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.

15th April 2018

Second Sunday of Easter


First Acts 3:13-15.17-19
You killed the prince of life. God, however, raised him from the dead.

Psalm 4
Lift up the light of your face on us, O Lord.

Second I John 2:1-5
He is the sacrifice that takes our sins away, and not only ours, but the whole world’s.

Gospel Luke 24:35-48
So you see how it is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead.

Background on the Gospel Reading
On the third Sunday of Easter, we continue to hear Gospel accounts of Jesus’ appearances to his disciples following his Resurrection. Today’s reading, taken from the Gospel of Luke, follows immediately after the report of Jesus' appearance to his disciples on the road to Emmaus. This is the event being recounted by the disciples in the opening verse of today’s Gospel.
Consistently in the reports of Jesus’ post-Resurrection appearances, Jesus greets his disciples with the words, “Peace be with you.” This is a most appropriate greeting. The disciples have witnessed the death of someone they loved, and they now fear for their own lives as well. Peace is what they need more than anything else. Jesus often connects this greeting of peace with another gift—forgiveness. In today’s Gospel, this connection is made in the final verses.
Even as they hear Jesus’ greeting of peace, the disciples are startled and terrified. They are uncertain about what to make of the figure before them and, quite understandably, they mistake Jesus for a ghost. Yet the figure before them is not a ghost; Jesus invites them to experience his resurrected body with their senses, to look and to touch. The figure before them is flesh and bone, still bearing the marks of crucifixion. Although the disciples cannot forget his suffering and death, peace begins to take root in their hearts, as their fears turn to joy and amazement.
As further proof of his identity and of his resurrected body, Jesus eats with his disciples. The disciples have known Jesus best through the meals that he has shared with them. Descriptions of these meals are a defining element of Luke’s Gospel. By eating with his disciples after his Resurrection, Jesus recalls all these meals, and most importantly, he recalls the Last Supper.
Luke’s report of the Last Supper and the meals that Jesus shared after his Resurrection unveil for us the significance of the Eucharist. Having shared a meal with his disciples, Jesus now uncovers for them the significance of what was written about him in the Scriptures. So, too, our celebration of the Mass is an encounter with Jesus, through the Word and the Sacrament of the Eucharist. As Jesus commissions his disciples to be witnesses to what Scriptures foretold, our celebration of the Eucharist commissions us. Like the disciples, we are sent to announce the good news of Jesus’ forgiveness of sins.

Mass Intentions and Ministries

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

Saturday 14th April

Refreshments served after
Vigil Mass at St. Michael’s
by L Poole & friends

6.30pm Private Intention
R &BP: Group C
SM: Group 3 C4
Servers: T Higgins & O Smith
M Thompson

Sunday 15th April

Refreshments served after
Morning Mass by McLean family

10.00am Parishioners
R & BP: GroupC
SM: Group 3 C4
Servers: P & A Turnbull
A Walker & M Nugent

Monday 16th April
St Bernadette

1:30pm Requiem Mass

Tuesday 17th April

7.00pm Liturgy of the Word
& Holy Communion Service

Wednesday 18th April

9.30am Liturgy of the Word
& Holy Communion Service
Thursday 19th April
9.30am Liturgy of the Word
& Holy Communion Service

Friday 20th April

9.30am Liturgy of the Word
& Holy Communion Service

Saturday 21st April

Refreshments served after
Vigil Mass at St. Michael’s
by L Poole & friends

6.30pm Private Intention
R &BP: Group D
SM: Group 4 D4
Servers: T Higgins & O Smith
M Thompson

Sunday 22nd April

Refreshments served after
Morning Mass by E Scott & S Walker

10.00am Parishioners
R & BP: Group D
SM: Group 4 D4
Servers: J & E Marston
O Laws & L Burrell
J Donaldson & K Smail

Day Reader Ministers
MON H Brennan Mgt Brennan
M Brennan
TUES M Donaldson J Nutman
M Lockie
WED K Taylor N Finnigan
T Finnigan
D Willis
J Wotton
F Wotton
N Finnigan
M Irwin
J Doyle


St. Michael's One hour before weekday Mass (except Vigil Mass)

St. Mary's Half an hour before weekday Mass (except Vigil Mass)


Please pray for the following who are sick or housebound in our Parishes:
Fr David Tanner, Fr Joe Burton, Fr Pat McKenna, Brenda Brannigan, Brian Copeman, Harry & Nita Lax, Jenny Gray, Liz Ward, Craig Miller, Mary Anderson, 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, Gladys Thompson, Moira Waugh, Joe Porter, Kathleen Hartis and Nathan Pearce.

Please pray for diocesan Priests whose anniversaries occur this week:
Fr Paul Harrison, Fr William Meagher, Fr James Kenny, Fr Arthur Wills, Fr James McKenny, Fr Thomas McCormack, Fr Christopher Rice, and Fr Francis Rice.


Sunday Peter & Bernadette Oliver (40 years)
Wednesday Julian & Marian Bennett (26 years)
Animated Praying Hands