Readings: Acts:10;34.37-43 Psalm 117, Colossians 3:1:4, John 20:1-9
SERVICES FOR WEEK 3rd – 11h April 2021
Sat 3 Apr 20.00 Easter Vigil For the Parish
Sun 4 April EASTER SUNDAY
08.30 Fiona Boome RIP (Howie)
10.30 Dorothy Speed & Tony Speed RIP (Choir)
Bob & Margaret Morris (Frake)
Mon 5 Apr PKM
Tues 6 Apr 09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10.00 Vincent Jeyaseelan RIP (Keefe)
Weds 7 Apr 09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10.00 Seamus McDonagh RIP (Haylett)
Fri 9 Apr 09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10.00 Eida Family (Eida/Connolly)
Sat 10 Apr 11.00 Confessions
18.00 Foundation Mass Fr Tom Power
Sun 11 Apr SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER (Divine Mercy)
08.30 Margaret Bates RIP (Haylett)
10.30 Rommel Bernarte RIP (Bernarte)
Web – available anytime For the Parish
EASTER SUNDAY MASS ON THE WEBSITE
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Happy Easter, Everyone!
What a joy it is, this year to celebrate Easter in Church. There have been several features of our liturgies that have had to be curtailed because of Covid, but we have been able to journey with the Lord on the Way that led for him through suffering and death to joy and new life, but which also describes our path and our calling through difficulties, through suffering and yes, even through death to joys and to new life.
Let me be the first to thank everyone involved: The stewards, the readers, the cleaners, the altar servers, the sacristans, those who have led the Stations of the Cross and the catechists who led them for the children, those in the music ministry, the filmer and producer of the liturgies for the website, and of course those responsible for the wonderful celebration of Easter through the floral display.
I also offer my personal thanks for your Easter offering, your gift to your priest.
Talking of being the first, who was the first to witness and pass on the Good News of Christ’s resurrection? It was Mary of Magdala, and I share a few verses from a poem that takes its title from her name:
“I am sending you from this garden of graves,
as the first witness of my power to save,
to heal wounds, defeat death, take sin away
and transform deepest night into radiant day.
Risen and redeeming,
I will be with you always in a new life of grace,
no longer in a human body, limited by time and place,
but alive in the Spirit, God’s gift from above,
who will guide and inspire you in this new way of love.”
So Mary of Magdala, faithful and true,
persistent and passionate through and through
arose and dried her eyes,
then leaving behind grief and pain,
she set out as the first to proclaim:
“May heaven be praised,
may God be adored.
Everything is changed
for I have seen the Lord!”
She may well have been the first to say such words but today the challenge is for all of us to be able to say them, as well.
God Bless, Fr Doug
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