Pastor's Desk: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 9th July 2011 in Pastor's Desk

sunsetOur Readings from scripture this Sunday are very appropriate to the time of year we are in. At the moment, many people are currently away on holidays or eagerly looking forward to their annual break. These few days away from the normal routine are vital as a means of refreshing ourselves after the exploits of the past twelve months and also a way of coming back to our work reinvigorated and with a new creativity. If we didn’t take the break, we would be running on empty.

Now if that is how it goes for our working, everyday lives; how much more does it apply to our spiritual lives. The annual retreat is an important time away for priests and religious. It is a chance to refresh ourselves in the presence of the Lord so that we are better prepared to carry out His work. But the need to retreat and refresh our spiritual lives is not unique to religious and priests but to all the Baptised.

Unless we spend some time with the Lord, we will be like the seed that fell among the thin soil described in today’s Gospel, “but as soon as the sun came up they were scorched and, not having any roots, they withered away.” How do we refresh ourselves spiritually? Well you can do no better than to read and reflect on the Scriptures. There are many web sites available for this but two very good Irish sites are Catholic Ireland and also Sacred Space.

The seed of faith planted in our lives on the day of our Baptism requires nourishment and attention. As we tend to our need for rest and relaxation this summer let us not forget our need to be spiritually refreshed as well.

Have a great week.
Fr. Eoin

Church Notices: 10th July 2011

  1. Next Sunday, a priest of the Missionaries of Africa Order, also known as the “White Fathers”, will speak at all Masses about their missionary work and ask for your support.
  2. As part of the 40th anniversary celebrations of the Donaghmede Estate Residents Association (DERA), there will be a Mass of Thanksgiving here in the church on Monday 18th July at 7.30pm. All are invited to attend.
  3. Trinity News will be ready for distribution to the homes of the parish later this week.
  4. The Parish Office returns to its normal hours this week of 9.30am to 12.30pm, Monday to Friday.
  5. The local Conference of St. Vincent de Paul will be taking up their monthly gate collection after our Mass today. Please support their work with those in most need in our parish.

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