On Thursday 29 March 2018 school finishes for Term 2. For the Church Holy Thursday night begins the great celebration of the Paschal Mystery with the Easter Triduum. This is the three days where we recall the passion, death and resurrection of Our Lord for the salvation of all. These days are the centre point of the Church’s year and the most sacred of days.
The three days present us with a commemoration of Our Lord’s last supper and the institution of the Eucharist and the first Mass, the Celebration of His Passion and Death on Good Friday and the joy of His Resurrection with the Easter Vigil on Saturday Night.
As Catholics we are so blessed to have the liturgy to remember God’s love and saving action in our lives and express our gratitude for this. The liturgy allows us to be present to the presence of God in our lives and to open our hearts to the future and look forward with hope as we invite God to come more deeply into our lives and bless and sanctify them.
We strongly encourage all students and their families to attend the Easter Ceremonies in your local parish. At Easter Our Lord show His great love for us with His self sacrifice and gift of His love for us on the cross and in the Eucharist. On Easter Sunday Our Risen Lord also shows His power and glory and wants to come more deeply into our hearts and fill them with His Risen Life and Love. ‘God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son’ (John 3:16). The only fitting and appropriate response to love is love. The most concrete gift of love we have to give is our time. In response to God’s love let us take some time to be with Him, to open our hearts and pray. Let us come before Him in the Easter Triduum in the opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation in your parish, in reading and meditating on His Holy Word and in your own personal prayer. Let us open our hearts this Easter to God’s love and allow ourselves to be surprised as God comes to work in them, to shape them and mould them to be more like His Heart which is ablaze with love for all.
Prayers for a blessed and Holy Easter for you and your family.
Holy Family of Nazareth – Be our inspiration and our guide.
Jesus of Nazareth – Help us to grow in faith, wisdom and knowledge.