Pastor's Desk: Palm Sunday
Welcome friends as we begin the most significant week in the Church’s calendar, Holy Week. There is no doubt that it is a week full of liturgical drama starting with today’s celebration of Palm Sunday. In the blessing of our palm we are reminded of how Jesus was greeted as a hero on His entry into Jerusalem. The waving of palm, however, was to give way to wild cries for Jesus to be crucified in so short a time. It is a reminder to us of how fleeting we can be as human beings and easily led by the mob instead of standing on our own two feet.
In the reading of the Passion, we are made conscious of Christ’s love for us, even to the point of giving His life for us. I love the Holy Week ceremonies as they bring us through the events that were, and are, the means of our salvation. I do hope you will be able to join us for them as many people are putting in great effort to make them a meaningful and spiritual experience.
As our season of Lent comes to an end, let us walk with Jesus this week in His passion and death as we commemorate the great events of our Faith.
Church Notices: 17th April 2011
- The timetable of Holy Week and Easter Ceremonies is available here, and also at the doors of the church and in the Easter edition of Trinity News. Also available at the doors of the church are Easter Dues Envelopes and we ask you to please take one as you leave the church today.
- The Easter 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.
- We draw your attention to the Parish Penance Service, which takes place within ‘Prayer around the Cross’ on Good Friday evening at 7.30pm. There will be visiting confessors from surrounding parishes.
- The Parish Passover Celebration takes place in the Donahies Community School Hall on Wednesday night at 7.30pm. There are just a few places still available and tickets can be got at the back of the church today.
- If you are coming to the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday evening at 7.30pm, please bring your Trocaire Lenten Box with you as they will all be brought forward as part of the Offertory Procession. There are still a few vacancies on the list for those who will have their feet washed at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday evening at 7.30pm. The list is at the back of the church.
- We would ask parents to encourage their children to come to the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday at 12.00 noon and to the 12.30pm Mass on Easter Sunday.
- Next Friday, Good Friday, is a day of Fasting and Abstaining from meat.
- The St. Vincent de Paul Society have the annual selling of the ADVOCATE newspaper and the outdoor collection for Sunshine House after all Masses this Sunday. Proceeds go to help take needy children from Dublin on a holiday in Sunshine House.
- Once again this year some kind parishioners have given us a couple of beautiful Monster Easter Eggs to raffle for charity and tickets will be sold after Mass on Easter Sunday. The draw will take place on Tuesday morning.
- Ministers of the Word & Eucharist should note that their new rotas are available for collection from the Sacristy porch.
- All Parish Ministers & members of Parish groups should collect their invitation to the annual Parish Helpers party from the Sacristy after Mass. We would ask you to RSVP by Easter Monday please.