This weekend, the second Sunday of Easter, we celebrate the Feast of Divine Mercy. We focus on the endless mercy and love given through the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus told St Faustina Kowalska that, on that day, all channels of mercy are open for everyone. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
RECENTLY DECEASED Please remember in your prayers all our beloved departed, especially
and those whose anniversaries occur at this time. We continue to remember in our prayers all those who are sick and those who care for them.
SERVICES FOR EASTER TRIDUUM Our sincere thanks to all who participated in the Services for the Easter Triduum; especially to those who, in any way, were involved in the ministries needed; music, proclaiming the scriptures, serving at the altar, stewarding, preparing the church etc. It is worthwhile remembering that, besides those gathered in the Church, others viewed from home - and each 'hit' likely represents a family of two or more people. It is good for those of us gathered in Church to know that we are united in prayer with those who, for whatever reason and from whatever place, join us virtually. Holy Thursday; Mass of the Lord's Supper 189 views Good Friday; Liturgy of the Lord's Passion 227 views Stations of the Cross 72 views Holy Saturday; Easter Vigil 227 views Easter Sunday; 9 am Mass 143 views 11 am Mass 143 views
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY As this Sunday is dedicated to the Divine Mercy, there will be an extra Mass at 2pm, which will conclude with the Divine Mercy Chaplet and prayers. Again, a gentle reminder that the most accurate times of services are those in the newsletter. If you know of anyone who does not receive the newsletter, please let us know as soon as possible. CAR-PARK A further gentle reminder that, for safety reasons, once the carparking spaces are full at Sunday Masses, we will now be lowering the barrier. I appreciate your cooperation with these safety measures. ZOOM BIBLE GROUP Both Zoom groups will now meet on Monday, starting from 25th April. 11.30 am - 12.30 pm; ID: 876 1446 5940 Password; 146556 6.30 pm - 7.30 pm; ID: 541 999 428 Password; 574539 New members are very welcome to join either meeting. WESTMINSTER DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES Besides the HCPT pilgrimage, which was mentioned in previous emails, there is also the diocesan pilgrimage which, this year, takes place between 22nd and 29th July. It will be led by Cardinal Nichols and the theme is 'Go and tell the priests...'. If you would like to book, visit the website tangney-tours.com. The advert on our notice board also has a QR code you can scan with your phone. There are 22 places available for those who, for medical reasons, would like to make the pilgrimage. You would need to move quickly as the final date is 22nd of April; contact Elizabeth at 02077989173 or 0795936764. ST COLUMBA'S COLLEGE PREP SCHOOL; OPEN MORNING Prospective families are invited from 9.15 am - 11.30 am on Thursday, 28th April. You can register for the event on the college website or at firstname.lastname@example.org AND FINALLY... It is worth recalling the words of Pope Francis for Divine Mercy Sunday, 2020 - and it is worth noting that while he seemed to think that the pandemic was ending even then, his words seem truer today, when we consider the plight of refugees and asylum seekers as well; Now, while we are looking forward to a slow and arduous recovery from the pandemic, there is a danger that we will forget those who are left behind. The risk is that we may then be struck by an even worse virus, that of selfish indifference. A virus spread by the thought that life is better if it is better for me, and that everything will be fine if it is fine for me.
With every blessing for this Easter Season,
Rev Akobundu Anyanwu CM