Easter Sunday Reflection

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

For many in our world, including many who no longer walk the Christian Way, the idea of Christ Rising from the Dead is a quaint and mythic story, which has little bearing on their day-to-day lives.

But for us who believe, who celebrate Easter again this year, this is NOT the case!

For us, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is something which infuses every aspect of our being. It is integral to every moment of our daily lives. It is something that goes beyond a mere intellectual conviction and assent of the Will.

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Holy Week Reflection

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ

Last year Pope Francis offered this marvellous reflection on Holy Week that is worth sharing.

“What does it mean for us to live Holy Week? What does it mean to follow Jesus on his journey to Calvary, toward the Cross and his Resurrection? On his earthly mission, Jesus walked the streets of the Holy Land. He called 12 simple persons to stay with him, sharing his path and continuing his mission … He spoke to everyone, without distinction: to the great and the humble ... the powerful and the weak. He brought God's mercy and forgiveness. He healed, consoled, understood. He gave hope. He brought to all the presence of God who cares for every man and woman as a good father and a good mother cares for each of their children.”

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Holy Week Timetable

13 April Sunday Palm Sunday

  • 6.00pm: Vigil (Sat), 8.00am, 9.30am (palms will be blessed at these Masses)
  • 11.00am: Blessing & Procession of Palms and Solemn Mass with Bishop Anthony Fisher OP presiding. Procession starts in the Cloister.
  • 6.00pm: Youth Mass

14 April Monday

  • Office of Tenebrae - 8pm (A Liturgy of Darkness and Shadows with Scripture and Psalms. Music sung by the Cathedral Schola.)

16th April  Wednesday

  • Mass of the Holy Oils - 7.30pm
  • Everyone is invited to celebrate the Chrism Mass with Bishop Anthony, the priests, deacons and faithful. The Bishop will bless the Oil of the Catechumens and the Oil of the Sick, and consecrate the Oil of Chrism. Bishop Anthony and the priests will renew their commitment to priestly service.
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From the Dean's desk

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ

I want to share this reflection from Pope Francis as we move toward the Holy Week period. We were unable to organize the '24 hours for the Lord' in time this year, but hope to do this next year as the Pope has encouraged the whole Church to do.

Fr John

In his homily, the Pope mentioned that during Lent the Church renews her call for conversion and her call for us to change our lives. "Converting is not a question of a moment or a period during the year: it is a life-long commitment. Who amongst us presumes not to be a sinner? No-one. We all are. The Apostle John writes, 'If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness'. ... And that is what happens in this celebration and in all this day of penance. The Word of God that we have listened to introduces us to two essential elements of Christian life".

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Holy Week celebrations

Have you marked these dates and times in your calendar for Holy week?

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