This weekend we celebrate the great Feast of Pentecost, the day when the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples. They must have been terrified after the Ascension of Jesus into Heaven. Was this the end of the journey? Who would guide them, tell them what to do, show them the way? With so many now critical of Jesus and His teaching, what would happen to them?
It was in this atmosphere of fear that they were gathered when the Holy Spirit descended and gave them the gifts of wisdom, courage, understanding, knowledge, right judgement, reverence and wonder and awe in God’s presence. And suddenly, they were filled with the presence of God. Excited, full of joy and wanting to tell the whole world about the message of Jesus Christ.
The Holy Spirit that came upon the disciples at Pentecost is the same Spirit that came upon each of us at the Sacrament of Confirmation. If the last few months have shown us anything, it is that we need the Holy Spirit, the Breath of God, the Paraclete more than ever. We need that fervour and zeal to proclaim to the world the Good News of Jesus Christ. The gifts of the Holy Spirit can only help in this task if we take the time to practice and use them in our daily lives
The Feast of Pentecost – the birth of the Church – provides us with the opportunity to be renewed in our own faith. May the prayer of today’s Responsorial Psalm be our prayer as we say ‘send forth your Spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth’
There have been several queries from Parishioners about how they might contribute to the upkeep of the Parish as the lockdown continues. If you are in a position to be able to help, we would be most appreciative.
Thank you for visiting our parish website which we hope you find informative and friendly. Our website has been created to offer you helpful information on parish life. As the church where many pilgrims begin their Camino to Santiago in Northern Spain, we provide an Irish passport and stamp.
St James’s Church is situated on the corner of James St. and Echlin St. The parish is served by Dublin buses 13, 40, and 123. The Red Luas line runs close by, with a stop at James St. (turn right at this station on to James St.) and Heuston Station is only a few minutes walk away. Dublin Bikes have two stations at the front and rear of the church.
Passports for the Camino de Santiago are available from
on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
from 09.30am – 12.30pm