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April 1, 2020

Well things have changed and are changing so rapidly aren’t they*. Only a few hours after I posted my last letter to you the ‘Lockdown’ was announced and our churches closed completely, except for the Priest to enter alone and to pray and offer Mass alone, on behalf of the whole community. This I have done regularly each day.
 
Holy Week and Easter will certainly be very different than anything I have ever experienced. To be absent from the worshipping comm...

March 30, 2019

Holy Week is most definitely a very sacred time of the year, for that is when we will commemorate and remember the last week of Jesus' life on this earth.

These are the days leading up to the great Easter Feast. The Lenten season of sacrifice and self-denial is about to come to an end, but this Holy Week is extremely important for all Christians.

The greatest focus of the week is the Passion (suffering) and Resurrection of Jesus Christ and the events that l...

March 28, 2018

It will be all over the place at the moment as we are celebrating both secular and Holy Easter. I used to ‘go on’ about such things, but I don’t any more. It may be a certain softening as I approach ‘bus-pass’ age, or maybe even weariness at pushing against the inevitable. Or perhaps it’s something more. Anyway, alongside all of the above there is another element this year.

Foolishness. This year Easter and April Fool’s Day 1st April, coincide. Once this wo...

April 29, 2017

Dear Friends in Christ

Times tides and seasons wait for no man, so they say. Well, over the Easter period, there is certainly is an interruption of normal routines for those who take their Christian faith seriously.

It has been hectic, tiring and, for those who have fully participated I think very fulfilling. No-one has said very much to me, but thanks to some very dedicated people working extremely hard, I think the services have gone very well.  

A small gro...

March 27, 2017

I was speaking with someone last week about how he was trying to get an appointment with his optician. 14th April was suggested. When my friend got off the phone and went to write it on their calendar, he realised that 14th is Good Friday.

Thinking it must be a mistake, he rang straight back. “Oh is it?” He was asked, “Oh well we are open just the same, all the shops are.”

Surely it wasn’t so long ago that Good Friday was a day everyone was off work? Not any...

March 29, 2016

Dear Friends in Christ,

 

By the time you read this, we shall be celebrating Easter. This year, Easter is almost the earliest it can be. Indeed it seems we have only just finished Christmas let alone lent! Never mind Holy Week!!

 

During Lent and Passiontide many of us are familiar with the Stations of the Cross. On this journey we follow Jesus on the Way of the Cross. Indeed, the Stations are permanently sited around the S. Stephen’s as in so many churches. Th...

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