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Message updated 1st of April 2023
The year is rolling by and we are marking the growth of the natural world with a flurry of daffodils, crocuses and snowdrops. As Easter approaches we take this opportunity to thank all of you for your support and we hope that the season of new life brings fresh optimism and renewal into your life. Easter and springtime are very buoyant times. They are times to look forward, times of anticipation. We are an Easter people. As an old Irish prayer puts it, we are the King of Friday’s men. Christ is the King of Friday, rí na hAoine. We look at life not from the vantage point of a dark Good Friday but from the joy and hope of an Easter Sunday morning.

The Easter Triduum marks the high point of our ritual year as we celebrate the triumph of light over darkness, life over death and goodness over evil. We need a strong message of hope and redemption in our turbulent times and I trust that those who reflect on the Easter story will find strength and motivation to continue the excellent work that continues to enliven all of us at parish level.

Winter always has its casualties and we have recently taken leave of some of our oldest parishioners. Death does not discriminate though and we also have lost parishioners from almost every age group over the season. As we wheel into Easter, I take this opportunity to thank our teachers for the wonderful work of preparation that they continue to do for our First Communicants and Confirmandi whose big days occur in May.
Meantime, we say thanks to parishioners and friends and to the ‘virtual community’ who join us from all over the world for our liturgies.

Fr Michael Murtagh P.P.