Sunday, 16 April 2017

Easter Sunday

Solemn Easter Vespers - Sundays at 5pm

Easter: The culmination of Lent and Holy Week is of course Easter but our celebration cannot be exhausted in one day. Therefore, Mother Church gives us a week’s Octave when we celebrate more solemnly, and then 50 days until Pentecost (4th June); so that we may truly savour and experience the implications of the Resurrection in our own lives. Happy Easter to you all.  Frs. Christopher, Lukasz, Pawel, Gabriel, Jorge & Mgr Leo.

Easter Mediation - He is Risen
The Resurrection is not just a doctrine we try to prove or a problem we argue about; it is the life and action of Christ himself in us by his Holy Spirit.  A Christian bases his entire life on these truths.  His entire life is changed by the presence and the action of the Risen Christ, as Paul encountered him on the road of Damascus.  Such an encounter does not have to be dramatic, but it has to be personal and real.  Baptism is, of course, the seal and sign of this encounter.  But Baptism must be lived out in subsequent encounters with Christ: in the Eucharist, in the other sacraments, in reading and hearing the word of God and in realising that the word of God is preached to us personally.  True encounter with Christ in the word of God awakens something in the depth of our being; something we did not know was there.  True encounter with Christ liberates something in us, a power we did not know we had, a hope, a capacity for life, a resilience, an ability to bounce back when we thought we were completely defeated, a capacity to grow and change, a power of creative transformation.  In the Easter Sequence the Church sings of the duel of death and life in our heart.  This is a bitter, desperate fight, the combat of life and death in us, the battle of human despair against Christian hope.  The risen life is not easy; it is also a dying life.  The presence of the Resurrection in our lives means the presence of the Cross, for we do not rise with Christ unless we also first die with him.  It is by the Cross that we enter the dynamism of creative transformation, the dynamism of resurrection and renewal, the dynamism of love.  The teaching of St Paul is centred entirely on the Resurrection.  How many Christians really understand what St Paul is talking about when he tells us that we have “died to the Law” in order to rise with Christ?  How many Christians dare to believe that he who is risen with Christ enjoys the liberty of the children of God and is not bound by the restrictions and taboos of human prejudice?  - a Cistercian Monk

Thank You to the '12 Apostles' who had their feet washed during the Maundy Thursday Mass: 
  1. Mattia Gas  
  2. David Agyei 
  3. Sam Gyesi 
  4. James McAllister 
  5. Nassir John 
  6. Luis Moreno
  7. Rony El Akiki 
  8. Tom Bailey 
  9. Peter Li Wai Suen 
  10. John King 
  11. Fenan Tekle 
  12.  Filip Fortuna

Annual Marriage Mass at the Cathedral: If you are celebrating your 1st/10th/25th/40th/ 50th/ 60th + wedding anniversary this year, please fill in the form at the back of Church ASAP. Please write very clearly so you can receive an invitation from the Archbishop.  The deadline is 30th April and the Mass will be held on 17th June at St George’s Cathedral.

Welcome to God's Church: 
  • Julian Christopher Bilger, son of Jeffrey & Sherylann; 
  • William James McAllister, son of James & Helen 
  • Lucy Agnes Linton-Ford, daughter of Christopher & Kathleen 
CTS Stand: Apologies – the catalogue & box is now set up in the Church porch.

Can you help? We are still looking for cooks to do an occasional lunch for OAPs.  Please speak to Fr Chris for more information.

Cleaners for this week: Tania Pereira & Sue Cranmer-Fitzpatrick

Bags for the Future: Have you got clothes and shoes you would like to get rid of? Annually, we like to raise funds using bags to the future.  This method allows us to raise funds, reuse clothes & shoes to benefit those who rely on second hand clothes as their sole option for good quality items and finally build a sustainable future by using our resources to further the circular economy. We will be paid 40p per kg. We collect good quality adults and children’s clothing, paired shoes, hats, belts, handbags, ties and soft toys, no uniforms, duvets, pillows or cushions. As we have limited space, fill your bags and drop these off from Saturday 22nd April, they will be picked up by 9am on Friday 28th.

Active Kids Vouchers: It is that time of year again when Sainsbury’s run their ‘Active Kids Voucher Scheme’.  All of our schools are collecting these vouchers so you would like to donate yours, please drop them off at the school or in the envelope at the back of Church.

Family Life Catholic Conference: 'Fatima; the Final Battle' 29th April at St George's Cathedral.  For more information please visit: