What a grace-filled time it has been recently!  Seven weeks of Eastertide ended last Sunday with the Solemnity of Pentecost and many of the Sacraments have been celebrated during these weeks.  Just under a month ago we celebrated thirty of our young people being confirmed by our new Bishop, Bishop John Wilson, which was very moving.   I was in the fortunate position of seeing them make this public commitment to faith and witness first hand, as they were prayed over and anointed with the Holy Oil of Chrism. There has also been the usual round of baptisms and funerals during this time.  Over the last two weekends over eighty children made their First Communion and there was a tangible sense of joy and celebration on these occasions.  The parents were happy for their children and the children were full of eager expectation.  It was a great privilege to witness the joy on the children’s faces as they received Jesus in Holy Communion for the first time.  It was lovely to see those same children coming to Mass so joyfully the day afterwards (Sunday) too.  Finally at the 12.15 Mass last Sunday three people were received into full communion with the Church.  This was a moving occasion, having accompanied the group over this last year for the ‘Journey of Faith’ course and a great witness and encouragement to the parish.  The timing couldn’t be better, the Solemnity of Pentecost, the birthday of the Church. 

 These are all signs of great hope and encouragement for the future.  The Church is very much alive.  Let us continue to pray for those who have received these sacraments and for those that will receive them in the future.  Let us pray also for ourselves that we may continue to be inspired in our witness as disciples of Jesus Christ. 

 And as if that wasn’t enough we celebrate the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity this Sunday!

Posted on May 20, 2016 .