Holy Week and Easter 2017

In Holy Week the Church celebrates the mysteries of salvation in Christ's latter days on earth beginning with his entry into Jerusalem where he was acclaimed as Messiah

 

 

Palm Sunday - 9th April, 2017

Every Mass today commemorates the messianic entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.
Vigil Mass:  5pm (Saturday 8th April),
10.30am (with procession of palms being led by all the children at 10.15am around the grounds),
12 noon (with procession of palms being led at 11.45am around the grounds) and 5.30pm
 

Holy Monday and Tuesday 10th and 11th April

9.35am  Rosary
10 am Mass followed by confessions after Mass
7pm Mass (Monday and Tuesday) no confessions on Wednesday

Holy Wednesday: 12th April
7pm Mass of Chrism: St Mirin's Cathedral, Paisley.   
Mass of Chrism demonstrates in a special way the unity of the Bishop with his presbyterate (his priests).  The priests of the Diocese renew the promises of their ordination.  The Bishop blesses the oils of catechumens and of the sick.  He consecrates the Holy Chrism which is used in the celebration of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders.

Holy Thursday: 13th April
9.35 am Rosary
10 am Morning Prayer of the Church with the presentation of the Oils being led by the Conference members of St Vincent de Paul.
Confessions after Morning Prayer

Evening of the Lord's Supper
7pm
Solemn Celebration of the Lord's Supper
8.30pm Night Prayer (At the Alter of Repose)
Tonight the Church celebrates the annversary of the First Mass and therefore Institution of the Eucharist, Priesthood and his New Commandment (to lose one another as he has loved us)  On the night he was betrayed, Jesus offered his body and blood in the form of bread and wine
 

 
 

Good Friday: 14th April
Passion and Death of our Lord
9.35am
Rosary
10am   Morning Prayer of the Church
3pm Solemn Commemoration of the Lord's Passion and Death
3pm All the children are in the Church Hall.  A children's version telling of Jesus carrying his Cross.  (Please bring a plant or flowers for the Altar at Easter)

Good Friday is a day of Fast and Abstinence
Special collection for the Holy Places
 

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The Resurrection of the Lord: 15th April
8pm
Solemn Vigil of the Lord's Resurrection
(Please note the change of time)
Saturday night's vigil is the Mother of all Vigils celebrated during the very night that Christ rose from the dead. This is both the most beautiful and important night of the church's year.  Please try and join us.  There are four parts:  
The Service of Light The Liturgy of the Word, The Liturgy of the Baptism,The Liturgy of the Eucharist
With great joy we welcome you all this Easter.  All are welcome to a little celebration in the hall afterwards.


 

 

EASTER SUNDAY:  16th April
Masses:  10.30am - 12noon and 5.30pm

Wishing you - your family and friends a very blessed Easter.
Father Stephen

In today's Gospel Mary Magdalen is highlighted as a woman who is the first witness of the resurrection.  Mary and the two disciples must have been very confused and upset as they tried to understand what had happened to Jesus' body.  Reading this story can bring many emotions for us: fear and confusion at death, or even a feeling of euphoria and joy at the realisation that death is not the end.  If we have lost a loved one, we might feel comforted in the knowledge that we will be reunited with them once more. Jesus comes into situations of despair, disappointment and doubt and, as with Mary after the incident, comes in the form of a stranger, gently calling her name.  The Risen Lord seems to meet us in familiar territory, where we least expect it.

We might ask the Lord today for the strength and courage to allow him to break into our lives once more, to help us to be free of whatever it is that causes "death" in our lives, to help us to let go, to be open to recognising him in our most painful moments and in the familiar places.  

We might ask the Lord today for the strength and courage to allow him to break into our lives once more, to help us to be free of whatever it is that causes "death" in our lives, to help us to let go, to be open to recognising him in our most painful moments and in the familiar places.  
Prayer - "God of openness of life and Resurrection, come into this Easter Season and bless me.  Look around at the tight, dead spaces of my heart. Bring your gentle but firm love...Open me. Open me. Open me.  For it is only then I will grow and change.  For it is only then that I will be transformed.  For it is only then that I will know how it is.  To be in the moment of rising from the dead."