Pastor's Desk: Fourth Sunday of Easter
On Friday just gone our parish held the annual party for those who volunteer in our parish. We had a wonderful night and were very well looked after by the Hilton Hotel which was our venue, but perhaps the most noticeable thing was the fact that there were 200 people gathered in that function room because they exercise some ministry in Holy Trinity Parish. It was a wonderful sight to behold. Now some people would say “I don’t do a ministry, all I do is deliver the newsletters to the houses on my road, or sit on the Board of Management of one of our five parish schools”, but the truth of the matter is that without everyone’s contribution our parish could not function the way it does; each person has a unique and equally valuable contribution to make to the life of this parish.
All of that is by way of letting you know that this Sunday is Vocations Sunday throughout the Catholic Church. Now in previous generations the term “vocation” became identified with a calling to the Priesthood and Religious life. It still can be understood in that way but we now have a broader understanding which reflects on the call each of us receives at Baptism to be a follower of Jesus Christ and how we live out that calling. Pope Francis uses the term “Missionary Disciples” to describe all who are followers of Jesus Christ whether they are lay or ordained. The parish is the place where we gather to be nourished by the Word of God and the Eucharist and it is also where we find the encouragement to fulfil that baptismal calling.