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April 2018



Holy Week is the most important week in the Church year! It is a time when we celebrate in a special way the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. We remember his actions, reflect on his messages, and recommit to living as his disciples in the world today.

The final week of Lent, Holy Week, begins with Palm Sunday the beginning of the Passion of the Lord and concludes with the Triduum.

Triduum” comes from two Latin words - tres and dies - that mean "a space of three days," But since we have four days with special names - Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday - the "three" may be confusing to some. They are however, one liturgical celebration.

The confusion is cleared up when we understand how the days are reckoned. On all high festival days the Church counts a day in the same way as Jews count days and festivals: that is, from sundown to sundown. Thus the Triduum consists of three twenty-four periods that stretch over four calendar days.

Therefore, the Easter Triduum begins at sundown on Holy Thursday with the Mass of the Lord's Supper, continues with Good Friday and concludes with Easter evening prayer at sundown on Easter Sunday: its high point is the celebration of the Easter Vigil.

During the Triduum we celebrate the core mystery of our Catholic faith: we ritualize Jesus' transition from life to death to risen life, and our own participation in that timeless mystery.

It is so easy this time of year to celebrate these days as a historical commemoration. But we are doing far more than recalling historical facts. What Jesus did for us has consequences for all people in all times. His life, death, and resurrection happened to him, but they also happen to all of us who claim to be his follow­ers. These days, then, are a reminder and celebration of who we ourselves are and what our own lives are about.

As we celebrate the mystery of Jesus' passing, we actually celebrate the same passing over in our own lives. Jesus' self-sacrifice opened the way for us to share in new life. But this does require our own cooperation in God's divine plan of salvation. We must pass over our lives into God's hands and imitate the self-giving of God's Son. This is the way to life. "It is the Passover of the lord".

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Jesus was welcomed by the people with cheers and palms - a symbol of victory and sign that "all is well". Palm-bearing date trees were valued for their dignity, beauty and shade and were used at special occasions to welcome heroes and royalty.

No greater love was shown us than Jesus' love for his Father and us, for he gave his life because of his faithfulness to that love. One of Jesus' closest disciples was Peter. Peter loved Jesus, but he didn't always understand what real love required. How very much like Peter we all are! Peter failed Jesus, but Jesus' love for Peter restored their relationship and empowered Peter to learn to love. That should give us all hope.

As you listen to the Passion on this day, place yourself in the story. What does it feel like to be part of the crowd or to be a disciple? What does it feel like to be in Jesus' place during the passion? What would you do if you were Jesus' best friend?

Holy Thursday
Mass of the Lord's Supper

Tonight's first reading describes the Passover meal. In the second reading, the institution of Eucharist is shared, "this is my Body, which is for you." In the Gospel, Jesus washes the feet of the disciples. This is the service and love of Jesus, which we are asked to share in our lives.

We are reminded tonight that God always nourishes his people. Jesus fed his followers by multiplying loaves and fishes. Then he fed his apostles at the Last Supper. The good news is that God hasn't stopped nourishing us. We can feast on his Word and on the Eucharist. They are great sources of spiritual energy, great in times of need and excellent for our daily diet. Don't starve yourself, but feed daily on God's gifts.

On Holy Thursday, we experience the washing of the feet: Put yourself in the place of the foot-washer: How do you feel washing the feet of others? Put yourself in the place of the disciples: How does it feel to have someone, who means so much to you, wash your feet?

Good Friday of the Lord's Passion

The first and second readings, from Isaiah and Paul's letter to the Hebrews, describe the mystery of the cross - the Paschal Mystery - suffering turned

Jesus warned Peter that he would deny him. When that happened Jesus looked at him probably with pity and certainly with love. God's love and mercy cannot save us from our own folly and its consequences: after all, Peter had to live with his denial of Jesus. That is why he wept.

The veneration of the cross is a time when a large cross is brought forward. We touch or kiss the cross to show our love and thankfulness for God's love.

If you stood at the cross on which Jesus hung, what would you say to him? How does it feel to touch or kiss the cross? What does this mean to you?

Easter Vigil
Holy Saturday

The blessing of the Easter fire begins this celebration. From that fire, the Paschal Candle is lit. After the readings, the liturgy of Baptism begins. While the new members of the community are baptized, the whole community joins in renewing our promises and as the whole community is sprinkled with water we remember our baptism.

The Paschal candle symbolizes Jesus as light of the world. It is from this candle that baptism candles are lit throughout the year, that we celebrate the life of faith of the newly departed and that we celebrate the commitment of faith in the sacrament of Confirmation. It stands as a symbol of our faith and our desire to be light to the world as Jesus is for us.

Jesus always speaks about hope. A hope that is not based on chances that things will get better---or at least not any worse; His hope is built upon the promise that, whatever happens, God will stay with us at all times, in all places. God is the God of Life!

How would you feel if you were being baptized tonight? What does it mean for you to celebrate the joy of Jesus’ resurrection?

The Triduum concludes with the Easter Sunday celebrations of the Resurrection. We continue this celebration for the next seven weeks of the Easter Season concluding with Pentecost.  




“Give us this day our daily Bread”

On Saturday 28th April Fr. Joseph Dineen OP will talk on Eucharist and daily life.

Venue – St. Mary’s Pastoral Centre Rua do Murtal, São Pedro do Estoril.

Time - 10.30am – 2.30pm

Format - Talk & questions. Light lunch. Second Talk & questions

Cost – Free, including lunch.




Fatima Pilgrimage


The annual Parish Pilgrimage to Fatima will take place Saturday & Sunday19th/20th May.

Details to follow.....!




Fund Raising Concert

The Annual Parish Fundraising Concert will be held in the Cultural Centre Cascais on Wednesday May 23rd.

This year Toze Brito celebrates 50 years in music and to celebrate this landmark occasion his special guests will be the renowned Jorge Fernando and Fabia Rebordao.

Jorge is a producer, songwriter, lyricist, who is celebrating 40 years in music this year, and Fabia is a wonderful new and youthful voice which brings together Portuguese popular music and soul.


Toze Brito

Jorge Fernando

Fabia Rebordao

The concert will begin at 9.00pm after which there will be wine & cheese! Tickets - €35.00



Holy Week Ceremonies


Confession and Reconciliation

Monday 26th March – Service of Reconciliation, with individual Confession, N.S. dos Navegantes Cascais 7.30pm

Saturday 31st March – Confession in St. Mary’s Rua do Murtal 12.00am-1.00pm


Holy Thursday 29th March

Solemn Celebration of the Lord’s Supper – N.S. Navegantes Cascais 6.30pm




Good Friday 30th March

The Way of the Cross – St. Mary’s Pastoral Centre Rua do Murtal 12.00noon

Solemn Celebration of the Lord’s Passion- N.S. Navegantes Cascais 3.00pm




Saturday 31st March


Solemn Celebration of the Easter Vigil – N.S. Navegantes Cascais 9.00pm



Easter Sunday 1st April


Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord

vSt. Mary’s Pastoral Centre -- 10.15am

vN.S. Navegantes Cascais -- 12.00 noon





St. Mary Magdelene


On July 22, the Church celebrates the Feast of St. Mary Magdelene, one of the most prominent women mentioned in the New Testament.

Her name comes from the town of Magdala in Galilee, where she was born. Scripture introduces her as a woman “who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out” (Lk. 8:2).

Some scholars identify Mary Magdalene with the sinful woman who anointed the feet of Christ with oil in the house of Simon the Pharisee (Lk. 7:36-50). Others associate her with Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus (Lk. 10:38-42, Jn. 11). Some believe the three figures to be one person, while others believe them to be three distinct individuals.

What the Scriptures make certain about Mary Magdalene is that she was a follower of Christ, who accompanied and ministered to him (Lk. 8:2-3). The Gospels record her as being one of the women present at Christ’s crucifixion.

In addition, she was the first recorded witness of the Resurrection. The Gospels all describe Mary Magdalene going to the tomb on Easter morning. When she saw that the tomb was empty, she stood outside, weeping. Jesus appeared to her and asked her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” (Jn. 20:15)

She did not recognize him, however, and thought he was the gardener, until he said her name, “Mary!” (Jn. 20:16) Upon hearing this, Mary recognized him. She returned to the grieving disciples to announce to them the message of the Resurrection.

Pope Benedict XVI spoke about Mary Magdalene in his address before the Angelus on July 23, 2006. He referred to her as “a disciple of the Lord who plays a lead role in the Gospels.”

The Pope recalled Mary Magdalene’s presence “beneath the Cross” on Good Friday, as well as how “she was to be the one to discover the empty tomb” on Easter morning.

“The story of Mary of Magdala reminds us all of a fundamental truth,” Pope Benedict said. “A disciple of Christ is one who, in the experience of

human weakness, has had the humility to ask for his help, has been healed by him and has set out following closely after him, becoming a witness of

the power of his merciful love that is stronger than sin and death.”

On June 10, 2016, the liturgical celebration honouring St. Mary Magdalene was raised from a memorial to a feast, putting her on par with the apostles





Hang It On The Cross

If you have a secret sorrow,
a burden or a loss,
An aching need for healing...
Hang it on the Cross.
If worry steals your sleep
and makes you turn and toss,
If your heart is feeling heavy...
Hang it on the Cross.
Every obstacle to faith
or doubt you come across,
Every prayer unanswered...
Hang it on the Cross.
For Christ has borne
our brokenness
and dearly paid the cost
To turn our trials to triumph...
Hanging on the Cross