A MESSAGE FOR HOLY WEEK (08/04/2020)
I hope that you are all keeping safe and well during these unusual and challenging times. I am praying for you all and I am offering Mass, in private, every morning in the church for the People of the Parish.
I am extremely grateful for all of the good wishes and messages of care and support that I have received during the course of the last couple of weeks. I am constantly being reminded that we are all very blessed to be a part of such a kind and caring parish community.
I will be celebrating the Easter Triduum, again in private, during the course of this Holy Week. This will be an exceptional and unusual experience for all of us, but we must always remember that nothing can ever separate us from the love and compassion of God.
The main services will be celebrated in the church at the following times:
7.00pm Maundy Thursday-Mass of the Lord’s Supper
3.00pm Good Friday Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord
7.00pm Holy Saturday-Easter Vigil Mass
10.00am Easter Sunday Mass
I hope that as many of you as possible will be able to be with me, in Spirit, at those times.
As it is not possible for the faithful to receive Holy Communion at this time, the Bishops of England and Wales have dispensed the Easter Duties for the year 2020. The Bishops have asked that all should make a Perfect Act of Contrition at this time. Perfect contrition is true and real sorrow for our sins which is created when we realise the immense love of God for each one of us. We express this contrition when we realise how we offend God by our sinful words, deeds and omissions in contrast to the immeasurable love and mercy that He continually shows us.
This requires us to be contrite of heart for what we have done, to know and be overwhelmed by the love and mercy of God for His children, and to approach this grace with humility and resolution not to sin again.
An Act of Contrition-My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy. Amen.
Finally, please look after yourselves. Be firm in faith, constant in prayer, and certain in hope. Be sure of my support should you need anything, and, of course, of my prayers.
The doorway to Christ is always accessible, because it is not primarily the path of our footsteps, but the way of our heart. May the Lord renew your heart in these days.
Please pray for me.
Fr. Michael Ryan, Parish Priest