Pastor's Desk: Mission Sunday

Posted 23rd October 2010 in Pastor's Desk

Today, the Catholic Church throughout the world celebrates Mission Sunday. It is our annual opportunity to reflect upon and support the work of our Missionaries wherever they may be stationed. Of course in Ireland we have a great tradition of sending men and women to all parts of the world to preach the message of Jesus Christ. We can be very proud of their work and the dedication they have shown down through the years. In the past, these missionaries would have been exclusively members of religious orders and would have joined up to give their entire lives to a part of the world they did not even know in their training.

Today, it is very much different. Now our Missionaries come from all walks of life; some are priests, some are religious Brothers and Sisters but a large number are members of the lay faithful. They have jobs here at home and yet they offer themselves for a number of years to help spread the Gospel in lands that have never heard it. This is generosity at its finest because the conditions of work are not always what we would expect in Ireland or be willing to put up with.

Why have missions in the first place? Well a church that is not trying to spread its message is failing in its primary duty to evangelise, to bring the Gospel alive today. That was the challenge that Jesus Himself left the church when He said, “Go make disciples of the whole world.”

We may never go on the Missions ourselves but there will always be someone ready to commit themselves to that task. We can assist them greatly by supporting the Missions collection at Mass today.

Have a great week.
Fr. Eoin

 

Church Notices: 24th October 2010

  1. Today, as we have already heard, is Mission Sunday and we are asked to remember in a special way all Irish Missionaries working on the foreign missions. The annual collection for Mission Sunday will be taken at all the Masses this weekend instead of the SHARE Collection and you are asked to be as generous as possible in supporting the work of our Missionaries
  2. Tomorrow Monday is a Bank Holiday and our morning Mass will be at 11.00am after which the church will close for the day. There will be no Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on the Bank Holiday.
  3. Monday week, 1st November, is the Feast of ALL SAINTS. It is a Holy Day of Obligation. Please note carefully the Mass times for the Feast. There will be no Vigil Mass on the 31st October as Sunday takes precedence. Masses for the Feast are at 10.00am, 12.30pm and 7.30pm in the evening.
  4. Trinity News is currently being delivered to over 3500 homes in the parish. We thank the volunteers who are bringing them to your home. If you have an article for the next edition or would like to advertise in the Newsletter, please contact the Parish Office now.
  5. The Altar List of the Dead is being delivered along with Trinity News to homes in the Parish over the coming days. You should try to return the names of deceased loved ones to us by Tuesday 2nd November, the Feast of ALL SOULS for inclusion on the Altar List.
  6. The Irish Catholic with a special supplement for MISSION SUNDAY is available from the Repository. Also available is the November edition of ‘MY DAY BY DAY’ for those who have ordered it.
  7. Song and Dance Youth Theatre and will present “Jesus Christ Superstar” in St. Mary’s Secondary School, Baldoyle, during the mid-term break, from Wednesday 27th - Friday 29th October 2010 at 8pm. Tickets are €12 adults and €10 concessions. To Book call 085 146 5033.
  8. This year’s Terry Fox Run/Walk takes place this Sunday 24th October. Registration is at 2.30pm on the day and the Walk/Run starts at 3.00pm in Fr. Collins Park.

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