29th March 2020

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Wish and pray that all of you are keeping well. In this time of unprecedented events of our life let us stay closer to our god through our prayers and practices of piety. Yet another Sunday is coming into our lives and we are not able to physically gather together but are spiritually able to pray and meet together. So let us keep each other in our prayers.

This Sunday we are invited to reflect upon the theme Death with hope in resurrection and is challenging us to be alive and not to be spiritually dead by mortal sin.

Reporting his vision in the first reading, Ezekiel bears witness to the reanimation of the dead Israel in preparation for her return to the Promised Land. He assures them that God's life-giving Breath will restore His people, give them new life and resettle them in their land.

St. Paul, in the second reading, assures the early Roman Christians who were facing death by persecution, and us who are surrounded by a culture of death, that the same Spirit, Who raised Jesus from the dead and who dwells within us, will raise our mortal bodies to life on the Last Day. Paul considers the Resurrection of Jesus the basis for our hope of sharing in Jesus' Resurrection.

For John, in today's Gospel, the raising of Lazarus is the final and greatest sign of Jesus, the Deliverer, a symbolic narrative of his Final Victory over death at the cost of his human life and a sign anticipating his Resurrection. Describing this great miracle, the Church assures us that we, too, will be raised into eternal life after our battle with sin and death in this world. Thus, resurrection hope is the central theme of the Scripture readings for the Fifth Sunday of Lent. The readings assure us that our Faith in Jesus, who is "the Resurrection and the Life", promises our participation in his resurrection and new life.

Let us unbind ourselves from the chains of addiction to alcohol, drugs, sexual deviations, slander, gossip, envy, prejudices, hatred, and uncontrollable anger, and rise ourselves from the tombs of despair.

May you all have a safe and healthy week.


Fr Sabu Pariyadan RCJ


From the SVP:

Scammers and hackers:

We just wanted to remind everyone that scammers and hackers have not stopped their attacks. Please think before you click on a link in an email or text message. If you are not sure please ask for help. If you think a message feels suspicious you are probably right. is an excellent resource.

Here is some more information on current scams from Essex & Kent Police & Crime and Action Fraud If you or someone you know is vulnerable and has been a victim of fraud, please call Essex Police on 101. Report fraud or attempted fraud by contacting Action Fraud at or call 0300 123 2040.

Re-dedication of England as the Dowry of Mary

This Sunday is the re-dedication of England as the Dowry of Mary. A day for the Christians of England (and Wales) to make a personal rededication to Our Lady (see link

Please remember to pray for:

Daily for the sick clergy of our Diocese

The sick and housebound

Those who have recently died