Pastor's Desk: Fifth Sunday of Easter

Posted 21st May 2011 in Pastor's Desk

Greetings all, on this Fifth Sunday of Easter. Today is also PRIESTHOOD Sunday in the Diocese of Dublin, when we pray for the seminarians currently training for the diocese and pray also for an increase in vocations to the priesthood.

There is no doubt about it but the decline in the number of priests in the diocese is really beginning to be felt. We can see this in our own parish where we are currently down to two fulltime priests in the parish despite the fact that the number of households has increased. Archbishop Martin said at a meeting of priests recently that he will be less 27 priests this summer due to retirement (75 years of age) and the number of priests who died in the last twelve months. Combined with the fact there will be no ordinations for the diocese this year gives you a sense of the difficulties experienced in providing for the pastoral needs of parishes.

So the shortage of priests poses a major question: has God stopped calling men to the ordained ministry? For me the answer is no, God is still calling men to work as diocesan priests in Dublin but fewer men are answering the call. Please pray for your priests and pray for the seminarians currently in training for the diocese. The Second Collection today is for the support of the Seminarians and replaces the usual SHARE Collection.

Fr. Eoin

Church Notices: 22nd May 2011

  1. The second collection today is the special Annual Priesthood Sunday Collection for the education of seminarians to the priesthood for the Dublin Diocese. It replaces the usual SHARE Collection. Please be generous in supporting this important work.
  2. We will be celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation next Thursday and Friday within Mass which begins at 11.00am sharp. The children and their families should be in their places in the church by 10.45am. Because of preparations for the Confirmation Masses, our morning Mass on both Thursday and Friday will be at the slightly earlier time of 9.30am instead of 10.00am.
  3. We are grateful to all those who have already returned their Easter Dues. If you have mislaid your Dues envelope, there are spare ones at the doors of the church. All Dues offerings will be personally acknowledged in the coming weeks.
  4. The children of Belmayne Educate Together School will receive their First Holy Communion at the 12.30pm Family Mass next Sunday and we ask all the parents to have their children in their places by 12.15pm.
  5. The May 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.
  6. The Helping Hand Pilgrimage is travelling to Lourdes on the 11th June for 5 nights. They are finalising their numbers at present so if anyone wishes to travel with them, please contact any of the Committee during the coming week. Notices are in the Church porches.
  7. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament continues tomorrow Monday from 10.30am till 7.30pm.

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