Third Sunday of Easter - 26th April 2009
Churches and Masses:
Church, Tracyes Road: Saturday 5.30 pm, Sunday 11 am
SS James' &
Luke's Church, Perry Road: Sunday 9 am
Sacrament of Reconciliation: after Saturday 5:30 pm mass, prior
to 9 am mass and by appointment
Cross Catholic Primary School, headteacher: Miss S McGuiggan
Luke's Catholic Primary School, headteacher: Mrs C O'Hara
Mark's West Essex Catholic School, headteacher: Mr D Brunwin
Eamon Hyde, firstname.lastname@example.org
From Fr. Bernard
At a distance of 2000 years we can be forgiven if, occasionally,
we think of Jesus as just a character from the past. What we cannot
be forgiven for is thinking that He is dead. Yes, He died, but the
power of God's sprit caused Him to be raised from the dead and today
He is alive and active in our world. Even His closest disciples
took a while to catch on.
They saw Him die and they presumed the whole enterprise had ended
in failure. It was only gradually that they realised He was in fact,
risen from the grave. Some of them had the tremendous privilege
of actually seing Him in His glorified body after the resurrection.
When they saw the wounds He bore, they were able to accept it was
really Him and not just a ghost. We, too, can see Him in the flesh.
We see Him in the flesh and bones of those who surround us. But
we need eyes of faith to recognise Him. He is in the faces of starving
people on our TV screens, in the faces of our family and friends,
of the helpless baby, the old person who needs our care, and in
the people who cheer us up and bring us encouragement. In fact,
Christ has no body now on earth except that of men and women who
carry His spirit in their daily lives. We hear Christ still in His
words. When we read scripture, when the word of God is proclaimed
in worship, it is the risen Christ who now speaks to us, if we have
ears of faith to hear Him. When bread and wine is blessed, broken
and shared, we meet Christ. When oil is poured on the sick and hands
gently laid on them, it is Christ who brings His healing presence
to bear. When enemies begin to speak to each other, when politicians
seek ways of resolving conflict, when we ourselves recognise our
need for forgiveness and seek it in God's church, Christ is there
with His reconciling gifts. And when men and women join together
in a life-long commitment of love and publicly proclaim His love
by the way they live, Christ is sharing their joy and offering them
Christ is not dead. He is alive and well and living close to you.
God Bless you all,
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Saturday 5:30 pm (Holy Cross church)
Sunday 9:00 am (St. James with St.
Sunday 11:00 am (Holy Cross church)
About The Parish
Luke's and Holy Cross parish is one of the 6 parishes in West
Essex Deanery and part of Roman Catholic Diocese
of Brentwood. The parish history
began since about 1959 with Sunday masses in Potter Street. The
Holy Cross church was built in 1963 and St. Luke's church in 1966
(shared with Church of England and Methodist). The Parish Priest
is Father Bernard Soley, since 2006.
The parish has 7 areas, each with
one or two Pastoral Assistants. The Catholic population in the parish
was estimated about 3500 in 2003, average mass attendance of about
468, with 4 marriages and 29 baptism a year*.
*Source: Brentwood Diocesan Directory 2005.
About This Web Site
The web site is organised into 7 sections shown on the menu bar.
When you click on the menu bar, the left navigation shows the sub
menus for that section.
About the parish section describes
the parish history, churches,
parish and other parishes
in Harlow. The Sacraments
section contains the mass times,
wedding (holy matrimony), funeral,
communion for the sick
and hospital chaplancy.
Ministries section explains
the altar servers, ministry of readers, eucharistic ministers, choir
and usher. Activities tells about
altar servers, senior citizen, stewardship, event
calendar, knights of St. Columba, legion of Mary and gift aid.
Schools describes the 3 Catholic
schools in the Parish. Links contains
related web sites within Diocese of
Brentwood, Vatican and Catholic
news. Contact us explains how
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