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From the Pastor’s Desk

Vocation Intercessions for Lent

Fifth Sunday of Lent – In our second reading, St Paul writes to the persecuted church in Rome encouraging them “Unless you possessed the Spirit of Christ you would not belong to him.” We pray for those discerning a vocation to priesthood, diaconate or religious life, that they may be possessed by the Spirit of Christ and respond to His call.

Stations of the Cross

During the Season of Lent the Stations of the Cross will be prayed every Friday morning at 9.30am. This will replace the Rosary on Friday. I thank Anne Maybury and Maire Martin who undertake this initiative and all who help them.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is not about a guilt-trip. Rather, it is about unburdening. The Lord invites us to receive from him ‘rest for our souls’ (Mt 11:29) so that he may set us free (Lk 4:18) that we may continue to seek to live ‘life to the full’ (Jn 10:10). Jesus is encountered in and through the Sacrament.

The Lent Reconciliation service takes place in St. Brigid’s on Tuesday 28th March at 7.30pm.


Through these weeks of Lent we have had the chance to walk towards people in their time and place of need. We have been brought face to face with people who otherwise we would not encoun- ter. We have had the chance to hear some of their words and to respond in a meaningful way. With Jesus, we have had the chance to make a differ- ence – not loud or dramatic, just in the quietness of reflection and in the generosity of sharing. So, let us look now at some of the words and phrases Jesus might write beneath our feet today, knowing that we have tried to respond to the needs of those put before us during the Lenten Campaign. “Thank you”. “Insofar as you did it to one of the least of my brothers or sisters, you did it for me”. “Well done good and faithful servant”. As for images or emjois! Surely, a smiling face and a thumbs up. I thank Tony Devlin who spoke beautifully and passionately about his involvement with Trocaire at all Masses last weekend.

 Fr. Michael Carey P.P.