Trinity Sunday; 30th May 2021
St Joseph’s Passionist Church
Tel: 01. 42 27 28 56
Pentecost Weekend was utterly special and a time of blessing in our community. We needed our Spirit(s) lifted after a tough time over the past year. CCD gave their all over the past months when without face-to-face contact, children and young adults were thoroughly prepared for First Holy Communion and for Confirmation. Also, it was the Parents and the families who were the backbone of this wonderful weekend. It is good for us to come back to Jesus and to say ‘Thanks’ for all that happened. If the pandemic of COVID has taught me one very valuable lesson, it is to never again take the community aspect of life and worship for granted. God is a community of Three Persons and so are we a community of life together in faith, hope and love. We are a truly blessed community.
CCD is a Ministry for Catechists. On 10th May 2021, Pope Francis gave us ‘Instituting the Ministry of Catechists.’ ‘A Rite of Institution of Catechists will soon be drawn up by the Vatican. This can be used by St Joseph’s at annual CCD meeting in Sept.
Registration: 4 Weekend Masses: Vigil Mass & Sunday 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and Evening 6.30. Curfew until 9 June is at 21h.
Collection 22/23 May: 4 Masses: €1,065.26.
FHC 2 Masses: €335,39; Confirmation € 319; ADP: €919,77; La Quête: € 25
Confessions: Saturdays: 11.30 a.m. – 12.30 & 5 – 6 p.m. or by appointment.
Weekday Mass: at 8.30 am. Sat 11 a.m. [No registration needed on weekdays.]
ACWO Mass at St Joseph’s: 1 June, 2 pm.
Marriage Preparation Course: Next course will be in October 2021.
Due to COVID, an Information Day in Sept. has not been planned this year. To prepare for reopening of activities at St Joseph’s in the coming months, volunteers for all Ministries and Service are welcome. Please send your name and the Ministry you are considering to the Parish Office, and it will be forwarded to that Ministry co-ordinator.
Feasts next week:
Mon: Visitation of Blessed Virgin Mary
Tues: St Justin, Martyr
Wed: Martyrs of Lyon
Thurs: Martyrs of Uganda
Fri: St Clotilde
Sat: St Boniface, Martyr
Sun: Body and Blood of Christ Corpus Christi
Congratulations to Marymount students who receive Confirmation (27th May) and First Holy Communion (29th May)
Reflection: Unity in a Trinity
The Feast of the Most Holy Trinity is the day when we bow in awe before the God who has adopted us. God is pure Love and has poured out that love in a visible form by coming among us in Jesus and in the Holy Spirit. All three persons in the ‘family’ that is God love us through life and into eternity when we will see God face-to-face.
As children growing up in Ireland we were led into the Mystery of the Trinity by a very simple explanation – there are three leaves on each shamrock, but each shamrock is just one. St Patrick is credited with this way of appreciating the Unity in God of Three Persons. Just as in the beauty of a marriage ceremony, two individuals enter the church separately, they leave as one couple. The bride may carry a number of blossoms on this special day, but it is one bouquet.
The Trinity helps me in appreciating our St Joseph’s community. Last weekend three wonderful groups from CCD made their First Holy Communion and Confirmation. Each is a special person in their own right, a child of God, a child of their family and of the ‘family’ that is the community of St Joseph’s. So, we have the Trintiy of those receiving First Communion and Confirmation, their Families and the Family of St Joseph’s. Just as in the Trintiy of God, so in the union of these three is the revelation of God’s love made visible.
On Pentecost Sunday the coming of the Holy Spirit on each Candidate was in the company of their family and in the midst of the family of St Joseph’s. There was joy in Heaven as the Spirit was lovingly received in our midst..
First Holy Communions and Confirmations help me to appreciate the closeness of God revealed in Jesus and in the coming of the Holy Spirit. Each year as adults prepare for Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion, a class on the Mystery of the Holy Trinity is given. Their sense of awe of God is expressed and their wonder that God is so accessible.
Every time we bless ourselves we do so in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It will be a great joy when again the holy water fonts can be filled to recall our Baptism.
Before water is blessed for us in the Church, God blesses us with water. In the Creation account in Genesis, water features in God’s planning – ‘Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters’; ‘and the waters that were gathered together, God called seas.’ In Pope Francis’ Encyclical ‘Laudato Si’, caring for our common home, he begs us keep the God-given water pure and uncontaminated.
Last weekend God was with the young people, their families and our family of St Joseph’s, a true Trinity. May God, the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit bless us. Aidan, C.P.