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2ND SUNDAY OF EASTER 2ND APRIL 2024

Today is the Second Sunday of Easter: On the Octave of Easter, the Risen Christ reappears in the Upper Room – that same room where He instituted the Sacraments of the Eucharist and Holy Orders ten days earlier and where the Pentecost gift of the Holy Spirit will be bestowed forty days later. Once more, He greets His chosen disciples, but then quickly turns His full attention to Thomas. He wants to convince Thomas that He is truly risen, and He does so by pointing to His holy wounds. Why? Those wounds on the Body of the Glorified and Risen Lord teach us several things. 

(1) They show that this Jesus is not a ghost but a real flesh-and-blood Person. 

(2) They serve as powerful reminders of the great love of God for us, a love so great that in Christ God died, so that our sins might be forgiven. The only man-made things in heaven are the wounds of Christ

(3)  The wounds of Christ illustrate the continuity between the earthly life and ministry of Jesus and His eternal high priesthood, by which He lives to make continual intercession for us before His Heavenly Father (cf. Hebrews 7:25).

There is an ancient legend that says that the devil the master of disguise tried to get into heaven by pretending to be the Risen Christ.  He took with him demons who were disguised as angels of the light and had them cry out the traditional first part of the welcome psalm: “Lift up your heads, O you Gates of Heaven, lift up your doors and the King of Glory shall enter.”  The real angels looked down on what they thought was their King returning in triumph from the dead. So they in turn shouted back with joy the refrain, “Who is the king of Glory?”  The devil made a fatal mistake. He opened his arms and spread his palms and declared “I am” The angels immediately slammed the gate of heaven and refused to let the impostor in.  They saw right away that there were no marks of the nails on his palms.  The impostor had no wounds of love. He had not paid the costs. Authentic love costs.

It is not an accident that Thomas comes to faith, not by simply seeing an apparition of Jesus, but only after being instructed to pay heed to those sacred wounds, which are not scars of defeat and ignominy. They are tokens of victory and love.  Because Jesus loved us to death, our sins are forgiven, and that love remains present in the Godhead forever. Therefore, when we meet Christ face to face on Judgment Day, He will look just as He did during that first Easter season. Jesus, you see, is in a unique position to judge us, precisely because He shared our human condition completely and bore the burden of our sins, which is why the Father has given over to Him the role of judgment of the human race (cf. Jn 5:22). The judgment the Lord most desperately wants to make, however, is that of forgiveness, if only we allow Him to do so. 

 Pope Francis said: “We, too, are wounded; who isn’t wounded in life? Who does not bear the scars of past choices, of misunderstandings, of hurts that stay inside and that we struggle to overcome? God does not hide from our eyes the wounds that have pierced His body and soul. He shows them to show us that a new passage can be opened at Easter” (April 2023). 

We appreciate last weekend’s Easter Sunday collection. Thank you for your very generous support despite the financial difficulties that we are now all experiencing. Thanks also to our Readers, Singers, Ushers and Ministers of the Eucharist for their wonderful help during our weekend liturgies. 

Exposition: Continues each Friday from 10am – 2pm.

April’s Church Cleaning Group: Thanks to April’s cleaning group who cleaned the church this week.

Devotions Prayer Group: Will take place each Wednesday from 7.30pm – 8.30pm in our prayer room here in The Graan starting on Wednesday 10th April. All are welcome.

Shop: Open Mon to Sat – 9.30 – 7pm. Sun 9.30pm – 4pm. 

Guild Mass Cards: Our selection includes Deceased, Mass Bouquets, Get Well, Wedding, Birthday, Anniversaries, Christening, New Home & Retirement Mass Bouquets. Cost £2. 

Sunday & Monday no duty. Mass Monday (8th  April  @ 7pm – Arthur. 

Confessions: Tues to Fri 2pm – 5pm. 

Sat 5pm – 6pm.  Mass: Mon – Fri @ 7pm. Tues – Brian.  Wed – Victor.  Thurs – Arthur. 

Fri & Sat  – Anthony.

Gluten-Free Hosts: If you are Coeliac and you wish to receive communion please come up to the altar and stand beside the Eucharistic Minsters where you will receive the gluten-free host. 

Divine Mercy Sunday: Takes place today 7th April in St Naile’s Church, Kinawley at 3pm. All are welcome to attend.

Recently Deceased

Philomena (Mena) Monaghan, Maguiresbridge

Patrick Keaney, Belcoo

Tommy Flanagan Jnr, Treel, Boho

Anniversaries

Audrey Gallagher, Belcoo

John & Elizabeth Maguire,  Art & Alice Maguire

& the Maguire & Conroy families Lahinch, Newtownbutler

Tom & Teresa Mc Grenaghan, Sedan Terrace, Enniskillen

Phelim Gollogly, Epsom, Surrey

Patrick Gallagher, Belcoo

James Curran, Carrigallen, Co Leitrim

William & Susan Ward, Gorteen, Garrison

Patrick Mc Manus, Drumaraw, Springfield

Enda Phillips, Omagh

Tommy Mc Partland, Donegal Town

Contact

The Graan,
Enniskillen,
Co. Fermanagh,
BT74 5PB

N. Ireland.

Telephone: 028 6632 2272
Fax: 028 6632 5201
Email: thegraan@btconnect.com

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The Community

  • Fr Charles Cross Superior
  • Fr Arthur Mc Cann Vicar
  • Fr Victor Donnelly
  • Br Brendan Gallagher
  • Fr Brian D'Arcy
  • Fr Anthony O’Leary