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3 churches reopen on Easter Sunday!

Mass times will be as below, but to ensure social distancing and appropriate seating, all Easter Sunday Masses are by booking system only. To reserve a place at one of the Masses on that day please email, telephone, or text the appropriate booking co-ordinator listed below, stating the number and names of people in your family bubble group. Masses will resume their pre-lockdown pattern after Easter Sunday.

At Christ the King there will be two Masses at 9am and 10.30am on Easter Sunday, as there will be no Saturday evening Mass. In addition, when the number at CTK has reached capacity, further seats will be made available in the parish centre, where the Mass will be streamed on the screen.

Booking co-ordinators to reserve a place at one of the masses:

9am and 10.30am –  Christ the King
Marie O’Brien, email, phone 02920 753945

9am – St Paul’s
Karen Sylvester, email, text 07876 032829

10.30am – St Brigid’s
Anne Burns, email, phone 02920 766318

Before that…

  • PALM SUNDAY is next Sunday 28 March – please pick up palms for your home from the entrance areas of our 3 Churches from Wednesday 24 March of this week onwards
  • HOLY WEEK streamed services from St Brigid’s will be on Maundy Thursday 1 April at 8pm

Good Friday (2 April )at 3pm and Holy Saturday (3 April) at 8pm also.

Year of St Joseph

In an Apostolic Letter in December entitled Patris corde (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis describes Saint Joseph as a beloved father, a tender and loving father, an obedient father, an accepting father; a father who is creatively courageous, a working father, a father in the shadows.

The Letter marks the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pope Pius IX’s declaration of St Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To celebrate the anniversary, Pope Francis has proclaimed a special “Year of St Joseph,” beginning on 8th December 2020 the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception 2020 and extending to the same feast in 2021.

The Holy Father wrote Patris corde against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, which he says, has helped us see more clearly the importance of “ordinary” people who, though far from the limelight, exercise patience and offer hope every day. In this, they resemble Saint Joseph, “the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence,” who nonetheless played “an incomparable role in the history of salvation.”

We will return to the Year during 2021 – but his main feast is this Friday. Join us for Mass. Meanwhile, here is a prayer of Pope Francis for the Year.

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer, 
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too, show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage,
and defend us from every evil.

Fr Matthew