Family Mass Easter Sunday

He is Risen Alleluia!

The Risen Lord by Chinese artist He Qi

The  children  as  always  helped  us  to  celebrate  most  meaningfully  the  high moments  of  the  Liturgical  year.

On Holy Thursday, they gathered around the altar with Fr. Harry. Their re-enactment of    the Last Supper  left  us  in  no  doubt  about  Jesus’  message  of  Love  and  Service.  The dressing of the altar with a beautiful cloth depicting these scenes, which was made by them, added so much to the occasion. The celebration of this Eucharist was much appreciated by the congregation present.

Good Friday saw all the children back again. They took us through the stations  of  the  cross,  acting  out  each  one   in  a  dignified  and  reflective manner.

On Easter Sunday, we were greeted by a lovely Easter garden they had created which displays new beginnings and nature. We felt  the  joy  of  the  Resurrection  with  the  heartfelt singing  of  the  Alleluia  by  all  the  children  as  they  waved  their  yellow  banners. They  dramatized  the  Gospel  highlighting  the  wonder  and  awe  of  the Easter  story.

Many  thanks  to  all  the  children,  their  parents  and  to  those  who  helped  in any  way  to  prepare  them  for  these  ceremonies.  Thanks also to Fr. Joe, Fr. Harry, Sr. Irene and all involved in the choir who added so much to the celebrations. After all their hard work everyone had more than earned their Easter Eggs.

Palm Sunday Family Mass

On Sunday we celebrated Palm Sunday. We welcomed back the children and their parents who will make their First Communion in May. They joined with the Family Mass group in the blessing of the palms by Fr Harry outside the main door of the church. They all then processed into the Church to celebrate Mass waving their palms with enthusiasm, while singing along with the choir ‘Sing Hosanna.’ Once again the choir were in fine voice and the children were at their best as they led us in prayer. As Mass concluded we asked God our Father to help us to be guided by him with our ‘Acts of Love’ for Jesus as our Lenten journey comes to an end.

Our Prayer this week

Thank you for the chance to begin again. We pray that our acts of Love for you, this Lent will help us to remember that you love us  and will always forgive us. May we always follow in your footsteps and guide others in your way too. Amen

Easter Ceremonies

Wednesday 12th April – Penitential Rite (Franciscans) 7.30 p.m.

Thursday 13th April, Holy Thursday – Children’s Mass 5.00 p.m., Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7.30 p.m.

Friday 14th April, Good Friday – Children’s Liturgy (Stations of the Cross) 12.00 noon, Celebration of the Lord’s Passion 3.00 p.m., Stations of the Cross 7.30 p.m.

Saturday 15th April, Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil and first Mass of Easter 8.00 p.m.

Sunday 16th April, Easter Sunday – Masses as normal for a Sunday – 9.00 a.m., 10.30 a.m., 12 noon.

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Fifth Sunday in Lent 2017

JESUS LISTENED TO HIS FRIENDS

Each week during our Lenten journey,  the children have dramatised the Gospel story for the day. They have done so with confidence and dignity. These dramas have enriched the word of God for us, helping us to focus and listen. This week was no different, once again the children were at their best. In our Gospel drama, we heard how Jesus, listened  to  his  friends  Martha  and Mary who were very upset, because their brother Lazarus had died. Jesus was touched by their sorrow. He prayed and thanked his Father for listening to him. Then Jesus did something amazing.  He raised Lazarus from the dead. This story reminds us that Jesus is our friend too, and he listens to us when we turn to him in prayer. So as we all left mass we prayed that our hearts be open to listen to Jesus and  that we will reach out, like him, to all in need with love and kindness.

 

Our Prayer for this week


Thank you, Jesus for being our friend.

Be with us this week, as we continue our journey towards Easter.

Help us, to remember you are our friend.

Help us to listen to others.

Help us to share, and spread joy and happiness as

We follow in your footsteps.

Special Collections – April

This weekend (1/2 April) to support the Pope’s visit to Ireland in 2018 a special collection will be held at all Masses.  It will replace the normal Share Collection.

Also this weekend, the society of St Vincent de Paul will hold their monthly collection after each Mass. Your support is greatly needed and appreciated for this worthy cause.

Next weekend (8/9 April), The St. Vincent de Paul Annual Appeal for Sunshine House, takes place after each Mass.