Posted 19th April 2014
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Dear Friends, we have solemnly walked with Jesus during the sacred Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday and now we come to the glorious celebration of Easter Sunday. Christ is Risen, Alleluia, Alleluia! Our faith in Jesus Christ is based on the events of that first Easter morning when the women made their way to the tomb. We have to remind ourselves that the women did not get up early that morning in order to find Jesus risen, as though it was all some prearranged plan, but they were making their way there because they didn’t have time to bury Him properly. The first witnesses to the resurrection were women. When they told the apostles, they didn’t believe them, and Peter and John ran to the tomb to find out for themselves.
Today it is our turn to be the bearer of this Good News to all whom we meet. The season of Easter, which begins today, will last for 50 days and is celebrated by the Church as one great Feast Day. Easter will conclude with the Feast of Pentecost when we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit to all of us.
My thanks go to all who have played their part in the Holy Week ceremonies. Without your contribution they would not be the same.
The Blessings of the Easter season to you all from myself and the Parish Team.
Posted 16th April 2014
The May issue of Sharing The Good News, the newsletter of the Irish episcopal conference, is now available. It includes details of forthcoming events, including the conference on the theme “Marriage and Family at the Heart of the Parish”.
Sharing The Good News, May 2014
Posted 12th April 2014
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Welcome friends as we begin the most significant week in the Church’s calendar, Holy Week. There is no doubt that it is a week full of liturgical drama starting with today’s celebration of Palm Sunday. In the blessing of our palm we are reminded of how Jesus was greeted as a hero on His entry into Jerusalem. The waving of palm, however, was to give way to wild cries for Jesus to be crucified in so short a time. It is a reminder to us of how fleeting we can be as human beings and how easily led by the mob instead of standing on our own two feet.
In the reading of the Passion, we are made conscious of Christ’s love for us, even to the point of giving His life for us. I love the Holy Week ceremonies as they bring us through the events that were, and are, the means of our salvation. I do hope you will be able to join us for them as many people are putting a great effort into making them a meaningful and spiritual experience.
As our season of Lent comes to an end, let us walk with Jesus this week in His passion and death as we commemorate the great events of our Faith.
Click here for the timetable of Holy Week and Easter ceremonies.
Posted 5th April 2014
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We congratulate the boys and girls who received the Sacrament of Confirmation this week and their families. We had wonderful celebrations on Thursday and Friday with Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and Monsignor John Fitzpatrick respectively. Our thanks go to all who played their part in making the days so special both in the parish and in the schools. You can read Archbishop Martin’s homily here.
As we approach the last days of the Lenten season our focus turns to one of the central tenets of our faith, the resurrection to eternal life. Our Gospel tells the story of the death of Lazarus who was a good friend of Jesus as were Martha & Mary, Lazarus’ sisters. Despite being made aware of how ill Lazarus is Jesus choses to travel in the opposite direction completely. The upshot is that when he finally arrives at their village, Lazarus is dead a number of days already.
When Martha heard Jesus had arrived she went out to meet him, not to greet and welcome him but to confront Him; “If you had been here, my brother would not have died.” These are harsh words indeed for Jesus; we can hear Martha’s anger. Mary displays her own displeasure by remaining in the house, she doesn’t even greet Jesus.
All of us who have lost a loved one before their time can appreciate where the sisters are coming from because we too have felt that anger at God. But Jesus goes on to call his good friend out from the tomb they have placed him, ‘Lazarus, here! Come out!’ He returns Lazarus to his sisters. He raises him from the dead.
Our faith in Jesus is not because he said some really interesting things or had miraculous powers but because he rose from the dead himself and promised us, his followers eternal life with him. We will celebrate Christ’s resurrection from the dead on Easter Sunday but we do so not as disinterested bystanders but because we hope to have a share in his resurrection too. Just as our loved ones have who have gone before us.
Posted 4th April 2014
A Message from Archbishop Martin
“Lent is the season of conversion and return to God. It is a time also in which we can rediscover the joy of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.”
Archbishop Martin has asked a number of city centre churches to provide confessions all day on April 12th and April 19th. Click on the link below for his full message and details of the participating churches.
The Light is Still On for You