The Redemptorist community joins me in thanking you for the exceptionally generous Easter collection and for the other gifts and greetings for the Feast
For the most part the arrangements here at Bishop Eton will remain much the same, with the odd notable exception.
Fr Andrew and I have been asked to continue in our present roles, although Andrew is also to be Superior of the small Birmingham community!
Fr Charles will leave for Perth in Scotland, where his new responsibilities will be in the Pastoral Centre and preaching missions.
We will welcome to the community Fr Gabriel Maguire and Fr Martin Gay. Many of you will remember Fr Gabriel; he has been parish priest in Birmingham for a very long time, but his health has seriously deteriorated in recent times. Fr Martin, like Fr Andrew, spent much of his life in South Africa, but more recently has been working in Rome and Perth, from where he is moving. The changes will take effect over the next few weeks
I wish to use this Sunday to thank you all for the wonderful celebrations during the Sacred Triduum and over Easter. I was more conscious than ever of the enormous amount of work that goes on behind the scenes as well as at the services themselves: the hours spent planning and practising, as well as the meticulous care that ensures the churches are fittingly cleaned and decorated. On behalf of the whole community a special thanks to all our deacons and servers, musicians and singers, as well as those who arrange the flowers and the resurrection gardens. Enjoy the rest of the Easter Season and sing out your Alleluias.
THE OCTAVE OF EASTER:
For eight days we celebrate Easter as if each day were Easter Day. Low Sunday is perhaps not the best description of today, but it does suggest that nothing can quite compare to the day itself.
Traditionally, this day was also known as Dominica in Albis or Sunday in White, signifying that the newly baptised (dressed in white robes) could now discard their white and become fully integrated into the community. More recently today also focuses on the Mercy of God.
AN EASTER GREETING
The dramatic image of Notre Dame de Paris going up in flames will be one of the abiding memories of this Holy Week. It is difficult to process something like this as we search for meaning and understanding, yet some of the images will remain etched on our memories forever. Among the most compelling for me was the sight of the tower crashing to the ground, followed by the stunning image of the white cross shining through the debris the day afterwards. The amount of media coverage suggests that deep down in the hearts of all men and women is a sense that a sacred place like this is not just a monument to the past, but carries a living message.
Now, as we learn that the building was saved and will be restored, could we thank God for this reminder of all that we are celebrating in these days: death and RESURRECTION. The crowning moment for me came when a young woman was interviewed and reminded the interviewer that what made Notre Dame was not just the beautiful building, but the community of people who pray and worship there: a timely reminder of all that we are about.
FROM ALL THE REDEMPTORISTS;
A VERY HAPPY EASTER
Let us pray for one another that this will indeed be a holy week for each and every one of us.
I remind you that from the middle of the week the timetable changes radically.
We enter into the Sacred Triduum and in our liturgies accompany Jesus through his Passion and death. Then on Holy Saturday night we erupt with joy and celebrate the Resurrection.
Please do all you can to play your prayerful part with the community during these special days.
Monday 15 April at 7.00pm at St Mary’s
Tuesday 16 April at 7.30pm at Bishop Eton
Bearing in mind all that I wrote about this sacrament in BE Alive this month, please make every effort to share in these community acts of penance, reconciliation, and peace: we need each other in this context as in every other.
THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION:
We come to the last two weeks of Lent and the countdown to Easter.
Once again I wish to give you every opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation if you wish. Therefore, we will try to provide confessors after the weekday Masses as well as celebrate our community acts of sorrow with the Reconciliation Services on the Monday (St Mary’s) and Tuesday (Bishop Eton) of Holy Week.
Please read my thoughts on all this in the article I have written for this month’s BE Alive.
We have already reached the halfway point in Lent and so the Church gives us a breather today with this special Sunday, named after the opening word of the ‘Entry Antiphon’, Laetare: Rejoice! Fittingly it has also becomeMothering Sunday or Mothers’ Day. So we wish all our mums every blessing today and we thank you for all the sacrifices you make on behalf of your children and your families. ENJOY!
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