3rd Sunday of Easter - 18th April 2021

Sat 17 Apr

6.00pm

3rd Sunday of Easter

Sun 18

9.30am

3rd Sunday of Easter

Tue 20

9.30am

Morning Mass

Fri 23

9.30am

Morning Mass – St George’s Day

Sat 24

6.00pm

4th Sunday of Easter  - Day of Prayer for Vocations

2nd Collection Priests Training Fund

Sun 25

9.30am

4th Sunday of Easter  - Day of Prayer for Vocations

2nd Collection Priests Training Fund

Confessions after the mass on Fridays and Saturdays

Face coverings or masks must be worn in church at Mass

Scripture Readings 18thApril 2021,3rd Sundayof Easter, Year B
Acts 3:13-15, 17-19; Psalm 4; 1 John 2: 1-5; Luke 24: 35-48

Our Advocate with the Father - We celebrate with the living Christ, our Advocate with the Father,

in whose name repentance for the forgiveness of sins is preached to all the world.

After Peter healed the man lame from birth, who had been begging at the Beautiful gate, the man joyfully walked with the Apostles in the Temple. At the portico of Solomon Peter addresses the crowds, emphasising that the man had been cured by the power of the God the Jews believed in, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God's kingdom is already becoming visible.

Perhaps reflecting later antagonism between some Jews and Christians, Peter adds that it was "you", "men of Israel" who insisted on killing Jesus, declared innocent by Pilate. But, Peter says, they "acted in ignorance" so that God's plan would be fulfilled.

The Psalm begs God's aid and admonishes incredulous observers to put their trust in God.

Paul appointed presbyters to lead his young churches. Thirty years later, John's community appears to have almost no structure. But there are problems: "many antichrists have come", and some members have left the community, perhaps misled by the small amount of moral teaching in John's Gospel. Paul's hierarchical model survived, but tension between structure and charism continues.

How strange the resurrected Jesus appears! The two disciples had recognised Jesus after he had left them in the inn on the way to Emmaus, but now they are frightened, thinking him a ghost.

Psalm Response - lift up the light of your face on us, O Lord.

Spiritual Holy Communion - Oh Jesus, my God,

I love you, but unfortunately, I cannot receive you in Holy Communion at this time.

Come, nevertheless, and visit me with your grace. Come spiritually into my heart. Purify it. Sanctify it.

Render it like your own most Sacred Heart. Amen. Daily Mass www.northamptondiocese.org/live.

Real faith in God is so strong that it rises above discouragements, disappointments, doubts, fears and despair to provide astonishing power in daily life.

 

Please remember in your prayers

The Church. The lonely & frightened. The faithful departed (Glenda Smith R.I.P. - Argyle Hse) - those who mourn. The sick (Mark McKeown) and their carers. Health care workers. Victims of coronavirus.

Migrants, victims of oppression and racial hatred World leaders to unite to find a covid solution.

The poorer countries where disease and risk is heightened by food and medicine shortages and lack money.

In gratitude to God for his gifts, his mercy and unconditional love.

For our country - in thanks that the special measures and the vaccine campaigns are making progress.

By submitting to death on the cross he destroyed the power of hell;

he has covered himself in glory by rising on the third day, alleluia.

Covid Prayer Mary, Consolation of the afflicted, embrace all your children in distress and pray that God will stretch out his all-powerful hand and free us from this terrible pandemic, so that life can serenely resume its normal course.To you, who shine on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope, do we entrust ourselves, O Clement, O Loving, O Sweet Virgin Mary. Amen.

'Rejoice, full of grace! Now Mary's joy is complete: Jesus lives, Love has conquered.'

You have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Your real life is Christ, and when he appears, then you too will appear with him and share his glory, alleluia.

Pope Francis has asked us to pray this prayer in Eastertide

Regina caeli - Queen of Heaven

Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia. For He whom you did merit to bear, alleluia.

Has risen, as he said, alleluia. Pray for us to God, alleluia. Rejoice and be glad,

O Virgin Mary, alleluia. For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.

Let us pray. O God, who gave joy to the world through the resurrection of Thy Son, Mary, His Mother, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life.

Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

The pope encouraged people to find strength by drawing from the "inexhaustible well of Mother Church," as each of the saints has done throughout history.

"Holy women and men do not have an easier life than others, on the contrary, they too have their problems to face and, moreover, they are often the object of opposition. But their strength is prayer.

God loved us with so much love that he was generous with his mercy: when we were dead through

our sins, he brought us to life with Christ - it is through grace that you have been saved -

and raised us up with him and gave us a place with him in heaven, in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:4-6

Prayer of St Francis of Assisi before the Crucifix - Most high glorious God, cast your light into the darkness of my heart. Give me, Lord, right faith, firm hope, perfect charity and propound humility, with wisdom and perception, so that I may carry out what is truly your holy will. Amen

To keep up your weekly offerings or to make donations -

Direct to the Parish - By Standing Order/Direct Debit/ One-Off Donation - ask your bank to pay to

Account Name: RCDN St Patrick Duston Branch Sort Code: 60-06-11 A/c No 59820640.

Let Fr Benny know if as a tax payer you want us to reclaim tax paid on your offering (no extra cost to you).

Or on 'Giving Tuesday' you can call the Diocesan Finance Office 01604 712065, (10:00am - 4:00pm)

Have your debit/credit card ready - specify the offering is for St Patrick's Duston.

If the line is busy leave only your telephone number and your name - you will be called back.

We know at present many families are struggling financially so please just do what you can.

Pope Francis said Christians should "never tire of seeking the risen Christ" - pointing to the angel's greeting to Mary Magdalene at the empty tomb. This message "Do not be afraid" tells us always to reach out to the risen Christ

who gives life in abundance to all who seek him.

The message tells of God's victory over evil, Christ's victory of light over darkness. The tomb was not opened by a physical phenomenon, but by the Lord's intervention.

In this Easter season, I wish everyone has the same spiritual experience, welcoming in our hearts, homes, and families the joyful Easter proclamation: 'Christ, having risen from the dead, dies no more; death will no longer have dominion over him."

"The Easter proclamation is this: Christ is alive, Christ accompanies my life, Christ is beside me. Christ knocks at the door of my heart so I can let him in.

. Francis reminds us the angel Gabriel had greeted Mary the first time:

'Rejoice, full of grace! Now Mary's joy is complete: Jesus lives, Love has conquered.'