June 7th 2009 – Trinity Sunday

The Holy Trinity
It is difficult to explain the Holy Trinity. Probably the simplest explanation and most helpful is that of the image of water. It can take on three forms: ice, water as liquid and steam. All three are quite different and yet all are essentially  the same. It is much the same with the Holy Trinity. God is revealed through three distinct persons, yet all are one. Understanding the Trinity fully is beyond us because no one can fully understand God. This though should not stop us experiencing God in our lives. Paul in the second reading today reminds us that we experience God in the ups and downs of life. Paul wishes God’s many blessings on us and especially God’s peace. The core of the reading is to remind us how God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) is central in each of our lives.
At the start and end of every Mass or prayer service we use the sign of the cross. We take it for granted and do it automatically. But every time we make the sign of the cross we are recognising and being open to God’s many blessings in our lives. While we may not fully understand what the Trinity is all about we welcome and are open to God’s blessings in our lives.

Novena to the Sacred Heart:
Begins on Thursday 11th June and continues until Friday 19th June – The Feast of the Sacred Heart. Leaflets with the Novena Prayers for each day are available at the back of the Church (pink sheet). We encourage families to make the Novena. It will take only about 3 minutes each day. The novena prayers will be said at the 10am Mass each day.

Feast of St. Anthony:
Lilies will be blessed after the 10am Mass.on Sat next 13th June.

"Do this in Memory"  Family Mass
We encourage parents of children who recently made their First Holy Communion to bring their child to the concluding “Do This in Memory” Mass and Procession in Church grounds  on Sunday 14th June The Feast of Corpus Christi at 10.30a.m. There will be a meeting of the Parents Representatives of the First Holy Communion Classes to plan the “Do this in Memory” Mass in Fr. Kerry’s house on this Monday 8th May at 7.30pm

Parish Assembly: There will be a meeting in the Parish Centre on Mon. 8th June  at 8pm

St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society: Monthly meeting will be held in the Parish Centre on Tues. 9th June at 7.30pm

Knock Pilgrimage: St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society,  Christ the King Branch Sat 27th June. Bus departs from Girls N.S. Evergreen Rd at 6.40am sharp.   Details on notice board at back of Church or Contact:  Irene Phone  4963326.

Offertory Collection: last weekend €2,195.   Many thanks for your continued generosity

Those doing exams or awaiting results are included in our prayers and shared Mass every Friday at 10am.   Cards are available in the Sacristy

Eucharistic Procession :The 83rd Annual Corpus Christi Procession will take place on next Sunday, 14th June, The sermon will be give by Mgr. Leonard O’Brien, PP. VG. Clonakilty Our Parish Group will meet outside the Church at 3pm and walk to Daunt Square.  

Eucharistic Congress Collection: Pope Benedict has selected Ireland to host the next Eucharistic Congress in the year 2012. To help to defray the cost of preparing for and organising  the Congress there will be a Second Collection throughout  the Country next Sunday 14th June.

Wedding: Our congratulations and good wishes to Tracey O’Neill, Capwell Rd and Derek O’Driscoll, Greenhills on the occasion of their marriage in St. Finbarr’s Oratory, Gouganebarra recently.

A Thought
Today is the feast of the Holy Trinity. It is sometimes easy to get caught up in the numbers game, one in three, three in one and then come up with explanations. One certainty in life is that we will never fully understand God. We can never describe God from A to Z. It’s a lifetime challenge. But we do have endless pointers on the journey of life that remind us of God’s unique presence in our world and universe. Some of these describe God as love, as our creator, who is generous, who is with us always, who forgives wholeheartedly, who delights in each of us, who trusts us, encourages us, watches over us, comforts us and someone who brings light and hope to our dark corners. There are thousands of more words that could be added and we would still be short. In trying to understand God we must always remember God’s endless love for each of us. Everything else evolves from this. 
James McSweeney