Pastor's Desk: Vocations Sunday
Welcome everyone. Today we celebrate Good Shepherd Sunday and World Day of Prayer for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life. It is an opportunity for us to reflect on our Baptismal Calling from God and how we respond to His call.
The first calling all of us have received is to be a follower of Jesus Christ. Whether we are single, married or ordained, we are to try to live the values of the Gospel in our daily life. We are also called to share our giftedness and talents, which are unique to us, with the Community of Faith in which we find ourselves. Thankfully that generous sharing of time and talent is very evident in this parish community.
The one thing we don’t have many of is priests! I recently saw at a list of the Priests in Dublin lined up according to age; there were 227 priests older than me and only 33 priests younger than me. The challenge facing us as a parish and diocese is providing priests so that the Eucharist can be celebrated in the years to come. If there is no change in the numbers presenting themselves for ordination, reduced number of priests in parishes is going to be the norm for the foreseeable future.
Archbishop Martin’s task of providing priests for all 199 parishes is now very difficult indeed. He has informed me that I will be moving on this summer from Holy Trinity Parish after completing my nine years in the parish. Where I will appointed this summer I do not know yet but the Archbishop has agreed to give me some sabbatical leave beginning the end of July till the 1st January 2016 which will allow me to take a break, do some renewal and prepare myself for my next assignment. I have a few months left before I have to leave this great Parish but the need of the diocese for priests should concentrate all our minds on promoting vocations to the priesthood. Let us pray that the Good Shepherd will continue to tend to His flock.