Parish Priest - Father Anton's Weekly Column

EASTER SUNDAY OF LENT - YEAR B

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Risen Christ Jesus,

He has risen as he said he would! He has rebuilt the temple in the three days that he prophesied. He has rebuilt the temple that is his body because within that body is the Son of God, a member of the Blessed Trinity. He is God and he is risen!

While we are fully aware of the fact that it is Jesus who has risen, many of the disciples felt bereft, left in limbo, unable to function and without direction. Yes a few of the chosen, such as Mary and Peter and James were privileged to know that he had risen but many never heard the news quickly. May we rejoice in that we know in faith that he is truly risen.

This event, this happening, is so important and significant that we now celebrate Easter as a season, taking forty days to complete with the celebration of Pentecost, when Christ strengthens his disciples and the whole church with the gift of the Holy Spirit, the presence of Christ being able to be present in each and everyone of us. As such we now return to the use of the “Alleluia” within the Mass and especially before the gospels are read. Happy and blessed Easter to you all as we celebrate its season!

If you are lucky enough to be having a break either away or from home base, enjoy the thought of God’s gift to us all of creation and all its associated gifts. Let Spring into our lives, let us celebrate new birth and the light and life of the risen Lord Jesus.

Keep in your prayers all the sick and housebound, those in hospital and those who approach the time of their resurrection to life eternal.

A big thank you to all the teams who have prepared and supported the Easter Liturgy, given time and attention to all the little details that need to be dealt with. The music, the readings, the serving, the flowers, the cleaning and preparation of the church and altar have been wonderful. Truly I have had to worry about very little and as such have been able to give my mind to the tasks in hand. A very heartfelt thanks to you all!

Another big thank you to all our background workers who quietly go about the administration, the secretarial and accounting duties, the rotas, the maintenance, the planning and preparation for events and care of sick and elderly through visits and taking communion to the sick. There are so many roles within the life of the parish. It is after all a community of faith and worship, which in turn lets the world know that existence and hope we have in Christ.

If I have missed anyone out in all these categories, then please forgive me and know that you are treasured and that the Lord knows all that you do in his name.

God bless and keep you safe in the joy of his resurrection!

Father Anton s.c.j.