Pastor's Desk: First Sunday of Lent

Posted 8th March 2014 in Pastor's Desk

Welcome everyone to our Mass for the First Sunday of Lent. It is a busy Sunday in our Parish as we welcome Fr. Bryan Shortall OFM Cap, Parish Priest of Church Street Parish, and Archbishop Charles Brown, Papal Nuncio to Ireland, to our parish for the Novena of Grace. We thank them for taking time out of their busy schedules in order to be with us this weekend. The Novena continues until Wednesday evening when there will be a cup of tea/coffee after Mass for all in the congregation. I do hope you can come to some of the Novena Masses.

Confirmation Programme Mass

40daysAt the 12.30pm Family Mass we also welcome the boys & girls preparing for Confirmation and their families to the final Mass in their programme of preparation for the Sacrament. We are less than a month away from the celebrations and so this is an intense time of preparing. I would ask the families to prioritise prayer time together as they count down the days.

The Gospel today tells us of the origins of the Season of Lent, namely that time of forty days immediately after he was baptised by John that Jesus spent in the desert. Here, Jesus suffered temptation and ridicule from Satan but after this time, he began his public ministry of preaching the Good News of God’s unconditional love for each one of us. This time of 40 days in the desert was a time of preparation and focusing on the mission that lay ahead. We too are asked in Lent to slow things down a bit and look at our life. What are the values I live by? How do I show them? What time do I give to refreshing my faith by personal prayer? Lent is about “Repentance” which literally means turning my life around from the direction it is currently heading. It is a personal journey for each one of us but we do have the support of knowing others in the faith community are on a similar journey.

Fr. Eoin

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