Pastor's Desk: Fourth Sunday of Advent

Posted 20th December 2014 in Pastor's Desk

Welcome everyone, our time of preparation in this season of Advent is just about over. Advent concludes after morning Mass on Wednesday and then we begin the season of Christmas with our Vigil Masses. Please do take careful note of the Mass times for Christmas. We will celebrate 5 Masses: 3 on Christmas Eve and 2 on Christmas morning. I am also listing the Mass times for the other parishes in our Grouping, namely Ayrfield, Edenmore and Grange Park, as well as Baldoyle, in case their Mass times suit you best. I do look forward to seeing you over the Christmas Masses but if I don’t, I pray you will have a Holy and Happy Christmas as we celebrate the birth of the infant Jesus of Bethlehem.

Fr. Eoin

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Holy Trinity Church, Donaghmede

Christmas Eve: Vigil Masses

5.30pm Family Mass - we encourage families with young children to attend this Mass
7.30pm Raheny Folk Group
9.30pm Holy Trinity Choir

Christmas Morning Masses

9.30am Congregational Singing
11.00am The Music Group

Please note, our last Mass on Christmas morning is the 11am Mass

St. Paul’s, Ayrfield
Christmas Eve: 5pm, 7pm, & 9pm
Christmas Day: 10.30am & 12pm

St. Monica’s, Edenmore
Christmas Eve: 6pm & 8pm
Christmas Day: 10.30am & 12pm

St. Benedict’s, Grange Park
Christmas Eve: 7pm & 9pm
Christmas Day: 9.30am, 11am & 12pm

St. Laurence O’Toole’s, Baldoyle
Christmas Eve: 7pm
Christmas Day: 10am & 12.30pm

Pastor's Desk: Third Sunday of Advent - Gaudete Sunday

Posted 13th December 2014 in Pastor's Desk

gaudeteWelcome everyone to Mass on this the Third Sunday of Advent which is also known as Gaudete Sunday or Sunday of Joy. Today we light the Rose coloured candle on our Advent wreath. Our joy is because we are beginning the third week of this short four week season, our time of preparation for the great feast of Christmas is getting shorter. Christ is very near.

John the Baptist is once again the central character of our Gospel today and we hear very clearly that he was sent by God as a witness to Christ. In a world that was indifferent, John began his mission of witnessing to his faith. Our Readings remind us that we too are called to by God to witness to our faith in Jesus in today’s world. So many people wish to have hope in their lives today with all that is happening, and we have an opportunity to bring the hope of our faith to them. In these last weeks of Advent let each of us recognise that we are sent by God to witness to our personal faith and so offer hope to those around us.

Advent Penitential Service

Our Penitential Service with individual Confession will be celebrated this coming Tuesday, 16th December at 7.30pm in the Church. As is usual, we will invite priests from the surrounding parishes to assist us in celebrating this wonderful Sacrament of God’s forgiveness and compassion. Advent is about preparing for Christmas, and there is no better way than celebrating the forgiveness of our sins as a community of believers and once again turning our lives in the direction that the Lord wants.

Parish Carol Service

We had a wonderful candlelit Advent Carol Service last Sunday. Great work was put in by the school choirs of our parish and also by our own Parish Choir who sing at the 6.30pm Vigil Mass. The church was packed and the collection in aid of the Children’s Hospital Crumlin and Temple Street Children’s Hospital came to a very generous €985. Our thanks go to all for their generosity and to the singers, musicians and musical director, Lorraine Mack, for making it so special.

Fr. Eoin

Catholic Bishops' eZine: Winter 2014

Posted 12th December 2014 in Catholic Bishops' eZine

Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference

The Winter 2014 issue of the Catholic Bishops’ eZine is now available. This quarterly newsletter is published by the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. You can read it here on the Holy Trinity Parish website, or you can subscribe to receive it by email.

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Pastor's Desk: Second Sunday of Advent

Posted 6th December 2014 in Pastor's Desk

Welcome everyone to the Second Sunday of Advent. John the Baptist is the central character of our Gospel today. John had the role of preparing a way for the Lord. Jesus was baptised by John and began His public Ministry when John had been arrested. John sums up what Advent is all about, we are called to prepare a way for the Lord into our lives. Take down the obstacles that prevent Jesus from being more part of our lives. Pope Francis in his exhortation Evangelii Gaudium says, “I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord“. Let us pray that we will experience that Joy this Advent.

Carol Service Today at 5.00pm

carolsOur now annual Advent Carol Service will take place this evening. Do make sure to come along. You can hear the Parish Choir along with the choirs of our 5 Parish Primary schools this evening singing your favourite carols. A lot of work has been put in by everyone in getting ready for this evening’s Service, so do show your appreciation by coming along and lending your support. A collection in support of both Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin and Temple Street Children’s Hospital will be taken up during the service.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Tomorrow is the 8th December and the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. There is no Vigil Mass for the Feast Day as the Sundays of Advent take precedence. The Mass time here will be:

10.00am Holy Trinity Church Donaghmede

In our sister parish of St Paul’s Church Ayrfield, Mass is at 11.00am; and in St Monica’s Edenmore there will be Mass at 7.30pm Monday evening. Please note there will be no Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament tomorrow Monday because of the Holy Day.

Fr. Eoin

Pastor's Desk: First Sunday of Advent

Posted 29th November 2014 in Pastor's Desk

advent3Welcome everyone as we begin a new year in the Church’s Calendar. Today is the First Sunday of Advent; the first Sunday in the Year B of Sunday readings which means the Gospel will predominantly come from Mark and chapter 6 of John till next November.

Advent is a very small season in the Church’s year consisting of four Sundays. The Readings of the first week remind us that Jesus is to come again. The next two Sundays get us to reflect on the person & role of John the Baptist. Advent is about slowing down the pace of our lives to think more deeply about the fact that God sent His Son to us; in that way it is a preparation for Christmas.

Slowing down is very hard to do when our society is telling us to hurry up and buy all the gifts in time for Christmas, make sure you have the house ready for your visitors, and spend some time doing the rounds of family & friends! Yes this is a very busy time indeed. But if it is to retain its true meaning then we have to grasp that time for deeper reflection in our busy weeks.

jesseThe symbols we associate with Advent are all in place in our church. The Advent wreath is there with its greenery and 5 candles. We light a purple candle this Sunday to mark the movement towards the season of Christmas and the beginning of week one. The other symbol of Advent is the Jesse tree which tells the story of how God cared for His people by sending the prophets for hundreds of years before Jesus was born.

Things to do this Advent

  • Take a moment out of your day, each day, to pray to God.
  • Take part in the Advent Carol Service next Sunday, 7th December, beginning at 5.00pm
  • Join us for the Sacrament of Confession during the Advent Penance Service on Tuesday 16th December at 7.30pm
  • Make a donation to the CROSSCARE Diocesan Food Appeal for non-perishable food

Fr. Eoin