Pastor's Desk: Fourth Sunday of Easter

Posted 14th May 2011 in Pastor's Desk

Vocations Sunday

On the 6th May our parish held the annual party for those who volunteer in our parish. We had a wonderful night and were very well looked after by the Hilton Hotel which was our venue but perhaps the most noticeable thing was the fact that there were 200 people gathered in that function room because they exercise some ministry in Holy Trinity Parish. It was a wonderful sight to behold. Now some people would say I don’t do a ministry all I do is deliver the newsletters to the houses on my road, or sit on the Board of Management of one of our five parish schools, but the truth of the matter is that without everyone’s contribution our parish could not function the way it does; each person has a unique and equally valuable contribution to make to the life of this parish.

All of that is by way of letting you know that this Sunday is Vocations Sunday throughout the Catholic Church. Now in previous generations the term “vocation” became identified with a calling to the Priesthood and Religious life. It still can be understood in that way but we now have a broader understanding which reflects on the call each of us receive at Baptism to be a follower of Jesus Christ and we live out that calling. The parish is the place where we gather to be nourished by the Word of God and the Eucharist and it is also where we find the encouragement to fulfil that baptismal calling.

Recently, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin was commenting that there has been a drastic reduction in the number of priests he has available to appoint to parishes. This summer will see the number of priests reduce by 27 between retirements and deaths with no ordination this summer. Yet it is within this situation that the vibrancy and participation in parish life is actually on the increase as more and more lay people take responsibility for an area of parish life that they are competent in and enjoy doing. We have seen that with our own Volunteering Sunday which we have run for the past two years. More and more people are very willing to play their part.

On this Vocations Sunday we reflect our own personal call to be a follower of Jesus Christ and how our parish can help us find a ministry to fulfil.

Have a great week
Fr. Eoin

Church Notices: 15th May 2011

  1. Next Sunday we turn our thoughts to the home mission and priesthood in our own diocese. A special collection will be taken at all Masses next weekend to support the education of students to the priesthood for Dublin and it will replace the usual SHARE collection.
  2. Pupils from St. Kevin’s Junior National School will celebrate First Eucharist next Saturday during Mass at 11.00am. As a result, our morning Mass next Saturday will be at the earlier time of 9.30am. Pupils from St. Francis of Assisi Primary School Belmayne will celebrate their First Eucharist next Sunday during the 12.30pm Family Mass.
  3. We are very grateful to all those who have already returned their Easter Dues. All Dues offerings will be personally acknowledged.
  4. The Diocese is looking for Volunteers to help with next year’s International Eucharistic Congress. For more details please see the leaflets at the doors of the church.
  5. The Helping Hand Pilgrimage is taking names of anyone who would like to go on the Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes this year. For more information please call to the sacristy after Mass.
  6. The next meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council will be Tuesday evening at 7.30pm in All Saints Chapel.
  7. Trinity News will be ready for distribution from Monday of the coming week. We will be in contact with the road distributors.
  8. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament continues tomorrow Monday from 10.30am till 7.30pm.
  9. There will be a cake sale/coffee morning and Bric-a-Brac sale in aid of Holy Trinity Senior Citizens on this Sunday, 15th May, from 10.30am until 1pm in Donaghmede House. All are welcome.

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