Pastors Desk: Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time/A

Posted 21st October 2017 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 22nd October 2017 - Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time / A

mission-sundayToday over one billion Catholics all over the world will celebrate World Mission Sunday. It was instituted in 1926 by Papal decree issued by Pope Pius XI. So, every year since then the Church worldwide has always used the month of October to reflect and pray for the work of the Missions. On today in particular we are asked to contribute to a collection which is used in the work of evangelisation around the world.

There has always been a long tradition of missionary Sisters and Priests from Ireland going to all parts of the globe to spread the gospel message. With declining vocations and an aging population many have returned home to their congregations and diocese. Now, in 2017 the new ‘missionaries’ who travel from our shores to share the gospel message of love and compassion for our fellow humanity are those of volunteers who work with agencies like Concern, Trócaire, GOAL, Bóthar, etc.

In one of his World Mission Sunday messages, Pope Benedict XVI encouraged Churches with a shortage of priests to welcome them from countries where there are many. So, it’s perhaps fitting that on Friday Fr Dominic and Fr Obaldo arrived from Uganda to stay with us while they pursue some studies in DCU. They arrive at a crucial time in the life of Holy Trinity and St Paul’s parishes. I know that they will be welcomed by all parishioners.

In his 2017 message, Pope Francis reminds us that through the proclamation of the Gospel, the risen Jesus becomes our contemporary and that those who welcome him with faith and love can experience the transforming power of this Spirit. That’s exactly what the prophet Isaiah means in today’s first reading when he says ‘I arm you that men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun that, apart from me, all is nothing.’

Fr Gerry

Pastors Desk: Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time / A

Posted 14th October 2017 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 15th October 2017 - Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time / A

kings-feastAnyone who has sent out invitations for a wedding, a birthday party or some other event will know how slow we can be when it comes to that RSVP request to reply by a specific time. We usually have to call or email some of the invitees nearer the closing date to confirm if they are coming along so we can give a final number to the hotel or venue and avoid the added expense of paying for guests who are not going to be there.

Today’s Gospel story has a slightly similar theme to it. We hear how the Kingdom of Heaven is compared to a feast that the King gives for his son after his wedding. While many of the guests had said they would love to attend when they received the invite they didn’t bother turning up on the day. They were too busy going about their business or tending their farms to join the King and his family for this happy occasion. They just couldn’t be bothered. But, rather than give up, the King sent his servants out and invited everyone they could find in the community who genuinely wanted to come to the wedding feast.

Each week we are all invited to the Banquet. To attend a feast every Sunday where we are nourished by the word of God and the bread of life. Many choose not to attend even though they received that invitation from the time of their baptism. The question arises should we ever stop issuing that invitation? Pope Francis tells us that we should never stop being missionaries who go out and invite others to the eternal banquet by how we live our lives and treat our fellow humanity with dignity and respect. By doing so maybe we can inspire others to come and be as nourished as we are.

Fr Gerry

Pastors Desk: Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time / A

Posted 7th October 2017 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 8th October 2017 - Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time / A

gods-vineyardThe first reading today from Isaiah and the gospel from Matthew use the image of a vineyard to illustrate their message. Isaiah speaks of the love that his friend has for his vineyard and how he tends it with loving care on the fertile hillside. Isaiah is really using this story to warn the Israelites that they were going wrong. That they, the chosen people, were ignoring God their Father and needed to change their ways.

St. Paul gives words of support and encouragement when he urges those listening ‘not to worry’ and to ask God for anything they need in prayer but also give thanks when it is due. He tells them they must fill their minds with noble thoughts and deeds and if they do then the God of peace will be with them guiding and directing them in all matters.

The chief priests and elders were not too impressed by the parable in today’s gospel. They thought that all was well between themselves and God but now they are being criticised for their actions. Ironically this was not the first time they had heard Jesus speak. Like many others they had heard him before. But while many had grown in faith by listening to what Jesus had to say and changed their attitudes, the Pharisees had not budged one millimetre.

We can all come to mass each week and listen to God’s word but like the Pharisees we can fail to listen or embrace any of the challenges the scriptures set before us. We all need to take heed of the warnings from Isaiah, St. Paul and Jesus and apply them to our own lives. If we respond to those challenges then we are like the good tenants in God’s vineyard.

Fr Gerry

Sunday Mass Times

Posted 1st October 2017 in Ceremonies

Saturday Vigil - 6:30 pm
Sunday Morning - 9:30 am & 11:30 am

Change to Sunday Mass Times

Posted 1st October 2017 in Announcements

Dear Parishioners,

At a recent meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council it was proposed that Sunday morning mass times should be changed. This is for several reasons: There is just one priest working full time in the Parish, and I also have responsibility for St. Paul’s in Ayrfield and celebrate mass there on Sundays. At times, I also provide support and cover for St. Benedict’s Grange Park and St. Monica’s Edenmore. The Parish Pastoral Council feels that given the current situation, two Sunday morning masses here in Holy Trinity are adequate; it works well during the months of July and August. To that end, from Sunday 8th October mass times will be as follows:

Saturday Vigil - 6:30 pm
Sunday Morning - 9:30 am & 11:30 am

Music at the new 11:30am mass will be provided by the Folk Group and the Family Mass Group on alternate Sundays. The First CommunionDo This in Memory of Me‘ and Confirmation preparation masses will now take place at this new earlier mass time of 11:30am.

I am grateful for all the support and understanding I have received over the last couple of weeks. I appreciate that many who attend the 12:30pm mass may be disappointed by the changes but we hope you will continue to join us at the 11:30am mass.

Fr Gerry