1st April 2023

Dear Parishioners,

It is good to be able to greet you this weekend with the Newsletter and Readings for Holy Mass on Palm Sunday. Please do be aware of both the times and venues of our Holy Week Liturgies, and very specially that our Easter Vigil will be at Holy Spirit, but at 6.30 p.m. and not the usual time.

May the week ahead be enriching for each of us as we make our annual journey with Jesus through the events of that first Holy week; walking on, until we eventually come to the garden of resurrection on Easter Day. 

Be assured of a continued daily remembrance in prayer, kindest thought and affection.

As ever, Fr. Nicholas

A Holy Week Reflection:

Dear Lord,                                                                                                                                                          

Your dis­ci­ple Peter want­ed to know who would betray you. You point­ed to Judas but a lit­tle lat­er also to him. Judas betrayed, Peter denied you. Judas hanged him­self, Peter became the apos­tle whom you made the first among equals. Lord, give me faith, faith in your end­less mer­cy, your bound­less for­give­ness, your unfath­omable good­ness. Let me not be tempt­ed to think that my sins are too great to be for­giv­en, too abom­inable to be touched by your mer­cy. Let me nev­er run away from you but return to you again and again, ask­ing you to be my Lord, my Shep­herd, my Strong­hold, and my Refuge. Take me under your wing, O Lord, and let me know that you do not reject me as long as I keep ask­ing you to for­give me. Per­haps my doubt in your for­give­ness is a greater sin than the sins I con­sid­er too great to be for­giv­en. Per­haps I make myself too impor­tant, too great when I think that I can­not be embraced by you any­more. Lord, look at me, accept my prayer as you accept­ed Peter’s prayer, and let me not run away from you in the night as Judas did.  

Bless me, Lord, in this Holy Week, and give me the grace to know your lov­ing pres­ence more inti­mate­ly. Amen. (Henri Nouwen) 


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