This Sunday has a trinity of titles; it is Lent IV, Refreshment Sunday and Mothering Sunday all at once! We shall be marking the lessening of the Lenten feast at its half way point, when purple vestments give way to rose, in two ways. First the Sunday School will be holding a cake sale in the hall between the 9:15am and 11am Mass- to raise funds for our Lent Charity. Secondly we shall be distributing posies to the ladies of the congregation to mark Mothering Sunday.

Then the final push towards Calvary begins. This year the latter half of Lent will prove especially challenging for Catholic families, given the sad fact that our secular regime has determined the Easter holidays shall occur in the last two weeks of Lent?! It doesn’t sit well at all with the rhythm of church life and times of fasting, devotion and alms giving will inevitably wrestle with the need for family days out and even breaks away from home. Meanwhile the Easter octave- when our children should be enjoying family treats and having fun- will be spent back at school. How I lament it. But there it is and we must do our best to accommodate it.

It is therefore especially important this year that we mark the celebration of Holy Week and Easter in the diary, protecting those times we will give to God on what is the major celebration of the church year. As ever I urge parishioners to attend the entire Triduum- the Mass of the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, the Good Friday liturgy and the Easter Vigil on the night of Holy Saturday. Together these services are the jewel in the crown of the liturgical church year.

Palm Sunday:

Low Mass 8am

Procession of Palms and Solemn Mass 9:15am

Sung Mass & blessing of palms 11am

Mon Holy Week:    

Chrism Mass* 11:30am

(*at Church of Assumption, Warwick St, Soho)

Tue Holy Week:    

Said Mass 7pm

Wed Holy Week:    

The Service of Tenebrae 7pm

MAUNDY THU:   

MASS OF LAST SUPPER 8pm

(with footwashing, followed by Watch till Midnight)

Compline 11:30pm

GOOD FRIDAY:   Stations of the Cross for children 10am

Ecumenical witness on village green 11am

Confessions 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Stations of the Cross 1:30pm

THE GOOD FRIDAY LITURGY 3pm

Maria Desolata 6:30pm

HOLY SAT:

Children’s Easter Workshop 10am

Confessions 10am- 11:30am

THE EASTER VIGIL 8pm

EASTER DAY:      

Mass of the Dawn 8am

Mass of the Day 10am

Stations of the Resurrection 6:30pm

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