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Sunday 1st April 2007

PASSION SUNDAY (Palm Sunday)

My Dear People,

Today - this very day we begin the Solemn Holy Week of this year of our Redemption 2007. Our Bishop is with us at St Edward's and St Kentigerns' Parishes. We will process at 2am from St Edwards with the Holy Cross - symbol of World Youth Day, Sydney with the Pope next July. PLEASE COME AND WALK IF YOU CAN.

ON GOOD FRIDAY AT 9.45am THE ANGLICAN AND METHODIST MINISTERS WHOM WE KNOW VERY WELL HAVE ASKED US TO HAVE A WALK OF WITNESS FROM ST CRISPINS AT 10AM CALLING AT THE METHODIST CHURCH AND ENDING UP HERE AT ST KENTIGERNS FOR THE STATIONS AT 11AM. PLEASE DO TAKE PART IN THIS. Rev Patrick Davis and Rev Al Henry are good friends of St Kentigern's priests.

Through the Sacred Liturgy the Holy Spirit, dwelling in Mother Church as the soul to the body - will animate us all with the reliving of the Paschal Mysteries. These are made up of all the details we will hear read and prayed about during the course of the week's Masses and Ceremonies.

Palm Sunday commemorates the triumphant Entry of Christ our Lord into the Holy City of Jerusalem - the city of the prophets and still called the Holy City. We will share in the joy of our Lord's welcome and bring our palms in procession and sing "Hosanna to the Son of David - Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord." Our First Communion children will be there as a cohort waving their palms and wearing their crucifixes on a red cord. These crucifixes were blessed by the Pope in January. We will note that Jesus wept over Jerusalem before this event. His heart was broken because of the ingratitude of the Holy City and there subsequent ruin in the Year AD70 by the Roman Armies.

On Spy Wednesday the Mass will recount how Judas entered into the betrayal of his Master for 30 silver pieces.

On Maundy Thursday there is no Morning Mass here because the priests will be in the Cathedral; with the Bishop renewing their Vows of Priestly service they made at their Ordination. The Bishop will consecrate the Chrism Oil for Ordinations, Baptisms and Confirmations. He will bless the Oil of the Sick and the Oil of the Catechumens used before Baptism. Two members of the parish will represent each parish. The Bishop gives us all a picnic lunch afterwards to remember the joyful meal our Lord shared.

On Holy Thursday Evening we will celebrate the Mass of the Lord's Supper and the Feet of a number of men will be washed as our Lord commanded us. Think of the Humility of God. It is the Birthday of the Holy Mass and the Sacred Priesthood. This is the night Jesus ordained priests - the apostles - the first to hold the full office of the Priesthood of the New Covenant - the status of Bishop. The altar will be stripped after Mass. We will listen to our Lord's arrest, his agony in the garden and watch and pray with him at the Altar of Repose until 11 o'clock ending with Compline/Night Prayer of the Church.

At 3 o' Clock, on Good Friday we will relive the Passion and the Death of Jesus Christ by Kissing the Crucifix and listening to the Gospel Passion account and Praying for the whole of mankind in the Great Intercessions and receive Holy Communion - (No Mass today anywhere).

On Holy Saturday - the Altar is stripped bare and we await Christ's rising from the tomb in the Easter Vigil (8.30pm). By participating in these things in Church we will be made holy. Keep Good Friday a Day of Fasting and Abstinence and try not to do servile work or big shopping - It is a Bank Holiday originally to give all Christians time to attend the Liturgy.

Have a good Holy Week.

Father Tom Connolly.


SEE SPECIAL LEAFLET WITH ALL THE TIMES OF CONFESSIONS AND MASSES AND EVERYTHING ELSE FOR EASTER.

OFSTED REPORT ON ST KENTIGERN'S SCHOOL. As you would expect I can now tell you that we received the highest marks one can get from an Inspection at the recent Ofsted. In all areas we were considered OUTSTANDING. With the leadership of our Head, Paul Jackson this would not have been achievable so we owe Mr Jackson our heartfelt gratitude for serving our school and staff so well as get this high accolade. Such grades don't come easy. Well done to all the staff .

THANKSGIVING TO Almighty God and Padre Pio and the prayers of many on behalf of the Hoysted Family.

MISSION BOXES: Collectors are on their way round all monies to be in for 4th April. Last year St Kentigern's raised 3,140. 14p. Well done and thank you. Mrs C. Booth (Sec)