Pastor's Desk: Second Sunday of Lent

Posted 19th March 2011 in Pastor's Desk

Welcome everyone to the Second Sunday of Lent. Looking at our Readings this Sunday we see the Gospel tells the beautiful story of the Transfiguration, when Jesus, accompanied by Peter, James and John, is revealed in His glory as the only Son of God. This happens in the presence of Moses and Elijah, two great prophets of the Old Testament. Peter’s reaction is the normal one we all have on experiencing something wonderful, he doesn’t want the moment to end. “Let us build three tents” he says. He wants to stay there and enjoy this blissful experience forever. Yet Jesus reminds them they must return down the mountain and continue their journey, a journey that was to lead to Jerusalem and ultimately, to the cross on Calvary.

The message for each one of us is that there are times in our lives when we feel the intimate closeness of God. It might be through a time of personal prayer or at the birth of your child or a time of sickness for yourself or a loved one or in the ordinary day to day events of our lives. However we experience the closeness of God; those moments are given to us as peaks, so that we can continue through the troughs that life gives us. We are tempted, like St. Peter, to remain in the happiness and beauty of those peaks but we too must come down the mountain and continue on our way.

Fr. Eoin

Church Notices: 20th March 2011

  1. To coincide with the first anniversary this weekend of the Pastoral Letter of Pope Benedict XVI to the Catholics of Ireland, the Irish Episcopal Conference has published a ‘Pastoral Response’ to survivors of child sexual abuse by some priests and religious entitled Towards Healing and Renewal. Copies of the pastoral are available at the doors of the church.
  2. The new Parish Pastoral Council will have its first meeting next Tuesday evening at 7.30pm in All Saints Chapel. All members please take note.
  3. Extra TROCAIRE Lenten boxes are available at the doors of the church for those families who did not get one through the schools.
  4. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will continue on Monday from 10.30am till 7.30pm. All are welcome.
  5. The Parish Office will be closed on Wednesday of this week to facilitate staff training. To order Baptism or Confirmation Certs please use the parish website,
  6. The March edition of Trinity News is now ready for delivery. We would ask the volunteers for each road to please call to the Sacristy after Mass to collect the bundle for their road.
  7. The next Confirmation preparation Mass will be celebrated next Sunday at the 12.30pm Family Mass.
  8. The church shop is open after Mass. In stock are cards and gifts for Mothers Day, Easter and for First Communion and Confirmation.

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