FR DAVID WRITES:
Today is Easter Sunday - the day of the Lord's resurrection from the dead. Having concluded our Lenten observances and celebrated together the great liturgies of Holy Week, we now enter into the Season of Easter joy which overflows for fifty days until Pentecost. We have kept the fast, now we are called to celebrate the feast!  A very happy and holy Easter to you all and your loved ones.

A special mention must go to our seven candidates who were received into full communion with the Church at our Easter Vigil - congratulations!  
We also send our thanks and best wishes to everyone in the parish who has helped us celebrate these days in such a beautiful way. May God bless you all. The Lord is truly risen from the dead: Alleluia!

THIS IS HOLY WEEK:
Today is Palm Sunday, the first day of Holy Week, during which we remember the last week of Jesus's earthly life. On Holy Thursday, we commemorate the Last Supper during which Jesus instituted the Eucharist and Priesthood. On Good Friday, we celebrate the Passion and Death of the Lord. On Holy Saturday, the Church waits at the tomb of the Lord, and on the evening of Holy Saturday she celebrates the Easter Vigil - the greatest ceremony in the Church's calendar. We look forward to celebrating these momentous days together, and coming at last to the joy of Easter next weekend.

HOLY WEEK & EASTER:
Holy Week begins two weeks from today on Palm Sunday. The celebration of the central mysteries of our faith – the death and resurrection of Jesus – are at the heart of the life of every parish.  Please take a card today with the dates and times of the great celebrations of this most special time.

FR DAVID WRITES:
The Governing Body of Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School is very pleased to announce that Gillian Hood has been appointed as the new headteacher from September 2019.  Mrs Hood has been a primary school teacher for 20 years and in that time has held various roles, including deputy and headship positions in Haringey schools.  Mrs Hood was educated in the Diocese of Westminster, attending St Monica’s and St Michael’s Grammar School.  She says ‘I am a married mother of two. I have a 12 year old daughter, who currently attends St Anne’s, and a 2 year old son.  I am really looking forward to continuing the next chapter in the journey of Our Lady of Lourdes.  My commitment is to excellence and helping each and every child be the best that they can be.  I will be working with parents, children, staff, governors and the whole community to achieve this goal,’  We welcome Mrs Hood most warmly to our Parish, and we express our immense thanks and best wishes to Mr Meehan for his leadership in our school over these recent years.  More to follow.

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STATIONS OF THE CROSS:
Stations will take place each Friday during Lent after the 10 am Mass and will be led by a priest.  The faithful are always welcome to pray the Way of the Cross individually or privately in the church at other times.

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