Pastor's Desk: Sixth Sunday of Easter
Welcome everyone. We continue our reading from John’s Gospel today and Jesus is giving his last farewell to the Apostles during the Last Supper. We can imagine that this was an emotional discourse for Jesus and the apostles; Jesus tells them very clearly that His end is near, but that He will send them the help of the Holy Spirit.
Farewells are difficult, especially those at the end of life. They demand great courage and self-awareness. Jesus takes this intimate time to prepare the Apostles for life without His physical presence. The promise of His love, the gift of the Holy Spirit and the promise of an interior peace that only God can give, is His parting gift. At that moment the Apostles would have preferred for Jesus to remain with them, for things to continue as they are. As we know from the events after the Last Supper, the Apostles were far from ready for all that happened, they dispersed in fear and went into hiding. Yet Jesus did as He promised. He gave them the help of the Holy Spirit and the experience of true peace, not the absence of war or violence, but the joy of knowing God’s love for each one of us. That is the peace the world cannot give.
First Communion Celebrations
In this month of May we have the joyous occasions of First Holy Communion for many boys and girls in our parish. Today, we congratulate the pupils of Belmayne Educate Together PS who will receive their First Eucharist at the 12.30 Family Mass on Sunday. We pray they will always live their faith as full members of our Faith Community from this day forward.
The times and dates of the other First Communion Masses are as follows:
Sunday 12th May @ 11.00am Mass St. Kevin’s JNS
Sunday 19th May @ 11.00am Mass Scoil Bhríde JNS
Sunday 26th May @ 12.30pm Family Mass St. Francis of Assisi PS