holy week

I strongly encourage you to truly make this a HOLY WEEK, by taking a full part in the liturgy of the Church. As Christians we are called to be witnesses of Christ, sharing his life and mission; to do this effectively we need to remain close to him, open to his grace in our lives.

By journeying with our Lord through the events of his glorious passion, death and resurrection we open our lives to his power which leads us away from sin and death to be sharers of his divine life.

If we treat this time as just a secular holiday we treat our Lord with indifference and fail to recognise that ultimately material things will never lead us to eternal happiness. The shops, pubs and clubs may be the alluring temples of our age… what they offer may be attractive but is it eternal? Will it bring true peace of heart and mind?

May Christ be at the heart of your lives this Holy Week; may his love and peace be the security and foundation of your lives.

Wishing each of you the peace and blessings of this Holy Season.

Father Liam

Holy Week Times of Services

PALM SUNDAY (14th April)HOLY WEEK 2019

Palms will be blessed at all Masses
ST FRANCIS
6.00pm Saturday: Vigil MASS
9.00am Procession & MASS
10.45am Procession & MASS
4.00pm EXTRA CONFESSIONS
A number of priests will be available for individual Confessions.
TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY!
6.00pm MASS

ST LUKE’S CHAPEL, PRESTON HALL
9.00am MASS

Monday in Holy Week  (15th april)

ST FRANCIS
10.00am Confessions
10.30am MASS

tuesday in Holy Week  (16th april)

ST FRANCIS
10.00am Confessions
10.30am MASS

 Wednesday in Holy Week (17th April)

ST FRANCIS
 6.30am MASS (coffee & croissant available after Mass)

NO 10.30am MASS

The parish clergy will be at the Cathedral for the Chrism Mass

THE SACRED TRIDUUMtriduum
is the heart of the Church’s year; the three main celebrations (Mass of the Last Supper, Good Friday Passion Liturgy and the Easter Vigil) form a single celebration. We are invited to journey with our Lord through the events of his passion, death and resurrection. By participating in these ceremonies we become part of these events and open our lives to the salvation our Lord gained for us.


HOLY THURSDAY (18th april)

NO MASSES before the Mass of the Last Supper

ST FRANCIS
8.00pm MASS of the LAST SUPPER
Followed by Watching at the Altar of Repose until midnight Our Lord asks us to ‘watch and pray’ with him as we ponder on his agony and arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane. ‘Could you not watch with me one hour?’
11.45pm Night Prayer


GOOD FRIDAY
(19th april)

DAY OF FASTING & ABSTINENCE
ST FRANCIS
10.00am  Stations of The Cross for Children
10.20am  Ecumenical Walk of Witness: starting from St Francis

3.00pm SOLEMN LITURGY of the LORD’S PASSION

STATIONS OF THE CROSS
7.30pm


HOLY SATURDAY
(20TH APRIL)

NO MASSES BEFORE THE EASTER VIGIL
The Church’s sacraments are NOT celebrated today, except in danger of death. It is a day of reflection at the tomb of Christ as we await the celebration of the resurrection.

ST FRANCIS
9.30am - 11.00am Confessions (last chance)

BLESSING OF EASTER FOOD
1.00pm & 2.30pm

9.00pm SOLEMN EASTER VIGIL FIRST MASS OF EASTER


EASTER SUNDAY (21st april)

ST FRANCIS
 9.00am  MASS
10.45am MASS
4.00pm MASS in Polish

PLEASE NOTE there will be NO 6.00pm Mass

ST LUKE’S CHAPEL, PRESTON HALL
9.00am MASS.


EASTER MONDAY (22nd april)

ST FRANCIS
10.00am MASS
12.00pm MASS in Polish

 



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