Christ is risen, alleluia!

The celebration of Easter is prolonged throughout the Easter season. The fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday (05/06/2022) are celebrated as one feast day, the "great Sunday".

Sunday 22nd May : 6th Sunday of Easter

The Holy Spirit guides the Church from its beginnings. The promise of the gift of the Spirit is a comfort to the disciples as the Lord leaves them.

Tuesday 24th May : World Day of Prayer for the Church in China

In a Letter written to the faithful of the Catholic Church in China in May 2007, Pope Benedict XVI expressed the hope that today, the memorial of Our Lady Help of Christians who is venerated with such devotion at the Marian shire of Sheshan in Shanghai, would become a day of prayer for the Church in China.

Wednesday 25th May : St. Gregory VII (1028-1085)

Hildebrand of Tuscany was a Cluniac monk in Rome who, on becoming pope, worked for reform and died in exile at Salerno.

Wednesday 25th May : St. Bede (673-735)

Monk of Jarrow, historian and biblical commentator. Patron of scholars.

Thursday 26th May : St. Philip Neri (1515-1595)

Born in Florence but spent most of his life in Rome, where he founded the Congregation of the Oratory to foster good preaching and to promote holiness of priestly life.

Friday 27th May : St. Augustine of Canterbury

He was a monk in Rome when sent by Pope Gregory the great to preach to the English. He set up his see at Canterbury and had much success in converting the south of England.