Lent - Holy Week
Palm Sunday recalls an event in the Christian Scripture (The New Testament) of Jesus entering into Jerusalem and being greeted by the people waving palm branches. For Christians, it is a reminder of the welcoming of Jesus into our hearts and of our willingness to follow him.
Good Friday commemorates Jesus' suffering and death on the cross; it is traditionally a day of sorrow, penance, and fasting. Holy Saturday, also called Easter Vigil, is the traditional end of Lent. Easter Sunday is the celebration of Jesus' Resurrection, according to the Gospels, on the third day after his crucifixion.
ADVENT & CHRISTMAS 2022
For many years now, each year on Gaudete Sunday, third Sunday in Advent, children (and adults) take their Baby Jesus figures from the crib at their homes to St Peters Square where the Pope will bless both the people and the figurines during the Angelus.
This year we celebrated ‘Bambinelli Sunday’ at our Morning Mass on Sunday December 11th. Everyone was invited to bring the baby Jesus figure (Bambinelli) from their crib at home to Mass that morning to be blessed.
Following the blessing, it was suggested that we take our ‘Bambinelli’ home and place it in a gift box, wrap it and save it for Christmas.
Let this be the first gift your family opens on Christmas morning when you can then place your Baby Jesus in your crib.
Month of the Holy Souls
November is the month when we pray for the faithful departed.
During November, we will offer a prayer bouquet collectively for all our departed family and friends at the Wednesday evening Mass.
all saints day
Celebration of All Saints Day moved this year and will be Sunday 31st October 2021 instead of 1st November 2021.
All souls' day
Tuesday 2nd November. Mass will be celebrated in Church at
10.00 am followed by a visit to Hawarden Cemetery to bless the graves of deceased family, friends
and parishioners (approx. 10.45am to 11.30am).
THE ASSUMPTION OF
THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
The Solemnity of the Assumption, is in some ways, the paramount feast of Our Lady, since it commemorates her passing, body and soul, into the glory of Heaven, where she stands beside her Son "in garments of gold". The Blessed Virgin truly leads the way; she fulfilled her vocation in humility and, given her Immaculate Conception, the grave was no place for her body.
15th August 2021
CORPUS CHRISTI - 6 June 2021
The festival of Corpus Christi celebrates the Eucharist as the body of Christ. The name 'Corpus Christi' is Latin for 'the body of Christ'.
This jubilant festival is celebrated by Roman Catholics and other Christians to proclaim the truth of the transubstantiation of bread and wine into the actual body of Christ during Mass.
In some countries in the world, Catholic churches still celebrate the festival, not only with a Mass, but also with a procession that carries the consecrated wafer through the streets as a public statement that the sacrifice of Christ was for the salvation of the whole world.
Corpus Christi falls between late May and the middle of June, on the first Thursday after Trinity Sunday (60 days after Easter). In some countries the festival is celebrated on the Sunday after Trinity Sunday.
Since, for Catholics, the host contains the real presence of Christ, it is treated as Christ in human form would be treated, with reverence, ceremony and adoration.
The host is displayed on a 'monstrance'.
The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
At this time of Pentecost, we think of the gifts granted to us by the Holy Spirit.
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit are described in the Book of Isaiah 11:2-3. In the passage the gifts are considered ones that the Messiah would have possessed. Through Jesus, we also receive the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Wisdom helps us recognise the importance of others and the importance of keeping God central in our lives.
Understanding is the ability to comprehend the meaning of God's message.
Knowledge is the ability to think about and explore God's revelation, and also to recognise there are mysteries of faith beyond us.
Counsel is the ability to see the best way to follow God's plan when we have choices that relate to him.
Fortitude is the courage to do what one knows is right.
Piety helps us pray to God in true devotion.
Fear of the Lord is the feeling of amazement before God, who is all-present, and whose friendship we do not want to lose.
May The Month of Mary
Dedication to our Blessed Mother Mary.
Since May is especially dedicated to Blessed Mary, grow your devotion through the Rosary, Novenas and reading about Mary