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Easter Sunday 31st March 2024

Today is Easter Sunday. This is the most important and oldest festival of the Christian calendar. St. Bede who lived in the sixth century maintained that the English word “Easter” came from “Eostre” who was the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring and fertility. In Latin and Greek the Christian celebration of Easter is still called “Pascha”. This word denotes the Jewish festival, known in English, as Passover.  The feast of Passover commemorates the Jewish exodus from slavery in Egypt. We, Christians, celebrate the fact that Jesus Christ by his death and resurrection has freed us not from slavery in Egypt but from sin and death. The opening prayer of Mass on Easter Sunday morning states: “O God who on this day through your only begotten Son have conquered death and unlocked for us the path to eternity….” One of the customs on Easter Day when I was a child was, with the rest of my siblings, rolling hard boiled eggs down a hill. The eggs

were boiled mixed with the flower of the whin bush which turned the shell of the egg yellow. The egg that travelled the farthest while remaining intact – won the game! This ancient medieval egg-rolling game symbolised the rolling away of the stone from Christ’s tomb.  It was fun but Easter has little to do with childish games. G. K. Chesterton in his book “Everlasting Man” wrote “On the third day the friends of Christ coming at daybreak to the place found the grave empty and the stone rolled away. In varying ways they realised the new wonder; but even they hardly realised that the world had died that night. What they were looking at was the first day of a new creation, with a new heaven and a new earth; and in a semblance of the gardener God walked again in the garden, in the cool not of the evening but of the dawn”. What we celebrate today is not about Easter eggs or bunnies or daffodils or Spring but it is about a body that is risen.  It is about a dead Jesus who has come back to harass us.  Who urges us to fight for justice, who is appalled that every six seconds a child dies in our world because of hunger. Pope Francis said: “Putting the paschal mystery at the centre of our lives means feeling compassion towards the wounds of the crucified Christ present in the many innocent victims of wars, in attacks on life, from that of the unborn to that of the elderly, and various forms of violence. They are likewise present in environmental disasters, the unequal distribution of the earth’s goods, human trafficking in all its forms and the unbridled thirst for profit, which is a form of idolatry”  

Happy Easter to all from the community at the Graan.

Thanks for the collection last weekend. It came to £2370.  Your generosity is very much appreciated. The Easter collection this week is taken up for the community. 

Thanks to all our Readers, Ushers, Ministers of the Eucharist, Singers and all who helped during the Holy Week ceremonies. It was a privilege for us also to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation with so many people this past week. Your faith and commitment to Christ spurs each one of us to be better disciples of the Risen Lord.

Exposition: Continues next Friday 5th April from 10am – 2pm.

April’s Church Cleaning Group will meet on Wednesday next after the 7pm Mass. New members always welcome.

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.

Easter Monday (1st April) & Easter Tuesday (2nd April) Mass will be at 11am only.

There will be no 7pm Mass.

The shop will be open until 12noon on Monday & Tuesday. (Confessions & duty) resumes on Wednesday (3rd April)

from 2pm – 5pm – Anthony.  Thursday – Brian.  Fri –  Anthony with Mass @ 7pmSaturday 5 – 6pm.

Sat – Anthony

Recently Deceased

Patrick Reihill, Lisnaskea

Maureen Rice, Lisnaskea

Mary Boyle Corranny, Roslea

Tony Cannon, Donagh

Packie Quigley, The Diamond, Clones

Vincent Burns, Bundoran formerly Moyglass, Enniskillen


Charlie, Bea, Theresa & Kieran Burns, Moyglass, Enniskillen

Jim Duffy, Rossorry Church Road, Enniskillen

Ellen & John Maguire, Mullymesker, Bellanaleck

Mary Ellen Kelly, Augher

John Paul & Ellen Reilly, Dungannon

Brian & Teresa Reilly, Enniskillen

Brian Mc Donagh, Strabane & Declan Mc Donagh, Dublin

Eddie Todd, Lisnaskea

Jamie Ridout, Milton Keynes

Sean Flanagan, Bellanaleck

The Young Family, Wellington Place, Enniskillen

Eddie Todd, Lisnaskea

Rita & James Leonard, London & Arney

Canon Padraig, O’Reilly 


The Graan,
Co. Fermanagh,
BT74 5PB

N. Ireland.

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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