Pastors Desk: Second Sunday in Advent/B

Posted 5th December 2020 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 6th December 2020 - Second Sunday of Advent/B
2nd-sunday-of-advent1In our first reading today, the prophet Isaiah refers to a voice crying in the wilderness, urging those listening to ‘prepare in the wilderness a way for the Lord’. He adds that God is a shepherd who will gather and protect his sheep always. In our gospel, Mark also refers to this statement by Isaiah and adds that he will also send a messenger to prepare a way for the Lord.

So, this season of Advent is really all about preparing or clearing a way for the Lord in our lives. It allows us time to reflect and prepare our lives spiritually for the forthcoming season. This has particular importance in this year of 2020.

As you are well aware, the rapid spread of the Covid-19 virus in March meant we had to change many aspects of our lives including how we worship. Access to mass via the Webcam quickly became a vital lifeline for us all and helped to keep us all connected.

On Tuesday 1st December we left our second period of lockdown and our churches have reopened. Right now, there is much discussion in the media concerning how parishes might celebrate Christmas Masses safely with a maximum limit of 50 people in attendance at each Mass. However, it should be recognised that no amount of additional Masses on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day can accommodate the usual Christmas Mass attendances whilst complying with the Level 3 restrictions.

Over the last couple of weeks, we discussed in the four parishes how we can celebrate our Christmas Masses within the current Level 3 restrictions. Earlier this week, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin suggested that people use one of the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ as their day to attend ‘Christmas Mass’. This would allow as many individuals as possible to attend Mass and receive Communion over the Christmas period. We believe that this is a good option and plan to implement it in our parish.

We have decided to operate a ticketing system for Masses on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. They will be limited to two tickets per household. We may extend that to all Masses over the Christmas period. We plan to have further details on how this might work next weekend.

TICKETS ARE NOT AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME

Fr. Gerry C.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Posted 4th December 2020 in Ceremonies

immaculate-conception-1On Tuesday 8th December we will celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady.

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

Mass Arrangements from 1st December

Posted 30th November 2020 in Ceremonies

From Tuesday 1st December, Dublin will be moved to Level 3 of the Government’s Plan for Living with COVID-19, with adjustments for Christmas which include the limited re-opening of churches.

We will be allowed a maximum of 50 people in the church, with face coverings recommended. The document below details the safe practices that we will follow in the church, which are the same as we applied earlier in the year.

Church Notice - Holy Trinity
 
As before, anyone who can attend Mass during the week is urged to make one of those days their ‘Sunday’ and so free up a place for someone who is working Monday to Friday.

Click here for details of Mass Times.

Christmas Masses

Arrangements for Christmas will be announced at a later date.

Funerals

Funerals remain limited to 25 mourners, as part of the Level 3 restrictions.

Advent Calendar

Posted 30th November 2020 in Announcements

advent-calendar-2020The Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference have launched their interactive online Advent Calendar for this year, offering resources for the parish, school and the home each day during the Season of Advent.

The content is aimed at assisting people of all ages to pray and reflect on how best we can keep Christ at the centre of our Christmas preparations during this special liturgical season.

November Altar List

Posted 9th November 2020 in Announcements

It’s not too late to submit the names of loved ones for inclusion on the November Altar List of the Dead. If you have a box of ‘outdoor collection’ envelopes for Holy Trinity Parish, there’s an envelope and blank list in the box. Envelopes are also available in the church porch, which is open after Mass each weekday. Or just write ‘November Altar List’ on any envelope you have. Envelopes should be dropped into the letterbox of the Parish Office only please.

Feasts of All Saints and All Souls

Posted 25th October 2020 in Ceremonies

On Sunday 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 Christian churches. Masses will be at the usual times, with the Vigil Mass at 6.30pm on Saturday 31st October (All Hallows’ Eve) and Mass at 11.30am on Sunday 1st November.

Monday 2nd November is the Feast of All Souls, with morning Mass at 10.00am. We will also celebrate our Annual Remembrance Mass on Monday at 7.00pm, which this year will be online only.

Mass Arrangements from 22nd October

Posted 21st October 2020 in Ceremonies

From midnight on Wednesday 21st October Dublin has been moved to Level 5 of the Government’s Plan for Living with COVID-19. Mass arrangements remain as they were under Level 3.

All religious services in Holy Trinity, St. Paul’s, St. Monica’s and St. Benedict’s are via webcam only until further notice.

Mass Times

Mass times in each of the parishes will be the same as during the last period of lockdown.

Holy Trinity: Monday to Saturday 10.00am, Sunday Vigil 6.30pm, Sunday Morning 11.30am

St. Paul’s: Monday to Friday 10.00am, Sunday Vigil 6.00pm, Sunday Morning 10.30am

St. Monica’s: Monday to Friday 10.00am, Sunday 10.30am

St. Benedict’s: Monday to Friday 10.00am, Sunday 11.30am

Funerals

Funerals will be limited to 25 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

ACCORD Dublin

Posted 14th October 2020 in Announcements

accordACCORD Dublin has launched a new website.  For Sacramental Marriage Preparation Courses or for Marriage and Relationship Counselling please visit www.accorddublin.ie

First Eucharist & Confirmation 2021

Posted 9th October 2020 in Announcements

Fr. Gerry will host an information meeting on Monday 12th October at 8pm via “live stream” on the parish website https://www.holytrinityparish.ie/live for parents of children due to receive the sacraments of First Communion & Confirmation in 2021.

Follow the links for information about the First Eucharist Programme and Confirmation Programme.

Blessing of Pets

Posted 30th September 2020 in Ceremonies

blessing-of-petsThe annual Blessing of Pets ceremony, which normally takes place at St. Francis of Assisi school on or around the Feast of St. Francis, will be celebrated online this year because of the current restrictions.

Children, parents and pets everywhere are invited to join Fr. Gerry via the Holy Trinity Parish webcam at 10am on Saturday 3rd October for Mass and the Blessing of Pets.