‘The very first Easter was spent in self-isolation,’ my friend pointed out to me the other day. John 20.19 (appropriately enough, as the year our virus emerged) has the disciples locked in a room, fearful to go out. But Jesus defies the lockdown: appearing among them in spite of their closed doors, stands among them and says, ‘Peace be with you’. I pray that this is what you will experience today.

Three verses later (and in contravention of all government health advice), Jesus ‘breathed on them, and said to them: Receive the Holy Spirit’ (John 20.22). Let’s all pray to receive that same Holy Spirit afresh today, because St Paul promises us that: ‘if the Spirit of Him-who-raised-Jesus-from-the-dead dwells in you, then He-who-raised-Jesus-from-the-dead will also give life to your mortal bodies, through His Spirit, who dwells in you’ (Romans 8.11).
The Easter Octave (this week) is the greatest time of festival and joy in the Church’s year, so I hope you will find some way to celebrate appropriately! And what better way to kick-off a week of feasting and revelry than a browse of this week’s Easter newsletter?
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Easter Message from +Declan Lang, Bishop of Clifton

Thank you so much for sending in your Easter gardens! Hopefully the stones are rolled away now, and they’re all covered in flowers!

You’re invited to join us on Zoom at 2.45pm next Sunday (19th April) to mark Divine Mercy Sunday, with the Divine Mercy chaplet and (virtual) veneration of Jesus in the image.

Don’t forget we’re also praying Easter Vespers over Zoom at 5pm today (Easter Sunday).

Meeting ID: 750 028 1276
Very difficult password: 123

If you haven’t already begun it on Good Friday, why not catch up with the Divine Mercy Novena (nine days of special prayers) in preparation?
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Baptism at an appropriate ‘social distance’!

We’re praying very much for those people who would have been baptised at the Easter vigils this year. We decided not to go with this alternative method proposed by some priests(!), but rather to look forward very much to welcoming those people into the Church as soon as possible once we can all be together again!
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We are praying very for our parishioners who are working in the hospital, and for all those feeling the pang of separation this weekend. In particular, we continue to pray for the repose of the souls of Amar, Pat, and Keyna (please see our previous email), and the families and friends who are left to grieve their loss in these difficult times. May the Risen Lord be very close to each one of us on this Resurrection Day.
With Easter blessings,
Canon Tom Gunning (Parish Priest)
and Joseph Meigh (seminarian)
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