OLA Bulletin/Articles

PENTECOST SUNDAY Year A 30th / 31st May, 2020

Despite the promise of Jesus that He would not leave His disciples ‘orphaned’ (see Sixth Sunday of Easter), they huddle in fear in the upper room after his death. He comes among them, not offering recriminations at their lack of faith, but offering peace — a peace won through the cross and resurrection.

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THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD Year A 23rd / 24th May, 2020

The feast of the Ascension celebrates the physical separation of Jesus from the human story, but this text promises his continual presence ‘to the end of time’. After three years of living, working and praying with the disciples, Jesus commissions them to continue his work in the world.

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SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER Year A 16th / 17th May, 2020

Focus on the Readings… Today’s Gospel alerts the disciples to that time when Jesus will no longer be with them. His departure will be a severe challenge to their faith, and Jesus gives voice to the challenge: ‘If you love me you will keep my commandments.’

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FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER Year A 9th / 10th May, 2020

Focus on the readings... Today’s gospel draws our attention to the time when Jesus will depart from the disciples (the Ascension is two weeks away). When Jesus is gone, the disciples must continue the task that he has begun.

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FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER Year A 2nd / 3rd May, 2020

Focus on the Readings… In the Gospel of John, we do not find parables in the traditional sense. They are not a literary device that John employs, but this text is as close an approximation to a parable as we have. The contrast he draws between the shepherd who enters the fold by the gate and the thieves and brigands who seek to enter another way is really about leadership.

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THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER Year A 25th / 26th April, 2020

Focus on the Readings… Much of Luke’s Gospel is taken up by the account of Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem to the cross. In this gospel, the two disciples have turned their backs on that event and are journeying away from the salvation that was won by Jesus there. All they can see is the confusion and disappointment of their failed hopes and expectations. They thought that Jesus was the Messiah, but he died an ignoble death on the cross!

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DIVINE MERCY - SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER Year A 18th / 19th April, 2020

Focus on the Readings… This gospel is one of transformation. The fear of the disciples, locked in their upper room and huddled in upon themselves, is transformed by the gift of peace that Jesus brings and his giving of the Spirit to strengthen them on their way.

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EASTER SUNDAY OF THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD - Year A 11th / 12th April, 2020

Focus on the Readings… The Easter message, this truly great news, is timelessly true, and so it is still a message for here and now. We can identify with each person in the story told by St John today.

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Holy Week at Home - Easter Sunday

At the Easter Vigil, the highpoint of the Triduum, Catechumens and Candidates all over the world are received into the Church through Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. We continue to pray with all, (especially Feodor Fruhktman of our Parish) as they wait in prayerful hope through the delay in their reception of the Sacraments. Our doors are closed, but our hearts are open.

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Holy Week at Home - Good Friday

As we gather in our homes on Good Friday, (while Fr Alan at 3pm commemorates the Lord’s Passion without the presence of the faithful) we are invited to gather around a cross or crucifix (you may be able to make a simple cross) spending a moment to venerate and “Behold the wood of the Cross on which hung the salvation of the world.”

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