Pastor's Desk: Third Sunday of Easter

Posted 3rd May 2014 in Pastor's Desk

emmausWelcome everyone. The gospel today tells the story of the apostles on the road to Emmaus and the sense of desolation and despondency they are feeling because of the crucifixion and death of Jesus. They had gotten out of town before anyone pointed them out as followers of Jesus. The stranger they meet on the road plays dumb about the events in Jerusalem they are speaking about until they explain how their hopes had been dashed that Jesus would be the one to set Israel free. At this point we see a rebuke from Jesus for them; “You foolish men!” He then sets about retraining them about His mission and their role in it. It is only at the breaking of bread that they know for sure it is Jesus the Christ.

We too can be tempted to “get out of town” when it comes to our calling to be Missionary Disciples of Jesus. We cannot allow the secularism around us to stop us expressing and rejoicing in our faith.

First Eucharist

We congratulate the boys & girls of Belmayne Educate Together who received First Eucharist today. Next Sunday the pupils of Scoil Bhríde JNS will receive First Eucharist at the 11.00am Mass. Please note there will be a large attendance at this Mass.

SHARE Sunday

As well as being the Third Sunday of Easter, today is also SHARE Sunday here in the Diocese of Dublin. As parishioners are aware, we take up a collection most Sundays in support of SHARE during Mass. Today we have a letter from Archbishop Diarmuid Martin to be read at all Masses where he speaks about how that money is dispersed. The SHARE newsletter is also available. I want to thank you for your continued support of the SHARE collection which is administered centrally by the Finance Secretariat of Archbishop’s House. For the year ended 30th June 2013, this parish contributed €40,924 an increase of 11.4% on the previous year.

Fr. Eoin

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