Second Sunday of Easter – Divine Mercy Sunday

Eight Days Later

Today’s Gospel, John 20: 19–31, is read in each of the three years of the three-year cycle of readings. This reflects the importance of its message of peace, mercy and faith.

The gospel refers to the events when:

Eight days later the disciples were in the house again and Thomas was with them. The doors were closed, but Jesus came in and stood among them. ‘Peace be with you’ he said.

Today is the Octave day of Easter, we have continued to celebrate Easter for the first seven days, today on the eighth day, we remember with hope that Thomas’ doubts did not lead to disaffection, but that in meeting Jesus he proclaimed:

My Lord and my God!

And we can hear Jesus say to him and to us:

You believe because you can see me. Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.

We are those who believe the promises of the Lord are fulfilled and meet him in the continued joy of the Easter season. As the Bishop says at the renewal of Baptismal promises at Confirmation:

This is our faith. This is the faith of the Church. We are proud to profess it in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Let us proclaim our faith in Jesus with joy in our hearts.

Divine Mercy Sunday

Today also has another name, one which celebrates the great mercy of God – Divine Mercy Sunday.

In 2000, Pope St. John Paul the Second proclaimed that from then onward the Second Sunday of Easter would be celebrated as Divine Mercy Sunday. This was proclaimed at the Canonization Mass of St. Faustina Kowalska, who worked throughout her life to make all people aware of the merciful love of God. When celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday, we are called to reflect more personally on the graces won through the life, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Graces won for us and for our salvation. In this way their hearts may be more fully aware of the mercy of God for them personally and for the sake of the world.

Today at 3pm, following confessions from 2pm to 3pm, the 3 o’clock Prayer & Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be prayed at the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in formation, St. Alban’s Church, Cardiff. The Chaplet will be followed by the Act of Consecration to Jesus and a communal Act of Veneration of the Divine Mercy image. The 3pm devotions will be followed at 4pm by Solemn Vespers and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. All are welcome to attend.

Canon William Isaac

Two weeks to the day of the death of our Parish Priest Canon William Isaac we are invited to reflect on his faith and commitment to Divine Mercy as we remember him. Photographs of his grave and links to the Virtual Book of Memories for him can be found here.

Mass at St. Teilo’s

Mass today will be at 10.00am please only attend if you have already booked to do so. You are welcome to join us online.

From tomorrow, Monday, April 12th, 10am Mass at St. Teilo’s on Monday to Saturday will be open to public attendance without pre-booking.

Next Sunday, April 18th, we make use of our new online booking tool which we will use for future Sunday and Holyday Masses.

This week’s newsletter can be found here.

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