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Blog 8 - 9th April 2017

Andy Williams declared in song that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. It is, but for me, Holy Week and Easter are even more so. We have entered the greatest week of the Christian calendar when we don’t just commemorate but are immersed in the mysteries that bring us new life in Christ. We walk with Christ this week; we experience all of the emotions: joy, wonder, intimacy, grief, rejection, emptiness, awe as God leads us deeper into his life and reminds us that we are already part of his new creation. It is a special time, a time not to be missed. What a wonderful start we have had to Holy Week with a great attendance at our Reconciliation Service where six priests heard confessions. Our volunteer lists for the various ministries for the Holy Week services are bursting with willing volunteers. I know that our celebration of the Easter Triduum will be rich and rewarding.

Join us in the intimacy of the Upper Room on Holy Thursday, 13th April, at 7.00pm. Watching at the Altar of Repose will conclude with Night Prayers at 10p.m. Mass will be celebrated for the repose of the soul of Fr David Barr on his fifth anniversary. On Good Friday the Solemn Liturgy of the Passion will be celebrated at 3.00p.m. We contemplate the cross of Christ. On Holy Saturday the Church waits in silence at the tomb. The desolation and darkness brought by his death are overcome by the light of Christ as we celebrate the Easter Vigil on Saturday 15th at 8.00pm. Six people will receive the Sacraments of Initiation during the Easter Vigil. Please pray for them. On Easter Sunday Masses will be at the usual times of 9.00am and 11.00am. During the 11.00am Mass two children will be baptised.

Please participate as fully as you can. Your faith will be strengthened by these celebrations at this most wonderful time.