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May – Mary’s Month – arrives in the joy of Eastertide

1st. May – Feast of St. Joseph the worker.

Colossians 3:14-15,17,23-24
Whatever your work is, put your heart into it as for the Lord


Over all these clothes, to keep them together and complete them, put on love. And may the peace of Christ reign in your hearts, because it is for this that you were called together as parts of one body.

Always be thankful. Never say or do anything except in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Whatever your work is, put your heart into it as if it were for the Lord and not for men, knowing that the Lord will repay you by making you his heirs. It is Christ the Lord that you are serving.






2nd. Reading from Mass of the 2nd. Sunday of Easter – Mercy Sunday – 1 John 5:1-6

Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ, has already overcome the world

Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ

has been begotten by God;

and whoever loves the Father that begot him

loves the child whom he begets.

We can be sure that we love God’s children

if we love God himself and do what he has commanded us;

this is what loving God is –

keeping his commandments;

and his commandments are not difficult,

because anyone who has been begotten by God

has already overcome the world;

this is the victory over the world –

our faith.

Who can overcome the world?

Only the man who believes that Jesus is the Son of God:

Jesus Christ who came by water and blood,

not with water only,

but with water and blood;

with the Spirit as another witness –

since the Spirit is the truth.


Easter – He is Risen – Alleluia!

“Rejoice,  heavenly powers!

Sing choirs of angels!

Exult all creation around

God’s Throne!

Jesus Christ, our King has risen!

Rejoice, O earth in shining splendor,

Christ has conquered! Glory fills you!”


The wonder of our Risen Lord breaks through even

 the continued darkness of war.

   Jesus, Risen from the dead, can come through any barrier.

Just as he came into the

locked upper room

where the disciples were hiding in fear,

He can break down anything that binds us and come into our hearts saying:

‘Peace be with you, it is I do not fear.’ 


Holy Saturday


Good Friday – ‘Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.’

Holy Thursday – Eucharist – washing of each other’s feet in service and keeping Vigil


    ‘Stay here and keep watch with me.’

The Preface of the Mass used

on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of Holy Week

The victory of the Passion

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,

always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God,
through Christ our Lord.

For the days of his saving Passion
and glorious Resurrection are approaching,
by which the pride of the ancient foe is vanquished
and the mystery of our redemption in Christ is celebrated.

Through him, the host of Angels adores your majesty
and rejoices in your presence forever.
May our voices, we pray, join with theirs
in one chorus of exultant praise, as we acclaim

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.



With Palm Sunday we enter the great days of Holy Week

and unite with all who are entering this week in great sorrow,

pain and the hell of war.

In Holy Week we ponder on the reality we recite in the Apostle’s Creed 

‘ He suffered..was crucified, died, and was buried.



His state was divine yet

Christ did not cling to his equality with God

but emptied himself …to become one with us

and he was humbler yet even to accepting death, death on a cross.

But God raised him high and gave him the name which is above all other names

so that all beings in the heavens, on earth and in the underworld, should bend the knee at the name of Jesus and that every tongue should acclaim  Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 

c.f. Philippians 2:6-11





















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