Maundy Thursday

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On Thursday evening the Sacred Paschal Triduum begun with the Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper.

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In the Sacred Triduum, the Church solemnly celebrates the greatest mysteries of our redemption, keeping by means of special celebrations the memorial of her Lord, crucified, buried, and risen.

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After the Distribution of Holy Communion there is a Blessed Sacrament Procession from the Main Altar to the Altar of Repose where ‘watching’ takes place. As Jesus said to His Disciples – “Could you not stay and pray with me?”

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This photo was taken just before ‘watching’ finished at 11:00pm.

 

Palm Sunday

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On Sunday we celebrated Palm Sunday which marks Christ’s triumphant entrance into Jerusalem.

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All glory laud and honour, to thee redeemer king!

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This year we heard St. Luke’s account of the Passion reading.

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We are now in Holy Week, all of the Mass/Service times and locations are on the home page. Everyone is welcome!

First Confession

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Yesterday morning at St. Mary’s, forty children recieved the Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as Confession) for the first time. Please pray for the children as they now prepare to recieve Holy Communion for the first time at the end of May.

Penitential Service

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On Thursday evening at St. Mary’s there was a Penitential Service and then an opportunity for Confession.

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There were four Priests available to hear Confessions and around sixty people attended the service.

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Everyone was given a copy of  ‘The Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy’ as a short meditation before going to Confession.

SVP drop in lunch

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On Thursday after the 12:10pm Mass at St Mary’s the SVP (Saint Vincent de Paul Society) held a drop in lunch. As you can see above the best part of the lunch is cake!

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The soup is always very popular especially on a cold day!

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Some children from St Mary’s Primary School also helped with the catering and over the past few weeks they have been busy designing Easter cards and putting together Easter hampers.

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After lunch St Mary’s Primary School choir came to sing to the parishioners.

Weekday evening Mass

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There is an additional Mass every Wednesday evening at St Mary’s 7:00pm. This picture shows the preparation of the Offertory gifts in the Sacristy.

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The Roman Missal with the Entrance Antiphon and Collect for the Mass.

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The silence of private prayer as the congregation prepare themselves for Mass.

If it isn’t possible for you to attend Mass during the day. Why not join us for Mass next Wednesday evening at St Mary’s 7:00pm. Everyone is welcome!

First cut of the year!

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The grass in St Mary’s Church garden has had it’s first cut of the year this morning. A sign that this glorious Spring sunshine is here to stay! (fingers crossed).

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Another sign that Spring is well on it’s way is Laetare Sunday which we celebrated yesterday. A day of hope with Easter being at last within sight!

In preparation for Mothering Sunday!

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There was a dedicated team of flower ladies at St Mary’s earlier this afternoon. There task was to tie a ribbon around three daffodils.

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Another task was to count out a certain number of daffodils for each Church, as you can see above there are ninety bunches of daffodils ready to go to The Good Shepherd for distribution after the 8:30am Mass on Sunday morning.