Pastor's Desk: Second Sunday of Advent

Posted 5th December 2009 in Pastor's Desk

Welcome everyone to our Masses on this, the Second Sunday of Advent. The theme of the readings is “prepare a way for the Lord” as first proclaimed by John the Baptist. John is very much an Advent figure who calls us back to the essence of our faith, belief in Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God. As a Church, diocese, parish, and as individuals, we are called this Advent to reorientate our lives around the person of Jesus and His message. We live in a time when people will read the commentary on what someone has said rather than read the original text; watch the highlights instead of watching the whole match. For far too long the Catholic Church has done this in relation to the person of Jesus. We need to return to the scriptures and learn from Jesus Himself. May the Lord be with us in this challenge.

Year of Evangelisation

This Sunday at the 12.30 Family Mass we will formally launch the Year of Evangelisation here in Holy Trinity Parish. As you will be aware, Archbishop Martin initiated the Year of Evangelisation as a way motivating the diocese to rediscover its primary aim for existing, the praise and glory of God made manifest in the person of Jesus Christ. The Year will run from today till the First Sunday of Advent 2010. We have established a committee under the chairmanship of Fr. Gary to put in place some events and activities that will help us as a parish to re-evangelise ourselves and others. What is evangelisation? It is ultimately a reconnection with the Gospel which in Latin is called “evangelium”. It is from the Gospel as preached by Jesus that we get the values that as Christians we are meant to try and follow. As the Archbishop said recently, “The Church constantly needs to renew itself. It must draw on the authentic biblical revelation of how God’s love was revealed by Jesus Christ. I ask your prayers that this programme of evangelisation will truly open the lives of each of us to be embraced by God’s love and thus to become witnesses of that love to our world.” Let us pray that the Year of Evangelisation will be a time of renewal for each one of us and our Church.

Commissioning of New Ministers

At our 11.00am Mass on Sunday morning we will Commission for liturgical ministry those who so kindly volunteered their services during our recent Volunteering Sunday. All who will be Commissioned today have completed a training course for their particular ministry, be it as Ministers of the Word or as Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist. As a parish community we thank them for their willingness to serve among us and pray God’s Blessing on them.

Have a great week.
Fr. Eoin

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