You are invited to join us for an introduction to the Bible, based on the Sunday readings. The Word of God was never more important - pastorally, liturgically, and spiritually. School of the Word addresses this need in a practical way by being focused on the Sunday readings. Fr. Kieran O’Mahony OSA has offered to do a series of talks for six Thursday evenings from October 23rd to December 4th.
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Posted 18th October 2014
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The 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.
Posted 11th October 2014
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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.
Posted 4th October 2014
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Welcome 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.
Posted 27th September 2014
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Welcome everyone. We continue our reading from Matthew’s Gospel and this week we have another parable, that of the man with two sons. The scene set out by Jesus is one familiar to every household; one of the sons is asked to do something by his father and says no but thinks about it later and then does as was asked; the other son says yes, but doesn’t do it! I’m sure parents could have a field day with their own examples! The message is the Lord is pleased when we carrying out his wishes, live by His values. So many people claim to be Christian but their lives don’t show it. Others may reject Christ and his values at first but if they change the direction of their lives then they are very welcome into the family of God.
School Year Mass
We are celebrating today the annual Mass for the beginning of the school year at 12.30pm. Each of the six Primary Schools in our parish will be taking part. Schools and education are always in the news and rightly so because they are a fundamental part of our society. For the children, they represent the formative years of their lives and it is important that every support is given to them so that the children can succeed in their future lives. For that to happen they need the best of teachers, the best of equipment, and the right environment in which to learn. It falls to the Boards of Management of each of the schools to ensure all these things are in place. The members of the Boards are all voluntary and give very generously of their time. For the most part, communities are unaware of the giving of that time. It is right to acknowledge and honour their commitment with our thanks. We ask the Lord’s Blessing on the pupils, teachers, ancillary staff, Principals and Boards of Management of our schools this coming year.
Farewell Fr. Karl
Fr. Karl says his last Mass with us this Sunday. We thank him and Linda for their contribution to our parish life over the past 11 months and we wish them a restful time in the US prior to their move to Knock. Ad multos annos.