Pastors Desk: Fourth Sunday of Easter / C

Posted 11th May 2019 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 12th May 2019 - Fourth Sunday of Easter / C

Good Shepherd Sunday
World Day of Prayer for Vocations

good-shephardThe image of the shepherd and the sheep is one that we often encounter in the Scripture readings at mass. Psalm Twenty-Two ‘The Lord is my Shepherd, there is nothing I shall want’ is one that we are all fairly familiar with. While we may know the psalm we need to ask ourselves how well do we know the shepherd?

In today’s gospel Jesus tells us ‘The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice, I know them and they follow me’. A sheep knows the voice of the shepherd, and will only respond to that particular voice. But we all know that sheep often stray away from the rest of the flock in search of greener pastures and before long they may become lost and cut off from the watchful eye of the shepherd.

In society there are lots of voices and things fighting for our attention, promising riches, pleasure or satisfaction. Some of us do find happiness when we are distracted this way. But when we are spiritually healthy we can hear the voice of God in our lives guiding and directing us differently. God sends Shepherds to us, Women and Men to guide us on our way and bring us back to his safe protection when we are lost.

So today, we pray for vocations to religious life and Priesthood. That Women and Men will continue to answer the call in the service of the Lord. That families will support and encourage Daughters and Sons as they seek to discern if they have a vocation as one of his modern-day shepherds.

Lord, inspire Women and Men to give their lives to building your kingdom on earth.

Fr. Gerry

Cemetery Masses 2019

Posted 8th May 2019 in Ceremonies

The annual masses for the cemeteries in our area will take place on the following dates:

Kilbarrack Cemetery Sunday 19th May 2019 4pm (Prayers)
St. Fintan’s Cemetery, Sutton Sunday 9th June 2019 12pm
Fingal Cemetery, Balgriffin Sunday 16th June 2019 12pm
Glasnevin Cemetery Sunday 30th June 2019 3pm
Balgriffin Cemetery Sunday 7th July 2019 12pm
Dardistown Cemetery Sunday 7th July 2019 3pm

For more information, visit the Fingal County Council and Glasnevin Trust websites.

Pastors Desk: Third Sunday of Easter / C

Posted 4th May 2019 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 5th May 2019 - Third Sunday of Easter / C

With their dreams shattered by the events of Good Friday it now seems that the Apostles are anxious to get their lives back to normal. Simon Peter says that he is going fishing and some of the other disciples decide to join him. After trying all night, they have nothing to show for their labours.

As they return to the shore Jesus calls out and asks ‘have you caught anything, friends?’ ‘No’, they reply. He encourages them to cast out their nets once more. Miraculously this time their nets are filled to capacity with fish. It suddenly dawns on them who this man is. eucharist1

When they reach land Jesus invites them to ‘Come and have breakfast’. Though none of them asked him who he was they all knew in their hearts that it was Jesus. He shares the bread and fish with them. In the course of conversation, he asks Simon Peter three times if he loves him and gives him an instruction. The third time he tells him ‘Feed my sheep’.

We all need food daily to help our bodies and minds to function. If we don’t have regular and healthy meals, we will eventually begin to have problems. It’s the same with our spiritual lives. They need to be nourished by prayer and scripture. The Eucharist is food for the soul and gives us that spiritual nourishment we so badly need to guide and direct us.

Because we may have a busy work or lifestyle we can end up eating ‘fast food’ and not sit down to eat properly. So too with our spiritual lives. We need to take time daily to sit and relax, come into the Lord’s presence and allow ourselves to be present to him also.  Then our own ‘spiritual nets’ will provide us with the nourishment we need for the journey.

Fr. Gerry

First Holy Communion 2019

Posted 29th April 2019 in Ceremonies

Children from our local schools will make their First Holy Communion at the 11.30am Mass on Sundays in May as follows:

Sunday 5th May - Belmayne Educate Together National School
Sunday 12th May - St. Francis of Assisi Primary School
Sunday 19th May - Scoil Bhríde
Sunday 26th May - St. Kevin’s National School

Pastors Desk: Second Sunday of Easter / C

Posted 27th April 2019 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 28th April 2019 - Second Sunday of Easter / C

peace-be-with-youToday we hear how the doors were closed in the room where the disciples had gathered for fear of the Jews. Something amazing happens when Jesus appears and greets them with the words “Peace be with you”. The disciples are filled with awe and are unable to respond to Jesus’ initial greeting so he repeats it once more. He then gives them the gift of the Holy Spirit and commissions them to go out and forgive sins.

Thomas is not present when Jesus appears and he fails to believe the other disciples when they tell him that they have “seen the Lord”. Jesus’ death had shattered Thomas’ faith so he wants personal proof that Jesus is risen. It’s another eight days before they are finally together again and this time Thomas is present. Jesus invites him to place his finger in his wounds in order that he will be convinced and believe.

When it comes to God’s mercy we often fail to be convinced and believe that he forgives us our sins. We may find it easy to tell others that God forgives them but when it comes to ourselves we have yet to be convinced, just as doubting Thomas is in today’s gospel. Very often the problem is that we can’t forgive ourselves for the sin we have committed or the hurt we have caused to others.

On this Divine Mercy Sunday, like Thomas we are all a mixture of belief and unbelief when it comes to accepting God’s mercy for ourselves. We may have doubts in our minds but faith in our hearts. So today we pray: ‘Lord, I believe; help my unbelief’.

Fr. Gerry