Second Sunday of Lent - Year C - Sunday 17th March 2019

The Lord in whom we put our trust - Like Abraham, we are called by God to a new homeland -

not to rest in this world's material comforts - but to move towards the land of promise -

where the Lord will transfigure our mortal bodies into the likeness of his glorified body.

Sat 16 March

6.00pm

6.45pm

Vigil Mass - Intention - Stella Long R.I.P.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sun 17

St Patricks Day

Nazareth Hse

9.30am

10.45am

11.00 am

Mass - Special Intention - The Parish

Sunday School and Confirmation Group

Mass - Special Intention - The Jacobs Family

Malayalam Mass - Second Sunday of each month - 4.00pm

Mon 18

11.30am

Funeral Mass - Margaret Dupuy R.I.P.

Tues 19

9.30am

8.00pm

Mass - Intention - Frances Lyon R.I.P. St Joseph

Ladies Circle - St Patrick's Celebration - Church Room

Weds 20

9.30am

Mass - Intention - Stella Long R.I.P.

Thurs 21

9.30am

Mass - Intention - Morris Jacobs R.I.P..

Fri 22

9.30am

10.00am

7.00pm

Mass - Special Intention - The McKeown Family

Stations of the Cross and the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Malayalam Mass followed by Adoration

Mothers Prayer Group -Church Room - 1.45pm Third Friday each month

Sat 23

6.00pm

Vigil Mass - Intention - Alex Coutinho R.I.P

Sun 24

 

Nazareth Hse

9.30am

10.45am

11.00am

Mass - Intention - George O'Connor R.I.P.

Sunday School and Confirmation Group

Mass - Special Intention - The Darvell Family

Malayalam Mass - 4.00pm - Second Sunday each month

Scripture Readings 2nd Sunday in Lent - Year C (Gen 15:5-12,17-18; Psalm 26(27);Phil 3:17-4:1; Luke 9: 28-36)

While Abram was wandering round Canaan before 1500 BC, his kinsman, Lot was captured in Sodom. Abram and his allies freed him. To celebrate this victory, bread and wine were brought out and Abram was blessed by Melchizedek, Priest-King of Salem, traditionally identified with Jerusalem. Then the Lord promised Abram a land of his own, an heir, and numberless descendants. A firebrand signifying the Lord's presence, pass between the halves of the animals, a common way at that time of confirming a covenant.

The psalm asserts complete confidence that God will not abandon but will rescue us, while asking for guidance and protection.

Paul wrote to the Philippians about 60 AD. A devout Jew and Pharisee, Paul has nevertheless concluded that righteousness does not come from the Law but through faith in God, as shown by Abraham. As citizens of heaven we owe allegiance to Christ, not Caesar. Since God will transfigure our bodies, we must not be ruled by bodily appetites but gradually transform ourselves into images of Christ.

Luke describes Jesus' appearance being changed. Moses and Elijah, representing the Law and the Prophets, are talking with him about his "exodus", his coming passion and death. The disciples are confused, but then God tells them they must now listen to Jesus, the representatives of old Israel have departed.

Psalm Response: The Lord is my light and my help.

Diocesan Pilgrimage - Walsingham

Saturday 8 June

A 33 seat coach from St Patricks is booked - add your name to the list at the back of Church.

(By law children have to occupy a seat)

Further details to follow.

Collections 10 March - Many thanks

Env £206.92 Loose £271.86 Cafod £37.00

Ash Wednesday - £140.86

Duston Churches Together - Lent Lunches

12noon 20th March - United Reformed Church

27th March - St Andrews - 3rd April - St Francis

Donations for Cafod & Christian Aid

Thanks to all who prepared and served the lunch at St Patrick's - and to all those who supported it - £125 was raised.

Next Weekend - Vocations Weekend

22-24 March @ The Cathedral

For discerners to the Priesthood - age 17+

for more details contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or 01604 714556

Meditate - when Jesus goes up the mountain to pray he involves his disciples in his conversation with Moses & Elijah who journeyed from slavery to freedom - a journey to a new life.

Pray - God of power and might you reveal that the Christian is a journey from darkness into light.

Grant us the faith to see the final destination that

you are calling us to - so that we may always

walk in the path of your commands.

True prayer is a giving of self to God,

an opening of self to God -

not a seeking to feel God and his action. Ruth Burrows

From Pope Francis' Lenten Message

Lent is a sacramental sign of conversion.

It invites Christians to embody the paschal mystery more deeply and concretely in

their personal, family and social lives,

above all by fasting, prayer and almsgiving.

FASTING, that is, learning to change our attitude towards others and all of creation, turning away from the temptation to "devour" everything to satisfy our voracity and being ready to suffer for love, which can fill the emptiness of our hearts.

PRAYER, which teaches us to abandon idolatry and the self-sufficiency of our ego,

and to acknowledge our need of the Lord

and his mercy.

ALMSGIVING, whereby we escape from

the insanity of hoarding everything for ourselves in the illusory belief that we can secure a future that does not belong to us.

And thus to rediscover the joy of God's plan for creation and for each of us, which is to love him, our brothers and sisters, and the entire world, and to find in this love our true happiness.

Let us remember in our prayers -

the victims of the terrorist attacks in New Zealand whilst they were at prayer,

Popes Prayer Intention - March

May Christian communities, especially those who are persecuted, feel that they are close to Christ and have their rights protected.

Cafod Lent Fast Day

There is a second Collection this week end

If you wish to gift aid your donation -

envelopes are available at the back of Church

Please Pray For The Sick

Sara Fox, Mary Ellis, Enzina D'Eramo,

Kitty McKenna, Joan James, Jean House, Richard Foster, Margaret Dunne, Ethan A Fernandes, Phil Jacobs, Sinead McDonall, Glenda Smith, Maureen Bicknell, Dominico Piro, Coutinho, Bridie Weir, Sharon Botterill, Jean House, Anne Thompson, Margaret, Kevin & Mark McKeown, Winnie & John Kelly, Daniel Butcher, Bernadette Bollard, Henry McAteer, Catherine Vince, Catherine Watts, Dominic Fernandes, Chris Brady, Emma Bonfield, Babies Ricardo & Michael, Nora McLoughlin, Annie Jacobs, Jenina Skippen, Michael Folan, Andrea Hughes, Fr Peter Pham, Kath Craven, Jeremy Wilcox, Linda Lane, baby Ioannis Ferao, Margaret Giltrap, Joe Taitt, Sara Quartermaine, Nancy Hughes

Please tell the clergy of anyone in care, hospital or housebound who would like the sacraments.

Also let us know of any names to be added or removed.

Gift Aid - Planned Giving

Please let Rosemary Earle know -

If you gift aid your offering and have moved,

changed your name or no longer pay tax,

OR

If you are a tax payer when with your consent the Church can reclaim the tax you have paid - this increases the value of your offering by 25% at no cost to you

Diocesan Mass for Married Life

12 noon April 6th

St Mary's, Woburn Sands MK17 8NN

Bishop Peter will preside and bless those couples celebrating special anniversaries. Please contact 07412151517 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are attending. Refreshments after Mass.

THE PRAYER TRUST TABLE

popular Lent Prayer booklets and Easter Cards available - cost 20p - at the back of Church.

A wonderful opportunity of fostering prayer at home with family and friends.

CASH FOR TRASH -

An easy way of raising funds for CAFOD. A poster lists items that can be put in the orange sack. Help Cafod & help our Planet.

Margaret Dupuy R.I.P

Margaret's Funeral Mass is at St Patrick's on Monday next - 18 March - at 11.30am

Please pray for Margaret and her family.

May she rest in peace

Cremation follows at Milton Crematorium

Historic Churches Annual Ride & Stride - 14th Sept

A diary date - especially for any riders or striders -

more information to follow

DIOCESE OF NORTHAMPTON - REGISTERED CHARITY - NUMBER 234091