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Third Sunday of Easter 2021, Year B

Dear Friends in Christ             Third Sunday of Easter 2021

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Once again this week we have listened to one of the Post-Resurrection accounts of the Apostles’ encounter with the Risen Lord. There were ten separate appearances after the Resurrectiton, and each one reassured the Apostles and disiciples of Jesus’ triumph over sin and death. He could not be contained anymore by time or space. The reassurance that he gave to his followers, was what they needed to begin the public ministry of preaching the Good News. Everything that Jesus had promised had now come to pass; their sadness turns to joy, their fear turns to courage, their doubts turn to real faitih in the Risen Lord. Nothing can now hold them back in their mission. And with the gift of the Holy Spirit promised by the Lord, their lives are totally transformed, and so the ‘New Life’ begins. 

WEEKLY OFFERTORY ENVELOPES: There are still a large number of Gift Aid envelopes which have not been collected by those who belong to the scheme. The table will be outside the Church again this weekend for collection, and then placed in Fr. John’s garage throughout the week. As stated, the HSBC bank will be closing on 13th August, it would be good for as many parishioerns as possible to go over to the direct giving through your bank. If you wish to join the Gift Aid Scheme, please see Fr. John or Maria Mosquera.   Thank you for your ongoing support to the Parish.

May God Bless You All during this Easter Season.  

Dear Friends in Christ,             3rd Sunday of Easter

Thomas Merton once wrote, “The real reason why so few men believe in God is that they have ceased to believe that even a God can love them.” That’s the great challenge, isn’t it – to believe that an almighty God could care about, much less love, small and sinful me? But the Christian claim is that he absolutely does: God took flesh for my sake, and yours, and died for our sins in order to raise us to eternal life. In today’s Gospel, we hear how the Risen Jesus appears to the disciples not in anger or vengeance, but in reconciliation: “Peace be with you.” It is this peace, this reconciliation that is the mission of the Church – not just bishops and priests, but all of us. We, as the community of believers, must proclaim by our witness and demonstrate by our unity that, in Jesus Christ, God has proven his love for all.

SLOWLY OPENING UP AGAIN: This week, after many weeks of lock down, we saw the second phase of re-opening take place. It is hoped that with so many of the population having received one or both doses of the vaccine, it will  assist in giving a lot more confidence to people in this fight against Covid. We cannot lower our guard, and still have to abide by the social distancing measures and face coverings when inside; but with the warmer weather arriving, and hopefully, society trying to get back to some semblance of normality, we will be able to resume life in a more relaxed manner. Obviously, this Pandemic is still raging throughout our world, and even though we may feel a lot safer, there are many countries that have barely even begun a vaccination programme. Foreign travel is still very questionable! Let us continue to be vigilant.

COMING HOME: ‘Landings’, is the name of a programme designed to encourage people to the return of the practice of their Catholic Faith. For over a year now, many people have not felt safe enough to attend weekly mass, even though we have provided Government guidelines and all the necessary PPE provisions to ensure people’s safety when attending public services. We have been fortunate enough to have been open since last July 2020, and many are now slowly returning to Holy Mass. But as I stated last year, it’s very easy to get out of the habit of attending Mass, and before we know it, many will not even bother with virtual attendance either. As I stated nothing can ever replace the physical presence, being part of the worshipping community and receiving Jesus in Holy Communion.

CONFIRMATION PROGRAMME: Will resume again on Wednesday 24th April at 7.30pm Please keep our Confirmation Candidates in your prayers as they prepare for this next stage in their Faith Journey. You will be notified by Mark Anthony the day before the programme begins with Zoom details. I was very saddened & disappointed to see so few Confirmandi attend Easter Masses. Some Candidates have not been to the Church throughout the whole of the Program or over the past year; others, I have seen every week. If you have returned to school, obviously you are going out and mixing. Think seriously about Confirmation in these weeks ahead. If you are not able to make this commitment which involves the practice of your faith, think very carefully about the sacred action of Confirmation and the promises that you make.   
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WEEKLY OFFERTORY: My sincere thanks to those who are making their weekly contribution of Gift Aid envelopes and through the banking system that has been set up through the Diocese whereby your Offertory can be paid directly into the Parish Account, details below: 

Or you can use Parish Bank Account: Using Online Banking
HSBC Sort Code 40-13-22
Account Number: 11019651

EASTER OFFERING: Please ensure that you specify ‘Easter Offering’ & your Gift Aid number.

Please put your name as reference and your Gift Aid number if you have one. If you can set it up as a regular payment this would be excellent and save a lot of time in the future. If you don’t have GIFT AID this is a good time to start, you can do this by e-mailing Maria Mosquera (mjm70@hotmail.com).    With continued thanks for your generosity.

God Bless You All      Fr. John

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS: If you know of anyone who may be interested in learning more about the Roman Catholic Faith possibly with the view of receiving the Easter Sacraments in 2022, please contact Fr. John at the Presbytery on Tel No: 020 8508 3492. The programme usually commences in September. If would be wonderful to have a number of enquirers. We follow a systematic programme of instruction, covering all aspects of Catholicism. Please spread the word about this programme. Thank you! RCIA | Holy Spirit Parish

EPPING FOREST FOODBANK DONATIONS: Thank you to all parishioners who continue to generously donate items for the Foodbank during these difficult times. The Foodbank are truly grateful for the generosity our parish has shown throughout the pandemic and our donations are still needed desperately as more and more people in our community are finding it hard to make ends meet. Here are the 40 items being requested: Laundry tablets, anti-bacterial spray, washing-up liquid, UHT milk, long-life fruit juice, squash, instant coffee, tinned ham, corned beef, vegetarian tinned meal, microwave rice, instant noodles, packet mashed potato, tinned carrots, tinned potatoes, tinned sweet corn, custard, sponge pudding, rice pudding, chocolate bars, tinned spaghetti, cous-cous sachet, packet soup, hot chocolate powder, peanut butter, chocolate spread, jam, breakfast bars, cereal bars, biscuits, halal tinned meat, hand sanitiser, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, face masks, strong carrier bags.  Thank you! You can also keep up to date with the Foodbank news via their facebook page: www.facebook.com/EppingForestFoodbank/ https://clipground.com/images/food-bank-clip-art-3.jpg

HSBC BANK LOUGHTON CLOSING: 13th August 2021. As we belong to the Diocesan Central Banking system, unfortunately the HSBC Loughton brance will close in August. It would be good if we could get most parishioners on to the Gift Aid Direct Debit Scheme. 

DIARY APRIL 2021

PLEASE PRAY FOR THOSE SICK IN OUR PARISH

Margaret Baldwin, Evelyn Bearne, Brian Beveridge, Karl Britz, Carlos Camacho, Jane Downs, Steve Dalgliesh, Pat Fenn,  Veronica Godsave, Bernadette Hall, Ann Hawkes, Claire Howes, Pamela Houghton, Noel Johnson, Shaun Keel, Angela Long, Lilian Mothersole, Sheila Murphy, John McKernan, Rosemary O’Rourke, Kathleen Pomeroy, Geraldine Taylor, Vera Taylor, Mary Witten, James Wright. And all our loved ones. 

ANNIVERSARIES: Reginald Rogers RIP, and for all whose anniversaries occur at this time and for all of our deceased loved ones, Requiescant in Pace. 

OFFERTORY COLLECTION: £597.38 With continued thanks for your Weekly Offering. If you would like to join the Gift Aid Scheme, there are application forms in the Church Porch or ask Fr. John for a form. If you forget your envelope, there are spares in the Porch. Thank you!

SACRAMENTS CELEBRATED DURING ALERT LEVEL 4 RESTRICTIONS: In accordance with Government & Diocesan Guidelines, we are allowed to celebrate Funerals with 30 people present, strictly observing social distancing. 12 people are allowed to be present at a wedding. Baptisms are allowed to take place in the context of a Sunday Mass setting. These are really difficult times, and many couples were disappointed last year not being able to celebrate their marriages. We are hoping with the advent of the vaccine, that things will change dramatically this year. If there are any couples who are thinking about getting married, please notify the parish immediately. Thank you. Obviously until restrictions are lifted all of the above applies for the foreseeable future.http://infantjesus.org/home/images/articles/2016/sacraments/sacraments_-_clipart-_-150x200.png

MASS INTENTIONS – APRIL 2021

Sat 17th  10.00amMargaret Duffy & Pat Ata (Remy)
Vigil Mass for Sunday: Confessions at 5.30pm
Sat 17th 6.00pm Ben Waters RIP (Ann Petch)
Sun 18th          


Sun 18th 
9.00am


10.00am
Joe Caffrey RIP (Smith Family)

Gerald McCarthy Get Well (G O’Donoghue)
Sun 18th                11:00amPeter Smith RIP (Paul Falco)
Mon 19th   10.00am

10.30am
Patrick Daly (Get well) (G O’Donoghue)

Holy Hour with Exposition of Bl. Sacrament
Tues 20th                                                                                  10.00amJoe Brown RIP (Betty Brown)
Wed 21st           10.00am

10.30am
William Stephens RIP (Marie Kavanagh)

Holy Hour with Exposition of the Bl Sacrament
Thurs 22nd    10.00amTony Ironside RIP (Margaret Duffy)
Fri 23rd               10.00am 

10.30am
Msgr Henry Posluszny RIP (F Westcott)

Holy Hour with Exposition of Bl. Sacrament
Sat 24th                              10.00amRon Bryant RIP (Brenda Bryant)
Vigil Mass for Sunday Confessions 5.30pm
Sat 24th   6.00pmBen & Katie Romford Paramedics (B Brown)
Sun 25th               9.00am

10.00am
Kenneth Tudhope RIP (M Duffy)

People of the Parish
Sun 25th    11:00amPeter Smith RIP (Paul Falco)

Please kindly be patient with your mass requests. I will try to accommodate your requested dates, but there have been a large number of requests recently and we celebrate masses in the order in which we receive them. 

SACRED SCRIPTURES READINGS FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER 2021

First Reading :   Acts 3:13-15,17-19

Peter said to the people: ‘You are Israelites, and it is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our ancestors, who has glorified his servant Jesus, the same Jesus you handed over and then disowned in the presence of Pilate after Pilate had decided to release him. It was you who accused the Holy One, the Just One, you who demanded the reprieve of a murderer while you killed the prince of life. God, however, raised him from the dead, and to that fact we are the witnesses.

  ‘Now I know, brothers, that neither you nor your leaders had any idea what you were really doing; this was the way God carried out what he had foretold, when he said through all his prophets that his Christ would suffer. Now you must repent and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out.’

Resposorial Psalm : Psalm 4:2,4,7,9

Lift up the light of your face on us, O Lord.

When I call, answer me, O God of justice;

  from anguish you released me, have mercy and hear me!

Lift up the light of your face on us, O Lord.

It is the Lord who grants favours to those whom he loves;

  the Lord hears me whenever I call him.

Lift up the light of your face on us, O Lord.

 ‘What can bring us happiness?’ many say.

  Lift up the light of your face on us, O Lord.

Lift up the light of your face on us, O Lord.

I will lie down in peace and sleep comes at once

  for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Lift up the light of your face on us, O Lord.

Second Reading :  1 John 2:1-5

I am writing this, my children,

to stop you sinning;

but if anyone should sin,

we have our advocate with the Father,

Jesus Christ, who is just;

he is the sacrifice that takes our sins away,

and not only ours,

but the whole world’s.

We can be sure that we know God

only by keeping his commandments.

Anyone who says, ‘I know him’,

and does not keep his commandments,

is a liar,

refusing to admit the truth.

But when anyone does obey what he has said,

God’s love comes to perfection in him.

Gospel :   Luke 24:35-48

The disciples told their story of what had happened on the road and how they had recognised Jesus at the breaking of bread.

  They were still talking about all this when Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you!’ In a state of alarm and fright, they thought they were seeing a ghost. But he said, ‘Why are you so agitated, and why are these doubts rising in your hearts? Look at my hands and feet; yes, it is I indeed. Touch me and see for yourselves; a ghost has no flesh and bones as you can see I have.’ And as he said this he showed them his hands and feet. Their joy was so great that they still could not believe it, and they stood there dumbfounded; so he said to them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’ And they offered him a piece of grilled fish, which he took and ate before their eyes.

  Then he told them, ‘This is what I meant when I said, while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses, in the Prophets and in the Psalms has to be fulfilled.’ He then opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, ‘So you see how it is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that, in his name, repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be preached to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses to this.

THE GOSPEPL OF THE LORD

2nd Sunday of Easter – Divine Mercy Sunday

Dear Friends in Christ         Second Sunday of Easter 2021
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In this beautiful Gospel we see the first appearance of Jesus to the Apostles. Thomas is absent, and unless he sees Jesus for himself he will not believe. 8 days later, Jesus shows himself to the Apostles again, this time he speaks to Thomas; he’s not angry, but he wants to reassure Ttomas “Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.” This underscores the very important task that Jesus wants us to undertake even with our human weakness. Jesus will still use us to spread His Gospel to the whole world.

FEAST OF DIVINE MERCY: St. Faustina, a poorly educated daughter of a humble Polish family, kept a 600-page diary of the apparitions she claimed continued for years. Her entries focus on God’s mercy, the call to accept God’s mercy and to be merciful, the need for conversion, and the call to trust in Jesus. It had been Jesus’ own wish, she wrote, to establish a feast day: “I [Jesus] desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls. . . . I am giving them the last hope of salvation; that is, the Feast of My Mercy.”

Dear Friends in Christ:                                         2nd Sunday of Easter 2021
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I would like to take this opportunity of thanking the whole parish community for your kind Easter Cards & Gifts over the Easter Weekend; I truly appreciate your generosity & thoughtfulness. Also for your Easter Offerings, which form the major part of Priest’s salary. Thank you! It was a real honour and privilege to have been able to celebrate all of the Holy Week & Easter ceremonies with you.

Sadly, there are still a large number of parishioners who do not feel safe attending Church, even though we have put in place the strictest of guidelines for Health & Safety, which has always been my number one priority. I actually haven’t seen anywhere up and down the high street those who employ as strict guidelines as we do at Church; and people still go shopping! Many people have now received either one or both doses of the the Vaccine, which affords so much security to each of us. As long as we continue to maintain social distancing, face coverings, hand sanitisation & track & trace facilities; we are doing everything that the Government guidelines have requested of us.

It’s so easy to fall into the trap of replacing the actual physical presence of the worshipping community with a Virtual Reality online version; obviously it has met a need at a very difficult time, but there will come a time when online live streaming will cease. To be able to participate and receive Jesus Christ in Holy Communion, is ultimately the goal within this Pandemic in every parish throughout the world. It’s a new world order, and we will never look at life in the same way ever again. We have all adapted incredibly. Many diocese’s throughout the world are slowly reinstating the Sunday Obligation after this Pandemic.https://tse2.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.Q5Pg1w2c_NH0dNM5uOoIaAHaE8&pid=Api&P=0&w=260&h=175

I make this heartfelt appeal to the whole parish community, to seriously think about your weekly presence at Holy Mass. The Gathering together for the Sacred Liturgy is the most important thing that we do together as Catholics. Let us come and worship the Lord!Fr

May God Bless You All during this Easter Season,

ELECTRONIC EASTER OFFERING:  Envelopes will be available for your Easter Offering, which, is your opportunity to make your Easter gift to your Parish Priest, which goes to make up his salary for the Year. This year our Easter Offering can also be made electronically. We just need to transfer the money to the parish account with the reference ‘Easter Offering’; please also quote you Gift Aid Number. Any questions please ask Iain McLay (bloggeriain@gmail.com). https://mountoliveyakima.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Offering-plate_10209C.gif

The details of the bank account are: 

Sort Code: 40-13-22

Account Number: 11019651    Quote: ‘Easter Offering’ & Gift Aid No.

Account Name: Catholic Church Loughton St Edmund
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WEEKLY OFFERTORY ENVELOPES: If you belong to the Parish Gift Aid Scheme, could you kindly pick up your new envelopes immediately after Mass. During the Week the envelopes will be in Fr. John’s Garage. The new financial year is about to begin so you’ll need your envelopes! If you would like to join the parish Gift Aid Scheme, please pick up a form, complete it and drop off at the Presbytery. I would like to encourage all those who Gift Aid to make a Standing Order, if possible. The HSBC Bank will be closing in August; which means that we will only be able to pay in the Offertory every two to three weeks. With standing Orders you don’t have to worry about envelopes, other than for Special Collections.  Maria Mosquera is our Gift Aid Organiser.  

CONFIRMATION PROGRAMME: Will resume again on Wednesday 24th April at 7.30pm Please keep our Confirmation Candidates in your prayers as they prepare for this next stage in their Faith Journey. You will be notified by Mark Anthony the day before the programme begins with Zoom details. I was very saddened & disappointed to see so few Confirmandi attend Easter Masses last weekend. Some Candidates have not been to the Church throughout the whole of the Program; others, I have seen every week. If you have returned to school, obviously you are going out and mixing. Think seriously about Confirmation in these weeks ahead. If you are not able to make this commitment which involves the practice of your faith, think very carefully about the sacred action of Confirmation and the promises that you make. 

EPPING FOREST FOODBANK DONATIONS: Thank you to all parishioners who continue to generously donate items for the Foodbank during these difficult times. The Foodbank are truly grateful for the generosity our parish has shown throughout the pandemic and our donations are still needed desperately as more and more people in our community are finding it hard to make ends meet. The Foodbank has a list of 40 items needed during Lent and they are also supporting families with packed lunches and food parcels during the Easter holidays. Here are the 40 items being requested during Lent: Laundry tablets, anti-bacterial spray, washing-up liquid, UHT milk, long-life fruit juice, squash, instant coffee, tinned ham, corned beef, vegetarian tinned meal, microwave rice, instant noodles, packet mashed potato, tinned carrots, tinned potatoes, tinned sweet corn, custard, sponge pudding, rice pudding, chocolate bars, tinned spaghetti, cous-cous sachet, packet soup, hot chocolate powder, peanut butter, chocolate spread, jam, breakfast bars, cereal bars, biscuits, halal tinned meat, hand sanitiser, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, face masks, strong carrier bags.  Thank you! You can also keep up to date with the Foodbank news via their facebook page: www.facebook.com/EppingForestFoodbank/ https://clipground.com/images/food-bank-clip-art-3.jpg

WEEKLY OFFERTORY: My sincere thanks to those who are making their weekly contribution of Gift Aid envelopes and through the banking system that has been set up through the Diocese whereby your Offertory can be paid directly into the Parish Account, details below: 

https://www.dioceseofbrentwood.net/donations?parish=loughton

Or you can use Parish Bank Account: Using Online Banking
HSBC Sort Code 40-13-22
Account Number: 11019651

Please put your name as reference and your Gift Aid number if you have one. If you can set it up as a regular payment this would be excellent and save a lot of time in the future. If you don’t have GIFT AID this is a good time to start, you can do this by e-mailing Maria Mosquera (mjm70@hotmail.com).
With continued thanks for your generosity.

God Bless You All      Fr. John

HSBC BANK LOUGHTON CLOSING: 13th August 2021. As we belong to the Diiocesan Central Banking system, unfortunately the HSBC Loughton brance will close in August. It would be good if we could get most parishieorns on to the Gift Aid Direct Scheme. 

DIARY APRIL 2021

PLEASE PRAY FOR THOSE SICK IN OUR PARISH 

Margaret Baldwin, Evelyn Bearne, Brian Beveridge, Karl Britz, Carlos Camacho, Jane Downs, Steve Dalgliesh, Pat Fenn,  Veronica Godsave, Bernadette Hall, Ann Hawkes, Claire Howes, Pamela Houghton, Noel Johnson, Shaun Keel, Angela Long, Lilian Mothersole, Sheila Murphy, John McKernan, Rosemary O’Rourke, Kathleen Pomeroy, Geraldine Taylor, Vera Taylor, Mary Witten, James Wright. And all our loved ones. 

ANNIVERSARIES: Sheila Tremble RIP And for all whose anniversaries occur at this time and for all of our deceased loved ones, Requiescant in Pace. 

OFFERTORY COLLECTION: With continued thanks for your Weekly Offering. If you would like to join the Gift Aid Scheme, there are application forms in the Church Porch or ask Fr. John for a form. If you forget your envelope, there are spares in the Porch. Thank you! 
RCIA | Holy Spirit Parish

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS: Our RCIA programme has been completed this year Please pray for our Catechumen Steven Bullock who will receive the Easter Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation & the Holy Eucharist on Sunday 11th Apriil at the 11.00am Mass This is a wonderful moment in his life as he will join our Parish Family through Initiation. If anyone is interested in learning about the Catholic Faith please contact Fr. John Tel: 0208 508 3492

SACRAMENTS CELEBRATED DURING ALERT LEVEL 4 RESTRICTIONS: In accordance with Government & Diocesan Guidelines, we are allowed to celebrate Funerals with 30 people present, strictly observing social distancing. 12 people are allowed to be present at a wedding. Baptisms are allowed to take place in the context of a Sunday Mass setting. These are really difficult times, and many couples were disappointed last year not being able to celebrate their marriages. We are hoping with the advent of the vaccine, that things will change dramatically this year. If there are any couples who are thinking about getting married, please notify the parish immediately. Thank you. Obviously until restrictions are lifted all of the above applies for the foreseeable future. http://infantjesus.org/home/images/articles/2016/sacraments/sacraments_-_clipart-_-150x200.png

MASS INTENTIONS – APRIL 2021

Sat 10th  10.00amGladys Hockley RIP (D Bryant)
Vigil Mass for Sunday: Confessions at 5.30pm
Sat 10th 6.00pm Mary Walstow RIP (Teresa & Brian Fabbri)
Sun 11th          

Sun 11th 
9.00am

10.00am
Tim Hadley RIP (Pat Ward)

People of the Parish
Sun 11th                11:00amPat & Jack Steele RIP (Maria Fray)
Mon 12th   10.00am


10.30am
Pam Houghton RIP ((M Hopkinson)

Holy Hour with Exposition of Bl. Sacrament
Tues 13th                                                                                  10.00amWilliam Kendal (Get Well) Kendal Family
Wed 14th          10.00amSheila Tremble RIP (Tremble Family)Holy Hour with Exposition of the Bl Sacrament
Thurs 15th    10.00amVera & Joe Duffy RIP (Margaret Duffy)
Fri 16th              10.00am Mary & Judith Gormley RIP (J Gormley)Holy Hour with Exposition of Bl. Sacrament
Sat 17th                             10.00amMargaret Duffy & Pat Ata (Remy)
Vigil Mass for Sunday Confessions 5.30pm
Sat 17th  6.00pmBen Waters RIP (Ann Petch)
Sun 18th              9.00am

10.00am
Joe Caffrey RIP ((Smith Family)

Gerald McCarthy Get Well (G O’Donoghue)
Sun 18th   11:00amPeter Smith RIP (Paul Falco)

Please kindly be patient with your mass requests. I will try to accommodate your requested dates, but there have been a large number of requests recently and we celebrate masses in the order in which we receive them. 

THE CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCYhttps://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.fgIV9U_xWBg6-Hofj7cwagHaJG&pid=Api&P=0&w=300&h=300

(for the recitation on ordinary rosary beads of five decades. (at the beginning)

 Make the Sign of the Cross: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Our Father: Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, Amen.

Hail Mary: Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen.

The Apostle’s Creed: I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day He rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. —- 

(then on the Our Father beads)

Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world. 

(then on the Ten Small Hail Mary beads) 

For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

(conclude with Holy God – repeat three times) 

Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world. 

(repeat for the remaining decades Saying the “Eternal Father” on the “Our Father” bead and then 10x “For the sake of His sorrowful Passion” on the following “Hail Mary” beads)

You may download your Divine Mercy app at: https://www.thedivinemercy.org/app 

IT IS A POWERFUL PRAYER:

In a vision to St. Faustina in 1935, the Lord revealed 

a powerful prayer that He wanted everyone to say – 

the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy – Jesus said to Faustina:

“The Lord‟s Promise: The souls that say this chaplet will 

be embraced by My mercy during their lifetime and 

especially at the hour of their death.” – (Diary, 754).

 “[…] I desire that the whole world know My infnite mercy. 

I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those 

souls who trust in My mercy.” – (Diary, 687).

“My daughter, encourage souls to say the chaplet which 

I have given to you. It pleases Me to grant everything 

they ask of Me by saying the chaplet […]” – (Diary, 1541).

 “[…] Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation. Even if there were a sinner most hardened, 

if he were to recite this chaplet only once, 

he would receive grace from 

My infnite mercy […]” – (Diary, 687).

Divine Mercy Sunday (2nd Sunday of Easter)

First Reading : Acts 4:32-35

The whole group of believers was united, heart and soul; no one claimed for his own use anything that he had, as everything they owned was held in common.

  The apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus with great power, and they were all given great respect.

  None of their members was ever in want, as all those who owned land or houses would sell them, and bring the money from them, to present it to the apostles; it was then distributed to any members who might be in need.

Responsorial Psalm : Psalm 117(118):2-4,15-18,22-24

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love has no end.

Let the sons of Israel say:

  ‘His love has no end.’

Let the sons of Aaron say:

  ‘His love has no end.’

Let those who fear the Lord say:

  ‘His love has no end.’

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love has no end.

The Lord’s right hand has triumphed;

  his right hand raised me up.

I shall not die, I shall live

  and recount his deeds.

I was punished, I was punished by the Lord,

  but not doomed to die.

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love has no end

.

The stone which the builders rejected

  has become the corner stone.

This is the work of the Lord,

  a marvel in our eyes.

This day was made by the Lord;

  we rejoice and are glad.

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love has no end.

Second Reading : 1 John 5:1-6

Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ

has been begotten by God;

and whoever loves the Father that begot him

loves the child whom he begets.

We can be sure that we love God’s children

if we love God himself and do what he has commanded us;

this is what loving God is –

keeping his commandments;

and his commandments are not difficult,

because anyone who has been begotten by God

has already overcome the world;

this is the victory over the world –

our faith.

Who can overcome the world?

Only the man who believes that Jesus is the Son of God:

Jesus Christ who came by water and blood,

not with water only,

but with water and blood;

with the Spirit as another witness –

since the Spirit is the truth.

Gospel : John 20:19-31

In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you’, and showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord, and he said to them again, ‘Peace be with you.

‘As the Father sent me, so am I sending you.’ After saying this he breathed on them

and said: ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven;

for those whose sins you retain, they are retained.’

Thomas, called the Twin, who was one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. When the disciples said, ‘We have seen the Lord’, he answered, ‘Unless I see the holes that the nails made in his hands and can put my finger into the holes they made, and unless I can put my hand into his side, I refuse to believe.’ Eight days later the disciples were in the house again and Thomas was with them. The doors were closed, but Jesus came in and stood among them. ‘Peace be with you’ he said. Then he spoke to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; look, here are my hands. Give me your hand; put it into my side. Doubt no longer but believe.’ Thomas replied, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him:

‘You believe because you can see me.

Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.’

There were many other signs that Jesus worked and the disciples saw, but they are not recorded in this book. These are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing this you may have life through his name.

St. Edmund of Canterbury & St. Thomas More

Easter Sunday, The Resurrection of the Lord

Dear Friends in Christ                   Easter Sunday 2021
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Jesus Christ is Risen, Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

As we gather together to celebrate the greatest event in history, the triumph over sin & death by Jesus Christ Our Lord; we thank God for the gift of his Son, who, through his Life, Passion, Death & Resurrection has won for us Eternal Life.  A New Life began on that first Easter morning. Everything that Jesus did with the Apostles would now come to fruition with the beginning of the Church. You and I are part of that ongoing story of Salvation History. 

Today, we gather to worship the Risen Lord, and thank God for the gift of his Son and His saving action. We have much to be grateful for, and even in the darkest moments of our lives, and many have experienced these over the past twelve months, we can express our gratitude to Almighty God. Hope is at the heart of the Easter story, and combined with faith and love, our lives are filled with the Joy of the Resurrection. Our lives have meaning and purpose and our goal is ultimately Heaven.

‘The Lord is risen indeed, Alleuia!’ 

SOLEMN EASTER VIGIL: 7.30pm First Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord

EASTER SUNDAY: There will be 4 Masses: 8am, 9am, 10am & 11am

THERE WILL BE MANY SPARE PLACES AT THE 8am & 9am Masses

Dear Friends in Christ:                                       Easter Sunday 2021
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I would like to thank everyone who has helped to make our Holy Week ceremonies so wonderful. This time last year we were celebrating the Resurrection of the Lord behind locked doors; now we are able to gather together and savour these wonderful Holy Week Liturgies. I am truly humbled by the incredible kindness and thoughtfulness of you all during the past twelve months; the many Steward Volunteers, serving the parish every week, helping everyone during this Pandemic. To all those who work behind the scenes, sacristans, altar society, MC’s & servers, Choir director and choirs, Readers & Eucharistic Ministers. Special thanks to all the ladies who did the flowers for Easter, and for all who donated lilies in remembrance of loved ones. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  We still have a long way to go, in rebuilding our parish again after this lockdown and Pandemic. Obviously, we all still have to keep vigilant. But to be part of a worshipping community is one of the greatest blessings as Catholic Christians; and being able to express our faith on this Easter Day is the greatest Joy of all! Thank you one and all! 

Wishing you and all your Loved Ones a Very Happy & Holy Easter. 

May the Peace & Joy of the Risen Lord be with you All.

Love & God Bless,    

ELECTRONIC EASTER OFFERING:  Envelopes will be available for your Easter Offering, which is your opportunity to make your Easter gift to your Parish Priest, which goes to make up his salary for the Year. This year our Easter Offering can also be made electronically. We just need to transfer the money to the parish account with the reference ‘Easter Offering’; please also quote you Gift Aid Number. Any questions please ask Iain McLay (bloggeriain@gmail.com). https://mountoliveyakima.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Offering-plate_10209C.gif

The details of the bank account are: 

Sort Code: 40-13-22

Account Number: 11019651    Quote: ‘Easter Offering’ & Gift Aid No.

Account Name: Catholic Church Loughton St Edmund

WEEKLY OFFERTORY ENVELOPES: If you belong to the Parish Gift Aid Scheme, could you kindly pick up your new envelopes immediately after Mass. During the Week the envelopes will be in Fr. John’s Garage. The new financial year is about to begin so you’ll need your envelopes! If you would like to join the parish Gift Aid Scheme, please pick up a form, complete it and drop off at the Presbytery. I would like to encourage all those who Gift Aid to make a Standing Order, if possible. The HSBC Bank will be closing in August; which means that we will only be able to pay in the Offertory every two to three weeks. With standing Orders you don’t have to worry about envelopes, other than for Special Collections.  Maria Mosquera is our Gift Aid Organiser.  https://www.pillarboxenvelopes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/HMRC-change-Gift-Aid-declaration-image-1024x1024.jpg

CONFIRMATION PROGRAMME: Will resume again on Wednesday 24th April at 7.30pm Please keep our Confirmation Candidates in your prayers as they prepare for this next stage in their Faith Journey. You will be notified by Mark Anthony the day before the programme begins with Zoom details.  

EPPING FOREST FOODBANK DONATIONS: Thank you to all parishioners who continue to generously donate items for the Foodbank during these difficult times. The Foodbank are truly grateful for the generosity our parish has shown throughout the pandemic and our donations are still needed desperately as more and more people in our community are finding it hard to make ends meet. The Foodbank has a list of 40 items needed during Lent and they are also supporting families with packed lunches and food parcels during the Easter holidays. Here are the 40 items being requested during Lent: Laundry tablets, anti-bacterial spray, washing-up liquid, UHT milk, long-life fruit juice, squash, instant coffee, tinned ham, corned beef, vegetarian tinned meal, microwave rice, instant noodles, packet mashed potato, tinned carrots, tinned potatoes, tinned sweet corn, custard, sponge pudding, rice pudding, chocolate bars, tinned spaghetti, cous-cous sachet, packet soup, hot chocolate powder, peanut butter, chocolate spread, jam, breakfast bars, cereal bars, biscuits, halal tinned meat, hand sanitiser, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, face masks, strong carrier bags.  Thank you! You can also keep up to date with the Foodbank news via their facebook page: www.facebook.com/EppingForestFoodbank/ https://clipground.com/images/food-bank-clip-art-3.jpg

MASS INTENTIONS – APRIL 2021

Sat 3rd Easter Saturday    10.00amConfessions in the Back Sacristy
Vigil Mass for Sunday: 
Sat 3rd Easter Vigil 7.30pm Fr. John’s Intentions
Sun 4th         
Easter Sunday Sun 4th 
8.00am 

9.00am

10.00am
People of the Parish

Mary Walstow RIP (Maureen Perry)

The Manley Family (The Gormley Family)
Sun 4th                
Easter Sunday                                          
11:00amJohn & Mary Harvey RIP (Fr. John)
Mon 5th   10.00am

10.30am
Peter Smith RIP (Paul Falco)

Holy Hour with Exposition of Bl. Sacrament
Tues 6th                                                                                  10.00amNorman Taylor RIP (Brenda Bryant)
Wed 7th          10.00amPat Quinn RIP (M Ryan)Holy Hour with Exposition of the Bl Sacrament
Thurs 8th    10.00amMichael & Breege Kerrane RIP (Mary)
Fri 9th              10.00am Christopher GilfordHoly Hour with Exposition of Bl. Sacrament
Sat 10th                             10.00amGladys Hockley RIP (Brenda Bryant)
Vigil Mass for Sunday Confessions 5.30pm
Sat 10th  6.00pmMary Walstow RIP (Teresa & Brain Fabbri)
Sun 11th              9.00am

10.00am
Tim Hadley RIP (Pat Ward)

People of the Parish
Sun 11th  11:00amPat & Jack Steele RIP (Maria Fray)

A Happy & Holy Easter to you All!

Easter Sunday

First Reading : Acts 10:34,37-43

Peter addressed Cornelius and his household: ‘You must have heard about the recent happenings in Judaea; about Jesus of Nazareth and how he began in Galilee, after John had been preaching baptism. God had anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and because God was with him, Jesus went about doing good and curing all who had fallen into the power of the devil. Now I, and those with me, can witness to everything he did throughout the countryside of Judaea and in Jerusalem itself: and also to the fact that they killed him by hanging him on a tree, yet three days afterwards God raised him to life and allowed him to be seen, not by the whole people but only by certain witnesses God had chosen beforehand. Now we are those witnesses – we have eaten and drunk with him after his resurrection from the dead – and he has ordered us to proclaim this to his people and to tell them that God has appointed him to judge everyone, alive or dead. It is to him that all the prophets bear this witness: that all who believe in Jesus will have their sins forgiven through his name.’

Responsorial Psalm : Psalm 117(118):1-2,16-17,22-23

This day was made by the Lord: we rejoice and are glad.

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good,

  for his love has no end.

Let the sons of Israel say:

  ‘His love has no end.’

This day was made by the Lord: we rejoice and are glad.

The Lord’s right hand has triumphed;

  his right hand raised me up.

I shall not die, I shall live

  and recount his deeds.

This day was made by the Lord: we rejoice and are glad.

The stone which the builders rejected

  has become the corner stone.

This is the work of the Lord,

  a marvel in our eyes.

This day was made by the Lord: we rejoice and are glad.

Second Reading : 

Colossians 3:1-4

Since you have been brought back to true life with Christ, you must look for the things that are in heaven, where Christ is, sitting at God’s right hand. Let your thoughts be on heavenly things, not on the things that are on the earth, because you have died, and now the life you have is hidden with Christ in God. But when Christ is revealed – and he is your life – you too will be revealed in all your glory with him.

Gospel : John 20:1-9

It was very early on the first day of the week and still dark, when Mary of Magdala came to the tomb. She saw that the stone had been moved away from the tomb and came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved. ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb’ she said ‘and we don’t know where they have put him.’

  So Peter set out with the other disciple to go to the tomb. They ran together, but the other disciple, running faster than Peter, reached the tomb first; he bent down and saw the linen cloths lying on the ground, but did not go in. Simon Peter who was following now came up, went right into the tomb, saw the linen cloths on the ground, and also the cloth that had been over his head; this was not with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in; he saw and he believed. Till this moment they had failed to understand the teaching of scripture, that he must rise from the dead.

Palm Sunday of the Passion, Year B, 2021

St. Edmund of Canterbury & St. Thomas More

Dear Friends in Christ               THIS IS HOLY WEEK                    Palm Sunday 2021

BRITISH SUMMERTIME BEGINS, CLOCKS GO FORWARD ONE HOUR

We are about to embark upon our Holy Week 2021. This time last year I celebrated all of the Holy Week masses & services in an empty church, while parishioners tuned in via social media. Thank the Lord, this year we can gather together once again to journey with Our Blessed Lord through this Holy Week, to accompany Him in faith and love, and to share in the triumph of Easter Day. http://clipartix.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Catholic-holy-week-clipart.jpg

Our Palm Sunday celebration reminds us of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the Holy City, to cries of ‘Hosanna to the Son of David’. This, of course, is overshadowed by the religious authorities and crowds, who in a few days’ time will be baying for his blood with the words, ‘Crucify him, crucify him!’ This Palm Sunday sets the scene for the rest of our Holy Week.
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THE SACRED TRIDUUM: The three Holy Days – are seen as one continuous celebration of faith. On Holy Thursday we celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper where the institution of the Holy Eucharist took place; the eternal gift the Lord gave to the Apostles on the night before he died. He journey’s to Gethsemane where he prays to the Father. The arrest takes place in the garden; and the Apostles flee in fear. 

Good Friday: this sacred and solemn day calls to mind, the cruel treatment of Jesus, the scourging at the pillar, the crowning with thorns, his condemnation through false evidence brought against him. Pilate washes his hands of Jesus, and he begins the journey up the Hill of Calvary to his brutal Crucifixion & Death.

Holy Saturday: Commences with the silence of the Tomb. And yet God raises Jesus out of death. We celebrate the first Mass of Easter at our Vigil celebration. Jesus triumphs over sin and death and invties us to share in the New Life of Resurrection faith.   

Dear Friends in Christ:                                       Palm Sundayof the Passion, 2021

The world has certainly changed over the past twelve months! The Pandemic has changed everyone’s way of life, and whenever we return to ‘normal’ things will be very different. The one constant in the life of faith is Jesus Christ, and as we begin this journey of Holy Week, it’s so important for each and every one of us to be thankful to the Lord for bringing us through this difficult time. Many people lost their lives over the past year during this Pandemic, and many people have also been sick. This Holy Week we remember in a particular way the Sufferings of Jesus Christ, and why he was willing to offer Himself up for each one of us as a sacrifice that takes our sins away. Let us unite ourselves with Him in this Journey and look forward to the celebration of Resurrection faith on Easter Day! https://tse3.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.-CyIHsNu2FnOKWBiTK5grQHaEN&pid=Api&P=0&w=296&h=169

I would like to take this public opportunity of expressing my sincere and grateful thanks to all who have helped over the past twelve months of Pandemic. In particular, I would like to thank Iain McLay who has coordinated everything in church for many months; also the many Steward helpers who faithfully assist at every Mass on Sundays and throughout the week. Your Service to the whole community has truly been exemplary. I will be asking for some more volunteers during this Holy Week, if you can assist and help with the cleaning and sanitizing after each service, this would be of great help.Can We Help You Clipart.

We have had some good news this week with the number of people who have received the vaccine. This is very heartening. But as the situation in Europe gets worse, we cannot let down our guard. Until everyone is vaccinated we have to continue to remain vigilant.

As we embark upon this Holy Week, let us truly commit ourselves in faith and love to Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Let us accompany him on the road that leads to Salvation and Eternal Life. You are invited personally to share his life, and share in the triumph of Easter Resurrection Faith. https://gracesystem.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/holy-week-graphic-sq-8rGCn6-clipart.png

May God Bless You All         

ELECTRONIC EASTER OFFERING: This year, as always, envelopes will be available for us to make our Easter Offering, which, as you know, is an opportunity in every Catholic Church for parishioners to make an Easter gift to their Parish Priest, which goes to make up their salary for the Year. This year our Easter Offering can also be made electronically. We just need to transfer the money to the parish account with the reference ‘Easter Offering’; please also quote you Gift Aid Number. Any questions please ask Iain McLay (bloggeriain@gmail.com). https://tse2.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.nAsSXe215rHf7sjnlgSdOQHaIU&pid=Api&P=0&w=300&h=300

The details of the bank account are: 

Sort Code: 40-13-22

Account Number: 11019651    Quote: ‘Easter Offering’

Account Name: Catholic Church Loughton St Edmund

WEEKLY OFFERTORY: My sincere thanks to those who are making their weekly contribution of Gift Aid envelopes and through the banking system that has been set up through the Diocese whereby your Offertory can be paid directly into the Parish Account, details below: 

Or you can use Parish Bank Account: Using Online Banking
HSBC Sort Code 40-13-22
Account Number: 11019651

Please put your name as reference and your Gift Aid number if you have one. If you can set it up as a regular payment this would be excellent and save a lot of time in the future. If you don’t have GIFT AID this is a good time to start, you can do this by e-mailing Maria Mosquera (mjm70@hotmail.com).
With continued thanks for your generosity.

God Bless You All      Fr. John

FINANCIAL SITUATION IN THE PARISH: You may have noticed that the Weekly Offertory, on some occasions, is extremely low. Obviously, we are all experiencing financial issues during this Pandemic. Some parishioners have reverted to online giving since last year. Others have opted to join the Parish Gift Aid Scheme, and are using Direct Debit weekly/monthly payments. I would say that the Weekly Offertory has probably dropped by a half over the past twelve months. Manifestly we have to cut our cloth accordingly. It would be really good if we could get everyone onto the Gift Aid Scheme or making your Weekly Contribution to the Parish Account (see above). Let us try over the next year to get these proposals in place.  I would like to thank all of our parishioners for your ongoing support of the parish and all its buildings. There is no other income, other than your weekly contribution. Thank you One and All! https://mountoliveyakima.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Offering-plate_10209C.gif

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: As we have not been able to have a Penance Service since Advent 2019, I would like to encourage all of our parishioernes to avail yourselves of the Sacrament of Reconciliation in preparation for Easter. Commencing this week, there will be Confessions after each of the masses; there will also be two brief Penance Services during Holy Week – Tuesday 30th & Wednesday 31st March at 7.00pm; Fr. John will be available for Confession in the ‘Back Sacristy’ after each of the services, enabling social distancing & privacy. Please make an extra special effort to celebrate the Sacrament.

EPPING FOREST FOODBANK DONATIONS: Thank you to all parishioners who continue to generously donate items for the Foodbank during these difficult times. The Foodbank are truly grateful for the generosity our parish has shown throughout the pandemic and our donations are still needed desperately as more and more people in our community are finding it hard to make ends meet. The Foodbank has a list of 40 items needed during Lent and they are also supporting families with packed lunches and food parcels during the Easter holidays. Here are the 40 items being requested during Lent: Laundry tablets, anti-bacterial spray, washing-up liquid, UHT milk, long-life fruit juice, squash, instant coffee, tinned ham, corned beef, vegetarian tinned meal, microwave rice, instant noodles, packet mashed potato, tinned carrots, tinned potatoes, tinned sweet corn, custard, sponge pudding, rice pudding, chocolate bars, tinned spaghetti, cous-cous sachet, packet soup, hot chocolate powder, peanut butter, chocolate spread, jam, breakfast bars, cereal bars, biscuits, halal tinned meat, hand sanitiser, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, face masks, strong carrier bags.  Thank you! You can also keep up to date with the Foodbank news via their facebook page: www.facebook.com/EppingForestFoodbank/

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CHURCH CLEANING FOR HOLY WEEK & EASTER: Could I make an appepal for some volunteers to come and help with the Church leaning on Tuesday 30th March at 9.30am (There will be no holy hour today). We want to make the Church nice a clean for the Triduum & Easter celebrations. 

CONFIRMATION PROGRAMME 2021: We have completed several sessions together now; and I would like to take this oppportunity of thanking our Programme Director Mark Anthony, and all our Catechists for faithfully helping and assisting with our young people in their preparations for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Also a really big thank you to all our Confirmandi for participating weekly in the programme. I’m sure you’ll agree it’s a very informative and interesting programme. Fr. Sthephen Wang & the Sycamore programme certainly gives us all plenty to think about. We will now be breaking for the Easter Holidays and won’t resume again until Wednesday 21st April. Please think carefully about the reason why you want to be Confirmed in your Catholic Faith. Also, think about your Sponsor and Confirmation Name during the break. Mark Anthony will contact you with Zoom details the next time we’re due to meet.  https://tse2.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.3LNtbPkuhlhrjgV3PeZ8tAHaJW&pid=Api&P=0&w=300&h=300

HOLY WEEK & EASTER: You’ll be breaking up fairly soon for the Easter holidays. I would like to encoruage you all to really enter into the spirit of Holy Week & Easter. We’re all making this spiritual journey with Our Lord during the last days of his life; and the richness of the liturgy during Holy Week is very powerful and engaging. It’s not enough to just be some kind of casual onlooker, we have to really make the journey with Jesus through his Passion, Death & Resurrection as real companions. Ask for the grace to be able to make this journey with the Lord.  

You may not always consider your presence at Holy Mass important, but it is. You are part of this bigger familiy, God’s family; and to be an active participant in the family can only enrich the whole family. You are precious in the sight of God, and your expressions of your love for him, even for half and hour each week, is something that will continue to transform your lives. Being a Roman Catholic isn’t just an Sunday exercise, it affects everything that we are, and who we are trying to become in life. Let God in!http://stpaulracine.org/sites/default/files/uploads/images/youth_7985c1_web.jpg

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS: Our RCIA programme has been completed this year Please pray for our Catechumen Steven Bullock who is preparing to receive the Easter Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation & the Holy Eucharist. This is a wonderful moment in his life as he will join our Parish Family through Initiation. This will take place on Sunday 11th April at the 11.00am Mass. If anyone is interested in learning about the Catholic Faith please contact Fr. John Tel: 0208 508 3492RCIA | Holy Spirit Parish

SACRAMENTS CELEBRATED DURING ALERT LEVEL 4 RESTRICTIONS: In accordance with Government & Diocesan Guidelines, we are allowed to celebrate Funerals with 30 people present, strictly observing social distancing. 12 people are allowed to be present at a wedding. Baptisms are allowed to take place in the context of a Sunday Mass setting. These are really difficult times, and many couples were disappointed last year not being able to celebrate their marriages. We are hoping with the advent of the vaccine, that things will change dramatically this year. If there are any couples who are thinking about getting married, please notify the parish immediately. Thank you. Obviously until restrictions are lifted all of the above applies for the foreseeable future. http://infantjesus.org/home/images/articles/2016/sacraments/sacraments_-_clipart-_-150x200.png

EASTER LILIES: If there are any parishioerns who would like to purchase an Easter L:ily in rememberance of da deceased loved one, kindly complete the attached form in this Newsletter and return to the Presbytery, no later than Thursday 1st April. We want to decorate the Church for Easter, and this is a lovely way to remember our deceased loved ones in a special way. Thanks!Clip Art: Religious: Cross with Easter Lilies Color I.

Lilies at Easter 2021http://www.fotosearch.com/bthumb/LIQ/LIQ123/vl0012b046.jpg

Every year at Easter we remember 

our deceased loved one by decorating 

the Church with White Lilies.

If you would like to have a stem of lilies placed in 

the arrangements throughout the Easter Season, 

in memory of a deceased loved one, relatives or friends.

Please complete this form below and return to the 

Presbytery in an envelope by Maundy Thursday 1st 

April 2021

…………………………………………………………………

St. Edmund of Canterbury: _________

Names: of those remembered: (Please print clearly)

………………………………        ………………………………

………………………………        ………………………………

………………………………        ………………………………

……………………………….        .……………………………..

Amount enclosed     £……………… Gift Aid No:……………..

From:……………………………………………………

ALL DONATIONS CAN BE GIFT AIDED

Please Use Your Spare Gift Aid Envelopes

DIARY 2021

PLEASE PRAY FOR THOSE SICK IN OUR PARISH

Margaret Baldwin, Evelyn Bearne, Brian Beveridge, Karl Britz, Jane Downs, Steve Dalgliesh, Pat Fenn,  Veronica Godsave, Bernadette Hall, Ann Hawkes, Claire Howes, Pamela Houghton, Noel Johnson, Shaun Keel, Angela Long, Lilian Mothersole, Sheila Murphy, John McKernan, Rosemary O’Rourke, Kathleen Pomeroy, Geraldine Taylor, Vera Taylor, Mary Witten, James Wright. And all our loved ones. 

ANNIVERSARIES: Mary Harvey RIP (4th April). And for all whose anniversaries occur at this time and for all of our deceased loved ones, Requiescant in Pace. 

OFFERTORY COLLECTION:  £450.47 With continued thanks for your Weekly Offering. If you would like to join the Gift Aid Scheme, there are application forms in the Church Porch or ask Fr. John for a form. If you forget your envelope, there are spares in the Porch. Thank you! 

MASS INTENTIONS – MARCH / APRIL – HOLY WEEK 2021

Sat 27th    10.00am


10.30am 
Ann Wright RIP (Brenda Bryant)

Confessions in the Back Sacristy
Vigil Mass for Sunday: Confessions 5.30pm
Sat 27th6.00pmTessa Mansfield (sick)
( B & H Walsh)

CLOCKS GO FORWARD ONE HOUR
Sun 28th        
Palm Sunday
9.00am


10.00am
Yvonne Maria Westcott RIP (F Westcott)

People of the Parish
Sun 28th               
Palm Sunday                                          
11:00am


5.00pm
Mary Walstow RIP (Carmen Antaki)

Stations of the Cross with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Holy Hour.
Mon 29th   10.00am


10.30am
Kathy & Bernie Harvey RIP (M Hopkinson)

Holy Hour with Exposition of Bl. Sacrament
Tues 30th                                                                                  9.00am


7.00pm
David Faud RIP
               
NO HOLY HOUR 
Penance Service – Fr John – Confessions
Wed 31st         9.00am


7.00pm
Pat Fahy RIP (M Ryan)   
NO HOLY HOUR

Penance Service – Fr John – Confessions
Thurs 1st   
Maundy Thursday
9.00am



8.00pm
Tenebrae – Office of Readings /Morning Prayer

MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER
Maura Stone RIP (Anthony Family)
Fri 2nd            
Good Friday          
9.00am

10.00am

3.00pm

5.00pm

7.00pm  
Tenebrae – Office of Readings /Morning Prayer

Children’s Stations of the Cross Simple Form 

THE PASSION OF OUR LORD

THE PASSION OF OUR LORD

STATIONS OF THE CROSS.   
Confessions
Sat 3rd                            
Holy Saturday                               
9.00am

10.30am
Tenebrae – Office of Readings / Morning Prayer

Confessions in the Back Sacristy
Vigil Mass for Sunday Confessions 5.30pm
Sat 3rd
Easter Vigil                                       
7.30pmSOLEMN EASTER VIGIL
Sun 4th             Easter Sunday8.00am

9.00am

10.00am
People of the Parish

Mary Walstow RIP (Maureen Perry)

The Manley Family (The Gormley Family)
Sun 4th  Easter Sunday                                                                             11:00amJohn & Mary Harvey RIP (Fr. John )

A Happy & Holy Easter to you All!

Palm Sunday

First Reading :   Isaiah 50:4-7

The Lord has given me

a disciple’s tongue.

So that I may know how to reply to the wearied

he provides me with speech.

Each morning he wakes me to hear,

to listen like a disciple.

The Lord has opened my ear.

For my part, I made no resistance,

neither did I turn away.

I offered my back to those who struck me,

my cheeks to those who tore at my beard;

I did not cover my face

against insult and spittle.

The Lord comes to my help,

so that I am untouched by the insults.

So, too, I set my face like flint;

I know I shall not be shamed.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 21(22):8-9,17-20,23-24

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

All who see me deride me.

  They curl their lips, they toss their heads.

‘He trusted in the Lord, let him save him;

  let him release him if this is his friend.’

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Many dogs have surrounded me,

  a band of the wicked beset me.

They tear holes in my hands and my feet

  I can count every one of my bones.

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

They divide my clothing among them.

  They cast lots for my robe.

O Lord, do not leave me alone,

  my strength, make haste to help me!

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

I will tell of your name to my brethren

  and praise you where they are assembled.

‘You who fear the Lord give him praise;

  all sons of Jacob, give him glory.

  Revere him, Israel’s sons.

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Second Reading: Philippians 2:6-11

His state was divine,

yet Christ Jesus did not cling

to his equality with God

but emptied himself

to assume the condition of a slave

and became as men are;

and being as all men are,

he was humbler yet,

even to accepting death,

death on a cross.

But God raised him high

and gave him the name

which is above all other names

so that all beings

in the heavens, on earth and in the underworld,

should bend the knee at the name of Jesus

and that every tongue should acclaim

Jesus Christ as Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.

Gospel: Mark 14:1-15:47

Key: N. Narrator. Jesus. O. Other single speaker. C. Crowd, or more than one speaker.

  First thing in the morning, the chief priests together with the elders and scribes, in short the whole Sanhedrin, had their plan ready. They had Jesus bound and took him away and handed him over to Pilate.

  Pilate questioned him:

  O. Are you the king of the Jews?

  N. He answered,

   It is you who say it.

  N. And the chief priests brought many accusations against him. Pilate questioned him again:

  O. Have you no reply at all? See how many accusations they are bringing against you!

  N. But, to Pilate’s amazement, Jesus made no further reply.

  At festival time Pilate used to release a prisoner for them, anyone they asked for. Now a man called Barabbas was then in prison with the rioters who had committed murder during the uprising. When the crowd went up and began to ask Pilate the customary favour, Pilate answered them

  O. Do you want me to release for you the king of the Jews?

  N. For he realised it was out of jealousy that the chief priests had handed Jesus over. The chief priests, however, had incited the crowd to demand that he should release Barabbas for them instead. Then Pilate spoke again:

  O. But in that case, what am I to do with the man you call king of the Jews?

  N. They shouted back,

  C. Crucify him!

  N. Pilate asked them,

  O. Why? What harm has he done?

  N. But they shouted all the louder,

  C. Crucify him!

  N. So Pilate, anxious to placate the crowd, released Barabbas for them and, having ordered Jesus to be scourged, handed him over to be crucified.

  The soldiers led him away to the inner part of the palace, that is, the Praetorium, and called the whole cohort together. They dressed him up in purple, twisted some thorns into a crown and put it on him. And they began saluting him,

  C. Hail, king of the Jews!

  N. They struck his head with a reed and spat on him; and they went down on their knees to do him homage. And when they had finished making fun of him, they took off the purple and dressed him in his own clothes.

  They led him out to crucify him: they enlisted a passer-by, Simon of Cyrene, father of Alexander and Rufus, who was coming in from the country, to carry his cross. They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha, which means the place of the skull.

  They offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he refused it. Then they crucified him, and shared out his clothing, casting lots to decide what each should get. It was the third hour when they crucified him. The inscription giving the charge against him read: ‘The King of the Jews.’ And they crucified two robbers with him, one on his right and one on his left.

  The passers-by jeered at him; they shook their heads and said,

  C. Aha! So you would destroy the Temple and rebuild it in three days! Then save yourself: come down from the cross!

  N. The chief priests and the scribes mocked him among themselves in the same way. They said,

  C. He saved others; he cannot save himself. Let the Christ, the king of Israel, come down from the cross now, for us to see it and believe.

  N. Even those who were crucified with him taunted him.

  When the sixth hour came there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice,

   Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?

  N. which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you deserted me?’ When some of those who stood by heard this, they said

  C. Listen, he is calling on Elijah.

  N. Someone ran and soaked a sponge in vinegar and, putting it on a reed, gave it him to drink, saying:

  O. Wait and see if Elijah will come to take him down.

  N. But Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last.

  All kneel and pause for a moment.

  And the veil of the Temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The centurion, who was standing in front of him, had seen how he had died, and he said,

  O. In truth this man was a son of God.

  N. There were some women watching from a distance. Among them were Mary of Magdala, Mary who was the mother of James the younger and Joset, and Salome. These used to follow him and look after him when he was in Galilee. And there were many other women there who had come up to Jerusalem with him.

  It was now evening, and since it was Preparation Day (that is, the vigil of the sabbath), there came Joseph of Arimathaea, a prominent member of the Council, who himself lived in the hope of seeing the kingdom of God, and he boldly went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Pilate, astonished that he should have died so soon, summoned the centurion and enquired if he was already dead. Having been assured of this by the centurion, he granted the corpse to Joseph who bought a shroud, took Jesus down from the cross, wrapped him in the shroud and laid him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock. He then rolled a stone against the entrance to the tomb. Mary of Magdala and Mary the mother of Joset were watching and took note of where he was laid.

This is Holy Week & Easter 2021

St. Edmund of Canterbury and St. Thomas More

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Dear Friends in Christ:                 Preparing for Holy Week 2021   

As we are about to prepare for Holy Week 2021, I’m sure the events of the past twelve months with a world-wide Pandemic are not far from our thoughts. We have all been profoundly affected by Covid 19 and this time last year, we weren’t even allowed to gather as a worshiping community of faith. But thank God this year, with the advent of the vaccine, and the third lockdown the R number has drastically been reduced. I encourage all our parishioners to participate in this year’s Holy Week if you can! 

Next Sunday is Palm Sunday and marks the beginning of our Holy Week 2021. We will travel with the Lord Jesus on his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, with the cries of ‘Hosanna to the Son of David’, as they lay their palm branches before him. We also must remember this same crowd in a few days’ time will be baying for his blood with cries of ‘crucify him, crucify him’! See the source image

THE TRIDUUM OF THE LORD The most powerful liturgy that we experience during the church’s liturgical year. I encourage you all to participate fully in these most wonderful celebrations of the Lord’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection. We share together the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, the Good Friday Liturgy, and the Easter Vigil, as one continuous celebration of Salvation History.See the source image

Just a note of reassurance to the whole parish concerning Health & Safety. We have employed all the necessary guidelines to ensure that everyone who walks through the doors of the Church is safe. Hand sanitising upon entry & exit; face coverings; track & trace; social distancing; one-way system in church; stewards available to facilitate welcome & the distribution of Holy Communion; thorough cleaning of the church after each Service. 

I make a very special appeal this year to everyone, especially those who have not yet returned to the Church because of the Pandemic, to make a special effort to really enter the spirit of this Holy Week. It is the high point in the Church’s liturgical Calendar. Parents, this is your opportunity to teach your chidlren about the importance of this Holy Week. 

May God Bless You All,   

SCHEDULE OF MASSES & SERVICES FOR HOLY WEEK 2021

BRITISH SUMMERTIME BEGINS, CLOCKS GO FORWARD ONE HOUR 28 MARCH

PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION:  27th /28th March 

  6.00 p.m. St. Edmund’s.   Blessing of Palms (Sat. 27th March)

  9.00 a.m. St. Edmund’s.   Blessing of Palms (Sun 28th March)

 10.00 am. St. Edmund’s     Blessing of Palms     .. ..

 11.00 am St. Edmund’s.   Blessing of Palms     .. .. 

  5.00 p.m. St. Edmund’s.   Stations of Cross and Benediction

MONDAY 29th March

  10.00 a.m. St. Edmund’s.   Confessions after Mass

TUESDAY 30th March  

  9.00 a.m. St. Edmund’s    Mass – Confessions after Mass

  9.30 a.m. Cleaning of Church for Holy Week & Easter. Please help us!

  7.00pm Penance Service – Only Fr John present for confessions

WEDNESDAY 31st March

  9.00 a m St. Edmund’s

11.00 a m  Chrism Mass – Brentwood Cathedral – Clergy only

  7.00 p.m. Penance Service – Only Fr John present for confessions

THE TRIDUUM

MAUNDY THURSDAY 1st April

  9.00 a.m. St. Edmund’s, Morning Prayer, Tenebrae /Confessions

  8.00 p.m. MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER   St. Edmund’s 

Only short period of watching after Mass / Confessions

GOOD FRIDAY 2nd April     Day of Fasting and Abstinence

  9.00 a.m. St. Edmund’s, Morning Prayer. Tenebrae

10.00 a.m. Children’s Stations of the Cross – Short Service  

  3.00 p.m. THE PASSION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST

  5.00 p.m. THE PASSION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHIRST

  7.00 p.m. St. Edmund’s.   Stations of the Cross. Confessions

HOLY SATURDAY: 3rd April 2021 

  9.00 a.m. St. Edmund’s  Morning Prayer, Tenebrae, Confessions.

12.30 p.m. Swieconka:  Polish Blessing for Easter Food Baskets

  7.30 p.m. St. Edmund’s. THE EASTER VIGIL

EASTER SUNDAY 4TH April THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS

  8.00 a.m. St. Edmund’s, Parish Mass

  9.00 a.m. St. Edmund’s, Parish Mass

10.00 a.m. St. Edmund’s, Parish Mass

11.00 a.m. St. Edmund’s, Parish Family Mass

RESURREXIT SICUT DIXIT, ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA!

HOLY WEEK 2021

PARISH PENITENTIAL SERVICES:

I have scheduled two very brief Penitential Services during Holy Week, on Tuesday 30th March & Wednesday 31st March at 7.00pm. As I will be on my own, and we’re not allowed to use the Confessional, I will be available in the back sacristy, with social distancing. I will also schedule Confessions after all the Masses & Services during this coming week & Holy Week. Please try to avail yourselves of the Sacrament in preparation for Easter. Thank you

PALM SUNDAY:

Due to the nature of Palm Sunday, Holy Mass is always a bit longer with the Passion being read. This year we will use the shorter version. But as there is also an additional Mass at 10.00am, could I ask for some extra help with Stewarding and cleaning the Church after the 9am & 10am masses. Please contact Iain McLay if you can help. Thank you!

ELECTRONIC EASTER OFFERING: 

This year, as always, envelopes will be available for us to make our Easter Offering, which, as you know, is an opportunity in every Catholic Church for parishioners to make an Easter gift to their Parish Priest, which goes to make up their salary for the Year. This year our Easter Offering can also be made electronically. We just need to transfer the money to the parish account with the reference ‘Easter Offering’; please also quote you Gift Aid Number. Any questions please ask Iain McLay (bloggeriain@gmail.com). The details of the bank account are:

‘Easter Offering’

Sort Code: 40-13-22

Account Number: 11019651

Account Name: Catholic Church Loughton St Edmund

EASTER SUNDAY MASSES: 

Please note that the Easter Vigil Mass will take place on Saturday 3rd April at 7.30pm

Easter Sunday Masses will be celebrated at 8.00am, 9.00am, 10.00am & 11.00am. We may need a little additional help with the Stewarding and cleaning of the church in between each mass. If you can help just remain after the mass ends, it will only take a few minutes if there is plenty of help. Thank you!