Pastor's Desk: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Allow me to begin my few words by welcoming back our Parish Priest Fr. Eoin after his few days off. Thankfully we managed to keep everything running smoothly in his absence!
Catholic Schools Week
This coming week we celebrate what is called Catholic Schools Week. This week provides us with an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the tremendous contribution that our Catholic primary and post-primary schools make, not just to Irish society, but to the mission of the Church. It is therefore important that we maintain the presence of Jesus in our schools and allow the children of all ages to experience a faith based on love and reconciliation, a faith that is a positive source of well-being in their lives. This is the responsibility of us the parish team, each board of management, principals, teaching staff and parents of the children attending our schools.
Here in Holy Trinity the occasion will be marked beginning with our family Mass this coming Sunday where students from our post-primary schools will be directly involved in our liturgy. On Monday next the Feast of St. Brigid, Scoil Bhríde Junior school staff and students will join us for the 10am morning Mass celebrating and honouring the life of St. Brigid who according to tradition was born in the middle of the fifth century near Faughart in County Louth. The week of celebration ends on Sunday 7th February with our senior primary schools’ sacramental classes’ enrolment into our Confirmation programme at the 12.30pm family Mass. So come along and join us when you can.
Liturgy of the Word
The second reading of our Sunday Mass liturgy clearly tells us that the greatest gift we have is to be loved. In practical terms that means feeling affirmed, supported and appreciated, in essence to be respected as human beings and allowed the time and space to grow and blossom. It is a nice reminder that we are a people not only of faith and hope but especially of love. Love is the greatest gift which the spirit of Christ gives to us his people. This gift breaks down human barriers and division; it brings about unity and peace, creating more fully the awareness and presence of Christ in our world.
First I want to congratulate Craig O’Reilly and Dean Kelly, two of our footballers from Trinity Gaels GAA Club, for their recent involvement with the Dublin senior football team. We wish them well in the months ahead and acknowledge the tremendous honour it is to wear one’s county jersey. Well done lads!
Just as a little interest I want to list some of my sporting predictions for the year ahead:
• Chelsea to win the Premiership – the ‘Pool claiming fourth place!
• Barcelona to defend successfully the European Cup
• Gary Neville to leave Man U!
• Champion Hurdle: Solwhit
• Queen Mother’s Chase: Master Minded
• Cheltenham Gold Cup: Denman
• Football: Meath
• Hurling: Tipperary
Anyway, that’s all for now and have a great week.