Thursday, 26 April 2012

Newsletter for 28/29 April - Easter 4(B)

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Please pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life this weekend.


Almighty God, give us priests:
to establish the honour of your holy name;
to offer the holy sacrifice of the altar;
to give us Jesus in the holy Sacrament;
to proclaim the faith of Jesus;
to baptise and to teach the young;
to tend your sheep; to seek the lost;
to give pardon to the penitent sinner
to bless our homes; to pray for the afflicted;
to comfort mourners;
to strengthen us in our last hour; to commend our souls;
Almighty God, give us priests!


  

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Concert

Last Wednesday evening, we had a lovely concert by a Wind Quintet called Quintessimo. There was a wonderful balance of easy listening and more challenging music. One of the group contacted me to compliment St Wilfrid's on the 'warm welcome and great acoustic.' The proceeds from the refreshments will go to swell our Bamenda appeal.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Newsletter for 21/22 April - Easter 3(B)

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Sunday, 15 April 2012

Divine Mercy Sunday

In the humiliated and suffering Christ, believers and non-believers can admire a surprising solidarity, which binds Him to our human condition beyond all imaginable measure. The Cross, even after the Resurrection of the Son of God, "speaks and never ceases to speak of God the Father, who is absolutely faithful to His eternal love for man. ... Believing in this love means believing in mercy" (Rich in Mercy, 7).
Blessed John Paul II, Divine Mercy Sunday, 2001

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Happy Easter. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Christians, to the Paschal Victim offer sacrifice and praise,
the sheep are ransomed by the Lamb;
and Christ, the undefiled,
hath sinners to his Father reconciled.
Death with life contended: combat strangely ended!
Life’s own Champion, slain, yet lives to reign.
Tell us, Mary: say what thou didst see upon the way.
The tomb the Living did enclose;
I saw Christ's glory as he rose!
The angels there attesting;
shroud with grave-clothes resting.
Christ, my hope, has risen: he goes before you into Galilee.
That Christ is truly risen from the dead we know.
Victorious King, thy mercy show!

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Reflection for Holy Saturday

His cross stands empty in a world grown silent
Through hours of anguish and of dread;
In stillness, earth awaits the resurrection,
While Christ goes down to wake the dead

He summons Adam and his generations,
Brings light where darkness endless seemed;
He frees and claims His own, so long held captive,
Who, with the living, are redeemed.

With God the Father and the Holy Spirit,
Give praise to Christ the crucified,
Who, through the ages, seeks to save his lost ones:
The sinful men for whom he died.

Easter Newsletter

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May the light of Christ rising in glory
dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds.