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 2015
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A happy Easter to you all. Easter, and the celebration of Christ’s Resurrection is the centre, the heart of the Christian year. The date of Easter determines the timing of the moveable feasts of the Church’s calendar. It is upon the date of Easter that the whole liturgical cycle depends.

The mystery of the Resurrection is represented by the light of the Paschal candle which is lit at the Easter Vigil. This light reminds us of the true Light whose birth was marked by the light of the star of Bethlehem. It is a light that the darkness of Golgotha could not extinguish. It is the Light which is in the midst of the Church, as represented by the candles held by the congregation at the Easter Vigil - light taken from the Paschal Candle, which proclaims the power and presence of the Risen Christ. It is the light which shines in the midst of the Church and within our hearts. Even though all but one of Jesus’ disciples abandoned him in the harrowing hours of Golgotha, the risen Christ dealt gently with his disciples and included them in the joy of Easter. And though we fall short in our discipleship, Jesus invites us to bathe in the light of Easter and enter into his Paschal joy. Easter, and the celebration of Christ’s Resurrection is the centre, the heart of the Christian year.

We are called, through our baptism into Christ’s death, to be immersed in the light of Christ’s Resurrection and to embrace that light as the centre and heart of our lives.

Fr. Frank Smith.
Parish Priest
Easter 2015

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