Pastor's Desk: Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
‘This is my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on him’
Welcome back to you all as we begin a new week and settle into the New Year of 2011. We conclude the season of Christmas and begin the Season of “Ordinary Time” with the celebration of the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Today we remind ourselves of how this was such a pivotal experience in Jesus’ life: prior to his baptism in the River Jordan by his cousin John the Baptist, we know very little of Jesus’ life but from this moment forward he begins his public ministry of preaching the Gospel or Good news. It starts out as a solitary journey but quickly a community forms around Jesus and that continues to be the case up to our own time.
Our own baptism should be a pivotal event in our lives. We might not remember anything about it but the fact that it happened at all means we are members of the Body of Christ, the Church, and have rights and responsibilities. Only within the community of faith can we exercise those rights and responsibilities. Our parish is very lucky to have so many committed members who take part in our liturgies each week and do so much voluntary work for our parish; without you we would have a very poor sense of what church is. Let us celebrate this great Feast day by renewing our baptismal promises and refreshing ourselves in the waters of salvation. As we begin another week let us ask the Lord to be with us and guide us in His Way. Have a great week!
Church Notices: 9th January 2011
- Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will resume Monday week, 17th January, from 10.30am till 7.30pm. All are welcome.
- We congratulate the new choir on their debut last Wednesday at the Epiphany Vigil Mass. Their next practice will be Thursday evening at 7.00pm in the church and they will begin singing at the Vigil Mass next Saturday evening. New members are always welcome.
- Many families have already sent in their Christmas Dues and we are most grateful to them. Your dues offering can be placed in the special box at the top of the church near the sacristy door.
- Extra copies of the Parish 2011 Calendar are available at the doors of the church.
- The crib will be taken down during the coming week. You may like to make one more visit to it after Mass today and pray for the protection of the Holy Family all through the year. The ‘offerings for the crib‘ are going this year to St. Francis of Assisi Hospice in Blanchardstown. There is a large bottle to the side of the crib for this purpose.
- The results of the Christmas Colouring Competition will be out during the week and the result published on the parish website.
- The monthly collection for the work of our local Conference of St. Vincent De Paul will be taken up outside after all Masses this weekend. Please be generous in supporting those on the margins in our community.