Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God! "Jesus said to him, "Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed."

6 April

Saturday

6.00pm

6.45pm

2ndSunday of Easter - Divine Mercy.

Confessions

Our Parish, Ebele, Arinze and Cynthia Onugha

7 April

Sunday

9.30 am

2nd Sunday of Easter - Divine mercy.

Parish, Ebele, Arinze & Cynthia Onugha

8 April

Monday

9.30am

Mass-The annunciation of the Lord

Ebele, Arinze and Cynthia Onugha

9 April

Tuesday

9.30am

Mass - Feria

The Eyesan & Onugha families

10 April

Wednesday

9.30am

Mass - Feria

The Eyesan & Onugha families

11 April

Thursday

9.30am

Mass - St Stanislaus, Martyr

Richard Foster RIP

12 April

Friday

9.30am

10-10.30am

Mass Feria

Adoration & Confessions

Ebele, Arinze and Cynthia Onugha

13 April

Saturday

6.00pm

6.45pm

Mass - Third Sunday of Easter

Confessions

Our Parish, Ebele, Arinze and Cynthia Onugha

12 April

Sunday

9.30am

Mass -Third Sunday of Easter

Parish, Ebele, Arinze & Cynthia Onugha

Children's Liturgy Every Sunday at 9.30 Mass in the Church Room.

Second Sunday of Easter- Year B. (Divine Mercy Sunday)

Readings: Acts 4:32- 35; Psalm 117:2-4,13-15,22-24; 1 John 5:1-6; Gospel John 20:19-31

The readings today show us God's Divine Mercy in Christ, offered to us through the Sacraments and the Word of God. God of everlasting mercy, your mercy endures forever. Amen

First Reading: The first reading, from the Acts of the Apostles, describes the early Christian community life of sharing and caring. The community of believers was of one heart and mind and they held everything in common. They practised true faith by "the Breaking of the Bread" in worship, believing in and witnessing to the Gospel and rendering genuine service to others.

Second Reading: John teaches the importance of corporal and spiritual works of mercy. Those who love God keep his commandments. Loving others as Jesus loves us, with selfless and sacrificial love, entails sharing with others God's mercy and compassion. We know that we love the children of God when we love God and obey his commandments.

Gospel Reading: Jesus wants the Church to continue His mission. The Church becomes Christ's true messenger in her perfect love and loyalty to Christ. The risen Lord gives the apostles the authority to forgive sins. Thomas had not been with the Apostles when Jesus first appeared to them. He refused to believe. Thomas believes in Jesus because Jesus appeared again to the Apostles when Thomas was with them. However, Jesus tells us that it is not by sight but by faith that a person should believe in the risen Lord. At the overwhelming love and mercy of the risen Lord, Thomas, the "doubting" apostle, makes the great profession of Faith: "My Lord and my God."

Responsorial Psalm: Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love has no end.

Let us pray for our Parish

Heavenly Father, thank You for the life You have breathed into St Patrick's. Thank You for all the people it represents and the people who mean so much to us. O God, take our hearts and desires and transform us and make us stronger followers of You. Please continue to bless and guide our Parish, steering it to be the church You want it to be and please continue to bless all who are a part of it. Amen.

Eter Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself. Amen.

Food Bank - The numbers seeking help has considerably increased. If you are in a position to help, please try to bring a gift of tinned food, tea, coffee, biscuits, cereals and the like. There is also need for toiletries soap, toothpaste and cleaning materials. Please do what you can.

OUR SHARE IN THE RISEN CHRIST

Jesus is the Son of God by nature, while we are brothers and sisters of Jesus by a real share in the life of the only Son, which was fully revealed in his Resurrection.

"Through the power of the Holy Spirit we take part in Christ's Passion by dying to sin, and in his Resurrection by being born to a new life; we are members of his Body which is the Church, branches grafted onto the vine which is himself". This is how we are made holy because "we become communicants in the divine nature" (CCC 1988).

Our collections: Thank you for your generous contributions

17/03/ 2024 - Loose - 192.86. Envelopes 95.00. 24/03/ 2024 - Loose - 240.79. Envelopes 72.20.

Good Friday- 186.60. Easter offering-665.59. Standing orders per week 292.00

Let us keep in our prayers

Lord, we pray for those who hunger for meaning in their lives. May they find You the true life they are seeking. We pray for individuals and families who have given up faith that they will return again to find the healing of God's presence. We pray for those who are suffering or struggling with any kind of need that God may bring them healing, peace, strength and comfort.

Nurture the joy of Easter. Pope Francis on Easter Monday, 1st April 2024

The Gospel (cf. Mt 28:8.15) shows us the joy of the women at the Resurrection of Jesus: with "great joy", and "ran to tell His disciples" (v. 8). This joy, which is born precisely from the living encounter with the Risen One, is a powerful emotion, which impels them to spread and to tell what they have seen.

Sharing joy is a wondrous experience, which we learn from a very young age. Let us try to remember, each of us, a moment so happy that it was even difficult to put it into words, but which we wished to tell everyone about immediately!

So, the women, on Easter morning, live this experience, but in a much greater way. Why? Because the resurrection of Jesus is not just wonderful news or the happy ending of a story, but something that changes our lives completely, and changes it forever! It is the victory of life over death, this is the Resurrection of Jesus. It is the victory of hope over despondency. Jesus broke through the darkness of the tomb and lives for ever: His presence can fill anything with light. With Him, every day becomes a step in an eternal journey, every "today" can hope for a "tomorrow", every end a new beginning, every instant is projected beyond the limits of time, towards eternity.

The joy of the Resurrection is not something far away. It is very close, it is ours, because it was given to us on the day of our Baptism. Since then, we too, like the women, can meet the Risen One and He says to us, as He did to them: "Do not fear!" (v 10). Brothers and sisters, let us not give up the joy of Easter!

But how can we nurture this joy? Like the women did: by encountering the Risen One, because He is the source of a joy that never ceases. So, let us hasten to seek Him in the Eucharist, in His forgiveness, in prayer and in lived charity! Joy, when it is shared, grows. Let us share the joy of the Risen One.