Pastor's Desk: Third Sunday of Advent

Posted 15th December 2012 in Pastor's Desk

“I want you to be happy, always happy in the Lord; I repeat, what I want is your happiness. Let your tolerance be evident to everyone: the Lord is very near. There is no need to worry; but if there is anything you need, pray for it, asking God for it with prayer and thanksgiving, and that peace of God, which is so much greater than we can understand, will guard your hearts and your thoughts, in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:4-7

Welcome everyone to our celebration of the Mass on “Gaudete” Sunday or Rejoicing Sunday. Gaudete is the Latin for Rejoice and it is the first word of the entrance antiphon of our Mass. The reason for our rejoicing is spelt out in our readings, especially the second reading which I have typed out in full above. The call to follow Christ is a call to happiness. We can forget that sometimes. As we approach the Feast of Christmas, the birth of the Saviour, we are reminded of the reason for our joy, the peace of Christ has been given to us. It certainly came to me during our beautiful carol service last Sunday when we joined in the singing of “Silent Night” or “Angels we have heard on high” or the great “O Holy Night”. Hairs stand up when we let the meaning of this great event enter our hearts, and it has been the inspiration for beautiful carols which still stop us in our tracks and bring us back to the essence of Christmas: The Christ Child has been born to us. Let us rejoice!

Our parish Penitential Service takes place on Tuesday at 7.30pm with individual Confession. Visiting priests will be in attendance. Click here for the complete Christmas Timetable.

Please note the new Christmas Mass times this Year. There will be 5 Masses to choose from;

Christmas Eve:
5.30pm Family Mass (we encourage parents with young children to attend this Mass)
7.30pm Raheny Folk Group
9.30pm Holy Trinity Choir

Christmas Day:
9.30am Congregational Singing
11.00am Parish Music Group

Fr. Eoin

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