2014 FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

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First Holy Communion

Because of the size of our church and because of the number of boys and girls receiving First Holy Communion, an extra Mass was celebrated for this special event. 26 girls and boys accompanied by family and friends and surrounded by a haze of love trouped their way into church at the beginning of Mass and introduced themselves to the congregation. They returned to their parents only to come to the front again at the time of the homily, sat with the priest and teased out the meaning of the 'Good Shepherd' who was spoken of in the Gospel of the Day.

ALTAR SERVERS' PILGRIMAGE 2014

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Altar Servers Pilgrimage

Yesterday was the Altar Servers annual pilgrimage to Ladyewell Shrine led by Bishop Michael. Eleven of our thirty three serves joined Fr. Darren for the event. The day started off with Bowling at MFA Bowl in Preston; the group were spilt into two teams for bowling. George Soko was the winner of team A and Erin Ross was the winner of team B. After bowling the groups enjoyed lunch together before making their way to Ladyewell Shrine.

BRING THE RAREST OF FLOWERS

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May Procession

'Bring flowers of the rarest,' as the old Marian hymn says, is exactly what the boys and girls from our Parish Primary School did on Friday afternoon as we held our annual May devotions. The devotions in church should have been preceded by a procession from school to church. However, the weather was so wet in the morning that the procession was cancelled, and of course, the afternoon turned out to be bright and fair, if a little breezy!

GOOD FRIDAY AND THE PASSION

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Good Friday

We had already celebrated the Stations of the Cross in the morning with 80 of our parishioners, the meditation led by Fr Darren. But at 3pm, as is customary, we commemorated the Lord's passion. About 250 gathered in the church; the priests and deacon and 15 of our altar servers eneterd in silence and all prostarated themselves before the sanctuary. The Liturgy of the Word unfolded culminating in the shared reading of St John's Passion. The homily reminded us that on the Christ became a 'bridge' between us and God, spanning the gap forged by our sins and bringing us back into right relation with God.

HOLY SATURDAY AND THE EASTER VIGIL

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Easter Vigil

As the Paschal Moon hung heavy and full the third phase of our sacred Triduum began: The Easter Vigil. In this Vigil, when we celebrate Christ rising from the dead, all things are made new. We bless fire, light and water; we proclaim the Gospel of the Resurrection, we renew our own Baptismal Promises. We sing ‘Alleluia’ as we celebrate the first Mass of Easter and receive the Risen Lord in Holy Communion.