God is not an abstraction, he is real and has a name: God is love. Not some vague or sentimental love but the love of the Father who is the source of all life; the love of the son who lays down his life for his friends, and dies on the cross and rises again; the love of the Holy Spirit who makes us new and renews the face of the earth. Knowing that God is love teaches us to love and to give ourselves to others, as Jesus gave himself to us. In our gospel reading for this Trinity Sunday, Jesus tells Nicodemus that God so loved the world that he gave his only son so that through him the world might be saved. Our redemption is the work and gift of the Holy Trinity: the Son who offers himself, the Father to whom he offers himself and the Holy Spirit through whom he offers himself. This is the love we celebrate at every Mass. Pope Francis comments that the Holy Trinity is not a product of human reasoning but the face of God, which God revealed to us by coming among us. It is Jesus who revealed the Father to us and who promised us the Holy Spirit to live within us and guide us.
Eucharistic Procession: will be held on next Sunday 22nd June, the Feast of Corpus Christi. The Homily will be preached by Archbishop Eamonn Martin, the Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh. Our parish group will gather outside the Church at 2.50 pm and walk to Daunt Square. when we bring Christ, and the love of Christ, into our streets; into all the suffering, isolation, loneliness, temptations and fears of our life; a blessing for our city and our parish.
The Do this in Memory Programme 2013-14 concludes on Sunday next 22nd June at the 10.00 am Mass. After Mass there will be a short Eucharistic Procession in the Grounds of the Church with the Bunscoil Chríost Rí First Holy Communion Children. Congratulations to the children and families who have participated in the programme and to their teachers. Special thanks to the parents’ representatives who helped to organise the Mass each month. There will be a meeting with the parents’ representatives on this Tuesday 17th June at 7.30 pm in Fr. Kerry’s house.
Ice cream day for Down’s Syndrome: Members of the parish assembly will have an ice cream stall at the Church after 10.00 am Mass on Sunday next, 22 June. No charge, but donations welcome. All proceeds will go to Down’s Syndrome Ireland.
Pioneer Mass for those recently confirmed and their parents is on this Monday 16th June in Christ the King Church at 7.30 pm.
Novena to the Sacred Heart starts on Thursday next 19th June and concludes on the 27th June, the Feast of the Sacred Heart. We will pray the Novena in the church each morning at the 10.00 am Mass (leaflets will be available). You can also pray the Novena privately or with your family
Funeral Ministry: The five members of the Parish funeral Ministry Team who were commissioned at masses on the weekend of 17th and 18th May will now begin to assist the Priests of the parish at removals, helping with prayers in the funeral home and in the Church. From September two ministers will be on call during any given week on the basis of a rota. This growth in lay participation in the mission of the church helps us prepare for the time when sufficient priests will not be available for all aspects of funeral ministry. We are grateful to the members of the team for their generous response of this emerging need.
Trocaire: Our thanks to all who contributed to this year’s Lenten Family Fast Box appeal – €5,466 from the Parish and Bun Scoil Chriost Ri.
Exams: As our students’ exams continue they are remembered in our Shared Mass every Friday at 10.00 am. Cards are available in the Sacristy.
There will be no Parish Bulletin until the end of August. We wish you all a happy, enjoyable and safe Summer. May we be blessed with good weather. Every good wish and blessing – The Bulletin Team.