The Wellington Central Pastoral Area Newsletter 24-25 March 2018

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BE RECONCILED

Today, Palm Sunday, begins Holy Week.  This is the most sacred time of the year for Christians, climaxing in the Resurrection of Jesus, the kernel of our faith.

The contradictory behaviour of those who welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem with “Alleluias” fit for a king, condemning him to death a few days later, is reflected in the liturgies of this week.  We find ourselves caught up in a cycle of joy-sorrow-joy-sorrow-joy, as the drama takes us through Palm Sunday to Holy Thursday to Good Friday and on to the great Easter Vigil and the Day of Resurrection.

The starting point is made special with 40 children celebrating their First Reconciliation this afternoon (2pm at St Thomas More Church, Wilton).  This Sacrament combines the themes of sorrow and joy powerfully and beautifully, easing and lifting burdens with the loving mercy of forgiveness.

There is an open invitation to join the families gathering this afternoon, and our parish timetable lists several opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation during this special week.  We should all consider completing Lent and honouring the gift of Jesus, by formally expressing sorrow for what we have done or failed to do and experience that sorrow turning to joy.

Please try to participate in some, if not all, the Easter ceremonies.  The Chrism Mass (Tuesday), the Last Supper (Thursday), the Friday commemoration of the Lord’s Passion, and the Easter Vigil.  They celebrate the essence of our faith and the purpose of parish life.

Fr James

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