Pastor's Desk: 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 26th February 2011 in Pastor's Desk

Most people would be aware that our Sunday readings are on a three-year cycle. We are currently in Year A as it is called which means we have heard these readings in 2008 and 2005. The readings speak to us about Hope (first reading), about faithful service of the Lord (second reading) and about materialism (Gospel).

The first reading is very short but it says clearly that people should not despair; the Lord has not forgotten us. The example is given of a mother with her child at the breast. Just like a mother, the Lord will not forget or abandon us. Very reassuring words for all of us as we face material difficulties.

The Gospel then goes on to speak about worrying what we are to wear and what we are to eat. We are reminded that the Lord has given the birds of the air everything they need and we are no different. In 2005 we heard this gospel when we were still in the throes of the boom time. Unfortunately we didn’t heed its message to be modest and choose our master wisely. Now that the reality is changed we are to remember that worry won’t get us anywhere. There are sufficient resources around the place if people share what they have instead of hoarding it.

As it says in the Gospel; “Jesus said to his disciples: ‘No one can be the slave of two masters: he will either hate the first and love the second, or treat the first with respect and the second with scorn. You cannot be the slave both of God and of money.”

Have a great week.
Fr. Eoin

Church Notices: 27th February 2011

  1. The ashes which are blessed and which we wear on Ash Wednesday are made by burning the palms from the previous year’s Palm Sunday. We invite you to bring with you next Sunday any blessed palm you have at home and place it in the container which will be near the altar from where we will get this year’s ashes. Ash Wednesday is Wednesday week, 9th March.
  2. The pupils preparing for Confirmation this year will celebrate the Ceremony of Light on Tuesday evening at 7.30pm here in the church. The Faith Friends will meet at 7.00pm to prepare for the ceremony.
  3. This coming Friday our parish hosts the World Apostolate of Fatima here in the church. The evening consists of Mass at 7.30pm followed by a Holy Hour and concludes at 10.00pm with Benediction. All parishioners are welcome to attend.
  4. The Repository is now stocked with items for St. Patrick’s Day, Mothers Day and for First Communion and Confirmation.
  5. The Padre Pio prayer Group will meet at the 10.00am Mass this Thursday.
  6. Next Sunday, 6th March is Temperance Sunday and people may like to take a temporary Pledge for the duration of Lent. If so please see members of the Pioneers Association here in the parish.
  7. CASA, the Caring and Sharing Association is a voluntary organisation, established in 1981, whose goal is develop friendships and social outlets for people with disabilities. They will be taking up a gate collection after our Mass today.
  8. We would like to draw parishioners’ attention to a speech given by Archbishop Martin during the week where he outlines, in a very stark way, the difficulties that face the diocese on a number of fronts. Click here to read the Archbishop’s speaking notes.

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