Pastor's Desk: 2nd Sunday of Lent

Posted 27th February 2010 in Pastor's Desk

Welcome everyone. Our Readings today tell of the faithfulness of God and his desire to be close to his people of faith. In the first reading we see Abram (who later has his name changed to Abraham, our father in faith) being offered a special relationship with God. This relationship or Covenant will be sealed with the sacrifice of animals and birds. Abram is a wandering Aramean with no homeland or descendants but God offers him land and as many descendants as the stars in the sky. We are part of the descendants of Abram. The Lord’s promise has been fulfilled.

In the Gospel, Peter, James and John are brought up a mountain by Jesus where he is transfigured in their sight. He lets His glory be seen as the Son of God. Peter’s reaction is to say, “Let’s build three tents for Jesus, Moses and Elijah”. He doesn’t want to leave this wonderful experience of the closeness of God. It is a very natural and understandable reaction. But Jesus leads them down the mountain on the road that will lead to Jerusalem and His death on the cross.

The message for us is that we need those moments of basking in the presence of God in order to face the challenges that life will throw at us. These moments are to be seized. But if we are not people of prayer, if we do not give Jesus time in our week, then we are facing the challenges life throws at us alone and we will feel downtrodden. Let’s take the opportunity of Lent to have transfiguration moments in our own lives.

Our parish website has a new domain name and it is The website is a project of the Parish Pastoral Council. The site continues to grow and more sections will be added over time. We want it to be a one-stop-shop for all parish activities and information. Please take the time to have a look at it and do send on your thoughts as to what we could add to it to improve it as a source of information. Coming soon will be a Family Mass Group page and also a history of the parish. If your parish group wishes to be included then get in touch. We will have the formal launch of the website a little later on in the year on World Communications Sunday. You can leave public comments in the Guestbook, or email the website team directly at

Register with the Parish

For the last four years the parish at Christmas and Easter has printed and distributed a pack with the timetable of services for the particular seasons to all households within the parish boundary. That has meant an increase from 3000 homes to 6000 homes in that time. The amount of printing and effort to assemble and distribute the packs is too much. We intend from this Easter to deliver directly to those who are registered with the parish, i.e. those who give to the Family Offering by envelope or standing order and those who give to the Dues. If you are not registered yet please contact the parish office to be included for this Easter.

Have a great week.
Fr. Eoin

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