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Pastor’s Desk – Easter Sunday

During Holy Week we can focus a lot of our attention on Passion Sunday, Holy Thursday and Good Friday so that by the time we reach Easter Sunday our celebration of the resurrection is not as joyful, or its meaning as clear, as it should be to us. Ultimately, the resurrection of Christ is the basis of our Christian faith.

Our gospel begins today with Mary Magdalen’s empty tomb-resurrection experience. She finds the enormous stone rolled back and quickly goes to tell Simon Peter about her discovery. They immediately go and find that Jesus’ body has disappeared. We are told ‘they saw, and they believed’. They finally understood what the teachings of scripture had meant.

Sometimes life can create or send experiences our way that might be like living within a tomb like space. That may be the tomb of despair, discouragement, doubt or perhaps bereavement. Moving out of this dark and inhospitable place may not be as easy as it seems to others, our family and friends for example. It may be some time before we are free and able to move outside into the light once more. But we should never despair and give up hope that, as some point, we will be able and free to move on.

As Christians we are called to live a joyful life to the full, so we experience the risen Lord in all the events of our lives. The joyful and the sad ones alike.

We pray that the joy of the Easter Day may penetrate our minds and hearts to make us a resurrection people visible to others each day.

Fr Gerry

Święconka – Blessing of Easter Baskets

On Holy Saturday, 16th April, we will celebrate the Polish tradition of Święconka, the Blessing of Easter Baskets.

We invite families to gather in the parish church with their Easter Baskets at 11.30 am for the blessing. All are welcome: click here for directions.

The link below includes the blessing prayers in Polish and a summary in English, and an explanation of the contents and symbolism of the baskets.

Please spread the word to anyone who may be interested in participating.

Pastor’s Desk – Palm Sunday

Today we celebrate Palm Sunday or Passion Sunday. It’s on Palm Sunday that we begin our journey through Holy week and welcome Jesus into our lives asking him to allow us to share in his suffering, death and resurrection.

Before his triumphant resurrection Jesus will have to endure great suffering and death. While he is in the Garden of Gethsemane he prays to the Father asking him to take this chalice of suffering and death from him. He is mocked and spat upon and a convicted murderer is set free. Peter denies that he knows him and the apostles forsake him. He must surely have felt a great sense of abandonment by those he loved. It is his mother Mary who stands alone at the foot of the cross faithful to the end.

I was listening to radio during the week. The interviewee recalled how they had to live with daily pain from an unprovoked physical attack they received some years ago. The perpetrator got off lightly but they are left coping with the emotional and physical scars. But that started me thinking. Their condition was not life threatening. What about someone who is living with cancer or having treatment? Someone coping with the pain of bereavement? Surely this person could gain some comfort from that fact?

But all suffering is relative. We all have to bear ‘crosses’ from time to time in life. What may be a cross to one of us may be a slight inconvenience to another. In this solemn week ahead we are asked to journey along the road with Mary and the few who remained faithful to him. We are invited to carry our own sufferings and hurts along the road too remembering the words of scripture ‘Come to me all you who labour and are overburdened and I will give you rest’.

Fr. Gerry