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To celebrate Divine Mercy in our parish, there will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and prayers at 2.30 pm in Holy Ghost Church tomorrow. It will be live-streamed via Zoom and the church open to parishioners on a first come, first served basis. Please come along with your Divine Mercy images for blessing at the end of the Adoration. Jesus, I trust in you!

Here’s a recording of our 9am Choir singing “Christ be our Light” at the Easter Vigil. Why not sing along? He is risen!

https://youtu.be/jYfYTlNaHGo

Deacon Tony reflects: From darkness to light

The last year has been a time of darkness. Those receiving the Sacraments this Easter are a sign of new life. This is new life for them and as well as for our Church.

If you’re missing singing “Thine be the Glory” this Easter, why not join in with our choir. This recording was made several years ago at the Easter Vigil, in an arrangement made and played by one of our organists, Chris. Happy Easter!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sb8bGnDvkO8

The Easter Sunday collection supports our parish priests, in recognition for all the dedication, guidance and care they give across our Diocese and in each parish. If you would like to give to the collection, which is the main source of income for Fr Dominic and Fr Leo, please click the link.

https://donate.giveasyoulive.com/fundraising/basin…

The Lord is truly risen, alleluia!

Please keep in your prayers those from our parish RCIA programme who have been preparing for Baptism and admission into full communion with the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil tonight. Let us pray for them at this time, that they will be beacons of light and faith.

I’d like to take this time to thank everyone who took the time to spare a thought, say a prayer for me, send a gift/express a kind word, make a post or put a call across for my birthday. April is the beginning of Spring, so, may Christ the living spring, cause goodness and abundance to spring up within and around you all at Easter. Thanks a million times and more!
An immensely grateful Fr Leo

While we wait for the resurrection, here’s a recording of our 9am Choir singing Dan Schutte’s “Holy Darkness”

https://youtu.be/ggTuSqgUJ6U

Save us, Saviour of the world, for by your Cross and Resurrection, you have set us free.

“My people, what I have done to you?” A recording of our 9am Choir singing the Reproaches from the Good Friday liturgy.

https://youtu.be/oZiFOByqp28

Altar Server Update
Due to COVID restrictions and the need to keep control of numbers, we have had to take the tough decision that only those that have been contacted can serve the Triduum. To make up for this, we would like those servers who could not serve, to serve Easter Sunday and Divine Mercy Sunday. It will be limited to four at each Mass and will therefore be on a first come, first serve basis. Apologies that we have had to take these steps, let us pray that we will be back to normal next year when we can have the normal huge team back serving together. Steve and Harrison, Parish MC’s

Happy birthday to Fr Leo whose birthday is today

Congratulations to Tom Messenger, now known as Brother Aidan. He made his first monastic profession at Douai Abbey on 27th March. Brother Aidan was an active member of our parish for many years. Ad multos annos! He is pictured after the profession ceremony with his mother and Abbot Geoffrey Scott.

The Chrism Mass takes place in the Cathedral at 11am today. The Mass is the special liturgy in Holy Week during which the Bishop blesses the the Oil of the Blessing of the Sick, the Oil of Catechumens and the Oil of Chrism. Please do join online and in prayer if you can.

Deacon Tony reflects: Not a time to run away

If you haven’t been successful with your Lenten sacrifices, don’t run away like the disciples did. After the sadness of Good Friday, there will be joy on Easter Sunday

Bishop Philip has just sent out the first-ever “Letter to Everyone” living in the area of our Diocese of Portsmouth. It’s called “An Offer that will change your Life”. You can read it here: bit.ly/3w7Owif

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Our choir are not able to sing together due to Covid restrictions, but here’s a recording of Bob Chilcott’s beautiful “God so loved the world” for Holy Week

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcvDdCiVvnU

We are starting a new multi-lingual ministry to reach out to those in our parish and community who may struggle with English as a second language. If you are fluent in a language other than English and wish to help out, please email David and Therese Brown at
languageministry@stbedesbasingstoke.org.uk. This is a great opportunity to assist those who struggle with English and help them to feel at home and welcome in our Parish.