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GOD THE TEENAGER – by Chris Padgett

Posted on 30. Dec, 2012 in Faith, Parish News

Ever wondered what Jesus was like as a teen?

I have four boys. One is thirteen, another eleven, and then eight and seven. They pretend sticks are swords, swing with their fists, laugh at their farts, burp after drinking soda, and haven’t realized that a shower and deodorant matter. Boys!

In the Bible it says that Jesus is like us in all things, except sin. So, Jesus would have sweat, would have bathed . . . sometimes. Jesus certainly would have played with His cousins and friends, would have bled if He fell and skinned His knee. Jesus would have loved each person He met in a way that would have made them feel so special.

It’s kind of fun to imagine what Jesus was like as a young boy.

This was a mystery to a lot of people who walked with him many years ago.

After all, Jesus walked on water, made blind eye’s see, the deaf hear, and dead were brought back to life! It’s no wonder He was a mystery – you don’t see miracles like those every day! For those not interested in the miraculous, Jesus was just another guy. He worked in carpentry with His father and was a momma’s boy.

There’s a lot we know about Jesus from the Gospels, but there’s even more we don’t know about him. From the age of 12 until he is 30, it’s like Jesus remains hidden. Really, even from the beginning of Jesus‘ life we only get a few moments from Mary as to the infant’s impact in the world at that time. What did he do during this time of silence? Where did he go? What was he like?

I have a nine kids, and I am telling you now that if Jesus was at all like them, then he was probably super cute as a baby, bringing a smile to everyone when he laughed. I would bet that Jesus’ first word was “momma” (after all it was Mary!).

I kind of think that when Jesus ran, even if he lost a race he was so genuinely happy when his opponents won that it took away any competitive animosity. Jesus would have understood that people talked about his mother in a less than flattering way, and certainly, since he was not of great financial means, it is possible that Jesus was potentially picked on by those who were socially and economically better off.

Jesus certainly was a young boy who cried when he saw injustice, celebrated with unmatched joy when a festivity came about, and who lived each moment with perfect appreciation. I can imagine Jesus splashing water on his friends when playing near a stream (did they bless themselves?), and yes, I think Jesus probably wrestled with St. Joseph in the evenings as they sat around talking about the stories of God’s workings among the men of ancient days. I love throwing my children around the house. One of the perks of being a dad!

Look, Jesus is fully man and fully God. That’s complex and difficult to fathom, but He is just one person. His human side and Divine side were in harmony together and it really makes a big difference for us. For example, Jesus even as a young man probably had countless opportunities to be self-controlled when falsely accused (remember how He handles that with Judas and Pilot).

See, I think Jesus lived out all of the things he would later tell us in the Gospels. I think he was gentle and repeatedly forgiving, even turning another cheek when someone slapped him. I think Jesus was patient and kind, gentle and self-controlled, keeping no records of wrongs, just like St. Paul would tell the Corinthian Church concerning real love. When Jesus didn’t condemn the woman caught in adultery, I think it is because he had seen people so often hurt and condemned that he knew what the world needed most was healing, forgiveness and mercy.

Many people can accuse and judge, but without love it’s harsh and ineffective. I think Jesus lived out the message He would give to us in these hidden years.

Jesus as a young man certainly obeyed His parents, honored His elders, and was generous to the poor.

Jesus wanted us to really know that love is what we were made from and for. His hidden years embodied the love He would show us on Calvary.

For more interesting articles on the faith for young people go to



Holy Family

Posted on 30. Dec, 2012 in Parish News

Feast of the Holy Family

“As the family goes, so goes the nation, so goes the world in which we live.” (Bl. John Paul II)

“The Church finds in the family, born from the sacrament [of marriage], the cradle and the setting in which she can enter the human generations, and where these in their turn can enter the Church.” (Bl. John Paul II)

Read Bl. John Paul II’s document on the family “Familiaris Consortio

The article by Helen Hull Hitchcock on Bl. John Paul II’s major document on the family is very interesting and well worth reading.

Interesting Family Website Iona Institute



Fourth Sunday of Advent

Posted on 23. Dec, 2012 in Liturgy, Parish News

Thoughts on Advent by Pope Benedict

Advent, this powerful liturgical season that we are beginning, invites us to pause in silence to understand a presence. It is an invitation to understand that the individual events of the day are hints that God is giving us, signs of the attention he has for each one of us.
—Homily at First Vespers of Advent, November 28, 2009

The question is: Is the humanity of our time still waiting for a Savior? One has the feeling that many consider God as foreign to their own interests. Apparently, they do not need him. They live as though he did not exist and, worse still, as though he were an “obstacle” to remove in order to fulfill themselves. Even among believers—we are sure of it—some let themselves be attracted by enticing dreams and distracted by misleading doctrines that suggest deceptive shortcuts to happiness. Yet, despite its contradictions, worries and tragedies, and perhaps precisely because of them, humanity today seeks a path of renewal, of salvation, it seeks a Savior and awaits, sometimes unconsciously, the coming of the Savior who renews the world and our life, the coming of Christ, the one true Redeemer of man and of the whole of man.
—Pope Benedict XVI, General Audience December 20, 2006
Christmas is a privileged opportunity to meditate on the meaning and value of our existence. The approach of this Solemnity helps us on the one hand to reflect on the drama of history in which people, injured by sin, are perennially in search of happiness and of a fulfilling sense of life and death; and on the other, it urges us to meditate on the merciful kindness of God who came to man to communicate to him directly the Truth that saves, and to enable him to partake in his friendship and his life. Therefore let us prepare ourselves for Christmas with humility and simplicity, making ourselves ready to receive as a gift the light, joy and peace that shine from this mystery.
—General Audience, December 17, 2008

God’s sign is his humility. God’s sign is that he makes himself small; he becomes a child; he lets us touch him and he asks for our love. How we would prefer a different sign, an imposing, irresistible sign of God’s power and greatness! But his sign summons us to faith and love, and thus it gives us hope: this is what God is like. He has power, he is Goodness itself. He invites us to become like him. Yes indeed, we become like God if we allow ourselves to be shaped by this sign; if we ourselves learn humility and hence true greatness; if we renounce violence and use only the weapons of truth and love.
—Homily at Mass for the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord, December 24, 2009

Only if people change will the world change; and in order to change, people need the light that comes from God, the light which so unexpectedly [on the night of Christmas] entered into our night.
—Homily at Mass for the Solemnity,of the Nativity of the Lord, December 25, 2008

Listen to this Advent Reflection by Archbishop Robert Schwietz.

Christmas Mass Times

Posted on 22. Dec, 2012 in Parish News, Sacraments

Christmas Eve

9pm Holy Trinity, Cookstown

9pm St. John’s Slatequarry

Christmas Day

8:30am Holy Trinity, Cookstown

10:00am Holy Trinity, Cookstown

10:00am Sacred Heart, Rock

12:00noon Holy Trinity, Cookstown

Bulletin Sunday 23 December 2012

Posted on 21. Dec, 2012 in Parish Bulletin

If you would like to download the bulletin, please click on the link below.

23rd December 2012

The Liturgy of the Hours Online

Posted on 19. Dec, 2012 in Parish News, SPIRITUAL READING

The Liturgy of the Hours, commonly known as the breviary, is available online to read or as an audio version. This is the official prayer of the Church. It is rooted in the Bible and in the wisdom of the saints.

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Audio Version

“From ancient times the Church has had the custom of celebrating each day the liturgy of the hours. In this way the Church fulfills the Lord’s precept to pray without ceasing, at once offering its praise to God the Father and interceding for the salvation of the world.” – Office of the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship.

Third Sunday of Advent

Posted on 17. Dec, 2012 in Parish News

The purple candles in particular symbolize the prayer, penance, and preparatory sacrifices and goods works undertaken at this time. The rose candle is lit on the third Sunday, Gaudete Sunday, when the priest also wears rose vestments at Mass; Gaudete Sunday is the Sunday of rejoicing, because the faithful have arrived at the midpoint of Advent, when their preparation is now half over and they are close to Christmas.

The progressive lighting of the candles symbolizes the expectation and hope surrounding our Lord’s first coming into the world and the anticipation of his second coming to judge the living and the dead.

Set aside some time to come together as a family and recite:

A Family Prayer For The Year Of Faith

O God our Father,
in Jesus you call all Christian families and homes
to be signs of living faith.
By the light of the Holy Spirit,
lead us to be thankful for the gift of faith,
and by that gift
may we grow in our relationship with Jesus, your Son,
and be confident witnesses to Christian hope and joy
to all we meet.
In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Listen to this audio retreat by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York

Pray a decade of the Rosary.

Bulletin 16 December 2012

Posted on 15. Dec, 2012 in Parish Bulletin

If you would like to download the bulletin, please click on the link below.

16th December 2012

Singers & Musicians Holy Trinity Church

Posted on 14. Dec, 2012 in Parish News, Sacraments

Contact details of all singers and musicians who play at the weekly Sunday Masses.
Available for Wedding Ceremonies, Requiem Masses and Anniversaries.

Andrea Begley – 078 67 808 664
Brian Devine – 079 27 311 550 (Pianist/Organist)         
Mairead Donnelly – 079 07 159 133
Gerry Glackin – 028 867 66804
Aine Glackin – 075 12 454 463
Cliona Hagan & Sisters – 077 42 781 207
Clare Long & Family – 078 94 579 162
Gerry Loughran – 077 86 653 084
Rory Madden – 078 25 909 580 (Pianist/Organist)
Colum McCaffrey – 077 87 563 161
Clare McCrystal – 077 78 526 814 (Fiddle)
Rachel McGarrity – 075 14 578 522 (Fiddle)
Mairead McGuckin – 077 88 453 025
Justin McGurk – 077 47 692 749
Ita Molloy (10am Choir) – 079 19 800 028 (Pianist/Organist)
Brenda Mulgrew – 078 33 140 132
Marie-Claire Mulligan – 077 45 807 391
Siobhan Robinson – 079 35 770 589
Patrick Slevin – 077 38 300 302 (Pianist/Organist)
Peter Slevin – 075 95 992 603
Sonlight (Aine) – 075 93 957 897

Available for Wedding Ceremonies, Requiem Masses and Anniversaries.

Christmas Carol Service

Posted on 14. Dec, 2012 in Parish News

Carol Service December 21st Holy Trinity Church at 7:30pm.

Come and join us as we come together to listen to God’s word and prepare ourselves to welcome the Christ Child.

Christmas Confession Times

Posted on 14. Dec, 2012 in Parish News, Sacraments

Penitential Service: Monday 17th at 8pm.

Confessions Daily after the 10 Mass beginning Tuesday 18th.





2nd Sunday of Advent

Posted on 08. Dec, 2012 in Parish News

Things to do:

Light the second candle on the Advent wreath.

The Irish Bishops have published an initial response to the experts report on abortion. Take some time to read it, pray about it. Read it here.

Listen to the audio retreat for the the Second Sunday of Advent by Bishop José Arturo Cepeda Escobedo of Detroit.

Ten thousand unite for life: Dublin, Dec. 4 2012

Posted on 08. Dec, 2012 in Diocesan and National News

More than 10,000 people assemble at Dáil Éireann on Tuesday, December 4th, to stand up for life, and to tell Fine Gael and Enda Kenny to keep their pro-life promise!

Protecting the Weakest

Posted on 08. Dec, 2012 in Diocesan and National News

Misleading information poses a serious threat to the life of the unborn. Please read the Irish Bishops’ Response to the Expert Group by clicking on the link below.

Irish Bishops’ Response

Bulletin Sunday 9 December 2012

Posted on 07. Dec, 2012 in Parish Bulletin

If you would like to download the bulletin, please click on the link below.

9th December 2012

God’s Word in Advent

Posted on 06. Dec, 2012 in Parish News

 “God’s Word in Advent”

Gently discovering God in the readings for the Sundays of Advent.

The next meetings will take place on 11th & 18th December at 7.30pm in the downstairs meeting rooms of the Parochial Centre, Cookstown.

Copies of readings will be available each night but please bring a bible if you can.

Video: Receiving the Eucharist

Posted on 06. Dec, 2012 in Parish News, Sacraments

Advent, Year of Faith, it’s a great time to remind ourselves how we should receive the Lord in Mass.

Click on the video below to see a very good presentation on how and why we should receive the Eucharist.






Mass Times: Immaculate Conception

Posted on 06. Dec, 2012 in Parish News, Sacraments

Mass Times for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception


Vigil – Friday 7th

Slatequarry 6:00pm

Holy Trinity 7:30pm

Morning Mass – Saturday 8th

Holy Trinity 10:00am & 12 noon

Advent and the Angelus

Posted on 02. Dec, 2012 in Parish News

A Prayer for Advent: The Angelus

Advent is a time to recall the great deeds of God’s love. The Angelus helps us to focus our hearts and minds on the mystery of the Incarnation.

It gently leads us to consider in the company of Mary the mysteries surrounding Bethlehem. Below you will find the prayer in its entirety.

It was normally prayed at 6am, 12noon and 6pm.

The bells of the churches often ring out at these times throughout the world calling us to turn our hearts once more to God.


The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary:
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of
our death. Amen.

Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word.

Hail Mary . . .

And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary . . .

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:

Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.


The Angelus, sung by the Daughters of Mary

Scenes from the Church

Posted on 01. Dec, 2012 in Uncategorized

Many and varied activities have taken place within Holy Trinity Church.


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The First Sunday of Advent

Posted on 01. Dec, 2012 in Parish News

Here a few suggestions to help you and your family enrich your experience of Advent.

Set up and bless the family Advent wreath (blessing 1) (blessing 2). Sing “O Come Emmanuel” and light the first candle.

Listen to this audio retreat (it may take a few moments before beginning) for the the First Sunday of Advent by Auxiliary Bishop Joseph R. Binzer of Cincinnati, USA.

Reflect on today’s readings.

Make or purchase an Advent calendar and open the window for the first day of the season or download and adapt this Family Advent Calendar and post it in your home as a reminder to take time for prayer and family every day during this holy season.

The Advent Wreath

Posted on 01. Dec, 2012 in Parish News

The Advent Wreath: origin and meaning


 To find out about the Advent Wreath watch the video.