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Fr Bernard Lubienski, CSsR: May I introduce you to this Polish Redemptorist who died in 1933, but who was a student at Bishop Eton in the 1860s when the icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour came to Bishop Eton? Pope Francis has declared him ‘Venerable’, which means that his cause for canonisation has begun. We are inviting our parishioners to join us in asking Fr Bernard’s prayers for special intentions, beginning with our confrère, Fr Tony Hunt, who has been in hospital again recently, with the prospect of needing further surgery on his other leg. We are making prayer cards available and will tell you more about Fr Bernard in the months and weeks ahead.

HOLY WEEK:

 Each year I encourage you to do all you can to celebrate the great liturgies of the coming week. They are unique and provide us with wonderful opportunities to deepen our faith in the mystery of salvation, accompanying Christ through his Passion so that we are ready to rejoice in his        Resurrection again on Easter Sunday.

In advance I want to thank all of you – catechists, readers, ministers, servers, musicians, singers, sacristans, flower arrangers, parishioners – for the trouble you take to ensure that our celebrations are so memorable.

ARCHBISHOP MALCOLM’S VISITATION:

 Now that the Archbishop has visited both parishes I want to extend my thanks to all of you for making him so welcome and ensuring his visits were such joyful occasions. Last Sunday evening at Bishop Eton, it struck me that here was a perfect illustration of what we are told in the Acts of the Apostles: “Paul and Barnabas went from town to town putting fresh heart into the disciples.” Archbishop Malcolm certainly put fresh heart into our parishes and our Redemptorist Community and we are immensely grateful to him.

RECONCILIATION: Please remember that if we wish to celebrate this Sacrament it is recommended that we do so before the Mass of the Last Supper on Thursday evening, when the Easter Triduum begins.

By the end of this Sunday I will have spoken over the past few weeks at every Mass about this  Sacrament and hope that this has been helpful.

Our Reconciliation Services are on Monday 26 March at 7.30pm in St Mary’s and Tuesday 27 March at 7.30pm in Bishop Eton.

Priests will also be available after this week’s Masses and of course you may always call at the monastery and ask for a priest at any reasonable time.

ARCHBISHOP MALCOLM is welcome to our parish today. He will celebrate all the Masses and help us with the First Reconciliation Service this afternoon for the children in the With You Always programme. If you wish to meet Archbishop Malcolm there will be coffee and tea served in the Fisher-More Hall after each Mass.

FEAST: Monday is the Feast of St Joseph.

RECONCILIATION:

There will be plenty of opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation before the Easter  Triduum, which begins on Maundy Thursday.

There will be a Pastoral Area Reconciliation Service this Wednesday 21 March at 6.30pm in Hope University Chapel.

We will also have Reconciliation Services as usual in our two parishes at the beginning of Holy Week: Monday 26 March at 7.30pm in St Mary’s and Tuesday 27 March at 7.30pm in Bishop Eton.

Priests will be available after all the weekday Masses during these last two weeks of Lent and of course you may always call at the monastery and ask for a priest at any reasonable time on any given day.

ARCHBISHOP MALCOLM will celebrate all the Masses for us next Sunday. His visit to St Mary’s last weekend was a very happy occasion and I am sure it will be the same for us. If you wish to meet Archbishop Malcolm there will be coffee and tea served in the Fisher-More Hall after each Mass.

RECONCILIATION:

There will be plenty of opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation before the Easter Triduum, which begins on Maundy Thursday.

There will be a Pastoral Area Reconciliation Service on Wednesday 21 March at 6.30pm in Hope University Chapel.

We will also have Reconciliation Services as usual in our two parishes at the beginning of Holy Week: Monday 26 March at 7.30pm in St Mary’s and Tuesday 27 March at 7.30pm in Bishop Eton.

Priests will be available after all the weekday Masses during the last two weeks of Lent and of course you may always call at the monastery and ask for a priest at any reasonable time on any  given day.

Also please pray for our children in Year Four who will be making their First Reconciliation next Sunday afternoon.

LENT: In spite of the freezing conditions, it has been very edifying to see how many of you still managed to attend even weekday Masses during the past week. Thank you for your good example.

We are now well into Lent, so may I remind you that as always we will offer many opportunities for those of you who wish to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation before the Easter Triduum, which begins on Maundy Thursday.

There will be a Pastoral Area Reconciliation Service on Wednesday 21 March at 6.30pm in Hope University Chapel.

We will also have Reconciliation Services as usual in our two parishes at the beginning of Holy Week:

Monday 26 March at 7.30pm in St Mary’s and Tuesday 27 March at 7.30pm in Bishop Eton.

Priests will be available after all the weekday Masses during the last two weeks of Lent and of course you may always call at the monastery and ask for a priest at any reasonable time on any given day.

ARCHBISHOP MALCOLM will make an official visit to the parish on Sunday, 18 of March. This should be a wonderful occasion for the parish. I hope we will have a good team of servers at each Mass, including a couple to help with the crozier and mitre. Also, please do take the opportunity to welcome the Archbishop after Mass over a cup of tea or coffee.

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