Pastor's Desk: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 5th February 2011 in Pastor's Desk

The Readings this week call on us to be people who make a difference. A society which has Christians in its population should notice them by the actions they carry out for the benefit of others. Our faith is a personal faith, which grows in strength by our personal reading and our personal prayer, but it is celebrated in the context of a community of faith and by actions for the good of others. Our first reading from Isaiah is one that calls for personal reflection as to how each of us measure up to the challenge laid down by the Lord.

If you do away with the yoke,
the clenched fist, the wicked word,
if you give your bread to the hungry,
and relief to the oppressed,
your light will rise in the darkness,
and your shadows become like noon.

In the Gospel, Jesus calls us to be salt of the earth and a light for the people. A person of faith must bring that light, the light of Christ’s values, into every facet of our lives; our home, our work, our social lives and our community. If we don’t, then we are putting our light under a tub and darkness prevails.

Have a great week!
Fr. Eoin

Church Notices: 6th February 2011

  1. Completed Nomination forms for the new Parish Pastoral Council should be returned to the Parish Office today. The forms are available at the doors of the church but please only take one if you have a person in mind to nominate.
  2. World Day of the Sick will be celebrated on the Feast of Our lady of Lourdes, Friday next. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated here in the parish during the 10.00am Mass on Friday for those who wish to receive it.
  3. Those who bought candles last weekend to have blessed at Masses on Wednesday - Candlemas Day - should collect them from the Repository after Mass today.
  4. The annual collection for ACCORD, the diocesan agency preparing and supporting couples for marriage, will be taken up at all Masses next Sunday.
  5. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will continue on Monday from 10.30am till 7.30pm. All are welcome.
  6. The Church shop will be open after Mass with a wide selection of cards and religious items.
  7. Articles and photos for the next Trinity News should be submitted to the Parish Office by Friday of this week.

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