Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter

Gaudemus Pascali ... Happy Easter
Easter cross - decorated with flowers from
the children who made their first confession
during Lent

From this week's newsletter, Fr Steve writes: Whether we give the greeting with the Latin word or with its Anglo Saxon equivalent the reality remains the same ... Christ is risen, Alleluia"  With the rigours of holy Lent behind us, now we embrace the central belief of our faith, that the Jesus who was crucified died and was buried, now lives again in the resurrection, and shares the beginnings of that life with us now through Baptism an the sacraments of the faith.  What wonderful hope resurrection promises to us: not simply life after death, but an intimacy of connection to God which sin and death cannot destroy (although they might try!).  This first week of Easter is like Easter Sunday repeated each day (The Octave of Easter) then onward the Easter Mystery unfold to us as we move towards the time of Pentecost.  So much to take in for which we need to be thankful.

Talking of thankfulness, Fr Andrew, Deacon Jim and myself are very grateful for your generosity to us through Holy Week.  Special thanks particularly to all those who helped prepare and deliver Hly Week liturgies with our usual sense of dignity and joy.  Thank you to one and all for all that you have helped to bring about.  It can not be done without good people like you.  May God bless you and your families in this Easter season. Fr Steve.