TODAY'S MASS: The two disciples had met Jesus on their way to Emmaus. There Jesus has used the Eucharistic meal to reveal himself to them, for the Eucharist is always an occasion to us to get to know the risen Christ better. Now he meets the whole group of disciples in their refuge, the Upper Room. It is perhaps an account of the same incident we heard last Sunday, but with different emphasis. Now the stress is on a meeting with a real person, and not with a ghost. That is why Jesus eats a piece of fish. The important lesson of this is that in our resurrection to true life, it is the whole person that is raised, not just the soul. Christian teaching is that a person is an animated body. We work out our salvation with fingers and toes and other bodily parts, and all will be raised to life. It is not just a matter of thoughts and intentions. The whole body is baptised into Christ and is the instrument of our salvation. The body will be changed, and St. Paul reminds us that we should not get bogged down with worrying about what sort of body we will have at the resurrection, but rejoice that each of us will be raised as a whole person. (Fr. Henry Wansbrough, osb)
WEEKLY PONDER: Is there any area of my heart and life where I need Jesus' healing? Am I confident in God's power to raise me up out of my weakness? (Liguori Publications)
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: For the Word of God to become a living Word, we need to listen beyond the words to the one speaking to us through Scripture. It is our faith that God speaks to us as we listen to “the very voice of the pilgrim people God.” This does not happen of its own accord; it calls for a listening ear and an open heart. (Fr. Kieran O'Mahony, osa)
PRAYER: O God, You read our hearts and know us better than we know ourselves. Draw us even closer to Your Word and Gospel, that we may confess Your power at work in us and so bear witness to Your Messiah, Jesus Christ. (Fr. Kieran, osa)
SAINT THIS WEEK: We know about St. George but probably little about St. Adalbert. He became bishop of Prague in 983. He met with intense opposition from the nobility and withdrew to Rome. He was sent back to his diocese by Pope John XV. H encouraged the evangelisation of the Magyars and founded the great abbey of Brevnov, but the opposition continued and he was forced into exile. He went as a missionary to Pomerania to preach the Gospel to the heath Prussians, and it was there that he was martyred at the age of 41.
SAINTLY GEMS: Do not have any anxiety about the future. Leave everything in God's hands for he will take care of you. (St. Jean-
Patience is a heavenly gift, a gift from the Heavenly Father. With patience, and love for your fellow men, you become a victor in life's continual trials. (St. Raphael of Lesvos)
Do not seek to be regarded as somebody, don't compare yourself to others in anything. Leave the world, mount the cross, discard all earthly things. (St. Barsanuphius of Gaza)
Do not worry about anything. Do the little you can. You can be sure that you will make mistakes again, but you should never stop being happy and peaceful. You will see that, by falling into mistakes and rising again, we shall go to heaven. (St. Maddelena of Canossa)
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: By recognizing that a plan or pattern of providence has been at work in our past, we are able to move forward with trust despite the uncertainty that lies ahead. (Matthew Kelly)
THE POPE: We know that slander always kills. This “diabolical cancer” that arises from the desire to destroy the reputation of a person, also attacks the ecclesial body and seriously damages it when, as a result of malicious interests or to cover up one's own inadequacies, people unite to denigrate someone.
HRH THE PRINCE PHILIP, DUKE OF EDINBURGH: It was with the greatest sadness that we learnt of the passing over of the Duke of Edinburgh just short of his 100th. Birthday. His was a life of Service to our Nation and to other countries worldwide. He was a humble man who got on with things quietly and did much behind the scenes. A solid Family Man to whom the Queen and the rest of the Family could turn. May He rest in peace and rise in glory.
MRS. NICKLIN: Our Acting Head has been in the school for a week now. She has written a letter to the Parish outlining her desires for the school. She deserves our support. Her full Letter is on our Website under Side Bar 'Pastoral Letters!' Hard Copies are added to the Newsletters today.
TAIZE: God wants to make us living signs of his Christ. Through the Gospel, we realise that he calls us to communicate, by the lives we lead, a reflection of his love.
WEEKLY BIBLE: Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. (Psalm 46)
HENRI NOUWEN: Our inclination is to show our Lord only what we feel comfortable with. But the more we dare to reveal our whole trembling self to him, the more we will be able to sense that his love, which is perfect love, casts out all our fears.
Therefore Lord, I promise I will not run away, not give up, not stop praying, even when it all seems useless, pointless, and a waste of time and effort. I want to let you know that I love you even though I do not feel loved by you, and that I hope in you even though I often experience despair. Let this be a little dying I can do with you and for you as a way of experiencing some solidarity with the millions in this world who suffer far more than I do.
MISSION BOXES: Can you please empty yours and put your name on the envelope concerned. The money is probably best put through the Presbytery letter box or handed in on a Sunday morning. Cath Jones will be very grateful. Thanks.
OUR PARISH AT THE MOMENT: Holy Mass is streamed on Sundays at 10.00am. followed by Car Park Holy Communion at 10.45am. All are welcome. Holy Communion is taken to the Sick and Housebound by the priest on Sundays and Thursdays. Weekday Mass is streamed Tuesday through Thursday at 10.00am.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: Saturdays 10.00am. -
PARISHES AND FINANCE: Lots of parishes are suffering at the moment, and many Dioceses will be suffering as well. You are more than generous here, and always have been, but we are small and so our collections are going to be smaller than most with the best will in the world. After we re-
all is not well.
THE ROSARY: We will soon be in May; the month of Our Blessed Lady and the Rosary. I encourage you to say the Rosary every day, even if only a Decade. The Russians are amassing troops on the Ukrainian Borders again, and tensions are growing between the Americans and the Russians and the Chinese. Prayer is needed.
UNLOCK: People went out last Monday in their droves and did not maintain the Social Distancing. A new Strain of the Virus has been found in parts of London. We are not out of the woods yet and I think we have a moral duty to each other to be wary all the time. I will continue to wear a mask in public after the unlock for my own protection and the protection of others. It is still HANDS, FACE, SPACE.
THE FUNERAL: I hope you were able to witness the funeral of HRH on television. It was executed in the best possible way. I am sure he will have been happy with it!!
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DIRECT DEBIT MANDATE: During the Lockdown, we still need to keep our Parish funds afloat. You can use the Direct Debit Mandate. Download the Form and fill it in and then send it to your Bank. Make sure you put the Parish number 102 on the Form and the Account Number. Let Kath Clemson know any change of amount so that she can adjust the Gift Aid Records. You can get Kath on 01254 831 624. Download form here!
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Parish Administrator and Catechist: Jane Gilbertson, B.Ed. (Hons), B.Sc. (Hort), CTC.
Easter Sunday 3B , 18th. April 2021
2nd. Sunday after Easter
Hand in hand w1ith Jesus Remember your daily Rosary
Misericordia Domini plena est terra, alleluia
Sick & Housebound
Anointing / Forgiveness
Fr. Dermot Casey, Fr. Thomas Lambe, Fr. Cyril Thomas, Fr. George Russell, Canon James Collins, Fr. Bernard Bimson, Brenda Turner, George Murphy, Rita Fletcher, Catherine Murphy, James Southworth, John Gerrard, Elizabeth Harwood, Lucy Astley, Jane Woodruff, Thomas McDonagh, Thomas Astley, Kathleen Riley, Patrick McAllister, Osith Seed, Harry Keenen, Rachel Langton, Peter Farnworth, Con Collins, Jack Wroe, Graeme Barrow, Jean Entwisle, David Sanderson.
Canon Albert Shaw, Fr. Bernard Jackson, Fr. Barry McAllister, Fr. Cassian Dickie, osb., Fr. John Daulman, Philip Rushton, Ian Davies, Ann Beconnsall, Rita Maher, Kathleen Mee, Rachel Mason, Eamon Neary and others.
“Repentance for sins”