Our Lady of Mount Carmel
& St. Joseph Catholic Church

Celebrating Easter 2007


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Fr. Testfamichael Negusse MCCJ
Fr. John Clark MCCJ

Rev. Fidelis Chukwu

8a Battersea Park Road
London SW8 4BH

Tel: 020 7622 4282
Fax: 020 7978 1800

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Holy Week

Palm Sunday, 1st April (Normal Sunday Masses)

Today the Church celebrates the Lord's entry into Jerusalem to accomplish the paschal mystery.  This is recalled at each of our weekend masses.  Weather permitting, we gather in the playground between the Church and Hall for our solemn procession with palm branches.

Easter Triduum

"Christ redeemed mankind and gave perfect glory to God through the Paschal Mystery: by dying he destroyed our death, by rising he restored our life.  The Easter Triduum of the Passion and Resurrection of Christ is thus the culmination of the entire liturgical year" (Roman Missal)

Maundy Thursday, 5th April at 7:30pm

The Church gathers for the "Mass of  the Lord's Supper", our solemn commemoration of the institution of the Sacrament of the Eucharist.  At this mass we wash feet following the Lord's example.

There is "watching" and quiet prayer after the mass, ending with "night prayer of the Church" just before midnight.

Good Friday, 6th April at 3pm

We gather for the solemn liturgy of Good Friday, which includes the reading of the "passion", veneration of the cross, and holy communion.

Holy Saturday, 7th April at 8:30pm

The culmination of Holy Week is the Easter Vigil Mass.  We gather outside for the blessing of the new fire, the procession of the Paschal Candle and the Easter Proclamation.  We listen to the scripture reading which recount the history of our salvation.  We welcome into full communion with the Church our Catechumens and Candidates through the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation.  

Easter Sunday

For those who are unable to attend the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday, there are normal Sunday Masses at 10am and 12noon.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Lent is a special time for turning away from sin, and many people will wish to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation (what we used to call "Confession") to ensure that they are in a "state of grace" and fulfil their Easter duties.

On Sunday 1st April there will be a Reconciliation Service, with individual confession, in the Church at 3pm.  We have invited many priests to be present to hear confessions.  In the past this has been attended by 150-200 people. 

Although there will be other extra opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Lent is the time for this Sacrament, not the Triduum!  Do not delay! 

There will NOT be any published times for Reconciliation on Good Friday or Holy Saturday. Obviously any reasonable request will not be denied.



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