

Living out the Sacrament of Marriage is not always easy or plain sailing. God’s ideal is not always achieved. It’s only God’s love that can embrace the failure as tenderly as the success.

Fr. Gerry

Weekday Mass Times

Posted 3rd October 2015 in Ceremonies

Due to unforeseen circumstances there will be a new Mass time schedule as follows:

Monday    - 10am
Tuesday    - 10am
Wednesday (Service of the Word & Holy Communion)
Thursday - 10am
Friday       - 10am
Saturday  - 6.30pm Vigil Mass
Sunday     - 9.30am
- 11am
- 12.30pm


Pastors Desk: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 26th September 2015 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 27th September 2015 - 26th Sunday OT
Today’s readings give us a stern warning against jealousy, intolerance and scandal.

In today’s Gospel John is eager to tell Jesus that they have seen a stranger who was not one of the disciples casting out devils in his name. They tried to stop his efforts. They expected Jesus to condemn the man but instead Jesus quickly tells them that they had no right to stop him because he was doing something that was essentially good and life giving.

27th-septBut why would the disciples want to condemn a man who was essentially doing something that was good and that brought healing to others? Well perhaps they may have been jealous of this stranger. Maybe their own efforts to bring about healing in others had not been as successful? Jesus is quick to reprimand the disciples for their jealousy and suspicion and tells them that they should not be so narrow minded and to recognise God’s power wherever it was found.

He wanted the disciples to rejoice in the good that all others did for their fellow women and men with the words “Anyone who is not against us is for us”. In other words why condemn the man when he was doing something good.

None of us has the monopoly on God’s work, love or the power to heal. Intolerance from fear of other faiths or envy can prevent us from responding to Jesus primary command to love of our neighbour irrespective of their beliefs or position in life. It is through mutual respect that we find common ground with others and discover strengths in the different beliefs. Whenever or wherever we see God’s work being done we should give it our support and be ready to work together with those doing the work irrespective of their faith or not.

Fr. Gerry

Pastors Desk: 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 21st September 2015 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 20th September 2015 - 25th Sunday OT
20th-septThis week we hear about the journey that Jesus made from the mountains through Galilee. Jesus tried to use it as an opportunity to instruct the disciples. He told them that ‘the Son of Man would be delivered into the hands of men, put to death and then three days later he will rise again’. But the disciples didn’t really hear or understand what he was saying because they were in fact arguing which one of them was the greatest.

Jesus is quick to tell them and us that we should become the least, the servant of all. Like the little child dependant on its parents, we ourselves owe all we have to God our Father.
We live in a world that often sees any sort of humility as a sign of weakness on our part. It goes against modern day culture. But in reality with humility comes true freedom. Freedom to let God be God in our lives and to allow him to direct our hearts and our every choice.

By living out our Christian vocation in this way we are happier and we can change our world in a positive way for the good of all.

Fr. Gerry.

Pastors Desk: 24th Sunday in O/T

Posted 15th September 2015 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 13th September 2015 - 24th Sunday OT

We come to a key passage in Mark’s Gospel and a key question for today. It would be challenging for the preacher to present his/her own faith in Christ at this present mo-ment, in answer to the great question of Jesus, who do you say I am.

To help with the reflection, I quote here part of a poem by Padraig Daly OSA, taken from Poetry Review Ireland 112 “Name and Nature: who do you say I am?”

13th-sept1And, being man,

Did he think, as men and women thought, That Jonah dwelt three days within the whale, Immune to belly juices?

That devils lived flamboyantly inside the sick And, where his heart was moved to heal, Left them, yelping?

That the world soon, With hail and lightning bolt, Must end?

How did he foresee The horror of his dying, The direful future of Jerusalem?

And how much grasp unknowable God,

Bending in his flesh To pitch his tent among us?

The above was taken from the Dublin Archdiocese website under Biblical Resources. You can find other information and notes on