Tuesday, 22 April 2014


Tomorrow I will be involved at site meetings at both churches for the building and electrical work that has to be carried out in both our churches.
Extensive building work has to be carried out at St Joseph's Church.  It involves work on the main roof area of the church and over the confessionals.  Re-plastering and decoration will take place in the sanctuary area, nave and choir loft. 
The cost of the building work at St Joseph's will be £48,969.00 that means with VAT the total cost will be £58,762.80
At St Marie's the church needs to be completely re-wired so that it complies with the latest legislation and a certificate can be awarded.
The total cost of the work at St Marie's will be £17,164.80
Obviously there will be some disruption whilst the work is going on.  Please be patient and sensible about it all.  The work has to be done so that our buildings will be fit for purpose in the future. 
If any one has any fundraising ideas then please bring them forward.


The Paschal Candle is solemnly carried into church
 at the beginning of the Easter Day Mass

The Font is solemnly blessed and incensed

The Empty Tomb with the statue of the Risen Christ in glory


The Liturgy of Holy Saturday Night is one of the most beautiful of the whole year. 
The Fire is light outside the church and from it the Paschal Candle is light and processed into the dark church.  The faithful light their own candles from its flame.
The deacon (or in the absence of a deacon) the priest solemnly intones the Praises of the Risen Christ and the Paschal Candle in the words of the Exsultet. 
Readings are then proclaimed stating how God has saved His people throughout history.  It is important to note that these readings are read in the light that comes from the Paschal Candle - the Risen Christ.
Easter is also traditionally the time that new converts are welcomed into the church.  The Easter candle is plunged into the font to sanctify its waters.  This water will then be used in the coming year for the celebration of baptisms when we welcome new members into the Church.
Having two churches has its own problems. At the end of Mass the Paschal Candle for St Marie's Church was solemnly carried out of St Joseph's so that it could be welcomed and solemnly carried into our Parish Church on Easter Day.
The Blessing of the Font

The Paschal Candle for our Parish Church
 taken at the end of Mass


On Good Friday we focus on the Cross.  As part of the Liturgical Celebration of the Lord's Passion the Cross is carried in solemn procession through the church.  We stop at three points to adore the wood of the cross on which hung the Saviour of the world.

Thursday, 17 April 2014


On Holy Thursday the Church gathers to celebrate the evening Mass of the Lord's Supper. 
This Mass recalls Our Lord's Institution of the Mass and the Ordination of the first priests of the Church. 
At the end of Mass the Blessed Sacrament is carried in solemn procession to the Altar of Repose and the high altar is then stripped of its furnishings.
The church remains open for sometime after Mass for the faithful to keep watch with the Lord as he prays for the strength to endure all this is going to happen.
The Altar of Repose at St Joseph's Church

Wednesday, 16 April 2014


As we have seen in the last few posts the children of our primary schools have led us prayerfully in the Events of Holy Week.

We gather in Church to commemorate those events week too.  This year the Holy Week Services will take place at St Joseph's Church.

Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper and Watch at the Altar of Repose
Celebration of the Lord's Passion
(Confessions will be available after the service)
Stations of the Cross at St Marie's Church
Lighting of the Paschal Candle, Solemn Vigil
Renewal of Baptismal Promises
and First Mass of Easter
Holy Mass in St Joseph's Church
Holy Mass in St Marie's Church


This morning the children of St Marie's School led us by means of drama and song through the events of Holy Week.

We began with Jesus and His Apostles gathering in the Upper Room to celebrate the Passover

As we know Jesus gave a new meaning to the events of Passover when he surprised the Apostles by taking break and saying 'This is my Body' and taking the wine and saying 'This is my Blood.  Do this in memory of Me.' 

From the Last Supper celebration with His Apostles Jesus is then arrested and condemned to death by Pilate and led to His death on the Cross. 

The soldiers accompany Him to Calvary where He suffers and dies on the cross.

The dead body of Our Lord is placed in the tomb.  The women go to anoint His body and stay for a while by the tomb. 

As Christians we know that Good Friday was not the end. 
 Our Lord was to rise from the dead on the third day. 
 It is the central event of our Faith and we celebrate His Glorious Resurrection on Easter Day