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We’re Home St Francis Belmont!

We’re Home St Francis Belmont!

We're Home St Francis Belmont!

 With Great Joy Parishioners Celebrate Easter Triduum

Yesterday marked the beginning of the Easter Triduum in the Catholic Church.  It also marked the return of our parish – St. Francis, Belmont – to our church compound at #115 Belmont Circular Road, Belmont.  You may recall that we were put out of our Church building about five years ago because it was thought to be unsafe.  Since then, we’ve have celebrated the highest form of worship – the celebration of the Holy Eucharist – in the driveway of our church yard and under tents.

About a year ago when restoration work was being done on the church building, we were once again asked to move because of OSHA regulations.  At that time, we had no where to go, no where to celebrate the Holy Eucharist.  But God in His faithfulness, came through for us – as He always does.   This time He did so through the Dominican nuns at Holy Name Convent who lovingly embraced us, opening the doors of their chapel to the parish.   That is where most weekend masses were celebrated.

In his sermon, Fr. Thomas Lawson, our beloved parish priest, thanked the nuns of Holy Name Convent for their generosity and great kindness in opening their doors to the parish community.  He also thanked the Carmelite nuns of St. Jude’s Home who facilitated the parish on some occasions.  Fr. Lawson was high in praise for those who freely and generously gave of their time, treasure and talent, contributing to the successful opening of the St. Francis Pastoral Center.

Fr. Thom (as he is popularly called) welcomed the parishioners home. He said in his sermon that this was not the end of the journey, but that the journey had only just begun.  “WE have completed the building of the pastoral center,” he said with great delight.  “We must now focus on rebuilding the spiritual life of the parish through service to the community.”  He continued, “Just as Jesus served, we too are called to serve each other. We are called to be a community of love for there are broken people here and we must reach out to them.”   He also said that there are people in the community in need of love, and we must use the one thing that we all have – that does not hit our bank accounts – to reach them. That is our hearts filled with love – filled with the love of God.

Yesterday’s celebration was attended by some three hundred and fifty parishioners who started gathering as early as 5:15PM for the 6:30PM celebration.  Another crowd is also expected today for the Good Friday part of the Triduum.

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4 Comments

  1. Praise God we have this new building. It was a wonderful experience seeing our church gathering. I also saw many persons oranganising for this homecoming; keep working together.

  2. A wonderful and heart warming site to behold ! So much has happened and so much is still to come …. A beautiful place to fellowship has been realised and I will surely come around and share in this new beginning !

  3. May God continue to bless all labourers in His fields

  4. May Almighty God continue to bless and grow this parish with commitment and zeal to do His will. I encourage all to return to mass and to grow in fellowship and love.

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