Parish of Our Lady of the Rosary & St. Patrick
61 Blackhorse Road E17 7AS
Tel: 020 8520 3647
Fr. Kevin T. Conway SMA
Monday – Friday 09.30am / Saturday 10.00am / 7.00pm
Sunday 09.00am / 11.30am / 1.00pm (Polish) / 6.00pm
Tuesday 7.30pm – 8:30pm & after Friday Morning Mass
Every Friday 8.00pm – 9:30pm (Polish)
Confession Saturday 10:30 am – 11:00 am & 6:15 pm – 6:40 pm
SUNDAY 21st APRIL 2019
Wishing all Parishioners a very happy Easter. May the great news of Christ’s victory over death give you joy, gratitude and hope. May the message of Easter bring joy to your heart, a smile to your face and a spring to your step.
May the miracle of this special time of year bring you every blessing. Happy Easter from Parish Secretaries:
Marifé and Marta
DIOCESE OF BRENTWOOD
RESTRUCTURING AND RENEWAL OF OUR DIOCESE.
“VISION DOCUMENT: SHAPING OUR FUTURE”
The Fourth e-bulletin is available on the Diocese’s website
htts:www.dioceseofbrentwood.net/departments/development/stewards-of-the-gospel/current-e-bulletin. For those parishioners without access to the internet you can obtain a hard copy from the Steward of the Gospel via the Parish Office.
WATER HARVEST JARS. Our last week! Bring your jars with your donations to Mass on Easter Sunday, for our great offering for the poor and thirsty.
PLEASE HELP!MASS LINK URGENTLY NEEDS YOUR HELP. Volunteers are needed for Mass Link. Please contact Parish Office during office hours.
GIFT AID 2019-20. Boxes for the new financial year, for registered parishioners, are available to collect from the Parish Office.
ARE YOU AWARE that the Rosary is said each morning in the church at 9.05 am (just before the morning Mass)? All are welcome to participate.
IMPORTANT NOTICE. Due to Fire and Safety Regulations, children and persons of limited mobility are NOT permitted in the gallery. We also ask that when lighting a candle, you first place the candle in one of the cups provided. Please do not walk around with a lighted candle. Please do not let your children play around candles.
UNABLE TO MAKE IT TO MASS? The church offers a service called Mass Link. At 6pm Sunday Mass, via Skype, we call people who want to listen to the Mass and broadcast the Mass to them over their phones. This service is available for anyone who can't make it to Mass if you are ill or housebound. If you would like this service, please give your number to the Parish Office and we will ring you every Sunday at 6pm to listen in!
HELPING KIDS REMEMBER THE TRUE MEANING OF EASTER. Instead of chocolate bunnies and egg hunts, shift Easter's focus to faith and rebirth. Jelly beans, cellophane-covered baskets, giant candy bunnies. As I spotted all the trappings of Easter in the supermarket, I thought to myself, No wonder kids get confused about Easter. Explaining Christmas was a cinch–the birth of Christ is simpler to grasp. Creches, carols and pageants all reinforce the message, making it easier to keep Santa Claus in perspective. But how could I explain to my two school-age children something as profound and mysterious as the Resurrection? I knew that other parents were struggling with this, too. In fact, I took the greatest comfort in the advice of one friend who said, "Start with the traditions you already have." On Good Friday in our home we always colour Easter eggs–three dozen. What could be a more obvious symbol of new life than eggs? Last year I told the children about a chick I once saw hatching in an incubator. I described how he poked his way out with his beak. "A new life. That's what we celebrate at Easter," I explained, "the new life we have in Christ." The next bit of inspiration came while I was shopping. I found a set of Bible storybooks for my son, Brinck, and came across a tiny gold cross necklace for Katy. I included these presents in the children's Easter baskets, and since then I've added prayer journals, tapes, Scripture stickers and bookmarks. I like the tradition of Easter baskets, especially when I can include gifts that will nurture the children's faith. The third idea came from Guideposts contributor Posy Baker Lough. "Try something," she suggested, "to give children a good visual image of the Resurrection." She described a project at her church: The children were given caterpillars, and in the weeks prior to Easter the kids watched them spin cocoons, metamorphosing into butterflies. "The butterflies were released just before Easter Sunday service," Posy said. "Afterward, when we explained to the kids that the cocoon was like Christ's death and entombment, and that his resurrection was like the butterfly, they understood." At Easter time, images of new life are usually easy to find: crocuses and daffodils blooming, lambs gamboling in fields, birds returning to their nests, green returning to the landscape. But sometimes spring comes late (or Easter comes early) and the holiday meets a gray, cold day. Then I think of something that happened to my friend Alison. On an unseasonably cold Easter morning when Alison was 10 years old, her mother urged her to go outside to see what was in the yard. There in the snow her mother had made a rainbow of hundreds of brightly coloured lollipops, sparkling like bits of stained glass. "It seemed like a miracle," Alison says. "Magical, beautiful, full of mystery and wonder." And that, I realize, is what I want more than anything else to give my children: the miracle of Easter. It was God's most astonishing miracle, the resurrection of Christ and the promise it held for us: eternal life. So, finally, go to church on Easter. Put on your best clothes, take flowers from your garden, sing all the hymns with alleluias. Celebrate. Last Easter Sunday I was delighted when I overheard one youngster say, "Christmas is Jesus' birthday, but Easter is everybody's birthday." Yes, it is. Easter is the time for you and your children–for all of us–to joyfully celebrate our new birth. By Kathryn Slattery
Telephone: 020 8520 3647
61 Blackhorse Road
LONDON E17 7AS
Marife and Marta
Monday – Wednesday 9am – 1pm
Friday - Saturday 9am - 2pm
PARISH OFFICE IS CLOSED
ON THURSDAYS AND SUNDAYS.
FOR APPOINTMENT RING
020 8520 3647 DURING OFFICE HOURS
Monday – Friday09.30am
Saturday: 10.00am / 7.00pm
Sunday: 09.00am / 11.30am /
1.00pm (Polish) / 6.00pm
Tuesday: 7.30pm – 8:30pm
Friday: after Morning Mass
Every Friday 8.00pm – 9.30pm
Led by a Polish prayer group.
Saturday 10:30 am – 11:00 am &
6:15 pm – 6:40 pm