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Sunday 23rd March 2008

EASTER DAY 23RD MARCH 2006 + CYCLE A READINGS + 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF OUR LADY APPEARING IN LOURDES.

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST

My Dear People,

First of all, a very happy and Blessed Easter to you all! He is Risen, never to die again. Jesus is Risen and has opened for us the gates of Heaven and taken us with him as his Mystical Body. We are all grafted onto him as a mistletoe is grafted onto an apple tree and we now live with his sap - his grace, his life, his newly risen life.

On Sixteenth April we commemorate the Election of Pope Benedict XVI to the Throne of St Peter. He it was who expressed in a wonderful way the reality of the eternal life of heaven. Remember at the late Pope's funeral Mass he told us that surely John Paul was looking down on us from "his window in heaven" and blessing us. The utter reality of the life won for those who die in Christ is beyond compare. It is far better than we would ever have had without original sin. The Easter Exultet (in praise of the Risen Christ, symbolised by Paschal Candle light) actually says "O happy fault of Adam that warranted for us so great a Redeemer." That is a kind of "mad" way of saying how wonderful the gift is in comparison to the loss.

There is no one who needs to exclude themselves from this great gift of eternal life. We have to qualify in this life to reach the last and final goal - Heaven, bliss and eternal life and joy in God. Our Lord has not made it difficult but we have to take it seriously and follow Jesus' rule of Life. The Moral Life is truly a code of conduct for the Christian which guarantees our working order and our freedom, and leads to happiness for ourselves and for others, and it works. A nation where the majority do not follow God is not a happy nation in itself. It finds that it is at odds within its very soul. In some ways our dear country suffers from that fate. Too many diverse versions of what constitutes goodness and truth. Without a broad common sharing of fundamental values it is hard to live in harmony even in a household never mind a nation eh?

So Easter brings new hope. The death of the Saviour in the most cruel fashion shows man to himself as in a mirror and says "this O Man is what you did to your Creator and Redeemer and he still loves you and invites you to the feast of life and of eternal life in heaven."

Have you ever thought of the joy we will have with our Lord in Heaven when we will share in the General Resurrection? We will be able to talk to all the saints we have been devoted to on earth. We will see all those lovely people who have given us so much in this life like my mum and dad and those uncles and aunts and neighbours and friends. We will all see one another face to face and take it all in a moment of the eternal NOW! Evil will be no more and the devil will be vanquished forever - no more partings, no more diseases and frail years, no more tears or mourning ...no falsehood. All those abortionists will be shown up and exposed and duly dealt with in God's perfect justice. No evil will prevail and all the warmongers and wrongdoers will be no more ever again. Christ will be all in all. The Tomb is empty and Christ has gone before the apostles into Galilee and he will see them there. He appeared so many times after Easter Sunday and he showed them the marks of the nails and the lance to convince them that it was truly the One who was crucified and he still has those marks you know. We shall see them too - the Holy Wounds we sang about on Good Friday. You know?? I can't wait!!

Happy Easter from

Father Tom Connolly

Father John Flynn


FR GEORGE offered Easter Mass for Syro-Malabar Rite at 10.30 PM HOLY SATURDAY NIGHT AT ST EDWARDS. Thank you Father.

St Edward's Mass - a priest - Fr John Biju has indicated that he will be visiting next week so we will after all have daily Mass at St Edwards.

WEDDING: Congrats to Phillip Clarkson and Donna Cahill who married in the Lord here at St Kentigerns on Easter Afternoon.

THANK YOU to all the Servers, Readers, Polishers, Cleaners, Rota makers, Sacristan duties, Flower arranger, Music Makers and Singers and all of you who worked so hard to make the Holy Week Ceremonies so edifying and sacred.

RECEPTIONS/ BAPTISMS. Congratulations to Patrick Mhlanga, Phil Clarkson and Margaret Burke who will or have been baptised or Received Into Full Communion with the Catholic Church this Easter Vigil either in St Kentigerns or St Edwards.

ARABIC MASS ORGANISED BY IRAQI CATHOLICS WILL BE HELD AT ST CATHERINES'S DIDSBURY ON SATURDAY 29TH MARCH AT 2PM.

VOCATIONS THOUGHT: St Mary Magdalene first sought the Lord in the early hours of the morning. The prayers of holy Contemplatives remain the most powerful way of drawing people to discover the Risen Christ. We beg the Lord for courageous souls to undertake this role. If God is calling you, contact the Vocations Director Fr David Featherstone at 681 1410.

ST KENTIGERNS CLUB WILL BE CLOSED ON GOOD FRIDAY AND NOT OPEN UNTIL 8.30PM ON HOLY SATURDAY.