Mar 27, 2015

Bishop Brendan Leahy's Easter Message 2015

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Happy Easter! We are approaching the most important season in the Church’s year.   I hope you get a chance to attend the Easter ceremonies that speak so powerfully to us – Holy Thursday, remembering the First Mass and the New Commandment to love one another; Good Friday as we reflect on the mystery of suffering in God’s plan; the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday Mass as we celebrate the triumph of life over death, hope over despair.

On Wednesday evening at 7.15 pm the Diocese will be celebrating the “Chrism Mass” in the Mount St. Alphonsus Redemptorist Church in Limerick.   You are most welcome to attend that event.   It is always a wonderful celebration of our Diocesan community.   During the ceremony priests renew their ordination promises.   We are holding the Chrism Mass this year in the Redemptorists because Pope Francis has asked us all to dedicate this year to celebrating the gift of consecrated life in our Church.

As we approach Easter I want to say a big “thanks” to the many people who have engaged with both our own Diocesan Synod process as well as with the consultation around the Rome Synod on marriage and the family that will be held later this year.   It is amazing to see how many attended meetings, filled in questionnaires or gathered in focus groups.

I appreciate the great commitment of our Diocesan Synod delegates.   The work is still continuing.   These coming weeks are very important in terms of consultation.   I invite you to speak about our Diocesan Synod and encourage many to participate in this consultation process.   You’ll get further details either from your local delegates or on our Synod website:

It has been especially heartening for me to speak about the Synod in recent weeks with groups of remarkable teenagers from around the Diocese.   It has convinced me even more that the “young Church” in our Diocese will offer a vital contribution to our Synod.   Young people care about the Church.   Speaking of young people, I congratulate all who have been confirmed in recent weeks and I look forward to greeting more of you and your families you as I travel the Diocese over the coming weeks for confirmation ceremonies.


Once again, best wishes for Easter to you and all your family,

In the Risen Christ,