Pastor's Desk: First Sunday of Advent

Posted 26th November 2011 in Pastor's Desk

Welcome Fr. Jim Kenny

Welcome everyone to our celebration of the Mass on this the First Sunday of Advent. It is a particularly joyful start to the Church’s New Year for us as Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has appointed Fr. Jim Kenny as Parish Chaplain to both ourselves here in Holy Trinity Parish and also St. Paul’s Parish Ayrfield. Fr. Jim will also have duties as Chaplain to St. Joseph’s Hospital, Raheny but his presence among us here is most welcome. Fr. Jim introduced himself to the weekday congregation at our 10am Mass on Friday and he will be the celebrant at the 9.30am Mass this Sunday morning.

I will let Fr. Jim introduce himself to you but as a bit of background you will be interested to hear he hails from Howth and the two of us were in the seminary together in Clonliffe College all those years ago! Some of you will recognise him from his time as curate in Kilbarrack, when he used to come up to assist here in Holy Trinity for Penitential Services and to say Mass on occasions. We hope Fr. Jim will be very happy here with us in Holy Trinity and we will do all we can to make him feel warmly welcomed.

First Sunday of Advent

The colour of the vestments changes and we begin lighting the candles on our Advent Wreath to signify that we are in preparation mode over the next four weeks. We are preparing to celebrate the Birth of Christ on Christmas day by four weeks of reflection on why God sent His Son among us. The Gospel this Sunday challenges us to be on guard, to stay awake for the return of the Lord.

Have a great week
Fr. Eoin

P.S. We will be using the new translation of the Missal for all the Masses from this Sunday.

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