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Messages from Father John Causey and Father Patrick MacNally

Lenten Invitation

Dear Visitor

This Lent, I extend an invitation to you, personally, to embark on a journey of reconciliation. ‘Reconciliation’ means making friends again with God and with one another. We must individually make a very special effort to avail ourselves of God’s forgiveness in the Sacrament of Penance (Confession) and experience the peace and joy which the Lord promises will be ours as a result.

At the beginning of this Lenten season, I warmly invite all, who, for whatever reason, find themselves at some distance from the Church, – in other words, the ‘lapsed’, or as our Cardinal said some time ago, “the resting”.

You will be most welcome back to the Church. The door is open. Jesus is here. He has promised to remain with the Church. We need you; I need you. The parish family needs you and would be most happy at your return. We do miss you very much. I promise you that you will hear only words of welcome, affirmation, forgiveness, acceptance and love.

Together we can support and help and encourage each other in making this Lent a journey of welcome return to the Lord; an experience of His mercy and forgiveness.

You will experience, I assure you, the joy, peace of mind and forgiveness of a caring and loving Father.

Come on in. Welcome home, it’s cold outside. Sit up near the open fire and feel the warmth. The kettle is on the boil.

Father Pat

Easter Message

You are most welcome to our Website.  On behalf of our parish family, and on my own behalf, I sincerely wish you and your loved ones a very happy, peaceful and restful Easter. For the Christian, Easter is very special.  In fact, Easter is the most important feast in the whole Christian year.  It is a day of rejoicing, a day of hope, the day which gives meaning to our religious beliefs. St Paul says: “if Christ has not been raised . . . .  our faith is in vain” (1 Cor 15:14), and later Paul categorically states: “but Christ has in fact been raised from the dead”  (1 Cor 15:20).  In fact, I would invite you to read the whole of 1 Corinthians Ch 15. . . The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the central event in the history of Christianity and, indeed, of the whole world.  The Resurrection is not a symbol.  It’s an historic fact. . . When the Apostles began to preach at Pentecost, they didn’t start talking about ‘the Babe of Bethlehem’, or ‘the young man of Nazareth’. Rather, they stood up before the whole world and, at the risk of their own lives, proclaimed the awesome fact, “He has risen.  He is alive!” . . On Easter Day we are celebrating life: that Christ is alive for me right now in my heart, my home, my community. We show that Easter is real, that Christ is alive and risen for us: when we make our own life a source of light for others; when we heal and encourage; when we are more compassionate and kind; when we let the light of the risen and alive Christ shine in and through us.  That was what St Augustine meant when he said: “We are Easter men and women and ‘Alleluia’ is our song!”