Pastor's Desk: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 29th January 2011 in Pastor's Desk

Our Gospel Reading today is Matthew’s account of the Beatitudes sermon giving by Jesus. These are often compared to the Ten Commandments of the Old Testament. Whereas the Commandments all consist of “thou shall not…” the Beatitudes refer to nine attitudes already adopted by a person. Some are passive (1-4) and some are active (5-8) while 9 is about suffering persecution for the sake of Christ. The Beatitudes surprise us because they elevate those attitudes normally frowned upon by society:

  • you were poor - you knew your need of God
  • you mourned - could feel for others
  • you were meek - neither spineless nor emotionally out of control
  • you hungered and thirsted for some cause
  • you were merciful rather than vengeful
  • you were pure in heart - singleminded
  • you were a peacemaker
  • you were persecuted because you stood for something

(Taken from

Let us try live some of the Beatitudes this week.

Mass for World Day of the Sick

The Archbishop will celebrate Mass for the World Day of the Sick on Sunday, 6th February, at 3.00pm in St. Anthony’s Church, Clontarf. The theme this year is; “It is by his wounds that you have been healed.” (1pt 2:24(25)). There will be many priests concelebrating and during the Mass, the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated. All who are sick or in need of healing are invited to attend the Mass along with their carers.

Catholic Schools Week Jan 30th - Feb 5th

The Episcopal Conference has recently established this special week as an opportunity for parishes to recognise and celebrate the dedicated work of our schools. This year’s theme is ‘Catholic Schools - Rooted in Jesus Christ’. During the week, we will be celebrating the contribution that our Catholic schools make to the life of the faith community here in our parish. We in Holy Trinity Parish are very fortunate to have 5 parish schools and to have them staffed with such inspiring and professional educators. During Catholic Schools Week please remember the pupils, teachers, staff, Principals and Boards of Management of each of our schools in your prayers.

Fr. Eoin

Church Notices: 30th January 2011

  1. Last Tuesday evening the members of Parish Groups elected from among themselves four people to the new Parish Pastoral Council. Today we extend the process to the whole parish. All parishioners are invited to nominate themselves, or another parishioner, who they think would be a good person to have on the Council. The person nominated must not be a member of any parish group currently. Maybe they are new to the parish or did not have the time to get involved until now. Nomination forms are available at the doors of the church but please only take one if you have a person in mind to nominate. Completed forms should be returned to the Parish Office by next Sunday.
  2. Tuesday next, the 1st of February, is the Feast of St. Brigid. The children of Scoil Bhride will celebrate the Feast at the 10.00am Mass and all the parents of the children are especially invited to attend. All parishioners are welcome.
  3. Wednesday is the Feast of the Presentation of the Child Jesus in the temple. It is traditionally called Candlemas Day. Candles will be blessed at the 10.00am Mass on Wednesday morning. If you would like a blessed candle for your home, you can buy one at the Repository (Religious Shop) after Mass. All candles sold will be blessed at the 10.00am Mass on the Feast and then you can collect yours afterwards.
  4. Thursday is the Feast of St. Blaise and the traditional ceremony of the ‘Blessing of Throats’ will take place after the 10.00am Mass.
  5. Many families have already sent in their Christmas Dues and we are most grateful to them. As we come to the end of January, this is a final request to return your Dues Offering.
  6. World Day of the Sick will be celebrated again this year on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes on Friday 11th February. A special Diocesan celebration with Anointing of the Sick led by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will take place next Sunday in St. Anthony’s Church, Clontarf at 3.00pm.
  7. Trinity News is available for collection from the sacristy. We would ask those who volunteered to deliver the newsletter to individual roads to please call into the sacristy after Mass.

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