Pastor's Desk: Feast of the Holy Trinity

Posted 6th June 2009 in Pastor's Desk

HAPPY FEAST DAY EVERYONE! Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Trinity which of course is the Parish feast day. At our 11am Mass this Sunday we will celebrate the life of the Parish with the procession of local community groups, but today is also a chance for us to reflect on what it means to be a parish. I have said it often enough but it is worth repeating: a parish does not become a reality by drawing a line on a map; no, it involves individuals and families making the decision to be part of the parish and therefore showing that commitment by regular attendance and giving of their talents and abilities by volunteering. Because so many people in our community have made that decision, we have a very lively and vibrant Parish Community today and we thank God for such generosity.

Lay Parish Leaders
But a Parish must always be renewing itself or else it will become stagnant and lifeless. That is always a danger. The Parish Pastoral Council has begun a review of its work and is also looking to see what needs of the Parish require addressing currently. We had a very productive session with Mr. Peter Hurley as our facilitator in May, and at the next meeting of the PPC there will be a chance to develop the ideas raised and plan a way forward. We will let you know what was decided after our June meeting.

Fewer Priests
One thing that is for sure about the future is that there will be fewer priests in this Parish. We see already that we have suffered a reduction that was not intended with the falling ill of Fr. Bernard last September before he could take up his appointment with us. The PPC and other lay groups in the Parish will have to take on more responsibility and the number of Masses will be curtailed as a result. We are not alone in this; all parishes in the Diocese have to face the fact of an older age profile of priests and fewer of them. Rather than seeing this as a problem, let us see it as a God-given opportunity for all people in the Parish to answer their Baptismal calling to build up the Body of Christ.

The Future
The future will be different and we in Holy Trinity Parish can look forward to the future with confidence because of the spirit of community and volunteerism that is so evident around us. I thank all our Parish volunteers for their work and I look forward to new recruits when we have our VOLUNTEERING SUNDAY in the autumn.

Enjoy the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity.

Fr. Eoin

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