For this is what I received from the Lord, and in turn passed on to you; that on the same night that he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread and thanked God for it, and broke it, and he said, ‘This is my body which is for you; do this as a memorial of me.’ In the same way he took the cup after the supper and said, ‘This is the new covenant in my blood. Whenever you drink it, do this in memory of me.’
The above words are the earliest we have in the Scriptures about the Eucharist which is ‘the source and summit’ of all our prayer. The weekend celebration of the Eucharist, or the Mass is at is more usually called, is at the very heart of what it means to be the Church.
We come as we are, gathered in God’s name. We acknowledge our need of forgiveness and praise God in the Gloria. We listen to God’s word, a word that encourages, consoles, comforts and challenges. We proclaim our faith and pray, not just for ourselves but for the world and the Church. We bring our gifts of bread and wine, and after listening to and taking part in the Eucharistic Prayer, we receive the gift of Christ himself under the form of the very bread and wine we brought at the offertory. And then we are sent out, remembering that it was only because Christ offered himself on the cross and was raised from the dead by the Father and renewed by God’s word, and nourished by Christ’s gift of himself, to live and love in the same self giving, sacrificial way.
In this parish there is a Vigil Mass on Saturday at 6.00 pm and two Masses on Sunday, one at 8.30 am and the other at 10.00 am. Each Mass has its own unique ‘feel’ in the way that we celebrate which gives you a choice of what suits you best.
If you, or someone you know is housebound or unable to come to Mass through illness, and wishes to receive Holy Communion at home or hospital, then please Contact Us
Children within this parish are prepared for First Forgiveness and First Holy Communion when they reach Year 3, see our First Forgiveness and Holy Communion page for further details.