Pastor's Desk: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Welcome everyone and I want to thank Fr. Gary for looking after this space last week. Inadvertently last week’s piece was accredited to me in the print edition of the newsletter but as all of you, I am sure, know I have no clue as to the form of racing horses (I always find the dart and the newspaper method profitable!) and certainly I wouldn’t have endorsed his choice in the Championship!! That said we will be watching those predictions very carefully.
“You will be fishers of men”
There is a common theme in our three scripture readings today and that is that the central figures in each of them feels unworthy of the task that is placed before them. Isaiah is given a vision of the glory of God and responds “I am a man of unclean lips” and yet have seen the Lord. St. Paul tells us in the second reading “I hardly deserve to be called an apostle” and finally Peter in the Gospel says to Jesus “Leave me, Lord; I am a sinful man”. All three knew they were unworthy but yet God called them for His mission. It is a reminder to each one of us of our role in the mission of the Church today. The fact that we are unworthy is not the starting point, but that we have been called as who we are. Let us find that space in our week to hear Jesus call us.
Catholic Schools Week
Our week celebrating the work of our Catholic Schools concludes today with the 12.30pm Mass of Enrolment for those receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation this April 30th. I think this Mass is very powerful as we see the parents step up from the seats of our church and present the enrolment form to the priest, formally declaring that they wish their child to receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit. We will pray for the girls and boys and their families, that the time of preparation will be a time of grace. Our thanks go to our great team of Faith Friends who are assisting the families along this road. Our celebrant on the 30th April had been earmarked to be Bishop Dermot O’Mahony but as you will be aware, the Archbishop has instructed Bishop Dermot not to perform Confirmations. Since then there has been no instruction from Archbishop’s House to the parish so we await clarification.
Candidate Parish Pastoral Worker
Finally, we welcome among us Maureen Darcy who is our new Candidate Parish Pastoral Worker on placement till June. Maureen hails from Liverpool but much to Fr. Gary’s dismay, she supports Everton!! I will try keep them separated on Saturday when the two teams meet. We look forward to working with Maureen over the coming months.
Have a great week