Third Sunday of Easter (A)

They recognised him at the breaking of bread

 

During the Season of Easter we walk with the Risen Lord, enjoying his appearing to his disciples. Today’s gospel is one of the loveliest accounts of his appearing – and one especially important for the reader. Jesus appears and teaches the two disciples, by reference to the Scriptures, the meaning of his death. This is very close to the way in which the neophytes (newly baptised) would continue to be taught, through hearing the scriptures, during Easter. The reader should take to herself or himself the words of the Gospel Acclamation: “Lord Jesus, explain the scriptures to us. Make our hearts burn within us as you talk to us.”


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Second Sunday of Easter (A)

Eight days later, Jesus came

Often people forget that Easter is not just a day, but a season – the longest in the Church’s year, in fact! We are given fifty glorious days of Spring and Summer to prolong our baptismal joy, fifty glorious days of basking in the light of the risen Saviour. It seems a shame that after the efforts we put into Lent we don’t celebrate Eastertide with the same enthusiasm.

The readings of this Season have their origins in the instruction given to converts in the early Church: in Lent, the readings were the basis of catechesis on the forthcoming baptism; in Easter the readings are “Mystagogy” – a type of teaching where the newly baptised (“neophytes”) learn through taking part in the celebration of the sacraments and hearing the word. On the Sundays we hear who Jesus is, and on weekdays hear about Baptism and the Eucharist. This “Mystagogy” is not just to nourish the neophytes, but to help all of us deepen our life in the risen Lord Jesus.

This Sunday we are with the disciples in the Upper Room, where eight days after the Resurrection Jesus comes among them – as he comes among us.

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International Jubilee Celebration in October

Today we celebrate 100 years of the Covenant of Love. We join with the International Schoenstatt Family who are gathered in Germany and there is a Live link-up with Schoenstatt everywhere in the World throughout internet and the TV EWTN.  We will take part through the link up and we will celebrate Holy Mass and in the evening we will have a family celebration. Welcome to the Celebration of Schoenstatt Centenary.

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Mayday Jubilee Celebration of Schoenstatt’s Centenary

Almost 100 Years ago a small group of students gathered to hear a talk from a young priest, Father Joseph Kentenich, about belonging to Mary, the Mother of Jesus,  and winning the world for Christ. It was later to be recorded as the beginning of the Covenant Story in Schoenstatt and the start of the Apostolic Movement known as Schoenstatt. Today on our Mayday we gather as the Schoenstatt Family of England and Wales and celebrate our covenant journey, asking that we too may belong entirely to Mary the Mother of Jesus and as Apostles of the Covenant of Love win the world for Christ. Our celebration will be at the Shrine. Welcome to everyone . We look forward to celebrating with you

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Course II Marriage Preparation in St Joseph’s Deanery, Bolton

Together we build the “House of our Marriage” The Preparation Meetings are led by a team of married couples and a priest. They present aspects of the vision of Christian Married Life today: Expectations, Communication, the Sacrament, the Gospel of the Body, the Marriage Ceremony.

Course One (Two Saturday Afternoons) Saturday 1st and 8th March 2014 from 2.00pm – 5.00pm

Course Two  (Two Saturday Afternoons) Saturday 14th and 21st June 2014 from 2.00pm – 5.00pm

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Course II Marriage Preparation in St Joseph’s Deanery, Bolton

Together we build the “House of our Marriage” The Preparation Meetings are led by a team of married couples and a priest. They present aspects of the vision of Christian Married Life today: Expectations, Communication, the Sacrament, the Gospel of the Body, the Marriage Ceremony.

Course One (Two Saturday Afternoons) Saturday 1st and 8th March 2014 from 2.00pm – 5.00pm

Course Two  (Two Saturday Afternoons) Saturday 14th and 21st June 2014 from 2.00pm – 5.00pm

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Course I Marriage Preparation in St Joseph’s Deanery, Bolton

Together we build the “House of our Marriage” The Preparation Meetings are led by a team of married couples and a priest. They present aspects of the vision of Christian Married Life today: Expectations, Communication, the Sacrament, the Gospel of the Body, the Marriage Ceremony.

Course One (Two Saturday Afternoons) Saturday 1st and 8th March 2014 from 2.00pm – 5.00pm

Course Two  (Two Saturday Afternoons) Saturday 14th and 21st June 2014 from 2.00pm – 5.00pm

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