An Easter Message
Bishop Noel Treanor
13 April 2022
The Message of Easter is the celebration of life over death, of hope over despair, of offers of assurance
in situations of vulnerability. The scriptures attest to how the resurrected Christ awakened faith. They
tell of how He awakened new hope and new understanding in the disciples and then entrusted them
to be courageous messengers of this Easter hope. His risen presence gave them new purpose and a
From the moment of that first Easter morning, across the centuries, Christians have celebrated the
Risen Christ and joyfully proclaimed a message of hope and new life.
This is our history, our mission and our legacy. The Risen Christ also calls us to be messengers of an
Easter vision in our personal circumstances, in our time and in our world.
In the Jewish religious tradition, during the meal of Passover, the youngest child asks a series of
questions as they try to make sense of this ritual meal. Remembering and recalling the events of the
past and responding to these inquiries, the Jewish parent helps the child to understand the
significance of this traditional celebration. This dialogue between generations therefore becomes an
opportunity to share and to pass on faith and meaning.
Within our Christian homes this Easter, conversation between children and parents also presents
opportunities to share and to pass on faith and hope.
We all need to hear the Easter message again. With each gift of newborn life, God imparts an
opportunity to hear the message of Easter anew. Generations of young people are entrusted with
taking up the mission and there are seedlings of growth sprouting anew in our parishes and Pastoral
Communities. The synodal pathway started by Pope Francis presents such an opportunity for us all.
It is an opportunity to give new vitality to our own involvement in our faith communities and so grow
our understanding that we all shape the life and experience of the Church.
As in the past, there are indeed many challenges to face. The years of the pandemic have had an
impact on our pastoral communities and faith practice and it is as if we are all emerging from the tomb
into the light of a new dawn.
In our world, hatred and violence continues to live in the hearts of many. Death and Resurrection is a
tangible reality in countries of crisis and conflict. The joyful message of Easter this year is obscured by
scenes of death and destruction and the forced displacement of families from their homes in Ukraine
and other war-stricken regions across the world. Yet many others are peacemakers who have arisen
to offer support as these families arrive to our shores seeking safety.
May this Easter time be an opportunity for us all, with renewed vision and hope, to take up again
Christ’s Mission to be messengers of life over death, of hope over despair, of offers of assurance in
situations of vulnerability and as Easter people to act as peacemakers.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 10.00am Mass
1pm Sat 23rd April
ALL MASSES CAN BE VIEWED LIVE ON OUR PARISH WEBCAM www.stagnesbelfast.com.
Last week’s Weekly Offertory Promise Collection amounted to £1875.00
Thank you for your generous financial support.
Obligation to attend Sunday/Holyday Mass With the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, it is encouraging to see a return to a fuller liturgical life in our parishes. Thankful that we can once again gather as communities of faith, the Irish Bishops have announced that attending Mass on Sunday and Holydays of Obligation will from Easter Sunday (17th April 2022) once again be deemed an essential expression of faith. As always, those whose health is vulnerable or who are unwell will not be under any obligation to attend Mass.
SAT: Vigil 8pm : Easter Vigil
SUN: 9.30am: Priest’s intention
12.30pm: Priest’s intention
MON:10.00am: Pearl Connor
TUE: NO MASS
WED:10.00am:Eugene & Mary Mc Manus & Michael Gilmartin
THU: 10.00am: Elizabeth ( Lily) Mc Burney
FRI: 10.00am: Maura Haughan
SAT: 1pm: Lily Fitzsimons
NB: 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: Sean Laverty, Eamonn Farrelly, Pat Trainor, Eddie Brown, Sr. Clare Mc Manus, Patsy Mc Mullan, Ellen & Harry Kelly, Tom Flanagan, Ann Johnston, Briege & Phillip Hunter, Tom Smith, Charles & Margaret Mallon. May they rest in peace
The Knights of St Columbanus
Centenary Anniversary Event
To celebrate the Anniversary of the death of its founder, local clergyman Canon James O’Neill.
May 6th & 7th 2022
Marine Hotel Ballycastle
You are invited to join our event to mark this anniversary with guest speakers: Friday 6th May 2pm Bishop Noel Treanor Down & Connor
Followed by Dr. Eamon Phoenix-a talk on the social, political and economic times in ireland of Canon O Neill 100 years ago
Saturday 7th May 2pm: Mickey Harte, All Ireland Winning Manager-My Faith Journey. Please do come along to either event that are free to drop in and attend.
Rosary at the Grottos The Rosary will be prayed each day during the month of May at hundreds of grottos around the Island of Ireland. To see a list of locations, or to register a grotto (or other suitable location) simply visit www.coastalrosaryireland.ie
“Come Away and Rest Awhile” CARA RETREAT
Are you a parent of a young person with a disability? Would you like to take some time out to pray, reflect and meet other parents?
If the answer is yes we would love you to join us for a parents retreat at: Drumalis Retreat Centre beginning Friday 24th June, 6pm until Saturday 25th June, 4pm
In the joy of
the Risen Christ,
Fr Thomas wishes
all our parishioners
a very happy and holy Easter. Thank you for all your support for our parish