Pastor's Desk: Third Sunday of Advent

Posted 14th December 2013 in Pastor's Desk

heartGreetings to you all as we gather to celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent. This Sunday has a special name and is called “Gaudete Sunday” as Gaudete is Latin for “Rejoice”! So what are we meant to rejoice about? We are rejoicing because our time of preparation is drawing to a close, signified by the lighting of our third candle on our Advent Wreath. As a preparation for Christmas we like to avail of the Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession and a reminder that we will celebrate our Parish Penitential Service on Tuesday, 17th December at 7.30pm and we look forward to seeing you there.

Child Safeguarding Sunday

Archbishop Martin has designated today as the first of what will be an annual event called Child Safeguarding Sunday. The first thing to be said is that we want children to be involved in the life of our parish and we want them to be completely safe as they do so. There are many people involved in the safeguarding of children here in Holy Trinity as it involves all of us following best practice and common sense. Parents rightly expect from the parish the same level of awareness of child protection that they see in their children’s other activities. I want to thank our two Parish Child Protection Representatives who have been trained by the Diocesan Office for Child Safeguarding and Protection. They in turn train all our parish volunteers working directly with children on current best practice. They also monitor the dedicated Parish mobile phone which is available for anyone to use in order to report an incidence of abuse or any concerns around child safety. The representatives have written a piece about their work in this week’s newsletter. Child Safeguarding requires constant vigilance on all our parts.

St. Vincent de Paul Collection

The local conference has asked me to convey their thanks and appreciation for the wonderful response to last week’s annual collection during Mass. The amount raised was €6,769. Considering the response to the collection for the Philippines and to the Diocesan Food Appeal, well over €14,000 has been given to charity by members of this parish in a matter of weeks. That is a fantastic amount, well done everybody.

Fr. Eoin

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