Blessed Robert Grissold Catholic Church

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Parish Event Archive: Christmas and Easter Messages
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Each Christmas and Easter, our parish priest writes a special message to the parish reflecting on the two most important times of the Churches year. These messages are published in our seasonal newsletters which can be viewed here. They are also available on our website below. Click on the buttons below to read the messages.
Easter Messages
Christmas Messages
Easter Message 2010
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Dear Friends,

May I wish you a happy Easter. May the risen Lord fill your heart with his peace and joy. As you enter into the church today, you may struggle with understanding how the Church can be instituted by Christ whilst her members can engage in sinful or scandalous behaviour.

As we express our great sympathy and support to the victims, we affirm that sin is sin wherever it is committed. It is always good to understand that the Catholic church is made up of people who are sinners all, from the pope to the youngest child who has attained the age of reason, whose baptism has justified them but who remain free to choose against God.

The Catholic Church’s mission and task is to sanctify her members and evangelise the entire world. While scandal is always a cause of great dismay and sorrow, it must also be viewed from the perspective of redemption: much pain and suffering are the result of sin, but God in his infinite mercy grants forgiveness to the repented and, by grace can bring good out of all situations.

As Catholics we are very much encouraged to pray for the victims, their families, for those who are engaged in scandalous behaviour, to pray for bishops, priests and deacons and for the Christian community in general. May the Risen Lord be the answer for all your struggles and sufferings.

Yours truly,
Fr. Sebastian Arikat
Priest in Charge
Easter 2010

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