Masses this week
Sunday 26 April: Third Sunday of Easter – Solemn Mass at 6.00pm
Monday 27 April: St Peter Canisius, Conf & Eccl Doc – Mass at 6.00pm
Tuesday 28 April: St Paul of the Cross, Conf – Mass at 6.00pm
Wednesday 29 April: St Peter, Martyr – Mass at 6.00pm
Thursday 30 April: St Catherine of Siena, Virgin – Mass at 6.00pm
Friday 1 May: St Joseph the Worker, Spouse of the BVM & Conf – Mass at 6.00pm
Saturday 2 May: St Athanasius, Bp, Conf & Eccl Doc – Mass at 6.00pm
All Masses are offered according to the Missale Romanum of 1962
Third Sunday after Easter
Shout with joy to God, all the earth, alleluia: sing ye a psalm to His Name, alleluia: give glory to His praise, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. (Ps 65:3) Say unto God: How terrible are Thy works, O Lord! In the multitude of Thy strength Thine enemies shall lie to Thee. Glory be… Shout with joy…
O God, Who to those that go astray dost show the light of Thy truth, that they may return to the path of justice: grant that all who are enrolled in the Christian faith, may both spurn all that is hostile to that name, and follow after what is fitting to it. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son…
Epistle (I Peter 2:11-19)
Dearly beloved, I beseech you, as strangers and pilgrims, to refrain yourselves from carnal desires, which war against the soul, having your conversation good among the Gentiles; that whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by the good works which they shall behold in you, glorify God in the day of visitation, Be ye subject therefore to every human creature for God’s sake: whether it be to the king as excelling, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of the good: for so is the will of God, that by doing well you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: as free, and not as making liberty a cloak for malice but as the servants of God. Honour all men, love the brotherhood: fear God: honour the king. Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. For this is thankworthy before God: in Christ Jesus Our Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia. (Ps 110:9) The Lord hath sent redemption to His people. Alleluia. (Lk 24:46) It behoved Christ to suffer and to rise again from the dead, and so to enter into His glory. Alleluia.
Gospel (John 16:16-22)
At that time Jesus said to His disciples: A little while, and now you shall not see Me: and again a little while, and you shall see Me: because I go to the Father. Then some of his disciples said one to another: What is this that He saith to us: A little while and you shall not see me: and again a little while, and you shall see me, and, because I go to the Father? They said therefore: what is this that He saith, A little while? We know not what He speaketh. And Jesus knew that they had a mind to ask Him. And He said to them: Of this do you inquire among yourselves, because I said: A little while, and you shall not see Me: and again a little while, and you shall see Me? Amen, amen, I say to you, that you shall lament and weep, but the world shall rejoice: and you shall be made sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. A woman, when she is in labour, hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but when she hath brought forth the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. So also you now indeed have sorrow, but I will see you again and your heart shall rejoice: and your joy no man shall take from you.—Creed
Offertory (Ps 145:2)
Praise the Lord, O my soul: while I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have being, alleluia.
Grant, O Lord, by these Mysteries, that checking our earthly longings, we may learn to love heavenly things. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son…
Preface of Easter
It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation at all times to praise Thee, O Lord, but more gloriously at this time above others when Christ our Pasch was sacrificed. For He is the true Lamb who hath taken away the sins of the world: Who by rising again hath restored us to life. And therefore with Angels and Archangels, with Thrones and Dominations, and with all the hosts of the heavenly army, we sing the hymn of Thy glory, evermore saying:—Sanctus
Communion (John 16:16)
A little while and you shall not see Me, alleluia; and again a little while, and you shall see Me, because I go to the FAther, alleluia, alleluia.
May the Sacraments which we have received, we beseech Thee, O Lord, renew us with spiritual refreshment and defend us with bodily help. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ…
Thought for the Week
It is, alas, all too true that our loving union with God established in our morning Communion can weaken, but it can also become increasingly perfect. We must not be like those easy-going Christians who receive Jesus in the morning and never again give him a thought the day long; as if they said: “Lord, you are welcome to my house, but I am afraid I have to go out”.
On the contrary, a Christian should endeavour, throughout the day, to keep alive the Eucharistic union. Working or resting, in sorrow as in joy, through all the happenings of our lives, let us keep always united with Jesus in thought, will, and in our affections. Nor is it enough just to maintain the union; we should try to increase and perfect it by repeated acts of love and desire throughout the day.
—Georges Marcel, Le Chrétien face à L’Eucharistie