Masses for Christmas Day

Posted 23rd December 2018 in Ceremonies

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

Christmas Eve
Monday 24th December 2018
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
Tuesday 25th December 2018
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

Pastors Desk: Fourth Sunday of Advent / C

Posted 22nd December 2018 in Pastor's Desk

christmas-tree24th-sunday-of-advent-no-22Pastor’s Desk 23rd December 2018 - Fourth Sunday of Advent / C

With Christmas just around the corner, the days of Advent waiting are almost over. In today’s gospel we hear the account of how Mary and Elizabeth meet, and we are told they were filled with joy. Experiencing Joy is one of the cornerstones of human living. We can experience Joy at the birth of a baby, the homecoming of family members for Christmas, finding employment once more, when we pass an exam, when we get good news after a health scare etc. so the types of joy we experience throughout our lives can be very diverse.

In today’s gospel we find the two women sharing the joy of the miracle of new life that is stirring within them. Both of their pregnancies were touched by wonder. Elizabeth for example was getting on in years and Mary was a virgin. Both of their lives had been touched by God and we are told that they were filled with joy.

All our lives are touched by God daily even though it may go unnoticed. Maybe during these final days of Advent, we might take time to reflect on how God has touched our lives individually so that we may enter a Joyful celebration of Christmas. Perhaps our prayer could be ‘Here I am Lord, I’ve come to do your will’.

Fr. Gerry

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Posted 17th December 2018 in Ceremonies

An Advent Penitential Service including the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the parishes of Holy Trinity, Ayrfield, Edenmore and Grange Park will be held in Holy Trinity Church on Tuesday 18th December at 7.30pm. All are invited to attend.

In Holy Trinity, individual confessions will also be available on Christmas Eve from 10am to 11am.

Pastors Desk: Third Sunday of Advent / C

Posted 15th December 2018 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 16th December 2018 - Third Sunday of Advent /C

3rd-sunday-advent1Today the people ask John ‘what must we do’. He urges them to share what they have with others who are less fortunate. Christmas can be a time when we over indulge on many fronts. The amount of food and alcohol we may purchase. Expensive gifts that we may buy for each other and exchange on Christmas Day. We can be fooled by the television advertisements that we need lots of things in order to have a ‘Happy Christmas’.

But at this time of year it’s also important to remember those who are less fortunate than ourselves. It’s our opportunity to show that we care.

As we begin the 3rd week of Advent today the question we might all ask ourselves is ‘what must I do, Lord, in order to celebrate Christmas this year?’

Fr. Gerry

Christmas Timetable

Posted 14th December 2018 in Events

The parish Christmas Timetable has been published, and begins with the annual Carol Service with the Parish Choir on Sunday 16th December at 5pm in the church. All are invited to join in the celebration of the most popular Christmas carols.