Archives for April 2015

Pastoral Notes 26th April, 2015

ST CATHERINE – PATRON OF EUROPE St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) along with St Benedict and St Bridget of Sweden have been named by recent Popes as patrons of Europe. St Catherine’s feast-day is on 29th April. She was a citizen of the very beautiful Italian city of Siena and became a member of the […]

Pastoral Notes April 19th, 2015

TO THE NATIONS One of the very uplifting elements of our recent Divine Mercy Mass was the presence together of so many different voices. We had our hymns in English, but prayers and Readings mostly repeated in both English and Polish for the first time – also very moving Polish hymns and Malayalee singing, not […]

Pastoral Notes April 12th, 2015

ST POPE JOHN-PAUL II It is ten years since Pope John-Paul died, on 2nd April 2005, on the eve that year of the Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday. It was a very early Easter that year. His immediate successor, Pope Benedict XVI was then elected, but retired two years ago in 2013. Both […]

Pastoral Notes 5th April 2015

CHRIST IS RISEN The whole of Easter Week, Easter Sunday to the following Sunday, is celebrated in the Church as one ‘Sunday’. The 2nd Sunday of Easter is now also celebrated as ‘Divine Mercy’ Sunday, and will be celebrated in a special afternoon Mass this year. The daily Reading at Mass is from the Acts […]