Message from Fr Paul Cracknell (Ord.)

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Fr Paul Cracknell (Ord.)
Parish Priest

A very warm welcome to the Catholic parish of The Blessed Sacrament in the City of Chelmsford Essex. Our parish is part of the Mid-Essex Deanery in the Diocese of Brentwood.

I hope that you find our website informative and I look forward to welcoming you to our parish very soon.

We will regularly keep the website updated so please do check back regularly.

Take care of yourselves and take care of each other.

God bless.

Fr Paul


THIS WEEK’S MASS INTENTIONS

Saturday 10th April
Vigil – First Mass of Sunday
6 pm – People of the Parish

Sunday 11th April
SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER (B)
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY
9.30 am – Marian & Peter Clark Golden Wedding Anniversary
11.30 am – Gerard Fox RIP (M. Fox)

Monday 12th April
NO MASS

Tuesday 13th April
NO MASS
4.30 pm – Receiving John Logue into Church

Wednesday 14th April
10 am – Requiem Mass for John Logue

Thursday 15th April
NO MASS

Friday 16th April
NO MASS

Saturday 17th April
Vigil – First Mass of Sunday
6 pm – People of the Parish

Sunday 18th April
THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER (B)
9.30 am – Sr. Xavier Turner SP., Diamond Jubilee (Sr. Jean)
11.30 am – Ron Warren RIP

(Mark, Paul & John)


Taken from the Gospel for 11th April 2021 (John 20:19-31): Jesus in the Upper Room

In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, “Peace be with you,” and showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord, and he said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, so am I sending you.” After saying this he breathed on them and said: “Receive the Holy Spirit. For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; for those whose sins you retain, they are retained.” Thomas, called the Twin, who was one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. When the disciples said, “We have seen the Lord,” he answered, “Unless I see the holes that the nails made in his hands and can put my finger into the holes they made, and unless I can put my hand into his side, I refuse to believe.” Eight days later the disciples were in the house again and Thomas was with them. The doors were closed, but Jesus came in and stood among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. Then he spoke to Thomas, “Put your finger here; look, here are my hands. Give me your hand; put it into my side. Doubt no longer but believe.” Thomas replied, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “You believe because you can see me. Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.” There were many other signs that Jesus worked and the disciples saw, but they are not recorded in this book. These are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing this you may have life through his name.


After spending a few minutes considering this Gospel, continue by reading Fr Henry Wansbrough’s reflection.

Two aspects of this meeting of the disciples with Jesus are especially striking. This is the last scene of the gospel of John, for chapter 21 is an appendix added later. At the end of this gospel, before the concluding reflection, Thomas gives the only direct acclamation in the New Testament of Jesus as God. Nowhere else is Jesus directly hailed as ‘God’, though there are other ways in which readers come to recognise Jesus as God. So, in a way, this acclamation of the Risen Christ is the climax of the New Testament. Secondly, it is striking that Jesus’ final blessing is of peace and forgiveness. The mission of all Christians is
to bring peace and forgiveness to a troubled world. Throughout the Bible God is a God of forgiveness. The Old Testament consists of a series of covenants of forgiveness, each in turn broken by God’s chosen people: the covenant with Noah after the Flood, the covenant with Abraham, the covenant with Moses after the worship of the Golden Calf, finally the new covenant promised by Jeremiah when unfaithful Israel is exiled to Babylon. Christianity is not for the perfect but for sinners. Forgiven sinners must bring forgiveness to all those around them.

How can you bring Jesus’ blessing of peace and forgiveness to the world around you?

Dom Henry Wansbrough OSB


Chelmsford Foodbank Logo

Chelmsford Food Bank are in need of the following items.

FOOD ITEMS:  Tinned potatoes, jams/preserves/spreads, instant mash packets, instant custard sachets, tinned custard and tinned rice pudding.

TOILETRIES: Ladies deodorants and shampoo, washing powder or liquid.

They thank you for your encouragement and continued generosity though the last five months.

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