ARCHBISHOP MALCOLM'S EASTER MESSAGE

The events of the first Easter morning began quietly, in stark contrast to the violence and baying crowds which accompanied the crucifixion on Good Friday. Mary Magdalen went to the tomb early in the morning on the first day of the week while it was still dark, while it was quiet with no people around, and none of the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem, the busy city. Things began to change when she saw that the stone had been rolled away. She ran to Simon Peter and the disciple John saying, 'They have taken the Lord out of the tomb and we do not know where they have laid him'. The disciples ran to the tomb and saw the linen cloths lying on the ground. They believed.

Mary though was not joyful. She did not have hope, She stood outside the empty tomb weeping, asking where the body of Jesus had been taken. Yet, as she recognised the risen Jesus, her life would be transformed, moving from darkness to light, from sorrow to joy, and from despair to hope.

For over a year now we have been living under the darkness of the pandemic. Just as the light of the Risen Christ is always with us, so we have seen light in that darkness through the bravery, generosity and kindness of others. Light has been offered to us by the heroes of our NHS, by carers, and by all who have worked to keep our country going.

CHURCHES REMAIN OPEN

During this new national lockdown it is more important than ever that churches are sanctuaries for people's emotional and spiritual well-being. The Government recognises that places of worship fulfil a unique role in communities and the lives of many people and they have confirmed that you may leave your home to go to Mass.

Their announcement also confirms that, because stringent and Covid-Compliant hygiene measures have been put in place that exceed many other indoor venues churches are not places of high risk.

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HOLY FAMILY CHURCH - TRACK AND TRACE

The QR bar code for the church is displayed on the poster which you'll find on the notice boards on either side of the main church doors as you enter Holy Family Church.

Scan it with your smart phone or mobile device to check into the NHS Track and Trace App.

The NHS Track & Trace app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

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► REMEMBER TO FOLLOW THE PROCEDURES ◄

These procedures are the "new normal" and are there to protect everyone by making every possible effort to keep the risk of infection as low as possible.

If you do not wish to do things according to the "new normal" then you should not come to church at this time.

Please note that Places of Worship are exempt from the Government's latest regulations which come into effect from Monday 14th September placing a limit of six persons for social gatherings.

The church therefore remains open and Mass continues to be celebrated with the procedures continuing to be strictly followed.

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