Dominican Fathers
Sunday - April 15, 2001
A Day of Joy
During World War II, a young soldier was reported missing in action. As time went by, with no further information about his whereabouts, the government duly notified his patents that he was ˇ§presumed to be dead.ˇ¨ You can imagine the deep grief of his heartbroken parents. Whatever hope they had was now cruelly crushed. This was their only son, brutally snatched away from them by death, at so young an age. A few months later, a new message arrived, out of the blue, from the top military command, telling them their son was not dead but alive, in a prisoner-of-war camp. It is easier to imagine than describe their sense of joy and happiness. It was as if their son was dead and had come back to life again. It is with some of that sadness, suddenly turned into great joy, that we celebrate the glorious mystery of Easter. During Lent and especially during Holy Week we relive the events of centuries ago. The sacred writers tell us how it happened, that Jesus, the long awaited Saviour, had the life crushed out of him. He died and was buried. Forty hours later, he was seen alive by a few. Later, he was seen alive by many. He was seen to be living a new life. Someone else can explain how cold flesh grew warm again, how a heart drained of life began to beat again, how arteries and veins opened again to receive the rush of new blood and purpose. But not you, not me, not today! Today is for Alleluias, for promises kept and promises given. He has risen as he said he would. Today we skip with joy, sing Alleluias and wave the victory pennant, walking with the Risen Lord into the brave new world of tomorrow. He has risen to be the firstborn of many sisters and brothers. THOUGHT PROVOKING Christ has turned all our sunsets into dawns. ~ St. Clement of Alexandria This is the day the Lord has made. This is the most solemn of all solemnities, for on this day the Lord has risen. (Mass of the Resurrection) God loves each one of us as if there was only one of us to love. ~ St. Augustine My mind is made up; please do not confuse me with the facts. Thatˇ¦s the tragedy of a closed mind - it always poses as wisdom. A pompous CEO was addressing his employees and trying hard to impress them with his importance, especially with his importance in their working lives: ˇ§If I die tonight where would you be?ˇ¨ One of the more outspoken employees replied: ˇ§The question sir, is if you died tonight, where would you be?ˇ¨ In his play, The Cocktail Party, T.S. Eliot had one of his characters say: ˇ§Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They donˇ¦t mean to do harm, but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it, because they are engaged in an endless struggle to think well of themselves.ˇ¨ Ah, great it is to believe the dream. As we stand in youth by the starry stream; But a greater thing is to fight life through , And say at the end, ˇ§The Dream is True.ˇ¨ ~ Edwin Markham. TIME OUT The next buttetin will appear on the weekend of May 6th. NOTICE BOARD ALIVE AND FREE A new CD, Alive and Free, has just been released in Canada of live homilies Fr. Vincent preached in Vancouver. A limited number of copies are now available in the shop at a special offer of ˘G5. HAPPY EASTER To each and everyone, we wish the joy and peace of Easter. Dominican Family, Bridge Street. EASTER SCHEDULE Holy Saturday: 8pm: Easter Vigil. Easter Sunday: Masses: 7am, 10.30am & 12noon Easter Monday: Mass: 10.30am only.

Mass Sunday : 7:30 pm - Saturday Vigil Mass
7:00 am
10:30 am
12:00 noon
7:00 pm
Weekdays : 8:00 am
10:30 am
7:30 pm
Confessions Saturday : 10:10 - 10:25 am
10:10 - 10:25 am
11:00 - 1:00 pm
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Weekdays : 10:10 - 10:25 am
7:10 - 7:25 pm
All correspondence to : Fr. Vincent Travers O.P.
Bridge Street, Waterford
Tel: 875061 Fax: 858093

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