Parish Office will remain Closed

Posted in Announcements

Due to the increasing level of Covid-19 infection rates the Parish Office will remain closed to the public until further notice. You can still contact us via email or telephone during normal office hours. Items can be dropped into the office door letterbox at any time.

Mass Arrangements from 26th December

Posted in Ceremonies

Masses in Holy Trinity are via webcam only until further notice.

Mass Times

Mass times in Holy Trinity will be the same as during the last period of lockdown.

Saturday Evening
6.30pm (Vigil Mass)

Sunday
11.30am

Weekdays
10.00am Monday to Saturday

Holy Days
Mass times are announced before each Holy Day.

Funerals

Funerals will be limited to 10 mourners.

For funerals in Holy Trinity and St. Paul’s please contact Fr. Gerry Corcoran on 087 2408428

For funerals in St. Benedict’s and St. Monica’s please contact Fr. Paddy Boyle on 086 1011415

Family Offering Boxed Envelopes

Posted 14th January 2021 in Announcements

envelopes2The 2021 Family Offering boxes are available from the Parish Office.

If you would like your box delivered to you, or wish to register for a box, please contact the Parish Office.

Please hold onto your envelopes until such time as door-to-door collections can safely resume, or drop them into the Parish Office at your convenience.

If you prefer, you may donate online instead.

Thank you for your continued support of the Parish.

Mass Intentions

Posted 14th January 2021 in Announcements

You may now request a Mass Intention through the website - click here for more details.

Feast of the Epiphany

Posted 2nd January 2021 in Ceremonies

epiphanyOn Wednesday 6th January we will celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, also known as Little Christmas or Nollaig na mBan.

The Vigil Mass for the Feast will be at 6.30pm on Tuesday, and Mass on the Feast Day itself will be at 10.00am on Wednesday.

Please note that the 10am Mass in Holy Trinity will be a Funeral Mass for the late Joe Fowley RIP. Mass in the neighbouring parishes of St. Monica’s and St. Benedict’s will also be at 10am.

Pray out the Old, Pray in the New

Posted 30th December 2020 in Ceremonies

78599046_10162727194425128_3136485496666980352_oNormally on New Year’s Eve we gather in the church for a Last Light Ceremony. This year that’s not possible, however you are invited to join Fr. Gerry by webcam at 4pm on Thursday 31st December as we reflect on the year just ending, and invoke God’s help for the New Year of 2021.

Urbi et Orbi

Posted 27th December 2020 in Ceremonies

Urbi et OrbiIf you missed Pope Francis’s Urbi et Orbi blessing on Christmas Day, you can watch it here:

Urbi et Orbi: Christmas reminds us we are all united as brothers and sisters

Pastors Desk: Fourth Sunday of Advent/B

Posted 19th December 2020 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 20th December 2020 - Fourth Sunday of Advent/B

xmas-tree2All our readings today focus on the circumstances leading up to the first coming of Jesus. They also tell us that God’s preparation though history for the coming of Jesus was full of surprises. Beginning with our first reading of God’s promise to David that he would have a never-ending line of royal descendants which is also recalled in the psalm today. Saint Paul in our second reading surprises us with his proclamation of God’s plan for human salvation through Jesus whom he describes as ‘the revelation of a mystery kept secret for endless ages…’

In our gospel today, the Angel Gabriel surprises Mary with several announcements including the fact that the child she would bear would not only be a distant grandson of David, but also God’s own son.

All this revelation must have proved very confusing or disturbing to Mary and yet her response in Faith was ‘let what you have said be done to me’. She agrees to carry out the Word Gabriel has addressed to her. Her openness to God’s plans in her life is an inspiration to us all. We need a courageous and generous Yes to God, like Mary.

Since March we have endured significant changes to our world. The COVID-19 has had a profound effect on how we gather as families, socialise, celebrate the sacraments, the eucharist, funerals etc. On Wednesday 16th we distributed tickets for Masses over Christmas. I think it is fair to say that is something none of us could ever have imagined happening in our lifetime.

holly3You may have changed your normal arrangements for gathering over Christmas and Saint Stephen’s day. Maybe family are not travelling home to Ireland for various reasons. All of this can perhaps make us feel sad or disappointed, which of course is natural. But while it may not be the ‘usual’ Christmas, let us not forget that we are still celebrating the Birth of the Infant Jesus and the profound meaning it has for us as Christians.

As this is the last Pastor’s Desk of 2020 I wish to take this opportunity to thank you for your support, encouragement, and prayers throughout the year.

May we never lose sight of the fact, Emmanuel… God is with us. Always!

Fr. Gerry

Christmas Mass Arrangements

Posted 13th December 2020 in Ceremonies

During Level 3 of the Government Restrictions we are limited to a maximum of 50 people in the church at any time. For this reason, we have chosen to issue tickets for selected Masses. Each ticket admits two people from the same household, address or bubble.

13th December 2020: Tickets will be available in the Church on Wednesday 16th December at 1pm and again at 7pm for those who are working during the day. Tickets for all Masses will be available at both times. Access will be through St. Patrick’s door (nearest the shopping centre) only.

Update 16th December 2020: A very limited number of tickets for Christmas Day Masses remain available, along with tickets for the 3pm Masses on Monday 21st to Wednesday 23rd. These will be available from the Parish Office on Friday 18th December at 9.30am on a first-come first-served basis. Anyone holding a ticket for another date who wishes to exchange it for a Christmas Day ticket may do so.

Update 18th December 2020: Christmas Mass tickets now available are for Monday 21st, Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd at 3pm only. These tickets are available from the Church Sacristy.

Update 22nd December 2020: In line with the latest Government guidelines, from Saturday 26th December all religious services will again be online only.

Click here for details of Christmas Mass Times.

The document below details the safe practices that we will follow in the church. For ticket-only Masses, entry will be through St. Patrick’s door only, with exit through the Grangemore door only.

Church Notice - Holy Trinity (Christmas)
 

All Masses will be streamed online via the parish webcam.

Pastors Desk: Third Sunday of Advent/B

Posted 12th December 2020 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 13th December 2020 - Third Sunday of Advent/B

3rd-sunday-of-advent2Today is called ‘Gaudete Sunday’ to remind us that we are preparing for a very joyful occasion for the birth of Jesus. On our Advent wreath we light the rose-coloured candle, and the Priest wears the rose-coloured Chasuble or vestment.

The common theme of the scripture readings today is one of Joy and encouragement. They urge us to make the preparations required of us as we await the birth of Jesus into our hearts and lives. It is Jesus coming, in the past, present and future that is the reason for our rejoicing.

This year we must factor another aspect of ‘preparation’ for our celebration of Christmas. Who would have thought or imagined at the beginning of the year that the events and lockdowns of the last 9 months would have had such a lasting effect on our lives, how we live and worship?

Masses with large attendances are still not permitted so we have adapted our usual celebration of Christmas eve and Christmas day masses to comply with the current Level 3 restrictions which permits just 50 people to attend mass at any one time.

Last week Archbishop Martin suggested that we choose one of the twelve days of Christmas as the day we come to church and attend mass. We have discussed at great length how we can implement this here in Holy Trinity and St. Paul’s.

We believe that tickets are the best and fairest option available to everyone. The tickets, which are limited to two people per household or bubble, will be available in the coming week and details will be posted on the website over the weekend. All masses are streamed online.

We realise these arrangements will disappoint many but ask for your understanding while we all continue to keep safe during this ongoing pandemic.

Fr. Gerry C.