Pastor's Desk: First Sunday of Lent
Welcome everyone to our liturgy for the First Sunday of Lent. The Gospel tells us of the origins of the Season of Lent, namely that time of forty days immediately after he was baptised by John that Jesus spent in the desert. Here, Jesus suffered temptation and ridicule from Satan but after this time, he began his public ministry of preaching the Good News of God’s unconditional love for each one of us. This time of 40 days in the desert was a time of preparation and focusing on the mission that lay ahead. We too are asked in Lent to slow things down a bit and look at our life. What are the values I live by? How do I show them? What time do I give to refreshing my faith by personal prayer? The old saying comes to mind; “if it was to become a crime to be a follower of Jesus Christ tomorrow morning, would there be enough evidence to convict me?!” Lent is about Repentance which literally means turning my life around from the direction it is currently heading. It is a personal journey for each one of us but we do have the support of knowing others in the faith community are on a similar journey.
Our society is also experiencing a change of direction too. The current financial and banking uncertainty has meant that people are reducing their spending till they know where things are going. This is a good thing because we were all caught up in the frenzy of the boom years and indulged ourselves more than ever before in our history. We now have to be more careful with how we spend our hard-earned money. This Lent offers us the opportunities to truly help others who are in difficulty by our financial support of charities like the St. Vincent de Paul and Trócaire. Depriving ourselves a little so that we help others is very much part of the Lenten experience. Let us ask the Lord to be with us in our Lenten observance this year.
Church Notices 13th March 2011
- The newly formed Justice & Peace Group in the parish has placed pictures from this year’s Trócaire campaign alongside our Stations of the Cross in the church so that we can pray the Stations in solidarity with the people of the developing world. We invite you to personally pray the Stations anytime between 10.30am and 7.00pm during Monday adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The Trócaire Lenten boxes are available at the doors of the church for those families who did not get one through the schools.
- Ministers of the Word are invited to meet on Monday evening at 8.00pm in the Upper Room of the Sacristy to reflect on the Readings for the coming month.
- The boys and girls of our parish will celebrate their First Penance Service on Monday and Tuesday evening of this week beginning at 7.30pm. Please remember them in your prayers.
- Because of the First Penance Service on Monday evening, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will conclude at the earlier time of 7.00pm this Monday. All those on the Adoration rota please take note.
- Thursday next is the Feast of our National Apostle, St. Patrick. It is a Holy Day of obligation to attend Mass. The Vigil Mass will be at 7.30pm on Wednesday evening. Masses on the Feast will be at 9.30, 11.00 and 12.30. Shamrock will be blessed at all the Masses but not distributed. Please bring along your own shamrock for blessing.
- Holy Trinity Parish is now part of a grouping of parishes involving Ayrfield, Edenmore, Grange Park and ourselves. Next Sunday, the priests of the grouping will celebrate Mass in a parish other than their own as a way of introducing themselves to their neighbouring parishes. Please give them a warm welcome to Holy Trinity Church.
- The Church shop will be open after Mass with a wide selection of cards and religious items.
- The usual monthly collection for our local conference of St. Vincent DePaul will be taken up as you leave after Mass today. Please be generous in supporting their work.