Pastor's Desk: Third Sunday of Lent

Posted 26th March 2011 in Pastor's Desk

Jesus meeting the woman at the well is our gospel text this Sunday. It is a fascinating story which reveals the deeply felt animosity between Samaritans and Jews of the day and also reveals how our lives can become spiritual deserts in need of reviving. Jesus enters into discussion with this Samaritan woman even though it is socially unacceptable to do so. He engages her in a debate which recognises her as a person and also recognises her intellect. But they do talk at cross purposes. Jesus speaks of the Living Water that will never run out and which continually refreshes those who receive it. The woman thinks of this as a bottomless well to get ordinary water. Jesus has in mind the waters of Baptism which each of us have received.

Our modern lifestyle can leave us thirsting for spiritual refreshment. The seed of faith which has been planted in us requires regular nourishment and watering. Without it that seed will shrivel up and die. This Lent we are being called to refresh ourselves at the wellsprings of our faith; to once again revive the life that we were given at Baptism.

rciaNext Saturday Kristine Lapina will join Coco Xiao Yan Xu as a member of the Elect when we celebrate the Rite of Election at the 6.30pm Vigil Mass. Kristine & Coco have been part of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) group for the past seven months and are preparing to receive the sacraments of initiation, Baptism, Confirmation and Communion at the Easter Vigil. They have come to the well of living water that Jesus speaks about in today’s Gospel and wish to be refreshed in spirit. As a parish community we will pray for Kristine & Coco as they journey towards full membership of our faith.

Fr. Eoin

Church Notices: 27th March 2011

  1. A reminder that Summer Time officially begins at 1.00am Sunday morning. Please ensure your clocks are put one hour forward before you go to bed.
  2. The TROCAIRE Lenten boxes are available at the doors of the church for those families who did not get one through a child in the schools.
  3. The Sacrament of Penance (confession) is available every Saturday from after the 10.00am morning Mass and after the 6.30pm evening Mass in preparation for Easter.
  4. Next Sunday is Mother’s Day and we have a selection of cards for Mothers in the Repository together with Easter Cards.
  5. The Parents’ Association of Holy Trinity Senior National School present the “Trinity’s Got Talent” show on Sunday 27th March (this Sunday) from 2 - 6p.m. in The Donahies Community School - it is a fund raising event for the school. Please support this occasion.
  6. The Parish Funeral Team will have their regular review meeting on Monday at 10.30am in All Saints Chapel. All members please attend.

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