Fr John has sent through some photos of our churches on Easter Sunday.
We gather this afternoon to enter into the Lord’s Passion at 3pm. We will listen to St John’s Gospel account of Jesus’ suffering and death on the Cross.
The Veneration of the Cross will be different this year. We will not be able to make individual veneration – but once the Cross is unveiled we will venerate together with a simple genuflection.
Then we will sit awhile to reflect that in Jesus’ death the death of all those who have died – especially over this last year because of Covid, or because of delayed treatments, or because of warfare or inhumanity across the globe – will find new life in HIM who gave his life for our salvation: ‘by his wounds we are healed.’
We gather on this evening – both parishes together. We begin these three days of re-enactment; three days of contemplation; three days with the Lord through his Passion, Death and Resurrection.
Tonight we celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper.
There will be no washing of feet but a reflection on water – of what it means to hear the Lord say: ‘What I have done to you, go you and do the same.’
There will be no watching with the Lord at the Altar of Repose but as we leave the church after communion we can make a reverence at the tabernacle of repose in the lady chapel as we pass by.
Then at home we can quietly reflect on the Lord in the garden of Gethsemane on the night of Passover, the night of his arrest before we gather again tomorrow at 3pm for the Passion for the Lord.
Fr John has taken some photos showing our churches prepared for Palm Sunday (click to enlarge)
All of our parish photos are on our website here
This week’s newsletter is now available, including details for the Easter Triduum – please note that the Easter Vigil Mass is at St Stephen’s church, not St Bridget’s.
To our Catholic Universe and Catholic Times readers in the parish
At the moment you are unable to collect your paper at Mass but you can get it delivered direct to your home every week, with free postage.
Please visit www.thecatholicuniverse.com or call 0161 820 5722 and they will arrange for you.
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A free copy of this week’s edition can be viewed here
As announced previously our churches are re-opening from Sunday 14th March.
If you are unable to attend and wish to view Mass online we recommend St Anne & St Bernard in Liverpool.
Live streams of Mass are broadcast each day, with Sunday Mass being broadcast at 5:30pm on Saturday and 10am on Sunday.
The live streams can also be viewed any time after broadcast.
The March issue of the Catholic Pic is now available in print and online.
The latest edition is available to download here: https://bit.ly/3uPeS87
From the 4th Sunday in Lent (14th March) our churches will reopen for public services.
In the hope that this marks the end of the last lockdown and so ending our series of video Masses, Fr John has recorded a short message of thanks and prayer for everyone who has followed Mass online over the past year. He also shares some behind the scenes stories and some statistics about our videos and website.