On Holy Saturday morning the church once more
becomes a hive of activity and anticipation after
the solemnity of Good Friday. Banners of rejoicing
and resurrection are unfurled, flowers beautifully
arranged, candlesticks polished, choir and servers
practiced and ready, all in preparation for the
great Easter Vigil. Coffee is provided for the
many willing helpers.
Lumen Christi is sung out loud as the Light
of Christ appears in the dark church, the bells
ring out at the Gloria and Christ is risen. We
partake in a wonderful service of joy and thanksgiving.
After Mass we continue to celebrate by enjoying
a glass of wine together in our new Parish Centre.
The S. V.P. distribute boxes of fruit or plants
to those in need and the next morning the children
receive Easter Eggs as they gather for their
special Easter Mass. Among them are those preparing
for their first Holy Communion, which will take
place in June. They have been making their own
spiritual journey with the help of catechists
since last October. Any young people being confirmed are also following
their prepared course ready for receiving the Sacrament in July.
As the weeks of Easter pass by, each Sunday brings
its own special intentions. We remember the sick,
the elderly, and the house bound in our prayers
and often with some flowers from the ever-thoughtful
S. V.P. We remember those who have died. Their
names are recorded in the Memorial Book in a
quiet corner of the church where candles are
lit on special occassions. We have a special Mass for them later
in the year when each and every one of them who
has died during the year is named and remembered
by family and friends.