Holy Thursday 1st April
10.00am Prayer of the Church
7.00pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Good Friday 2nd April
10.00am Prayer of the Church
3.00pm Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion
7.00pm Stations of the Cross
Holy Saturday 3rd April
8.00pm Easter Vigil Mass
Easter Sunday 4th April
Masses: 9.30am, and 12.30pm
Monday to Friday: 10.00am Mass
We also want to remind the faithful that the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days remains suspended and every person should consider carefully if returning to collective worship is the safe and appropriate step for them, at this time.
PARISH WEEKLY ENVELOPES The new weekly envelopes are now available to be collected from the church. Please use the one way system that is in operation in and out of the Church, and the Hand Sanitizing Stations when you are collecting your envelopes. If you are not on the list and would like a box of Parish envelopes please contact the Sacristy or Kate in the Parish Office ( 02890 615702)
PARISH OFFICE .. will continue, for now, to be contacted by email or telephone only ( 02890 615702 & email- email@example.com), and not in person. The office will be closed the week of Easter and re-open on Monday 12th April . Please continue to drop any Mass offerings, SVP envelopes etc. into the postbox outside the Parish Office. Thank you.
PRAYER INTENTIONS: We extend our sympathies to the families of those who died recently and those whose month’s mind and anniversary occur at this time.
Recently Deceased: Tony Gilmore, Mary Mc Glynn
Sat 3rd April HOLY SATURDAY: 8pm Vigil: Priest’s intention
Sun 4th April EASTER SUNDAY: 9.30am: Priest’s intention
Mon 5th April: 10am: Patrick Mc Cafferty
Tue 6th April: 10am: Priest’s intention
Wed 7th April: 10am: Philip Murphy
Thurs 8th April: 10am Bill & May Mc Kenna, The Cinnamond family & Holy Souls
Fri 9th April:10am Emma Groves
Sat 10th April:1pm Sean Laverty
In the event of a funeral, the assigned intention will be offered privately by the priest at his first available mass.
Those whose Anniversaries occur at this time:Tom Mc Quillan, James Mc Kenna, Vincent Hynes, Hugh Pollock, Sue O’ Neill
Eternal rest grant unto them , O Lord!
NB. Saturday 10th April 1pm Mass will resume again.
No 10am Mass
Funerals Are limited to 25 people, with no pre- or post-funeral gatherings.
Weddings Are limited to 25 people.
Baptisms Are limited to 10 people.
NB The wearing of masks at all times is compulsory in our church
As we awake this Easter morn we know the joy of those who came to the tomb on that first day of the week, that first Sunday. The Lord is truly risen, Alleluia. Having set out on the journey of the Easter Triduum we arise this morning and welcome the light of life.
Scripture tell us
‘It was very early on the first day of the week and still dark, when Mary of Magdala came to the tomb. She saw that the stone had been moved away from the tomb’ […] ‘Till this moment they had still not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead’. (From the Gospel of the day, full text John 20:1-9)
A Prayer Ritual at Home
Gather with other members of your household, if you can. On a table or in a sacred space, safely place a lighted candle in the centre. You might include some of the following items on the table: an unlit individual (baptism) candle; any photos of family baptisms; a bowl of water and a green branch, a bible, open on John 20:1-9; your Easter egg, if it isn’t eaten already! If there are flowers in the garden why not head out and pick some for the space before you start your prayer together.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
An Easter Litany
This is the day the Lord has made…. R Alleluia, alleluia!
God’s love has no end…. R. Alleluia, alleluia!.
God has raised us up…. R. Alleluia, alleluia!
And given us the gift of new life…. R. Alleluia, alleluia!
‘It was very early on the first day of the week and still dark, when Mary of Magdala came to the tomb. She saw that the stone had been moved away from the tomb’ […] ‘Till this moment they had still not understood the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead’. (From the Gospel of the day, full text John 20:1-9)
In his Easter Sunday greeting in 2019, Pope Francis addressed these words to every Christian: ‘Christ is alive! He is our hope, and in a wonderful way he brings youth to our world. Everything he touches becomes young, new, full of life … Christ is alive and he wants you to be alive! He is in you, he is with you and he never abandons you.’ On this Easter morning take a moment to recognise and appreciate all the signs of hope and new life around us: light … water … flowers … eggs … baptism memories and photos … one another!
Light your candle from the main candle as a reminder of the light of Christ within you. Then take some time to enjoy the signs of life around you. This might include blessing yourself with the water/taking a flower and smelling it/taking a taste of your Easter egg/looking at your photos while remembering and sharing your memories of family baptisms, choosing names and godparents …
On this Easter day, as we look upon our burning candle we take a moment to remember and pray for all those who need to hear the good news of resurrection this day, and for all those bringing life to others in so many ways in these very days. We pray for our needs and the needs of the world this day. We remember in our prayer … (bring your intentions to God) Lord, who raises us up from our graves and calls us to new life, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.
Our Father … Prayer Lord of all life, we have journeyed to Easter and in the most difficult of trials we proclaim still the joy of your resurrection, we embrace with gladness the new life to which you call each one of us. Bless us, our families and all the world, with your constant presence that we may give you thanks every day and share the good news of our faith with all we meet. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Acclamation Christ is risen. Alleluia, alleluia!
Sign of the Cross…
Place a (baptism) candle and flowers on your dinner table; send a greeting in some way to your parents and godparents; say a prayer for your parents and godparents; watch a family movie; listen/play some music together; eat chocolate!!
A Prayer on Easter Sunday
Light a candle and pause for a few moments to become aware of God’s presence. Make the Sign of the Cross, as you pray:
Lord of all life, You are our hope and our joy, our source of true happiness. We have journeyed to Easter and in the most difficult of trials we have renewed our baptism and proclaimed your resurrection. We embrace with gladness the new life to which you call each one of us. Bless us, our families and all the world, with your constant presence and protection. May we give you thanks every day and share the good news of our faith with all we meet. And may the light of our Easter faith guide our footsteps in your ways of love, peace and truth. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. In Easter joy we proclaim, Christ is risen! Alleluia, alleluia!
If you have Holy Water, use it to bless yourself as you make the Sign of the Cross. Place your candle safely somewhere prominent in your home as a reminder of the Light of Christ amongst us
Holy Week Ceremonies Diocese of Down and Connor
All ceremonies will be streamed live from St Peter’s Cathedral, Belfast on www.churchservices.tv/stpeterscathedral Links to local Parish Webcams and Holy Week Resources are available on the Diocesan website: www.downandconnor.org
Holy Thursday Mass of Chrism (Online Only) 11am
Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7.30pm Good
Friday Passion of Our Lord 3pm Stations of the Cross 7pm
Tenebrae (Online Only) 9pm
Holy Saturday Easter Vigil Mass 9pm
Easter Sunday Sunday Mass 11am
In the joy of
the Risen Christ,
Fr Thomas wishes
all our parishioners
a very Happy and Holy Easter