Dear Parishioners of St Jerome’s and St Anne’s
The days of Holy Week are passing by. I hope that you have all found some peace in these days. Tomorrow is Holy Thursday and we begin the celebration of the three most sacred days in the Christian year. In the last few years, the Catholic community of Formby has gathered at St Jerome’s on Holy Thursday evening to celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, the Washing of feet and the fellowship gathering in our Parish Centre. At the heart of this celebration is the remembrance of that last Passover Meal that Jesus ate with his disciples before his death and the great gift of the Eucharist.
The Jewish Passover Meal is always celebrated at home. It is a beautiful family celebration. This year we cannot gather in our family home of St Jerome’s. But many of us will be at home with family. Does the Lord want to say something to us here? Surely, we need each other more than ever now. Whether we are with family at the moment, or alone, we all belong to the family of the Church. We do not have to be physically together to be together. There is a coming together of minds and hearts which in some ways is more powerful, more profound.
I like to think that if our Father God takes pleasure at our physical gatherings in His house, just think how much more profound is His joy when He sees His children join their hearts together to call out to Him and seek comfort from one another. Shall we do this tomorrow evening at 7.30pm, the time we usually gather for this Mass? Just for a few moments, let us all unite ourselves with one another, pray for each other, draw strength from each other and praise our Father God in our hearts. Surely, He will flood our hearts with peace and joy, and reassure us that as we move through the valley of death, His hand is guiding us to the light that awaits us when these dark days are over.
God bless you all,