Feasts of All Saints and All Souls

Posted 28th October 2018 in Ceremonies

On Thursday 1st November we will celebrate the Feast of All Saints, a Holy Day of Obligation when we honour all Christian saints, known and unknown. The feast is celebrated by all the Christian churches.

The Vigil Mass on Wednesday 31st October (All Hallows’ Eve) will be held in Holy Trinity at 6.30pm. This is a shared Vigil Mass for the four parishes in the area: Holy Trinity, Ayrfield, Edenmore and Grange Park. All are welcome. In Holy Trinity, Mass on the Feast Day itself will be celebrated at 10.00am on Thursday 1st November.

Friday 2nd November is the Feast of All Souls. Morning Mass will be celebrated in Holy Trinity at 10.00am as normal, and we will celebrate our Annual Remembrance Mass at 7.30pm.

Pastors Desk: Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time/B

Posted 27th October 2018 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 28th October 2018 - Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time/B

jesus-and-the-blind-manYou have to admire Bartimaeus’ persistence in today’s gospel story. Sitting at the side of the road he discovers that it is Jesus who is passing nearby and so he calls out to him ‘Jesus, have pity on me’. Despite the fact that people told him to be quiet he shouted out all the louder. Jesus hears him, stops and tells his followers to ‘Call him here’. He jumps up and runs to Jesus who asks him ‘What do you want me to do for you’. He asks that he be cured of his blindness and be able to see again. Jesus grants his request.

We can all suffer from different forms of blindness from time to time. We can be blind to many of God’s blessings in our lives. We can be blind to things going on around us because they may challenge our attitudes or call into question our life choices etc. We can be blind to our own sins but miraculously we are able to see other people’s with great clarity. All of this can cloud our world and prevent us from seeing things as God wants us to.

We pray that we may always have the persistent faith that Bartimaeus exhibits in today’s gospel. If we are experiencing any ‘blindness’ in any aspect of our lives that God will give us greater insight and help us to see clearly his plan for each one of us.

Fr. Gerry

Pastors Desk: Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time/B

Posted 20th October 2018 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 21st October 2018 - Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time/B

world-mission-sunday1Today over one billion Catholics all over the world will celebrate World Mission Sunday. The anniversary was instituted in 1926 by a 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 2018 the new ‘missionaries’ who travel from our shores to share the gospel message of love and compassion for our fellow humanity are those 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. For the last year we have been fortunate to have Fr. Ubaldo and Fr. Dominic stay with us while they pursued their course of studies at DCU. Sadly, they have returned home in recent weeks. We wish them well in their ministry.

The theme of this year’s World Mission Sunday is ‘Christian Families are Missionary Families’. Pope Francis reminds us that through the proclamation of the Gospel, the risen Jesus becomes our contemporary and that families or individuals who welcome him with faith and love can experience the transforming power of his Spirit.

Fr. Gerry

Pastors Desk: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time/B

Posted 13th October 2018 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 14th October 2018 - Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time/B

harvest-the-richness1You only have to check the glossy magazines in the Dentist or Doctor’s waiting room to see how preoccupied many of us are with the lives of the rich and famous. Many stars receive enormous sums of money by allowing these publications exclusive access to their weddings or their homes etc. Magazines like this are big business and make handsome profits from sales to anyone who likes to keep up to date with these so called ‘stars’. From time to time newspapers print lists of the Wealthiest people in the world whose collective fortunes run into Billions. For some it’s a huge status symbol to be included on the list. A person’s success or status is often judged by the amount of money they have made over time.

In today’s gospel the young man who was essentially a good living and kind person asks Jesus what he has to do to inherit eternal life. Jesus knows he is a good individual but challenges him even further by telling him that he needs to give up everything he has in order to achieve his goal. Sadly, the man is unable to give up his great wealth and he leaves feeling disheartened and empty handed. It’s worth noting here that two other well-known rich men, St. Francis and St. Ignatius of Loyola, were prompted by the Lord to abandon their wealth in order to answer God’s call.

None of us are wealthy like this man was or the rich and famous are today. We may be struggling to keep on top of bills and other day-to-day living expenses. But we are wealthy in the knowledge that God is with us throughout our lives. In good times and in bad. So we are on a different type of ‘Rich List’. To share in that richness we need to recognise that all the other material wealth is transitory and of no use to us in the next world.

Fr. Gerry

Pastors Desk: Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time/B

Posted 6th October 2018 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 7th October 2018 - Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time/B

wedding-ringsThrough my work with ACCORD I get to meet many couples at pre-marriage courses. Many have been living together for some time but have now decided to enter into the Sacrament of Marriage. As part of my presentation I ask the couples to focus a little on why they have chosen a Sacramental marriage over a simple civil ceremony. Do they really recognise the part that God have played in bringing them together and now want to enter into a Sacramental celebration or is it simply down to pressure from parents or some other reason?

I then ask them to focus on the marriage vows that they will exchange during the ceremony and try to illustrate how intrinsic they are to the celebration of the Sacrament. What exactly does it mean to say ‘for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, all the days of our lives’. For most of them it’s the first time they have ever thought or spoken to each other about the true meaning of the vows they will make on their wedding day.

In today’s Gospel the Pharisees try to catch Jesus out by a question on the lawfulness of divorce. It’s clear that the Law of Moses allowed some form of divorce. It’s also worth noting that the Pharisees said the law gave the man the right to drop his wife whenever he wished but that his wife had no corresponding right. Jesus is quick to point out that the man had no more right to divorce and marry another than had his wife.

Living out the Sacrament of Marriage is not always easy or plain sailing. God’s ideal is not always achieved. It’s only God’s love that can embrace the failure as tenderly as the success.

Fr. Gerry