Bulletin 31 March 2024

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!

Faith in the resurrection of Christ is the core of our Christian life. St Paul remarks: ‘If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain’ (I Cor 15: 13f). We envy people who have the gift of faith. Some years agoI was struck by the comments of the priest who celebrated the funeral Mass of popular fiction writer, Maeve Binchy. She is reported as having said to her parish priest: ‘I know that if you are around when I die then you will dispatch me with dignity and without hypocrisy in a faith which I envy and would love to share.’ The homilist at the funeral, Fr Stuart said: ‘Maeve came from the tradition of the Magi. She was a searcher, a seeker of the divine, but it eluded her’ (Irish Times, August 4, 2012). That is an authentic place to be: genuinely searching but, disappointingly, not finding. It is also a very hard place to be. In his apostolic letter, introducing the year of faith, Pope Benedict commented on this search and called it a preamble to faith. Wherever we are on the faith journey we are offered a wonderful opportunity today to have our faith deepened. The risen Christ is present among us. He is only too willing to accompany us on our faith journey, as he did with the disciples on the road to Emmaus at the first Easter.

All our Masses this weekend are offered for ourselves, the people of the parish. May our participation in this Easter Mass renew our appreciation of being Christian and may we leave here full of the deep-down joy of the resurrection. Gaudium Paschale!

Easter Collection

The collection at the Masses this weekend are part of the priests’ income. Thanks in advance for your contribution to the priests’ income collection today.

First Wednesday Marian devotions led by the Legion of Mary 10 am