Blessed Robert Grissold Catholic Church

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Parish Event Archive: Christmas and Easter Messages
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Each Christmas and Easter, our parish priest writes a special message to the parish reflecting on the two most important times of the Churches year. These messages are published in our seasonal newsletters which can be viewed here. They are also available on our website below. Click on the buttons below to read the messages.
Easter Messages
Christmas Messages
Easter Message 2016
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Christ is risen. He is risen indeed! A happy Easter to you all. Easter is at the centre, the very heart, of the Church and the Christian year. The Church’s calendar depends on the timing of Easter - the dates of all the moveable feasts are determined by the date of Easter and this is because the core truth of our faith is that the God of the Gospel brings life out of death.

Our God creates new possibilities, new space for life, new energy for obedience and new waves of joy where there seems to be no alternative, the confinement of the tomb, dead ends and grief. Jesus, through his Cross and Resurrection, reveals that the power of God’s love and life is stronger than the forces of death. He is the same God who created the cosmos out of the primordial chaos. He is the same God who, throughout the Bible opens up new possibilities for life where there seemed to be only dead-ends - no possibility of newness.

The God of the Gospel is the same God who liberated the slaves in Egypt from exploitation and death. The God revealed in the Resurrection is the God who enables and empowers new beginnings - the God who makes a way out where there seems to be no way. Our God is the God of new possibilities and new life and he invites us to give up what is old and deathly and share in the new life of the risen Christ. This is the life which is made present, and on which we feed, in the Eucharist.

The God of the Bible created us out of nothing to share in his life and love which makes all things new. He is always ready to share his life and love with us - more ready than we are to receive it. So if the walls of our life seem to be closing in and there seems to be no alternative, only confinement and dead-ends, then there is no better place to be than within the walls of our church, which is to be consecrated this year, for in this space sacred mysteries are celebrated which open up onto infinitely new horizons and possibilities.

Here, as we gather for the Eucharist, we are present to the truth of our existence - the truth that sets us free to be people fully alive with that life we were created to know, love and enjoy forever - the new life of the Risen Christ.

Fr. Frank Smith.
Parish Priest
Easter 2016

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