Warmest greetings to you from St. Patrick’s as we prepare for Easter.
“The sun is out, the sky is blue. There’s not a cloud to spoil the view. But it’s raining, raining in my heart”. (“Raining in My Heart”, Buddy Holly, 1958.) An old tune but still so true. From the outside our lives can seem so happy and trouble free but inside it can very often be a different story.
Life is not all sunshine and inevitably serious difficulties will come our way. Tension around unemployment, financial problems, bereavements (sudden and expected), sudden sickness and medical tests, the future of our children, exam pressures, marriage and family misunderstandings are part of life. The stress of loneliness, emigration, unexpected bereavements all come our way at some stage. At that moment we may feel we are the only ones in such a plight and can feel overwhelmed.
In difficult situations like these Easter reminds us that we can turn to God. Jesus changed death into life and so no crisis in our lives is without hope.
From Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday we will be remembering especially in our celebrations the worries and concerns of our benefactors, those areas of their lives which only God can touch. All the special private intentions that we have received will be presented before God during our celebrations in the Easter Triduum.
On behalf of all our priests I thank you for your support of our work and I wish you and your family a very blessed and peaceful Easter.
Fr Sean Deegan,
Dear Lord, help me to carry the cross
life has given me.
As you share with us
the new light of
Easter Sunday morning,
lighten my burden and
inspire me with new hope.