Pastor's Desk: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Welcome everyone to our Masses on this 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Last Sunday we prayed in our Prayers of the Faithful for a “spirit of generosity on this our Parish Volunteering Sunday.” Well I am delighted to say that a spirit of generosity was truly present with over 70 people signing up for around 150 voluntary positions in our parish. It is a sign of a truly vibrant community to see so many people offer themselves in service to others, thank you very much. I would also like to say a word of thanks to the Parish Liturgy Group who spearheaded the organising of Volunteer Sunday and to the members of the Parish Pastoral Council who spoke at all Masses and shared something of their own vision of parish. We had no idea how much of a response we would get, it was a reach into the unknown. But this first, of what we will make an annual event, has been a great success due to your generosity, thank you. I know the Liturgy Group and the PPC speakers have a meeting on Tuesday to plan a welcome for our new volunteers and I wish all, every success.
This Sunday at our 12.30pm Family Mass we will celebrate the Parish Schools Mass to ask the Lord’s Blessing on the pupils, teachers, staff, parents and Boards of Management of our five Parish Primary Schools. The fact we have 5 schools shows you how large a community our Parish caters for and the dedication of our teachers is something we should give thanks to God for and celebrate. All the schools; St. Kevin’s JNS, Scoil Bhríde JNS, Scoil Cholmcille SNS, Holy Trinity SNS and our newest addition, St. Francis of Assisi NS Belmayne, will be represented in the Mass as we thank God for the gift of Wisdom which we hear about in our First Reading and those who mediate it to the young people of our parish. Please keep them in your prayers.
Looking at our Readings this Sunday, they tell us something that we have come to realise once again very recently in our own time. The Gospel speaks of the rich young man who asks Jesus what he needs to do to inherit eternal life. Jesus tells him to keep the Commandments. He says he has done that all his life, what else. Jesus tells him to sell everything and follow Him. The man goes away sad because he cannot do that. His wealth and possessions have control over him instead of the other way around. He is blinded to the fact that he puts them first every time. As Jesus says, “It is harder for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven than for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle.”
Have a great week.