Pastors Desk: Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time/A

Posted 19th September 2020 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 20th September 2020 - Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time/A

25th-sunday2Our readings today are essentially about our human sense of justice. The group of farm workers judge the generosity of the landowner as unjust and unfair.

We can all remember those times from childhood when we argued with our parents about something not being fair. A sibling who got a bigger dessert than us or could stay up late while we were sent to bed. Maybe it was in school when we thought that the teacher was showing favouritism or during a football match we disagreed with the referee awarding a penalty or sending a player off the pitch.

In work, maybe we feel that we work harder than anyone else and should be rewarded more than all our colleagues. But envy should have no place in our hearts because we cannot control the way God blesses others. We should just be grateful that he does, just as he blesses us too.

Essentially, what Jesus is telling us today is that as his followers a full wage is given to each of us regardless of whether we have worked all our lives or just turned to him later in life. His mercy is far greater than our human minds can comprehend, and he is always ready to pardon us. The story of the landlord’s love and generosity represents God’s love and generosity towards us.

Jesus also wanted to teach the disciples that they did not have any special place of honour because of their close association with him. All individuals, no matter when they come, are equally precious to God.

Fr. Gerry C.

Pastors Desk: Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time/A

Posted 12th September 2020 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 13th September 2020 - Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time/A

forgiveness1Forgiveness and mercy are the main themes of our readings today. We can all find it difficult to forgive those who have hurt us, with things they have done or said about us, but it forms a central theme of the gospels.

Today’s first reading from the Book of Ecclesiasticus urges us to forgive our neighbour for any hurt they have caused us. Because, if we hold or ‘nurse’ any anger towards them, how can we expect mercy and forgiveness from God for the hurts we have caused others? We are encouraged to live by the commandments and overlook the offence.

In today’s gospel Peter asks Jesus how many times he should forgive his brother when he wrongs him. Jesus tells him ‘Seventy times seven’ to illustrate or indicate that there is no limit on the times we must extend that forgiveness to others. It is a daily and lifelong challenge because the memory of wrongs and hurts can deeply affect our ability to forgive situations. It does not come easy or sometimes without cost.

The story of the wicked servant today is a reminder to us that we are duty bound to extend the hand of forgiveness to those who have hurt us when we have already received the forgiveness and compassion of a loving God throughout our lives. For example, each time we pray the Our Father we ask God to ‘forgive us our Trespasses’, ‘as we forgive those who have trespassed against us’, how can we say that if we have not put it into practice daily?

Fr. Gerry C.

Lourdes at Home 2020

Posted 6th September 2020 in Ceremonies

lourdes-logoDue to travel restrictions, there will be no Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes this year. Instead, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will begin the “Lourdes at Home 2020” Virtual Pilgrimage on Tuesday 8th September with an Opening Mass in St. Bernadette’s Church, Clogher Road.

The pilgrimage will take place in six different churches in the Diocese over five days and on webcam. All are invited to join live online.

For the full schedule, please visit the ‘Lourdes at Home 2020′ website.

You can also download a printable copy of the programme:

  Lourdes at Home Programme

Pastor's Desk: Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 5th September 2020 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 6th September 2020 - Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time/A

love-one-anotherThe term ‘duty of care’ is a recent addition to our vocabulary. For example, we can say that parents have a duty of care to their children. Similarly, teachers have a responsibility for the pupils in their class. Anyone in a caring profession has a ‘duty of care’ to anyone whose health or wellbeing has been entrusted to them.

We are living in unusual days and months. The Covid-19 pandemic has made us view life differently and perhaps re-evaluate just what is important to us as families and individuals. Changes to our daily routines, work practices and separation from family and friends have made us re-evaluate the importance of things we simply took for granted in the past.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus reminds those listening that the welfare of all the members of the community, the strong and the weak, is paramount. He tells them that it is important that they support each other and even be prepared to speak out if any of them is going down the wrong path in life. He warns that these words or actions should not be motivated by any sense of malice or some previously held grudge but simply out of love.

In these days of Covid-19 we now have a new duty of care to each other. To socially distance, wear face coverings, practice correct hand hygiene, coughing etiquette. All these measures are designed to help us protect ourselves from the virus whilst at the same time protecting others we may encounter daily. We must not become complacent.

Lord, keep us strong, focused, and sensitive to one another’s needs at all times.

Fr. Gerry C.

Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Posted 9th August 2020 in Ceremonies

the-assumptionOn Saturday 15th August we will celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Masses in Holy Trinity will be as follows:

Vigil Mass: 6.30pm Friday 14th August
Day Mass: 10.00am Saturday 15th August

Mass on Saturday evening will be the Vigil Mass of Sunday as usual.