Message From The Parish Priest
Sunday 16th March 2008
PASSION SUNDAY 16TH MARCH 2008. CYCLE A OF THE READINGS+ 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF OUR LADY APPEARING IN LOURDES.
MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST
My Dear People,
And so we begin Holy Week and I hope that it will be truly a holy Week in your life. This week we will be listening each day in the Holy Mass and the Divine Office to the threatening clouds of hatred and ill-will which threaten to over come the Saviour.
Forces of great evil were arraigned against the Holy One of God and they are now arraigned against his Holy Church. In the Western world of the democracies marriage is being reduced to a stump so that few even bother with it. The Divine Law is set aside for an experiment in which animal and human genetic material will be reproduced and destroyed and where some babies will not even have a biological father but two persons called "mother" officially on the Birth Certificate. Strange times when the very nature of the human person is so disordered supposedly for research. The Nazis did the same but they were hung for it. God is noting their activities and they will not pass from this world without true judgement. Christ will be vindicated as he was and is in the Resurrection and will not be mocked.
This week we will see our Lord enter the Holy City on the back of a young colt and with the people going wild with joy - waving palm branches and throwing their cloaks on the ground for the Holy One to walk on. Other voices by Good Friday will be shouting with great hatred - "crucify him!".
We will experience on Spy Wednesday the devil entering Judas's soul and his plotting with the authorities to betray Jesus for 30 silver pieces and with a kiss as a sign. We will follow Christ on Maundy Thursday Instituting the Priesthood and your clergy will renew their vows of service to the Bishop in the Mass of Chrism.
On Thursday night we will gather for the Commemoration of the First Mass - and the washing of the Feet and the Stripping of the Altars and the watching with Christ in His Agony before the Altar of Repose.
We will, on Good Friday, at 11, we will see the children of St Kentigern's School, put on a devotional children's Stations of the Cross. At 3pm we will all gather to venerate the feet of the Crucified and hear his Passion and Make the Great Prayer of Intercession and receive Communion.
At sun down on Saturday - Holy Saturday the altar will appear glorious again and the Easter bells with peal and the announcing that Christ is Risen will be sung forth in the whole Church. The Easter bonfire will be lit and the Easter Candle and the Water will be blessed and we will renew Baptismal vows. All these things will mark the Holy Week of 2008 and will continue to consecrate the time each year it passes for as long as God gives us life on this earthly pilgrimage.
So, do try to join is these things as much as you are able particularly the Holy Triduum of Maundy Thursday evening, Good Friday at 3pm and Holy Saturday at the Easter Vigil. B&Q is not a Church, despite the streams of folk heading there on Good Friday. Make time for prayer and reflection. Take the Easter leaflet and see the many times you can be helped to pray in the spirit of the holy season and so imbibe deeply at Christ's breast and be nourished in the depths of one's being.
Father Tom Connolly
THE OVER 60'S CLUB has finally run out of members who can lead and organise - everyone has grown very old and therefore a bit tired so until we get more younger folk they have decided to call it a day after 30 years. They kindly gave the Parish a gift of £100 from their funds. I thank them. If anyone wishes to begin again then let me know for a fresh start for the over 60s.