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Listing April - 2021
 
  Sunday
Apr-11
'Now is the acceptable time' ~2 Cor 6:2

How often we hear about keeping our feet in the here and now. There are so many options and possibilities out there today that it's easy to think a lot about the future and what we could be doing. It is much more difficult concentrating on what is just before us. A quick glance at any section of our scripture readings will point to God being present in the here and now. Our lives do not exist in yesterday or in tomorrow. Now is the only time God gives us for doing anything. Now may not always be the right moment, it may not always be the easiest but it's all we can work with. Easter is all about maximising the potential of the here and now. We ask God's help over the coming weeks of Easter in making the most of everything that has been given to us, especially all that has been given to us today.
 
 
 
  Friday
Apr-09
'Aspire not to have more but to be more.' ~Saint Oscar Romero

In his book 'Dipping into Lent' Fr. Alan Hilliard speaks of a conversation with another priest about the Easter Ceremonies last year. "How did the Easter ceremonies go?" I asked. "Grand", he said. "What did you talk about at the Easter Mass?" "Nothing much," he said, "just to need to roll back a stone or two and let the light in." I've never forgotten what he said.

As we know Easter 2021 like last year is so different to our normal Easter celebrations. But the message of Easter is so welcome and is so needed.

The resurrection of Jesus has shattered the darkness. It has no escape. In its place is a great sense of hope, new beginnings and a new journey. We are not on our own. The invitation today is to roll back the stones in our own lives and let the Easter light touch our darkness. We are Easter people and without the light of the Resurrection we have nothing to hold onto. Life is meaningless without it.

I would like to wish you a very Happy Easter. Mind yourself and each other during these very difficult times. We will continue to roll away the stones to let the light in. We will also continue our prayers for you and each other during these days of Easter.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Apr-07
'Aspire not to have more but to be more.' ~Saint Oscar Romero

In his book 'Dipping into Lent' Fr. Alan Hilliard speaks of a conversation with another priest about the Easter Ceremonies last year. "How did the Easter ceremonies go?" I asked. "Grand", he said. "What did you talk about at the Easter Mass?" "Nothing much," he said, "just to need to roll back a stone or two and let the light in." I've never forgotten what he said.

As we know Easter 2021 like last year is so different to our normal Easter celebrations. But the message of Easter is so welcome and is so needed.

The resurrection of Jesus has shattered the darkness. It has no escape. In its place is a great sense of hope, new beginnings and a new journey. We are not on our own. The invitation today is to roll back the stones in our own lives and let the Easter light touch our darkness. We are Easter people and without the light of the Resurrection we have nothing to hold onto. Life is meaningless without it.

I would like to wish you a very Happy Easter. Mind yourself and each other during these very difficult times. We will continue to roll away the stones to let the light in. We will also continue our prayers for you and each other during these days of Easter.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Apr-06
'Aspire not to have more but to be more.' ~Saint Oscar Romero

In his book 'Dipping into Lent' Fr. Alan Hilliard speaks of a conversation with another priest about the Easter Ceremonies last year. "How did the Easter ceremonies go?" I asked. "Grand", he said. "What did you talk about at the Easter Mass?" "Nothing much," he said, "just to need to roll back a stone or two and let the light in." I've never forgotten what he said.

As we know Easter 2021 like last year is so different to our normal Easter celebrations. But the message of Easter is so welcome and is so needed.

The resurrection of Jesus has shattered the darkness. It has no escape. In its place is a great sense of hope, new beginnings and a new journey. We are not on our own. The invitation today is to roll back the stones in our own lives and let the Easter light touch our darkness. We are Easter people and without the light of the Resurrection we have nothing to hold onto. Life is meaningless without it.

I would like to wish you a very Happy Easter. Mind yourself and each other during these very difficult times. We will continue to roll away the stones to let the light in. We will also continue our prayers for you and each other during these days of Easter.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Apr-04
'Aspire not to have more but to be more.' ~Saint Oscar Romero

In his book 'Dipping into Lent' Fr. Alan Hilliard speaks of a conversation with another priest about the Easter Ceremonies last year. "How did the Easter ceremonies go?" I asked. "Grand", he said. "What did you talk about at the Easter Mass?" "Nothing much," he said, "just to need to roll back a stone or two and let the light in." I've never forgotten what he said.

As we know Easter 2021 like last year is so different to our normal Easter celebrations. But the message of Easter is so welcome and is so needed.

The resurrection of Jesus has shattered the darkness. It has no escape. In its place is a great sense of hope, new beginnings and a new journey. We are not on our own. The invitation today is to roll back the stones in our own lives and let the Easter light touch our darkness. We are Easter people and without the light of the Resurrection we have nothing to hold onto. Life is meaningless without it.

I would like to wish you a very Happy Easter. Mind yourself and each other during these very difficult times. We will continue to roll away the stones to let the light in. We will also continue our prayers for you and each other during these days of Easter.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Apr-03
Holy Week: A week to help us get unstuck

We have all watched with fascination the story of the ship 'Ever Given' that was stuck in the Suez Canal for almost a week. It made the news all over the world after it got stuck, blocking everything trying to get through. We were all struck by the size of the ship, the length of 4 football pitches, and the height it reached with all the containers stacked on top of it. I think we all wondered how such a ship could even float! And of course it got going again yesterday making further headlines.

There is also a spiritual message here too. Don't we all get stuck in life at some stage? Some event pushes us off course like a bereavement, a sickness, the Covid 19 pandemic, the loss of a job and so on. We want to move on with our life, others want us to move on but we can't because we are stuck.

Everything about Holy Week is helping us to get unstuck. We relive the story of Jesus and what he did for us. We reflect on what this can mean for us in our lives. It is he who re-floats us, it is he who helps us to get unstuck again. This is the Easter message.

During Holy Week we look at everything that keeps us stuck: pain, hurt, disappointments, anger, set backs, darkness, sin, fear and so much more. To get going again we must move on from some of these. As we journey through Holy Week we open ourselves to getting re-floated. Easter is a new journey, the freedom to move again, new beginnings and so much more.
 
 
 
  Friday
Apr-02
Holy Week: A week to help us get unstuck

We have all watched with fascination the story of the ship 'Ever Given' that was stuck in the Suez Canal for almost a week. It made the news all over the world after it got stuck, blocking everything trying to get through. We were all struck by the size of the ship, the length of 4 football pitches, and the height it reached with all the containers stacked on top of it. I think we all wondered how such a ship could even float! And of course it got going again yesterday making further headlines.

There is also a spiritual message here too. Don't we all get stuck in life at some stage? Some event pushes us off course like a bereavement, a sickness, the Covid 19 pandemic, the loss of a job and so on. We want to move on with our life, others want us to move on but we can't because we are stuck.

Everything about Holy Week is helping us to get unstuck. We relive the story of Jesus and what he did for us. We reflect on what this can mean for us in our lives. It is he who re-floats us, it is he who helps us to get unstuck again. This is the Easter message.

During Holy Week we look at everything that keeps us stuck: pain, hurt, disappointments, anger, set backs, darkness, sin, fear and so much more. To get going again we must move on from some of these. As we journey through Holy Week we open ourselves to getting re-floated. Easter is a new journey, the freedom to move again, new beginnings and so much more.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Apr-01
Holy Week: A week to help us get unstuck

We have all watched with fascination the story of the ship 'Ever Given' that was stuck in the Suez Canal for almost a week. It made the news all over the world after it got stuck, blocking everything trying to get through. We were all struck by the size of the ship, the length of 4 football pitches, and the height it reached with all the containers stacked on top of it. I think we all wondered how such a ship could even float! And of course it got going again yesterday making further headlines.

There is also a spiritual message here too. Don't we all get stuck in life at some stage? Some event pushes us off course like a bereavement, a sickness, the Covid 19 pandemic, the loss of a job and so on. We want to move on with our life, others want us to move on but we can't because we are stuck.

Everything about Holy Week is helping us to get unstuck. We relive the story of Jesus and what he did for us. We reflect on what this can mean for us in our lives. It is he who re-floats us, it is he who helps us to get unstuck again. This is the Easter message.

During Holy Week we look at everything that keeps us stuck: pain, hurt, disappointments, anger, set backs, darkness, sin, fear and so much more. To get going again we must move on from some of these. As we journey through Holy Week we open ourselves to getting re-floated. Easter is a new journey, the freedom to move again, new beginnings and so much more.
 
 

 

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