Adverse Weather Conditions

Posted 28th February 2018 in Announcements

For the health and safety of all concerned, the Archdiocese has advised that due to the adverse weather conditions we are currently experiencing masses should be cancelled in all parishes.

To that end, there will be no 10am Mass on Friday or Saturday morning in Holy Trinity or St. Paul’s parishes.

We expect that mass times will return to normal from the vigil masses on Saturday evening 3rd March. The Government have warned people to stay indoors from tomorrow afternoon until Friday evening to avoid the ‘blizzard conditions’ expected.

A Penance Service for Confirmation children scheduled for Thursday 1st March has also been cancelled. Parents have been informed by text.

Fr. Gerry

Novena of Grace 2018

Posted 27th February 2018 in Events

This year’s Novena of Grace takes place from Sunday 4th March to Monday 12th March in Holy Trinity Church.

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

Our guest speaker this year is Fr Vincent O’Hara ODC. Click here for full details of the Novena of Grace.

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

Pastors Desk: Second Sunday of Lent / B

Posted 24th February 2018 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 25th February 2018 - Second Sunday of Lent / B
“We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven, while we were with him on the holy mountain.”

The familiar Gospel story of the Transfiguration is a beautiful, moving encounter with the things of heaven. It’s a dramatic moment when Jesus encounters Moses and Elijah and the voice of God the Father is heard.

Jesus brings his inner circle comprising Peter, James and John with him to Mount Tabor for this remarkable event. The transfiguration is recounted in the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke.

In addition, 2 Peter 1:18 also refers to it, where it says: “We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven, while we were with him on the holy mountain.”

There is a tremendous authenticity and witness about this description of the transfiguration. It was an event which clearly remained fresh in St Peter’s mind and one that he no doubt often recalled, especially in times of difficulty. He was literally an eye witness to Christ’s glory.

There is something very touching about Jesus engaging Moses and Elijah. It’s as if these two major historic figures from the Hebrew scriptures are giving Jesus strength and advice for his difficult journey to come. An encounter with God in prayer, can give us strength and support as well but how often do we allow time for this in our busy lives? Jesus is encouraging us today to take time out for prayer and reflection this Lent.

And we hear the great invitation from God the Father to each and every one of us: “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” These powerful words resonate down through history to us all today.

The Transfiguration reminds us of the times in our lives when we have felt particularly close to God. It may have been during a retreat or when walking in the countryside. Or perhaps a time when someone we love said something special to us.

Let us pray in the coming week that we may recognise these moments of grace in our lives when God is giving us encouragement and refreshment. Because God is always present in our lives even when we are unable to recognise it.

Deacon Gerard Reilly

Pastors Desk: First Sunday of Lent / B

Posted 17th February 2018 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 18th February 2018 - First Sunday of Lent / B

1st-sunday-of-lent1In most bookshops you’ll find a selection of titles written by a wide range of authors who have taken time off or left their career behind to go in search of something that has been missing from life until then. The Camino de Santiago (Way of Saint James) which has become very popular in recent years, is full of walkers who are journeying in search of a new direction or meaning in their lives. The ‘Way’ or walk is taken by people of all faiths and none alike.

In scripture, there are many stories of Jesus leaving the disciples and taking time to go away to be alone. Today we hear how soon after his own baptism he is led by the Spirit out into the wilderness and remains there for forty days. In that time, we learn how he is tempted and tested by Satan but protected by the angels. When he enters Galilee after John has been arrested his message is clear for all. ‘The time has come’. That time is now.

On Wednesday we were all invited to begin our Lenten journey in preparation for our forthcoming celebration of Easter. The priest placed the ashes on our foreheads and used words like those in today’s gospel ‘repent and believe in the Gospel’ or ‘good news’. That call challenges each of us to make use of this time wisely and draw closer to God perhaps by time spent each day in prayer and quiet reflection.

Today’s readings all challenge us to firstly turn towards God and then towards others with renewed faith and courage.

Fr Gerry

Mass times during Lent

Posted 14th February 2018 in Announcements

For the duration of Lent, morning Mass will be celebrated at 10am Monday to Saturday.