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New Life
Holy Week is sometimes known as The Great Week, because it is the most important week of the Church’s year, celebrating the events that are at the heart of our Christian faith. The central truth of our faith is that God loved the world so much that he sent his only Son to live like us, to die for us and to rise again to new life that he shares with us. If that were not true, our faith would be meaningless.

This week we relive the familiar stories that give shape and meaning to our life. We recall Jesus washing the feet of his disciples and giving them his Body and Blood in the form of bread and wine at the Last Supper, which was the first Eucharist. We remember Jesus being betrayed, condemned, tortured, executed and buried in the story of his Passion. And above all, we gather in the darkness of Holy Saturday night to celebrate his bursting forth from the tomb, the bright light of his victory over sin and death.

Easter assures us that God’s love for us is stronger than anything that can harm or depress us and that death is followed by resurrection as surely as day follows night. It is a time for giving thanks to God for everything that has been good in our lives, in our families, in our community and in the world, and for putting our trust in the newness of life that is our constant hope.

There are always signs of all new life around us. This Easter weekend, we will welcome three new adult members into our faith community (with three more to be received in a few weeks’ time) and five children will be baptised.  Last year we celebrated almost 180 baptisms and 20 weddings, all joyful celebrations of new life. Although there has been sadness too, especially for those families who have entrusted a loved one to God’s care, the message of Easter is that our God is always creating new life. Let us be on the watch for every sign of new life around us, so that our hearts can be filled with the joy and hope of Easter.

With my thanks to everyone who has worked so hard for our parish community this year, and with every good wish and prayer at this blessed time, a Happy Easter to you all.

Fr Chris

Your prayers are asked for those who have died recently, especially

Robert Tremarco, Veronica Toner, Peter Bartlett, Terry Gilligan, Rita Coghlan, Ronnie Toner, Peter Collie, Valerie Donaghue, Teresa OReilly, Veronica O’Brien, Margaret Dean, Edith Bell, Margaret King, Kerry Murphy, Chris Chambers, 

Elizabeth Duffey, 

And for those whose anniversaries occur about this time. 

June Lamkin, Andrew Wright, Christine Wright, Margaret Tallon, Jim Usher, 

Davie Birch, Margaret Steadman, Sally Phillips, 

Please pray too for all those who are lonely or housebound, for those who are sick, at home or in hospital, and all those visited by our Eucharistic Ministers.

Alan Metcalf

Frank Cope

Gail Dwyer

Gail Dwyer

Matt Carragher

Matt Carragher

Chrissy Malone

And for those whose anniversaries occur about this time. 

Henry Hobson, Francis Hobson, Annie Spellman, 

Please pray too for all those who are lonely or housebound, for those who are sick,  at home or in hospital, and all those visited by our Eucharistic Ministers.

For New Members of the Church – Mystagogy

Can you remember what it’s like to start a new job? A new school? A new family? It’s exciting to begin, but those first steps can be wobbly. The Easter Season is the time for post-baptismal catechesis or ‘mystagogy’ with the newly baptised or ‘neophytes’. Mystagogy is the period after the rites of initiation into the Catholic Church. It’s a time for settling in. It’s a time when we help the newly baptised to feel at home. 

WELCOME   We are delighted to welcome Annie Grace Redman, Luca Greco, Jasmine Annabella Byrne, Teresa Kiara Jacinta Lawrence, Logan Walmsley, 

Hope Meria Walmsley, Jasmine Rose Holden and Michelle Onuigbo who were Baptised into our faith community last weekend. 

Season of Easter 

Easter isn’t just one day; it’s a ‘season’. The fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost are celebrated in joyful exultation as one feast day, or better as one “great Sunday”. The gospel readings for the first three Sundays recount the appearances of the risen Christ. The readings about the Good Shepherd are assigned to the Fourth Sunday. On the Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Sundays, there are excerpts from the Lord’s discourse and prayer at the last supper.

PARISH LOTTERY WINNING NUMBERS for draw on 12th April 2017

6; 12; 20; 22

NO  WINNER of the Jackpot of £1399(subject to re scrutiny)Estimated Jackpot for the next draw on 

19th April 2017 is £

Two consolation prizes of £25 each:

207952; 208730

Many thanks to all who support our Parish Lottery and to the Team who run it for us. 

Your support is really appreciated! 

“Don’t forget to buy your ticket! You’ve got to be it to win it!!”

Foodbank  

Many thanks to those who continue to contribute to our Foodbank Appeal. All of the food collected is desperately needed and is passed on to the distribution centre. Food can be dropped off at the priests house or put in the box at the back of church.

Thankyou – Cathy & Frank Platt would like to say thank you to all their family & friends for the gifts, Masses and kind wishes they received for the 60th wedding anniversary . 

A Mass will be offered for you all. 

Thank You 

Support meetings for Divorced & Separated Catholics have restarted. For more info or to book a place please contact Frances Trotman 0151 727 2195. General enquiries to Maureen O’Brien 0151 522 1044 or m.obrien@rcaol.co.uk. 

St Teresa’s Lay Associates 

To commemorate the anniversary of her death and  in memory of all the hard work she did here both in our parish and school, the Lay associates will visit the  graveside of Sr Teresa Flynn to say the Rosary on Monday 1st May, meeting outside church at 10am. All are welcome, drivers are especially needed, please contact the parish office as soon as possible.

Save the date…  Sunday 23rd April! For a Fabulous Salesian Family Fun Day at St John Bosco School! Fun for ALL the family! All the activities are FREE! (Small charge for Food & tombola stall) Look out for posters in church! Don’t miss out on a brilliant afternoon! 

 

 

 

 

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