The Light in the Darkness
At last, after two years of restrictions, it has been a great joy to celebrate the Easter Triduum in its fulness. It was the first time for me in St John’s Wood and the first time ever as a priest for Fr Ben. Thus we thank all who made the church look so beautiful and our liturgies so prayerful and moving.
But not all have been so fortunate this Easter. As Pope Francis says, “Easter does not offer us a magic formula nor an escape from the difficult situation we are experiencing. Rather the Easter message speaks of the event that gives us the hope that does not disappoint: for the risen Jesus bears the marks of the wounds of crucifixion in his hands, feet and side. Thus, all who experience a painful trial in body or spirit can find refuge in these wounds and, through them, receive the grace of the hope which transforms us.”
So let us bring this risen light of Christ, a pledge of the victory of life over death that we celebrate this day, to those fleeing from war through our solidarity and human fraternity by supporting refugees at the Ukrainian Cathedral. Cash or cheques (payable to AUGB LTD – Central Appeal Fund) may be handed in at the Rectory for Seminarian Bohdan to take there with him each day. He will also be making an appeal on behalf of his fellow Ukrainians in need over the weekend of 21/22 May. Alternatively, you can give directly to the central appeal fund via AUGB Ltd (account number 80038237, sort code 20-65-89, reference “Help Ukraine”).
And if you are unable to come to Mass, please help us to remain open and of use to others in need through the Supporting Your Parish page. You can also donate to the parish by credit card on the Microsite Giving Page. Or you can make a BACS payment to WRCDT St Johns Wood, Sort Code 40 05 20, Account Number 71026135. In whatever way you give, please label it “Easter Offering”, and may you be rewarded for your generosity.
Do visit our other website and our Facebook page for more information about the parish and other interesting articles and be assured of our prayers and best wishes that you all might have a happy and holy Easter. May God bless you and your loved ones and the noble people of Ukraine.