Pastor's Desk: Palm Sunday

Posted 4th April 2009 in Pastor's Desk

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 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 in great effort to make them a meaningful and spiritual experience.

Word of Thanks
Speaking of great efforts, I want to say a big “thank you” to all who responded to our call for volunteers last week to assemble and distribute the Easter Packs with the details of the Holy Week ceremonies in them. All Saints Chapel was a hive of activity with people putting the packs together and others coming in and taking them away as quickly as they were done for delivery to the almost 6,000 homes we have now in our Parish Community. It really is a God send to have so many volunteers offering their services so thank you, one and all, for your generosity. As I write this piece, tomorrow (Friday), another group of volunteers will be helping cut the palm that you have in your hand. So if we all appear with scrapes on our faces, you will know what happened! 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.

Fr. Eoin

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