Pastor's Desk: Pentecost Sunday

Posted 22nd May 2010 in Pastor's Desk

Pentecost Sunday

Today is truly a special and significant day in the life of our Church. Pentecost is considered the “birthday” of the Church because on that first Pentecost, the Holy Spirit descended on the followers of Jesus and made them into one community of faith. The gift of the Spirit transforms the disciples; the group that hid away, now goes out and begins the mission of the Church, to proclaim Jesus as Lord to those who do not know or believe in him. Whenever we think of Pentecost, we think of vitality, courage, renewal, transformation. That was the experience of the disciples when they received the Holy Spirit in their lives.

We too have received the same Spirit in our own lives. Through the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, God has shared with us that Divine Person of the Holy Trinity who enables us to experience that same vitality, courage, renewal and transformation. In this time of deep hurt and disillusionment in our Church we need to keep that in mind. With the Spirit, change and renewal is possible. In fact, without the guidance of the Spirit we are going nowhere. The main thing is to make sure that we are listening to what the Spirit is saying to us. If we look at the history of our Church in this country, we see that that listening to, and following of, the guidance of the Holy Spirit has been missing. The Holy Spirit is the giver of life; what we have witnessed in our Church has not been life-giving. We need to open up to the Spirit and let him lead us in the way of vitality, courage, renewal and transformation.

Commissioning of the Ministers of the Word

Pentecost was the time when everyone on the streets heard the disciples speak to them in their own language. This Feast day then is the appropriate day for us to Commission our Ministers of the Word for their service among us. Their Ministry is a sign of the giftedness that is in this parish and the generous spirit that means they share that giftedness with others. At our 11.00am Mass today we will commission the readers of God’s Word and thank them for their contribution to making the Word of God become alive for us.

Enjoy the Feast day and have a great week.
Fr. Eoin

Parish Pastoral Centre Update

It has been quite some time since I have mentioned our proposed Pastoral Centre and today I want to bring you up to date with what is happening. First of all, in the autumn of 2008, the financial crisis hit our country badly and as a result the building industry was thrown into a time of unpredictability. In that context, the Finance Secretariat of Archbishop’s House wrote to all parishes to put a moratorium on any building work being progressed for a full 12 months. That effectively stopped our parish moving on to the next stage which would have been the signing of contracts with architects and developers for the building work. An extension to the moratorium was then added by Archbishop’s House after 12 months as there was still major instability in the building industry but parishes were allowed to begin work on putting their proposals together for approval from Archbishop’s House for their future building work.

Our Parish Finance Committee has, since the beginning of the year, been looking at running costs of our proposed pastoral centre. A survey of 10 Parish Pastoral Centres in Dublin showed a huge variation in annual costs. At one end, one centre in the diocese costs the parish €130,000 per year to run and at the far end, one centre costs €30,000! Our Finance committee has established a subgroup to see what our centre might cost the parish annually. Remember, this is not the cost of building it, but of running it once it is built, so there are two different things to be gauged.

That subgroup report will be ready for September and I hope that we can then give the parish some idea of where are going with the project at that stage.

Fr. Eoin


St. Paul’s Parish Ayrfield

Parishioners may have heard that Fr. Tom Colreavy, parish priest of St. Paul’s Parish in Ayrfield, took ill last weekend and had to undergo emergency surgery. I am delighted to report that Fr. Tom is responding well to his treatment but will be out of action for a while. Please keep him in your prayers. As a result of Fr. Tom’s incapacity, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has appointed me as Administrator of St. Paul’s Parish in addition to my duties as parish priest here in Holy Trinity. I will be working with Fr. Tom Clowe SDB, who is a Salesian priest and curate in Ayrfield, in my capacity as Administrator, which is a temporary role equivalent to parish priest. We wish Fr. Tom well in his recovery and look forward to welcoming him back home soon please God.

Fr. Eoin

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