Easter

Fr Denis’ Easter Message

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easter 2016

Easter Message

 

This day was made by the Lord let us rejoice and be glad is the response to the psalm at Mass on Easter Sunday. Yes, Easter Sunday is indeed a day to rejoice and be glad. Christ is Risen. He is alive. He has overcome death and the grave and because of this we can look at life and death in a different way.

Life poses its challenges for each one of us. Some more difficult than others but as we face them we are not alone- the Lord is with us. God has not abandoned us.  His love for us is so strong that He gave His only Son to death on the cross so that our sins would be forgiven.

Today we celebrate that forgiveness and that love in a very special way. Jesus died on the cross for you and for me. By overcoming death he has won new life for us.  Because of the resurrection of Jesus death does not have the last word. Easter tells us that for the person who dies life is changed not ended. The hope of resurrection is our inspiration. May it inspire us to be joyful and true followers of the Risen Christ.

I pray that our hearts , homes and community will come to experience the blessings of our Risen Saviour. On this day let us rejoice and be glad. Let us commit ourselves to Christ and his message.

May the hope that Easter offers fill our hearts with peace and joy.

Happy Easter

Fr. Denis

 

Blessed Well on Palm Sunday

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As part of the centenary celebrations the blessing of palm took place at the newly restored Blessed Well at 10.30 am followed by a procession to St.Cronan’s Church for Mass.   Sincere thanks to all who facilitated this special event in  our parish in this a very special centenary year.

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Easter Message

As we celebrate the beautiful feast of Easter, I pray that the Risen Lord will pour down many blessings on every person in Balla and Mayo Abbey parishes, on all who are spending Easter with us and on our family members who are away from home.
The feast is one of hope. Jesus who died on the cross out of love for us has overcome death and the grave and has won for us the gift of new and eternal life. Easter also reminds us that we are never alone. In good times and in bad, in joy and in sorrow the Risen Lord is with us. Let us rejoice in his presence, draw comfort and support from it and make it known by our daily living.
As we celebrate in the resurrection I pray that your hearts will be filled with peace and joy, may this beautiful Feast be uplifting for you. May it encourage us as we face the joys and sorrows that come our way in life. May it also be a reminder to us that our loved ones who have died have been called to share in the fullness of new life. May they rest in peace and may all of us take comfort from the Risen Lord.

May His blessings be with you all.
Fr Denis

Fr Denis’ Easter Message

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EASTER MESSAGE

As we celebrate the beautiful feast of Easter, I pray that the Risen Lord will pour down many blessings on every person in Balla and Mayo Abbey parishes, on all who are spending Easter with us and on our family members who are away from home.  The feast is one of hope.  Jesus who died on the cross out of love for us has overcome death and the grave and has won for us the gift of new and eternal life.  Easter  also reminds us that we are never alone.  In good times and in bad, in joy and in sorrow the Risen Lord is with us.  Let us rejoice in his presence, draw comfort and support from it and make it known by our daily living.

At this time nature is reawakening all around us. The fields are growing greener, the shrubs are blooming, the lambs are dancing in the fields, the day is growing longer.  All signs of new life and new hope.

As disciples of Christ may we walk in that hope and be inspired by it as we face the ups and downs the joys and sorrows of life.

As we celebrate in  the resurrection I pray that your hearts will be filled with peace and joy, may this beautiful Feast be uplifting for you. To those who are happy may  it bring more joy.  To those who are sad may  it bring comfort and hope.

To us all may it bring peace.

May the blessings of the Risen Lord be with you all.

Fr Denis

Easter in St Anne’s, Belcarra

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Our parish secretary Eileen took some lovely photographs of the Easter Flowers in St Anne’s Church, Belcarra.

The church is looking resplendent. Thanks to all who helped out in St Anne’s during the Easter season.

Easter Flowers in St Cronan’s

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We had beautiful ceremonies in the parish to mark the Easter Triduum during Holy Week and the Mass of the Resurrection on Sunday.

Our altar in St Cronan’s looks really well.  

Sincere Thanks to Fr Denis and all who helped out during the ceremonies.

Thanks to our sacristan Helen and to Judi in @ballaflorists for the photos!