Pastor's Desk: 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
We are currently in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity which is held every year from the 18th to the 25th January. The fact that there is disunity among the followers of Jesus Christ is a scandal and goes against Christ’s own wish that His followers “would be one”. Now you are probably saying to yourself that with all the scandals that have been found in the Church over the last number of years that disunity hardly rates that high and that is true when compared to the suffering of children at the hands of priests who were criminal. However, taken on its own merits, the fact the Christianity has divided amongst itself means that the values Christ preached have not been lived.
Today, there is much to be proud of in the progress towards greater unity of Christians and under the pontificate of Benedict 16th we see closer collaboration and outreach, especially with the Orthodox Churches. Here at home, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and Archbishop John Neill of the Church of Ireland have a very warm and open personal friendship which is encouraging greater collaboration on the ground. And that is the ultimate goal. There is no point in our leaders making great progress if unity among Christians is not happening at a personal level.
The challenge for each of us as individuals is to see just how open we are to greater unity with our fellow Christians. This does not mean we must all be the same. We can be different and respect each other’s differences while celebrating what we share in common which is quite a lot.
Let us ask the Lord to continue to guide us on our journey to unity and His wish that we will all be one.
Church Notices: 23rd January 2011
- The New Justice & Peace Group will meet for the first time tomorrow Monday at 7.30pm in the Upper Room. Anyone interested is also welcome to come along.
- There will be an important meeting on Tuesday evening for all members of parish Groups. The meeting will be here in the church and will begin at 7.30pm. The purpose of the meeting is to elect members to the new Parish Pastoral Council. All volunteers please take note.
- The week of prayer for Christian Unity continues until Tuesday next. There will be special prayers at Masses for that intention.
- Many families have already sent in their Christmas Dues and we are most grateful to them. There are spare envelopes at the doors of the church. Your dues offering can be placed in the special box at the top of the church near the sacristy door.
- Ministers of the Word should call into the sacristy to collect their copy of the St. Paul’s Missal.
- Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament continues (tomorrow) Monday from 10.30am to 7.30pm. All are invited to spend some time with the Lord.
- Trinity News, our Parish Newsletter, will be ready for distribution this week. Road volunteers will be called during the week to assist. We need some help with distribution to the Elmfield part of the parish and also to Apartment Blocks which are code protected. If you can help, please ring the Parish Office.
- The Repository will be open after Mass with a wide range of religious cards and periodicals including the Irish Catholic.