Pastor's Desk: Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time /C

Posted 2nd March 2019 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 3rd March 2019 - Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time /C

goodIn today’s readings, Jesus offers us several practical points for Christian living and challenges us to use our words as he used his in his preaching and healing ministry.

Our first reading from the Book of Ecclesiasticus teaches that a person’s true character is revealed through their speech and so we should listen carefully to what they say before we praise them. It tells us that the quality of the fruit from the tree in the orchard will depend on the care it has had. So, to become a good tree in God’s garden we must produce the fruits of the Holy Spirit.

In today’s gospel Jesus asks the disciples if one blind man can lead another safely. Surely, they will both fall into the pit together he declares. Or what about the man with log in his eye trying to remove a tiny speck from another’s eye. Surely, he won’t have much success?

We all find it so easy to point out each other’s faults and failings and neglect to see our own. Just how dangerous it is to pass judgement on others stands at the heart of the gospel message. Jesus was never judgemental but always used words to heal, restore and bring back life, joy and hope to people. When we try to imitate Jesus’ example of good living, we are often hampered by the judgemental attitudes that can take root in our lives.

We should always remember that when we point the finger at someone there are three fingers pointing towards ourselves!

Fr. Gerry

Novena of Grace 2019

Posted 1st March 2019 in Events

St Francis XavierThis year’s Novena of Grace in honour of St. Francis Xavier takes place from Monday 4th March to Tuesday 12th March in Holy Trinity Church.

Novena Masses: Monday to Friday 7.30pm, Saturday 6.30pm, Sunday 11.30am

Parking in the church grounds is limited: additional free parking is available in Donaghmede Shopping Centre, by kind permission of the centre management.

Pastor's Desk: Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time /C

Posted 23rd February 2019 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 24th February 2019 - Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time/C

confirmation1Around this time each year we have a lot of final preparations for the Sacrament of Confirmation in the weeks ahead. The candidates are instructed in the meaning of the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit which they will receive on Confirmation Day. They are helped to understand the important role that the Holy Spirit plays in helping them to always make the right choices that lead us to God, and avoid the wrong ones which break our relationship with him and with one another.

Our readings today are all linked together by one main theme: the true power of Christian love, when it is practised in unconditional forgiveness. They also teach us about the right and wrong choices we all make. In our first reading we see how David made the right choice by respecting the King and forgiving him his failures. St. Paul refers in the second reading to Jesus’ correct choice of fulfilling his Father’s saving plan.

Today’s gospel challenges us to love our enemies and do good to those who hate us. If someone should strike us Jesus tells us to offer the other cheek. Here he is simply challenging us not to seek vengeance but rather to love everyone, even our enemies. It is of course morally legitimate to defend ourselves from an unjust aggressor. Jesus tells us to forgive others as we have been forgiven so that others will know we are his disciples.

We can’t attain this level of love and forgiveness by ourselves. We need the power of God working through us by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit within us.

Fr. Gerry

Pastors Desk: Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time / C

Posted 16th February 2019 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 17th February 2019 - Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time/C

beatitudeToday the core message in our readings is that our true happiness lies in the awareness that we are all children of a loving Father in heaven and that our happiness will only grow when we share our blessings with our Sisters and Brothers. Another word for ‘beatitude’ could be ‘blessedness’ in that we enjoy both God’s favour and true happiness as a result of all our actions done in his name.

In Luke’s account in today’s gospel what Jesus was trying to do is contradict the idea of real happiness found in Jewish culture at that time and indeed in our modern society, where wealth, health, power and influence are seen by many as the true beatitudes. The trouble with this reliance on such material resources to bring happiness is that, in the final analysis, it does not work. Jesus warns that putting our trust in material comforts alone will lead to a misplaced confidence.

The message of hope today is that despite the failure of society to share the good things of this world more fairly, God loves each one equally and cares for each uniquely. We are all created to share God’s joy with others by responding to their needs as best we can in a variety of situations each day.

Of course, all of this requires courage on our part. Today, and every Sunday we pray that it will be nourished by listening to God’s word and by receiving the Eucharist.

Fr. Gerry

Survey on Sacramental Preparation

Posted 14th February 2019 in Announcements

The Archdiocese of Dublin is seeking the views of parents, teachers, priests, parish personnel, and the wider faith community on how we might improve the way we prepare for and celebrate the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, Communion and Confirmation. The survey will be open until 24th February. Everyone is invited to participate.

Please click here to take part in the online survey.