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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter! Against the background of pandemic and Ukraine among other things we may find it hard to greet one another with these words. But we must dig down into the roots of our faith that we celebrate on this Feast of the Resurrection. Deep down below the painful and the appalling, to reach the Good News planted in the depths of our human experience by the Jesus who burst out of the tomb on this day. May he shine his Easter light in all our lives so brightly that it shines out through our faces, our hearts, and our lives into our world. So… yes… Happy Easter!

Fr Matthew

Happy Easter

Dear friends and parishioners,

A very joyful and peace-filled Easter to you all! We have the added joy of welcoming the parish communities back to Mass – according to current restrictions of course! It is springtime, a season of new beginnings, new life.

Easter cross

May the season, the reopening, and most of all, the Risen Christ bring you and your loved ones a new spring in your step, a glint in your eyes, and a joy in your faith.

Happy Easter – and welcome back!

Fr Matthew

Service sheets for Holy Week 2021

As the 3 Churches Triduum services are live streamed only this year, the Liturgy Group considered that it would enable parishioners to participate more fully in the services if a service sheet, which included the words of hymns to be sung, was produced for each of the services of the Triduum.
You can download the service sheets for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil below:
After the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Maundy Thursday (8pm), the streaming camera will remain on for virtual watching until 10.30pm.
For the Good Friday liturgy you are asked to have a crucifix near at hand and also, if you are able, to send a prayer of intercession to Fr Matthew ( before the day. These prayers will be read out by the priests during the time of Veneration of the Cross.

For the Easter Vigil you are asked to have a bowl of water and a candle to hand.
Please join in as much as you are able, then, although we are not together physically for Holy Week this year, we will be together in spirit.

3 churches reopen on Easter Sunday!

Mass times will be as below, but to ensure social distancing and appropriate seating, all Easter Sunday Masses are by booking system only. To reserve a place at one of the Masses on that day please email, telephone, or text the appropriate booking co-ordinator listed below, stating the number and names of people in your family bubble group. Masses will resume their pre-lockdown pattern after Easter Sunday.

At Christ the King there will be two Masses at 9am and 10.30am on Easter Sunday, as there will be no Saturday evening Mass. In addition, when the number at CTK has reached capacity, further seats will be made available in the parish centre, where the Mass will be streamed on the screen.

Booking co-ordinators to reserve a place at one of the masses:

9am and 10.30am –  Christ the King
Marie O’Brien, email, phone 02920 753945

9am – St Paul’s
Karen Sylvester, email, text 07876 032829

10.30am – St Brigid’s
Anne Burns, email, phone 02920 766318

Before that…

  • PALM SUNDAY is next Sunday 28 March – please pick up palms for your home from the entrance areas of our 3 Churches from Wednesday 24 March of this week onwards
  • HOLY WEEK streamed services from St Brigid’s will be on Maundy Thursday 1 April at 8pm

Good Friday (2 April )at 3pm and Holy Saturday (3 April) at 8pm also.