Pastor's Desk: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Welcome everyone. I hope you are enjoying the summer months, in-between the showers! We are taking Trinity Weekly off its summer break for this weekend because, as you will be aware, I celebrate my last Sunday Mass as a priest of the parish this weekend. It is very surreal for me to even write that because for the last 9 years I have understood myself as a priest of Holy Trinity Parish and have been very proud of that fact.
As I prepare to begin my sabbatical leave, I am ever more conscious of the great parish I am leaving behind. Over the past 9 years we have seen the parish grow from 2,500 houses to over 6,000 households today. In the same time, the number of priests has gone down from 4 to 2 and for long periods over that time, even down to 1. While the work load was increasing the response of parishioners was more than equal to it. Many parishioners accepted the invitation from the Parish Pastoral Council and I to become more involved in their parish by volunteering for the variety of Ministries active in the parish. That is an abiding memory I will take with me of Holy Trinity Parish, how there was always people willing and eager to lend a hand, whether it was delivering Trinity News from door to door, cleaning the church, setting up our new Saturday Vigil choir, helping with the Novena of Grace, people always made themselves available. A constant phrase I found myself using over the years to so many people was “thanks for the work”. I think that is a real indication of the great parish Holy Trinity is.
Many people have been asking me where I am moving to and although the official letter of appointment has yet to come, I met with Archbishop Martin a few weeks ago and he has asked me, after I have completed my mini sabbatical, to take up a new appointment in Lusk Parish in North County Dublin. I am delighted to be returning to the North County considering that my first appointment 25 years ago was teaching in Swords and some of my students were from the parish of Lusk. I will be replacing Fr Paul Hampson PP in Lusk in January of 2016.
Before I go I’d like to offer a sincere Thank You to those who sent me Mass Bouquets, cards and gifts, but most of all to everyone for the joy and challenge of the past nine years. Please do keep me in your prayers as I will you. I wish you all every blessing for the future. I will offer my Mass this Saturday for your intentions.