The Lord is very forgiving. He knows how weak we all are. As we enter Holy Week,
let us seek that forgiveness, in the Sacrament of Confession. It is an act of great
humility. Let is not allow shame or guilt, fear or length of time, prevent us from
taking this important step, closer to the Lord. He wants us to be closer to Him.
The television and radio presenter, George Hook, proclaimed to the whole country
the great Blessing he found in making Confession. The Lord is waiting for us.
Fr. Marius O’Reilly, from the Diocese of Cork & Ross and who was ordained last November,
is returning to us next Monday night to lead us in the Penitential Rite at 7.30pm.
Seven priests will be available to hear Confession. As you will see from your leaflet,
there are a number of other Confession times during Holy Week, including after all
ceremonies on Good Friday. In this holy time let us surrender all our guilt to the
Lord and unburden ourselves to His Love and Mercy.
Three Special Days:
Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday, are the three most important
events in the Christian Life. On the 1st Holy Thursday evening, Jesus gave us the
gift of Himself in the Holy Eucharist, ordained the first priests and taught us all
to wash each other’s feet. At 3 o’clock on the first Good Friday, Jesus offered Himself
on the Cross for the salvation of humanity. After three days buried in the tomb,
He rose from the dead on the 1st Easter Sunday. Through these great events, the condemnation
of death was lifted forever. The meaning of human life was revealed to all who would
accept it and believe it.
Let us all stop this Holy Week: leave the tractor, put the kitchen work aside, leave
the sports field and come and spend this special time with the Lord, to adore, praise
and thank Him.
Divine Mercy Novena begins on Good Friday and finishes on the 2nd Sunday of Easter,
April 12th Feast of the Divine Mercy. Devotions in the Parish Church at 2pm to 5pm.
The Chrism Mass will take place in the Cathedral in Cobh on THISWednesday April
1st at 7.30pm. In past years we have brought a bus from the Parish. If you would
like to travel, please give your name and phone number to the Parish Office. The
bus will leave the Square at 6.00pm.
PARISH OFFICE - Will be closed for Easter, from Wednesday 1st April till Monday 13th
April. All articles for the Newsletters on 5th & 12th April need to be in the Parish
Office No later than 10am Monday, 30th March.