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He Is Risen!

Gospel: John 20:1-9

Empty TombIt was very early on the first day of the week and still dark, when Mary of Magdala came to the tomb. She saw that the stone had been moved away from the tomb and came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved. ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb’ she said ‘and we don’t know where they have put him.’

So Peter set out with the other disciple to go to the tomb. They ran together, but the other disciple, running faster than Peter, reached the tomb first; he bent down and saw the linen cloths lying on the ground, but did not go in. Simon Peter who was following now came up, went right into the tomb, saw the linen cloths on the ground, and also the cloth that had been over his head; this was not with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in; he saw and he believed. Till this moment they had failed to understand the teaching of scripture, that he must rise from the dead.

The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Fr Donal Neary, S.J
Gospel Reflections for the Year of Matthew

Alleluia – for singing, not for humming!

The reason for the joy of Easter is that Christ is risen – the women who came to the tomb found their joy in this. They may have found joy also in a beautiful dawn in the garden, or in their friendships, but the joy of Easter is a joy of faith, which nothing need take away.He Is Risen 300x285

The joy of the resurrection is a joy in giving the life we have received from God: ‘Life grows by being given away, and it weakens in isolation and comfort. Indeed, those who enjoy life most are those who leave security on the shore and become excited by the mission of communicating life to others’ (Pope Francis). The Alleluia is for singing, not for humming;
it is to be heard from
the voice of the heart,
and should lift the hearts of those who hear:
‘Jesus Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia!’

We often see great joy in the middle of huge poverty: often  the poor can live for the present moment and enjoy it to the full. Sometimes in the middle of illness we find a peace we don’t know from where it comes. The grace of the risen Jesus can touch our lives at any time. Let’s not be like Christians ‘whose lives seem like Lent without Easter’ (Pope Francis). Having lived through
the joyful season of Lent, our hearts are wholly lifted now in joy received and joy given.

Breathe in and out: on the inbreath echo the word ‘joy’;
on the outbreath echo the word ‘thanks’.
Risen Christ, raise our lives in joy.

May all the joys of Easter be yours!

Praise the Lord and pass round the Eggs
Alleluia !

Holy Easter Egg

Gospel and Gosple Reflection are taken from  Mass Readings and Sunday Homily –



St. Luke the Evangelist Church, Mulhuddart, Dublin 15

Covid-19 Response Statement

St. Luke the Evangelist Church is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all our employees, volunteers and visitors. The Parish Priest and Parish Secretary are responsible for the implementation of this plan and a combined effort will help contain the spread of the virus. We will:

  • continue to monitor our COVID-19 response and amend this plan as necessary.
  • provide up to date information on the Public Health advice issued by the HSE and
  • display information on the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and correct hand-washing techniques.
  • inform all employees, volunteers and visitors of essential hygiene and respiratory etiquette and physical distancing requirements.
  • adapt the church to facilitate physical distancing as appropriate in line with the public health guidance.
  • provide stewards to assist visitors when entering the church for mass.
  • ensure employees, volunteers and visitors are familiar with the layout of the church and the location of hand sanitizers.
  • implement the agreed procedures to be followed in the event of someone showing symptoms of COVID-19.
  • provide instructions for employees, volunteers and visitors to follow if they display symptoms of Covid-19 while in the church.
  • implement cleaning in line with HSE and Government guidelines.

This Covid-19 Policy includes the measures we are actively taking to mitigate the spread of coronavirus. You are kindly requested to follow all these rules diligently, to sustain a healthy and safe workplace and place of worship in this unique environment. It’s important that we all respond responsibly and transparently to these health precautions. We assure you that we will always treat your private health and personal data with high confidentiality and sensitivity.

This coronavirus COVID-19 Policy is susceptible to changes with the introduction of additional HSE and Government guidelines and will be updated accordingly.

This coronavirus policy applies to all employees, volunteers and visitors to St. Luke the Evangelist Church to ensure we collectively and uniformly respond to this challenge.

Here, we outline the required actions employees, volunteers and visitors should take to protect themselves and others from a potential coronavirus infection.

  • If you have cold symptoms, such as cough/sneezing/fever, or feel poorly, stay at home.
  • If you have a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, you must stay home and isolate for 14 days until you have fully recovered.
  • If you have recently returned from a country with a high number of COVID-19 cases we ask that you do not visit the church until 14 days after you return home.
  • If you’ve been in close contact with someone infected by COVID-19, with high chances of being infected yourself, please stay at home.

General hygiene rules:

  • Please use the sanitizers provided on entry to the church.
  • Please wear a mask or face covering in the church.
  • Cough/sneeze into your sleeve, preferably into your elbow. If you use a tissue, discard it properly and clean/sanitize your hands immediately.
  • Avoid touching your face, particularly eyes, nose, and mouth with your hands to prevent from getting infected.
  • Please adhere to social distancing guidelines.
  • Windows and doors will be open regularly to ensure good ventilation.

Disclaimer: This policy is meant to provide general guidelines and should be used as a reference. It is not a legal document. The author will not assume any legal liability that may arise from the use of this policy.


In this time of the Covid-19 pandemic, we all need comfort and support in times of illness and bereavement.  In hospitals, nursing homes and even in their own homes, it is not always possible to sit at the bedside of the sick.

Mindful of the feelings and needs of the sick and the dying, all who care for them and those who mourn their loved ones, the following prayers might help.

In joy and in sorrow,

in life and in death,

in this world and in the next,

our hope and our peace

is in the love and mercy of Jesus Christ,

who has promised to be with us always.

Jesus, I trust in you. Amen.

‘Come to me all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest, for I am gentle and humble of heart and you will find rest for your souls.’Mt 11:29


I am tired of being unwell Lord,

and weary with the weight of illness.

Be my hope and strength and lighten my burden.


Circle me O Lord,

keep peace within and fear without.

Keep trust within and doubt without.

Keep light within and darkness without.

Keep forgiveness within and hate without.

Prayer for strength

May your people be strengthened, O God, by your blessing.

May you be our consolation in times of grief,

our power to endure in times of suffering,

and our protection when in danger.  Amen.

For Carers 

For carers in this world, young and old,

whose love, time and freedom

are given sacrificially for one who is in need.

May they know your blessing, through good days and bad,

and receive as they have given love in good measure,

flowing as a gentle river into their hearts and lives.  Amen.


Lord, bless my loved ones

and those I have met today.

Bless me also this night.  Amen.

(Above Pieces taken from the “Prayers and Reflections” Booklet of World Missions Ireland.)


Virgin Mary, turn your merciful eyes

towards us amid this coronavirus pandemic.

Comfort those who are distraught

and mourn their loved ones who have died,

and at times are buried in a way that grieves them deeply.

Be close to those who are concerned for their loved ones who are sick

and who, in order to prevent the spread of the disease, cannot be close to them.

Fill with hope those who are troubled by the uncertainty of the future

and the consequences for the economy and employment.

(A section of a prayer Pope Francis asks us to pray with him throughout May).