EASTER SUNDAY (C)
17th April 2022
The gospel highlights the insufficient faith of Jesus disciples, as Mary Magdalene, Peter and the other disciple
scramble around trying to make sense of the empty tomb.
Mary Magdalene is confused. Her explanation of the empty tomb is that there has been a robbery. The body has gone. She
passes off this conclusion on Peter and the other disciple. "We don't know where they have put him." When
Peter gets to the tomb, he notices something strange. The head cloth has been rolled up and put in a place by itself. These
are unusually neat robbers. Did he begin to wonder, "Does the empty tomb have another explanation?" When the
other disciple went into the tomb, he came to a deeper conclusion. Putting the evidence together and, relying on his close
relationship with Jesus, as the one who was close to Jesus at the last supper, "he saw and believed". The gospel
reminds us that the faith of individual believers can be at different levels.
We like the disciples quite often visit the emptiness of our tombs, the mind, filled with worldly materials, ideologies,
and desires. The disciples had to empty the idea instilled in their mind by Mary of Magdalena "We don't know where
they have put him" and find novelty and freshness with a resurrected mind that of the beloved disciple who came, saw
Today we might ask ourselves about our own faith. "Do I desire a deeper relationship with Jesus?" If the
desire is there, Jesus will seek it out. After today's gospel, the risen Jesus seeks out Mary and Peter and the
disciples on their journey to Emmaus. He consoles them and brings them to a deeper faith in himself. The first reading
today shows Peter proclaiming to his pagan convert Cornelius that he and the other apostles were witnesses to Jesus'
resurrection; they even ate and drank with the risen Jesus. I can remember moments of growth in faith in my own life. It
came constantly by listening to the word of God and through the sacraments of penance where the lord opened the stone of my
tomb which obstructed my hearing, seeing, feeling, thinking and relating. Like Lazarus I too was called out to walk the
Jesus walk. As a community we proclaim the Risen Lord. As individuals we remember that "our lives are hidden with
Christ in God". So perhaps this is a moment of grace to ask the risen Lord to lead us into a deeper friendship.
As the joy of the resurrection fills our hearts today, may we make this joy to impact on our brothers and sisters as we
join in bringing the news of the risen saviour to them.
Happy and Joyous Easter to all of you!
Fr Jijo George
Cashless giving: In response to requests from parishioners and to keep up with the times QR codes have
been provided by the Diocese to enable cashless giving. These have been placed at the doors of our church. Please scan
the amount you want to donate and the money will automatically go into the parish bank account. The Donate link has
also been set up by the diocese to pay in directly to the parish account http://stream.seccomgroup.com/donations/saoc. Thank
you for your continued generosity.
- Priest Surgery: There will be Parish Priest surgery on Thursdays 5.30pm - 6.30pm. Please in order to
book a baptism date for your child, please attend the weekly Parish Surgery.
Baptism/Marriage Enquiries: Kindly make use of the parish email (click
here) for any request. Please ensure that you give us your contact number/email address for further communication.
Please do come to the Thursday priest Surgery.
- Baptism Preparation: If you have booked in for a Baptism, you are asked to take part in a Baptism
Preparation Course. The course will be conducted by the Parish priest on first Tuesday of every month at 7.30pm or by
appointment. The Parents and God-parents are expected to attend the course. The baptism dates will be available on first
and third Saturdays of every month and the time for Baptism would be at 12 noon.
- Prayer for Ukraine: Daily recite three Hail Mary's at 6.30pm, thus interceding with mother Mary
for the people of Ukraine.
- RECEIVING COMMUNION Please consume the Body of Christ in front of the Priest or Minister of
Communion NOT in your seat.
THE THRESHOLDS OF HOPE EASTER VIDEOS. Please have a look at the new videos reflecting on Holy
Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil at www.thresholdsofhope.co.uk
- DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM 28TH Join Bishop Alan and other parishes around the Diocese of
Brentwood in Walsingham as we celebrate the Year of the Family 'Hearing and Doing the Word of God'. We will
celebrate Mass at the Basilica before walking the Holy Mile to the grounds of Walsingham Abbey to celebrate Vespers and
Benediction on the site of the Holy House. If you would like to join our parish in participating in this, please let Cath
Lyons know so that a coach can be arranged.
REFUGEE COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUP: A volunteer group is being set up at St John Payne RC Church,
Greenstead, in conjunction with the Diocese of Brentwood and Caritas Brentwood, to raise funds and provide practical
support for a refugee family, to be housed in Colchester. Anyone interested in becoming involved or finding out more is
warmly invited to attend a meeting, chaired by Fr Dominic Howarth, on Saturday 7th May 2022 at 1.30pm, at St John Payne
Catholic Church Hall, Blackthorn Avenue, Colchester CO4 3QD. Please click here to Email for
TEA & COFFEE, We are hoping to recommence tea and coffee after Sunday Mass from Easter Sunday. We
are therefore looking for volunteers to prepare this. If you are on your own I am happy to pair you up with other
volunteers. It will be dependent on how many volunteers come forward on how often tea and coffee can be offered after
Mass i.e. weekly, fortnightly or monthly, but it would be lovely to offer this chance of all meeting after Mass with
fellow parishioners. If you would like to help, please contact Margaret Cook on 07722 512215 or click here to
HOUSE BLESSING AFTER EASTER If you would like your House to be blessed, please do click
here to Email the details so that this can be arranged.
THE PASSAGE, A CATHOLIC CHARITY WORKING WITH HOMELESS PEOPLE is raising funds through the Big Give, a
matched giving scheme. Every £1 donated online by 12.00 noon on Tuesday 19 April makes £2 and £2.25
if you are a taxpayer through Gift Aid. Please visit: https://bit.ly/BigGiveMarch22 to support the campaign. The campaign 'It takes more than a house to
make a home' focuses on the services we provide to people who have been homeless in their journey to being happily
settled in a new home. The Passage would be very grateful for your support. For more info or to make a donation please
ring 020 7592 1856.
- EASTER SUNDAY MASS & EASTER EGG HUNT There will be coffee after Mass on Easter Sunday at which
we will welcome some of our Anglican/Free church friends who will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt for all our young
children. Come and enjoy!
MARY'S MEALS PRAY IN MAY CAMPAIGN Please click here for details about how to
CARITAS POVERTY CHALLENGE: SEE, JUDGE ACT Following the pandemic, many thousands now face new
hardships as prices rise. Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN), the Catholic agency addressing poverty and injustice in
England and Wales, has released a free new booklet to increase awareness of Catholic Social Teaching on poverty, and to
inform local responses. Please take a moment to read and encourage groups and individuals to engage with it. Download
UKRAINE, WAYS TO HELP WITH CARITAS, DIOCESE OF BRENTWOOD Like so many charities and organisations,
Caritas Diocese of Brentwood is here in solidarity with the Ukrainian people. We have a webpage dedicated to ways that
people can help - through prayer, financial donations, and donations of food, medical supplies and clothing and all the
information is at: www.caritasbrentwood.org/ukraine
ST AUGUSTINE'S PRAYS FOR UKRAINE Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6086960112?pwd=eDFsVGI4SURQL2RYeUgxWUtHRXo1UT09
Meeting ID: 608 696 0112 Passcode: 289272
The 12 noon prayers every day are open to anyone in the parish wishing to join in prayer for Ukraine. No previous
knowledge or attendance is necessary, nor are people required to join every day! Everyone is welcome. Prayers start at
12 promptly and last 15 minutes.
ASSISTANT MANAGER, WALSINGHAM HOUSE AT ABBOTSWICK. Walsingham House are seeking to appoint an
Assistant Manager to begin in late summer. A residential role and involving working alongside existing staff to help to
form the volunteer team and lead retreats for schools and parishes across the diocese. All info at https://bcys.net/news/vacancies/. Closing date for applications
is midday on Friday 22nd April 2022.
HOUSEKEEPER - OUR LADY & ALL SAINTS, BASILDON A vacancy has arisen for a part time Housekeeper in
Holy Trinity Presbytery and Hall, St Therese Hall and occasionally in St Basil's Presbytery in Basildon Parish.
Part-time (approx 15 hours per week - Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday). Application forms from Father Sabu click here to
Email. Closing Date for Applications: 22nd April 2022.
- PARISH INCOME - If you do not pay by standing order and are not able to get to Church, you can pay
directly to "Catholic Church of St. Augustine of Canterbury Springfield" on account 91082884 at sort code
40-13-22. Envelopes can be dropped through the Presbytery letterbox.
- HOSPITAL VISITS: If you go into hospital or a member of your family, inform the Parish Office so
that the priest can visit you in hospital.
DBS CHECKS: It is a legal requirement for those working with children and vulnerable adults within the
Church to be DBS checked, these checks are now carried out every three years, this must be adhered to. Our Parish
Safeguarding representative is Christina Coen or for info from the Diocese please contact Antoinette
click here to Email.
Please remember to pray for:
Daily for the sick clergy of our Diocese
The sick and housebound
Those who have recently died
Sunday: Frank McElligott
Thursday: Fr Arthur Ryan, Fr Michael Enright
Friday: Canon Thomas Smith
Saturday: Saloman and Zady Saad
Sunday: Fr Simon Sullivan