Sunday April 14th is Palm Sunday and marks the beginning of Holy Week. During Holy Week Christians celebrate the saving events of the passion and death of Our Lord Jesus Christ, culminating in our celebration of his glorious resurrection on Easter Sunday. The four Christian Churches in Lucan will each mark these days according to their own traditions but at the heart of each manner of celebration is the saving reality of Christ’s sacrifice for our sake, a true point of shared faith and solidarity that transcends historical divisions.
Each Good Friday the Lucan churches come together to walk in an expression of shared faith behind the Cross of Jesus. The walk begins at 12.00 noon when we assemble in St. Mary’s Catholic Church for scripture reading and reflection with some hymns. The walk then moves down the hill to the Methodist Church – but this year because of ongoing work in the Methodist church we will assemble in the small park opposite to continue the scripture sharing and reflections. We then proceed down to Lucan Presbyterian Church where we pause once again to share the Word and reflect. Our final destination is St. Andrew’s Church of Ireland where we conclude our scripture journey and prayers of reflection, and where thanks to the hospitality of the congregation at St. Andrew’s we share a cuppa before returning home. It is a special moment each year and one that we would encourage members of each congregation to make a special effort for.
“There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all."
Attention St. Mary’s, St. Patrick’s and Divine Mercy
This year the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated in St. Mary’s Church on Monday night next 15th April at 7.30pm. Please note that there is no evening Mass that evening. This celebration is for the three Lucan Catholic Parishes and will alternate each Holy Week and each Christmas between the three churches. Priests from the three parishes will be in attendance.
We wish all our readers every blessing for Holy Week and the Joy and New Hope of Easter.
Fr. Philip Curran