Easter Message to Parishioners
With so many confined to home, and great restrictions on all others, with Easter ceremonies closed to congregations and transmitted by webcam only, this is truly an Easter like no other. Even the delivery of Easter eggs to children is severely curtailed! Holy Saturday encapsulates where the world is at present. We are in a kind of limbo, a new and foreign territory, where ordinary life to a large degree has come to a standstill. We are transitioning from a familiar world to another that may be quite different, with no clear timeframe to dispel our uncertainty.
But Holy Saturday is always a stepping stone. The Resurrection of Jesus on Easter Day signifies eternal victory over death, darkness and despair. The light of the resurrected Jesus will have the last word. In the life of the Risen One we all have life, and this is our hope. We do not succumb to despair, but are an Easter people, singing Alleluia as our chorus!
We thank God for modern technology, for webcam that allows the liturgy to be streamed live from St Peter’s and Our Lady of Lourdes Churches into people’s homes. We are grateful for the many Good Samaritans in our community – St Vincent de Paul, Drogheda River Rescue, Community Services Centre, our Gardaí, postmen and women – and all other neighbours, family, individuals and groups, looking out for others at this time. We owe an irredeemable debt to all those in the medical field, and many others in retail and other areas, offering necessary services, giving of themselves so courageously and generously, and putting themselves at risk.
We unashamedly cry out to the Lord, with a new consciousness of the frailty and vulnerability of life and the world, seeking his divine protection. We pray that medical research may find a vaccine to protect the world from future viruses. With the priests, deacons, Parish Pastoral Council and Pastoral Area Resource Team, I wish all our parishioners peace, health and joy this Easter. I ask the Lord to comfort those who have lost loved ones, to help those who are sick, lonely, anxious, and all those who face unemployment and financial uncertainty.
May the Risen Lord continue to be with us. In him we trust. St Oliver Plunkett, pray for us.
Eugene Sweeney, PP