This week at St. Michael's

Please come along to St. Michaels and collect a bulletin from the porch of the church
which will detail all masses and intentions for the coming week.

Easter Sunday
21st April 2019


First Acts 10:34. 37-43
We have eaten and drunk with him after his resurrection.

Psalm 117
This day was made by the Lord; we rejoice and are glad.

Second Colossians 3:1-4
You must look for the things that are in heaven, where Christ is.

Gospel John 20:1-9
He must rise from the dead.

Each of the four Gospels reports the discovery of the empty tomb after Jesus' death. At the Easter Vigil each year, we read from one of the Synoptic Gospels. This year we are in Lectionary Cycle C and we read from the Gospel of Luke. On Easter Sunday, the Gospel reading is always taken from the Gospel of John.
In each of the four Gospels, we learn that it was the female followers of Jesus who first went to the tomb. Luke reports that the women from Galilee go to the tomb to anoint Jesus' body, bringing with them the spices they had prepared. Luke names three women who found the tomb empty: Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary, the mother of James.
Upon arriving at the tomb, the women find that the stone has been rolled away from the entrance. They enter the tomb but do not see the body of Jesus. Before the women have drawn any conclusions about this, they see two men dressed in dazzling garments. The women are said to be terrified. When these men speak to the women, they announce that Jesus has been raised from the dead. As if to prove their announcement, the men recall Jesus' own words to them. The women leave the tomb and report to the others what they have seen and heard.
These women disciples were faithful followers of Jesus who had probably served Jesus in many ways during his journeys. Luke tells us that they remained present with Jesus on his way to the crucifixion site and witnessed his death. They came to the tomb that morning expecting to serve Jesus once again by anointing his body. Instead, they were sent to minister in a different way, as messengers to Peter and the apostles.
Yet the apostles do not believe the women. Luke reports that the women's story seemed like nonsense. It is odd that Peter goes to the tomb at all. Perhaps Peter knew these women well enough to give their story credence. Perhaps he remembered something that Jesus had said that led him to hope that the women's story was more than nonsense. Without explaining why, Luke tells us that Peter goes to the tomb to investigate the women's story. He looks into the tomb, sees the burial cloths alone, and then goes home amazed.
We see in Luke's Gospel that the Twelve (who now number eleven because of Judas' betrayal) are identified as separate from the other disciples. These men were identified as Jesus' inner circle; they hold a position of authority in the community of disciples. At the start of his ministry, Luke tells us that Jesus chose the Twelve and named them apostles (Luke 6:12-16). The word apostle means “one who is sent.” During his lifetime, Jesus prepared these apostles to be his witnesses by sending them to heal the sick, to exorcise demons, and to proclaim the Kingdom of God.
Peter is singled out from among the Twelve. The authority of Peter and the other apostles will continue to be described in the Acts of the Apostles, which was written by the author of the Gospel of Luke. We can trace our faith in Jesus' Resurrection to these witnesses. Their teaching, their ministry, and their bold proclamation of Christ's saving death and Resurrection are the beginning of the Church's witness to salvation through Christ.

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Mass Intentions and Ministries

This information is pdated from the bulletin.
PLEASE check with the church directly for up to date times of masses.

Saturday 20th April

Easter Vigil
& Mass of the Resurrection

R & BP: Group B
SM: Group 2 B2
Servers: T Higgins &
O Smith, M Thompson

Sunday 21st April


Baptism of Josh Daniel McKinney
& Owen Lee Miller

R & BP: Group B
SM: Group 2 B2
Servers: P Turnbull
A Walker & E Geddes

Monday 22nd April

Holy Souls
N Finnigan
Special Ministers
T Finnigan & F Wotton

Tuesday 23rd April

Requiem Mass for John Bleanch

A Burns
Special Ministers
M Donaldson & M Lockey

Wednesday 24th April

Terry & Bernadette Slee

A Barker
Special Ministers
N Finnigan & T Finnigan
Thursday 25th April 10.00am
Private Intention
I Willis
Special Ministers
J Wotton & F Wotton

Friday 26th April


Requiem Mass for Vincent Mallon
J Doyle
Special Ministers
P Kennedy & R Sharp

Saturday 27th April

Refreshments served after Vigil Mass
by L Poole & friends

Reginald Baughan

R & BP: Group C
SM: Group 3 C2
Servers: T Higgins &
O Smith, M Thompson

Sunday 28th April

Refreshments served after morning Mass
by P Winship & M Gallagher


R & BP: Group C
SM: Group 3 C2
Servers: J & E Marston
O Laws & L Burrell
K Forrest & K Smail


One hour before weekday Mass (except Vigil Mass)


Please pray for those who are sick or housebound in our Parishes:
Fr David Tanner, Fr Joe Burton, Fr Pat McKenna, Brian Copeman, Harry & Nita Lax, Jenny Gray, Craig Miller, Mary Brightwell, Molly Baines, Mary Connaughton, Tom Brennan, Tracey Rankin, Winnie Bilton, Alan Rhys-Evans, Pat Fletcher, Kyna Richardson, Irene Bowater, Kaya Isli, Eugene Bell, Thomas Russell, Moira Waugh, Joe Porter, Kathleen Hartis, Nathan Pearce, Susan Miller, Margaret Lightly, Jim and Margaret Smith.

Please pray for diocesan Priests whose anniversaries occur this week:
Fr Francis Rice, Fr Daniel Keane, Fr Osmund Curry, Fr Austin Pickering, Fr Martin McBrien, Fr Thomas Gaughan, Fr Denis O’Kane and Fr Lawrence Jones.

Tuesday Ken & Joan Vardy (57 years) AND Frederick & Kathleen Anderson (46 years)
Saturday Aron & Louise Miller (6 years)
Animated Praying Hands