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What is the meaning of Easter?
       Easter is the day when we celebrate Jesus Christ rising  from the dead. Jesus is the Son of God and heroically gave His life to  die for our sins.  On the third day after He died -- the day we now  celebrate as Easter Sunday -- His friends went to His grave, and found  that He had risen from the dead.  They saw an angel who told them,  "Don't be afraid! I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He isn't here! He has been raised from the dead, just as He said it  would happen."
       Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Sunday; now He offers to you the gift of eternal life and forgiveness of sins. This is the true story of Easter, and how it can change your life.

Important (for your diary)
Keep your eye on the newsletter as we will publish a complete list of all of our services for the coming Easter Season.
In preparation for Easter we have a 7.25am daily mass (except Saturday)
We will have our Novena of Grace in honour of St. Francis Xavier
We will plan community services (some interfaith) involving the other local parishes in our locality.

Video the of the Easter Vigil 2017
On Easter Saturday, as the evening was darkening, in our Parish Church we celebrated the Easter Vigil and this was the culmination of a very special Holy Week in our Parish. We began in darkness where the Pascal Candle was lit outside the church and we processed to the altar stopping briefly to allow for the candles of the congregation to be lit. All through the candlelit service we listened to the word of God and the Old Testament Readings, We listened to the Responsorial Psalms ...sung by Fr. Mick and the choir. Once the darkness was banished Fr. Pádraig assisted all in attendance in understanding this mysterious event through three symbols: light, water and the “Alleluia.”
Before the Eucharistic Prayer (and later in the video below) Fr. Pádraig blessed the Baptismal Water by dipping the newly lit Pascal Candle three times into the water. This was done just before the Gishte family's three children were baptised into our faith. Vanessa who will be 9 Years old at the end of April will be making her First Holy Communion in May. Her brother Parrid who is three years old was also baptised. Enea, the baby (nearly 2years old) finally fell asleep before his big moment. It was a very long night for them but a very special night and they were congratulated and welcomed by so many after the service. We ask for your prayers for the newest Christians in St. Canice's Parish and for their parents and relatives who also attended to witness like us this special Baptism. We also ask for your prayers for those who were in any way involved in the preparation or delivery of the Easter Ceremonies. We ask also that you pray for those who have no-one to pray for them and we ask this through Christ Our Lord, Amen.  
Jesus said: I am the resurrection. Anyone who believes in me, even though that person dies, will live, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.John 11: 25

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