Pastors Desk: The Baptism of the Lord/A

Posted 11th January 2020 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 12th January 2020 - The Baptism of the Lord/A

baptism-of-the-lord1The Feast of the Lord’s Baptism marks a significant time in Jesus’ Life. He leaves his private life behind in Nazareth to begin his public ministry. Joining the queue of sinners, he waits to be baptised by John in the Jordan. John is reluctant to baptise him, as he was the sinless one but eventually gives in to Jesus’ request.

We are told that as Jesus is leaving the water something truly amazing happens. The heavens opened and God the Father’s voice echoes from above confirming ‘This is my Son, the Beloved, my favour rests on him.’ That favour is echoed in every Christian Baptism, always.

Today’s Feast is also a powerful reminder of the significance of the gift of Baptism that most of us received as infants. It was the beginning of our journey in faith with God and other members of the Christian family. Now it challenges us to make a mature commitment as adults to respond, profess our faith anew and live Spirit-filled lives guided by God alone. It reminds us that we have responsibility to respect, love and care for our fellow humanity and the world in which we live.

The New Year also give us the opportunity to review our commitment to God in our lives and reflect on how that fits into the wider Christian family.

Fr. Gerry C.

Pastors Desk: Second Sunday of Christmas/A

Posted 4th January 2020 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 5th January 2020 - Second Sunday of Christmas/A

new-yearToday we celebrate the second Sunday in the holy season of Christmas, the time of Christ.

Traditionally we always waited until after the Feast of the Epiphany or Nollaig na mBan before we removed the Christmas decorations in our homes. However, by today many Christmas trees have already been consigned to the shredder or banished into the attic until we decide to retrieve them for Christmas 2020. Each year Christmas decorations seem to appear long before the season has begun, only to disappear before the season is completely over. It seems that we are influenced more and more by the commercial calendar than the Christian one these days.

In today’s readings Paul and John try to help us to realign our focus for the year ahead by presenting us with the essentials of our faith, and they challenge us to have the courage to do the right thing, irrespective of others.
Saint Paul encourages those who are listening to focus their minds on the Lord Jesus and to live always through love in his presence. He prays that they gain a spirit of wisdom and a knowledge of God which in turn will influence their interior life and external behaviour. It will give them a clear sense of direction

In the gospel of St. John, he tells us that the One born of the Virgin is the creator of all that there is in the world, and that he is the true light to guide us on our way to eternal life and final happiness with God at the end of time, filled with grace and truth.

Fr. Gerry

Feast of the Epiphany

Posted 2nd January 2020 in Ceremonies

On 6th January, we will celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany. As the 6th falls on a Monday this year, there will be no Vigil Mass of the Feast. Masses in Holy Trinity for the Feast Day will be on Monday at 10.00 am and 6.30 pm.

Pray out the Old, Pray in the New

Posted 28th December 2019 in Ceremonies

78599046_10162727194425128_3136485496666980352_oA special Last Light Ceremony will be held in Holy Trinity Church on Tuesday 31st December (New Year’s Eve) from 4.00 pm to 5.00 pm. Please join us as we give thanks for the blessings of the year 2019 that is just ending, and as we invoke God’s help for the New Year of 2020.

Masses for Christmas Day

Posted 22nd December 2019 in Ceremonies

Christmas Mass

Christmas Masses in Holy Trinity and our neighbouring parishes will be as follows:

Christmas Eve
Tuesday 24th December 2019
5.00 pm: St. Paul’s, Ayrfield
6.00 pm: Holy Trinity, Donaghmede - Family Mass
6.00 pm: St. Monica’s, Edenmore
7.00 pm: St. Paul’s, Ayrfield
7.00 pm: St. Benedict’s, Grange Park
8.00 pm: Holy Trinity, Donaghmede - Holy Trinity Choir
8.00 pm: St. Monica’s, Edenmore
9.00 pm: St. Benedict’s, Grange Park
Christmas Day
Wednesday 25th December 2019
9.30 am: Holy Trinity, Donaghmede - Congregational Singing
10.30 am: St. Paul’s, Ayrfield
10.30 am: St. Monica’s, Edenmore
11.30 am: Holy Trinity, Donaghmede - Music Group
11.30 am: St. Benedict’s, Grange Park
12.30 pm: St. Paul’s, Ayrfield

Live Streaming

Live streams of Mass are available at these webcam links:

Holy Trinity, Donaghmede

St. Paul’s, Ayrfield

St. Monica’s, Edenmore

St. Benedict’s, Grange Park

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Confessions will be heard on Christmas Eve, 24th December as follows:

10.00 am to 11.00 am Holy Trinity, Donaghmede

11.00 am to 12.00 pm St. Paul’s, Ayrfield

2.30 pm to 3.00 pm St. Paul’s, Ayrfield

Click here to see the full Christmas timetable for Holy Trinity.