Confirmation Ceremony: Monday, 24th April, at 10.30 am
Three evocative symbols dominate our Church in this Easter period: the Paschal Candle, representing Christ, the Light of the World; the Resurrection Garden, in remembrance of the Garden of Resurrection where Jesus appeared after his resurrection; the Cross without a figure, highlighting the fact that Jesus has survived crucifixion.
The blessing of the holy water on Holy Saturday night brings Baptism centre stage at Eastertide. The renewal of baptismal vows and the sprinkling with holy water was a moving part of the three Masses last weekend. Easter is the most appropriate time to be baptized. When an adult is baptized on Holy Saturday we get a keen sense of what baptism is: entering the family of God, the Church, which is the parish at local level. At a deeper level baptism marks our entry into the life of the Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The word itself comes from the Greek verb baptizein, meaning to immerse or to plunge. Being immersed in the water is symbolic of being immersed in the death and resurrection of Christ: we enter the tomb with him and are raised with him. St Paul highlights this core meaning of baptism in his letter to the Romans:
‘Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life’. Romans 6:3f.
Let Easter be the occasion for us to say ‘Yes’ to our baptism. Next week we will reflect on Confirmation on the eve of its celebration in our parish.
Holy Water Font
When we dip our finger in the font and bless ourselves we are renewing our baptism
In France last weekend, 5,463 adults were baptized into the Catholic Church
Recent Deaths We pray for Ellen Falvey, Derrynane Road; Bernard Isaac, Capwell Road; Margaret O’Regan, Mount Vernon; Patrick Woods, Lios na Gréine, South Douglas Road. May they rest in peace. We sympathise with her family offer them our support and prayers.