Pastor's Desk: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Today is World Mission Sunday and an opportunity for us all to reflect on the work that is done throughout the world in bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to new peoples. I am delighted that at three of our four Sunday Masses today we will hear from Sr. Helen Anthony Thasan FMM about her experience of being on Mission. Sr. Helen is a member of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM), the same Congregation as Sr. Margaret and Sr. Mary here in the parish.
As well as hearing about the work of Missionaries we will also have the opportunity to support their work directly by contributing to the special collection that will be taken up at our Masses. The Mission Sunday Collection will replace the usual SHARE collection this Sunday. Please give generously.
Fr. Raymond Kondowe’s new appointment
On Friday I received a letter from Archbishop Diarmuid Martin informing me that he was appointing Fr. Raymond as Parish Chaplain in University Church on St. Stephen’s Green. Fr. Ray has been with us now in Holy Trinity Parish for just two years while completing studies in St. Patrick’s College Maynooth. He has been a reliable support to me during his time here assisting with Sunday and weekday Masses each week and even helped with Baptisms when I was double booked. On behalf of all parishioners I thank him for his ministry amongst us and wish him every blessing and happiness as he moves to the city centre. Fr. Ray will take up his new appointment on 10th November.
Fr. Karl Schray appointed to Holy Trinity Parish
Also in the Archbishop’s letter was the good news that he is appointing Fr. Karl Schray to the parish to assist me as curate. Fr. Karl is a newly retired priest from the diocese of Portland, Oregon in the United States. He comes with a vast amount of experience and will be a great assistance to me with regards to baptisms, weddings and funerals as well as our daily and Sunday Mass commitments. He will be amongst us from the beginning of November.