It was very early on the first day of the week and still dark, when Mary of Magdala came to the tomb. She saw that the stone had been moved away from the tomb and came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved. ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb’ she said ‘and we don’t know where they have put him.’ So Peter set out with the other disciple to go to the tomb. They ran together, but the other disciple, running faster than Peter, reached the tomb first; he bent down and saw the linen cloths lying on the ground, but did not go in. Simon Peter who was following now came up, went right into the tomb, saw the linen cloths on the ground, and also the cloth that had been over his head; this was not with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in; he saw and he believed. Till this moment they had failed to understand the teaching of scripture, that he must rise from the dead.
As of the Vigil Mass on
Saturday 16 March, we will be using the hall as our temporary church.
Fr Hill writes: “A
huge thanks to all who did so much work in clearing the church and setting up
the hall as our new and temporary place of worship.
On Monday 1 April, the work officially begins! For the past couple of weeks the staff of Flemings have been preparing the site, and now all is ready for the work to begin. After all these years, the project is no longer a dream but is becoming a reality. Thank you to all parishioners and users of the church who have been very understanding when hitches have been encountered and small problems have arisen. These are of course unforeseen, and are to be expected in the early stages of a project like this.
Of course, there will be some things we cannot do during the closure of the church, such as host the children’s liturgy, or have events like fayres and fun days, but I am sure that we will all be enriched by our ‘pilgrimage’ on the way to the return to our church. It will not be possible to leave the hall open from early morning until evening as we had done with the church, so we will open at 9.00 am and close at 11.00 am Monday to Saturday. On Sundays, we will open at 8.30 am and close 30 minutes after the last Mass, or after baptisms when they occur.
Some practical points: now that
we will have THREE aisles, there will be no need for the distribution of Holy
Communion at the back of the church (or the hall). With the exception of the very
few people who cannot make their way to the front of the ‘church’, we will
ask people to approach the sanctuary (which is the proper way to receive Holy
Communion) by the centre aisle, and to return to their seats by the side
aisles. This will take a bit of patience at first, and a wee bit of trial and
error until we iron out the problems.
importantly, during this period of renewal of our building, let’s pray for a
renewal of ourselves.”