As part of our spiritual preparation for Easter it is customary for all Roman Catholics to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Our Lenten Season has been a Journey, leading us through the Sacred Scriptures to understand who Jesus is and why he came into our world.  As we enter into the most sacred week of the church liturgical year, we are very conscious of all of the events that will ensue. We will Journey with Our Lord on Palm Sunday hearing the shouts of ‘Hosanna to the Son of David’ and ‘Blessings on Him who comes in the name of the Lord’! As we enter into the spirit of this Holy Week, we have the opportunity to walk side by side with the Lord; sitting at the Table of the Last Supper; Standing at the Foot of the Cross and Being there on that Easter Morning when the Apostles witness the Risen Lord.

My dear friends I encourage all of you to celebrate the sacrament of God’s healing love through Reconciliation.  This beautiful sacrament celebrates God’s desire to be always united to us; he recognises our human frailty and weakness, and like the Father in the Parable of the Prodigal Son, he sees us “while we are a long way off”; he comes out to meet us and embraces us in his loving forgiveness!

THE PENANCE SERVICE IN ON TUESDAY 27th MARCH 2018.  There will be visiting priests to assist with Confessions. Could I earnestly appeal to all our families in the parish to come to this service, what more fitting way to prepare for Easter than to make our peace with the Lord.  

If you know of anyone who has been away from the Church for a long time, and you feel that you could ask you to accompany you throughout this Holy Week, what a wonderful witness to the faith.  Sometimes all people need is a little encouragement to get back into the practice of the faith; you could be that person to help them.