Pastor's Desk: Third Sunday of Easter

Posted 17th April 2010 in Pastor's Desk

Ceremony of Light

Welcome everyone to our celebrations this Sunday and a particularly warm welcome to the girls & boys of the parish who are preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation on the 30th April next. At the Vigil Mass they, with their parents and guardians, will celebrate the Ceremony of Light in preparation for Confirmation. The Ceremony of Light is a beautiful moment when the baptismal candle of each child is relit and carefully passed by the parent/guardian to their child. This simple ceremony symbolises the passing on of the faith from one generation to another. It is a very proud moment for the candidates and their parents and also for us as a parish community. Whether there is a community of faith tomorrow really depends on how we pass on the faith to our young people now.

In relation to the Confirmation Mass itself on the 30th April, I have received notice from Archbishop’s House that our celebrant will be Monsignor Lorcan O’Brien V.G. who is the Moderator of the Diocesan Curia. That means he is in charge of the central administration of the diocese on behalf of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin with whom he works very closely. We will extend a warm welcome to Msgr Lorcan on the day and look forward to a great day in the life of the parish.

Today’s Readings

In our First Reading today from the Acts of the Apostles we see a very different group of men to the ones who gathered in fear in the Upper Room during the passion & death of our Lord. Now they fearlessly proclaim their faith in Jesus to the very people who had the power to have them killed. The Gospel is an even more powerful scene. Post Resurrection, the apostles head out fishing at Peter’s suggestion. It was like a reconnection with their former lives. They catch nothing as was the case when they first met Jesus and once again He appears to them and asks them to cast out their nets for a catch. On realising the size of the haul, Peter runs to the Risen Jesus. Last week I spoke of how Jesus does not recount the failings of the Apostles but merely says to them, “Peace be with you”. Today he elicits a three-fold commitment from Peter to look after the new community of faith which of course cancels out Peter’s triple denial of knowing Jesus on that first Holy Thursday night.

SHARE Sunday

As well as being the Third Sunday of Easter, today is also SHARE Sunday here in the diocese of Dublin. As parishioners are aware, we take up a collection most Sundays in support of SHARE during Mass. Today we have a letter from Archbishop Diarmuid Martin to be read at all Masses where he speaks about how that money is dispersed. Copies of the SHARE newsletter are available at the doors of the church or can be viewed here. I want to thank you for your continued support of the SHARE collection which is administered centrally by the Finance Secretariat of Archbishop’s House. For the year ended 30th June 2009, this parish contributed €36,452.

Have a great week.
Fr. Eoin

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