Pastor's Desk: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 9th October 2010 in Pastor's Desk

Volunteering Sunday

This Sunday is a very important Sunday in the life of our parish as it is our Volunteering Sunday. Today, at all Masses, everyone will be asked to volunteer for the many groups we have active in our parish who are looking for new members. A parish is a community of faith and it can only continue to offer service to its members when everyone contributes in some way. For some of you, maybe your situation has changed, the children are all grown up and have fled the nest; possibly you have retired recently or the current economic situation has affected your job or you want to get involved in the community since you have recently moved in. Whatever the reason, we want you to give some of your time, energy and giftedness for the benefit of this parish community. We have plenty of ways you can help from stewarding at Mass, helping with Baptisms, cleaning our beautiful church, reading the Word of God at Mass or becoming a Minister of the Eucharist, joining our proposed new choir, playing a musical instrument, etc., so don’t say there is nothing that interests you!


One thing that can prevent people putting themselves forward is the fact that they don’t know all that is involved. We want to assure you that appropriate training will be given to all volunteers. No one will be expected to start off right away without being prepared for any of the tasks. We want people to feel confident in their roles, not awkward.

Be generous

The only reason we have so many active groups in our parish is because people give of their time generously. If we are to continue to provide these services into the future then new blood is necessary. Don’t look around the church to see who is putting themselves forward; this is your responsibility. People often say, “I was never asked to join anything that is why I am not involved”. No one can say that now. This is your time and your opportunity to make a difference to the life of this parish. Please be generous!

Have a great week,
Fr. Eoin

Church Notices, 10th October 2010

  1. Today is Volunteering Sunday in our parish. We ask you to please sign up for any of the groups seeking new members.
  2. Next Sunday at the 12.30 Family Mass we will celebrate the Parish Schools Mass when we ask the Lord’s blessing on the pupils, teachers and their families for the current school year.
  3. Parishioners are invited to sign a Book of Condolence at the back of the church which we will forward to Fr. Donald as an expression of our support to him and his family after the violent death of his brother Kevin last Monday.
  4. The newly formed Funeral Ministry Team will meet on Monday evening at 7.00pm in no. 1 Grangemore Avenue.
  5. The local conference of St. Vincent De Paul has their monthly collection outside after all Masses this weekend. Please support their work in our community.
  6. The Irish Catholic and The Word magazine are on sale in the Repository. So also is the October edition of The Sacred Heart Messenger.
  7. A Mediation Northside Awareness Talk will be held this Thursday, 14th October 2010 at 6pm in Donaghmede Library. Mediation helps people involved in conflict or a dispute to reach an agreement acceptable to both sides. This is a free and confidential service.

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