Pastor's Desk: Temperance Sunday

Posted 5th March 2011 in Pastor's Desk

This Sunday has been designated as a Day of Prayer for Temperance by the Bishops of Ireland. All of us are aware of the problems that alcohol can cause for individuals and families and we may even have witnessed those difficulties first hand, and yet, the word temperance can conjure up images of “killjoys” trying to stop people having fun.

The truth of course is very different. Go into any Accident & Emergency room of any hospital and you will find who the real “killjoys” are. We are living in a time when young people begin drinking at a younger and younger age than previously. The consequence of this is that more and more people in their early twenties are presenting with liver failure due to the abuse of alcohol. Unfortunately I have done the funerals of people who have died because of their alcoholism and despite family and friends trying to steer them another away from drink, they couldn’t do it.

This Sunday is an opportunity for all of us to reflect upon our attitude to alcohol and evaluate if we control it or it controls us. With the season of Lent beginning this week, maybe it would be good to take a temporary pledge and prove to ourselves if no one else that we are not dependent on alcohol.

Have a great week.
Fr. Eoin

Church Notices: 6th March 2011

  1. Today is known as Temperance Sunday. We are asked to pray for all those who suffer with an addiction to drink and drugs and for their families too. Any parishioner who would like to take the pledge, even just for the duration of the Lenten Season, can leave their name in the Sacristy and they will be contacted by the Parish Pioneer Council.
  2. Wednesday next is Ash Wednesday and so begins the Season of Lent. Ashes will be blessed and distributed at our Masses at 10.00am and a special 7.30pm Mass. Wednesday is a day of FAST and ABSTINENCE.
    The ashes which are blessed for Ash Wednesday are made by burning the palms of the previous year’s Palm Sunday. If you have brought blessed palms from home we invite you to place them in the container, which is before the altar.
    TROCAIRE Lenten boxes are available at the doors of the church for those families who do not get one through the schools.
  3. The Ministers of the Word (Church Readers) and Ministers of the Eucharist should collect their new roster from the rack in the sacristy corridor.
  4. The Parish office will be open from 10.30am to 12.30pm on Monday. Normal hours of 9.30am to 12.30pm will resume on Tuesday.
  5. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament continues on Monday from 10.30am till 7.30pm. All are invited to spend some time before the Lord.
  6. Articles & photos for the next edition of Trinity News should be submitted to the Parish Office this week.
  7. St. Francis of Assisi primary school in Belmayne will have an Open Evening on Thursday from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. All are welcome to come along and view the school.
  8. The local Conference of St. Vincent de Paul will have their gate collection after Masses next Sunday.

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