29th August 2021 - 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Sat 28 Aug

6.00pm

22nd  Sunday of the Year

Sun 29

9.30am

22nd  Sunday of the Year

Mon 30

9.30am

Morning Mass – Ss. Margaret Clitherow.Anne Line, Margaret Ward

Tue 31

9.30am

Morning Mass – St Aidan & Saints of Lindisfarne

Wed 1 Sep

9.30am 

Morning Mass – Day of Prayer for Care of Creation

Thu 2

9.30am

Morning Mass

Fri 3

9.30am

Morning Mass – Pope Gregory the Great

Sat 4

6.00pm

23rd  Sunday of the Year

Sun 5

9.30am

23rd  Sunday of the Year

Given the spread of the virus and following advice, we will proceed cautiously lifting any restrictions.

Confessions after the mass on Fridays and Saturdays

Face coverings or masks must be worn in church at Mass

Scripture Readings 29th August 2021 - 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Deut 4:1-2, 6-8; Psalm 14(15): 2-5; James 1: 1-27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

The Commandments of Life - We rejoice in the Law of God which is pure religion, totally different from any man-made law or human tradition. It is fulfilled in this Sacrament of Love.

After the testamentary speech from Joshua last week, this week we have the beginning of Moses' last testament, following God's refusal to allow Moses to cross the Jordan and enter the Promised Land. In Deuteronomy Moses sums up the Law, but with some relaxations from the strict Law given by God on Sinai. As God's representative, Moses allowed divorce and hating enemies. But God's justice cannot change, and Jesus will later reverse these changes, made "because of their hardness of heart". Observing God's Law "will demonstrate to the peoples" their wisdom and understanding.

The Psalm summarises the moral qualities required to be "at one" with the Lord, especially the social virtues of justice and charity.

James also insists "do what the word tells you", especially helping the vulnerable and avoiding contamination by the world. We must be "quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger". More practical advice from James in the coming weeks.

Jesus gives the same message: his disciples should do what the Pharisees say, but not what they do. As Peter is to learn later before preaching to Cornelius, "nothing that goes into a man from outside can make him unclean". It is what we do that can make us unclean, not lack of washing. This teaching is underlined immediately by the faith of the Syro-Phoenician woman.

Psalm Response       The just will live in the presence of the 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. Online Daily Mass www.northamptondiocese.org/live.

Please remember in your prayers

The Church. The lonely& frightened. The faithful departed (Annie Jacobs) those who mourn. The sick (Mark, Sandra, Peter, Norma, Darcey, Ken, Shalipp, Tom, Elizabeth, Sophia, James L., Nigel & Rose, their carerers, and Maimai. Hospital, Health & care workers &teachers. Coronavirus Victims. World leaders to work for & share a covid solution. Poor countries where disease & risk is increased by food and medicine shortages. Migrants. Victims of oppression & racial hatred. For the people of India. For peace in the Middle East. In gratitude for God's gifts, his mercy and unconditional love. The the people of Haiti and of Afghanistan.

Pope Francis & Pope Benedict. For success with the lifting of lockdown restrictions.

Let us pray for Afghanistan, and for all those people seeking safety and refuge. We pray also for the people of Haiti & those suffering through natural disasters. Mary our Mother, pray for all who have recourse to you. Pope Francis

Holy Father's Prayer for August

Let us pray for the Church, that she may receive from the Holy Spirit the grace and strength to reform herself in the light of the Gospel. Vatican City 3 Aug

 

Father of might

and power,

every good and

perfect gift comes down to us from

you. Implant in

our hearts

the love of your

name, increase

our zeal

for your service,

nourish what is

good in us

and tend it

with watchful care.

Through

Christ our Lord

Amen

Recognize God in the humanity of Jesus - Pope Francis

Last Sunday Pope Francis encouraged Catholics to not water down the reality of Jesus Christ's humanity and his teaching that the Eucharist is his Body and Blood, he said, "God made Himself flesh and blood: He lowered himself to the point of becoming a man like us. He asks us to not seek Him outside life and history, but in relationship with Christ and with our brothers and sisters." He also urged us not to seek God in "dreams and in images of grandeur and power," but to recognize him in the humanity of Jesus and in the humanity of other people.

Many are suffering through covid and now the tragedy in Afghanistan.

PopeFrancis' words are offered to remind us all of God's love for us all and to help us reach out in faith to others in these difficult times.

"But Christ is risen! Christ loves you! And you have no joy? Joy should be the hallmark of a Christian's life. A reflection of knowing that we are loved by God, saved by Jesus Christ. The closer the Lord is to us, the more joy we feel; the farther away he is, the more sadness we feel. This is a rule for Christians."

My dear people, let us love one another since love comes from God and everyone who loves is begotten

by God and knows God. Anyone who fails to love can never have known God, because God is love.

God's love for us was revealed when God sent into the world his only Son so that we could have

life through him; this is the love I mean: not our love for God, but God's love for us

when he sent his Son to be the sacrifice that takes our sins away. 1 John 4:7-10

Father of might and power, every good and perfect gift comes to us from you. Implant in our hearts the love

of your name, increase our zeal for your service, nourish what is good and tend it with loving care Amen.

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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 it -No cost to you- so valuable for the church.

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 are struggling financially so please just do what you can.

Cardinal Hollerich, (Bishops' Conferences of the EU) has said he is "ashamed" of some European countries' responses to the situation in Afghanistan. "We had given hope to this people and now we have left them in Dante's Inferno. Then I feel shame on Europe and the West. We talk so much about values. But where are our values now?" He urged EU countries to "act according to your conscience."

Churches Together Food Bank - Help is still needed so please keep up your support and take food donations to the United Reformed Church on Saturday mornings between 10am and 12 noon. God Bless & Many thanks.

Our Lady, Health of the Sick, we look to you for the comfort of a mother's love, We pray for those suffering and our own healing. Mary, your love strengthens us and brings us peace. Embrace all who are emotionally and physically ill that they may return to good health. Mary, may your love strengthen us and bring us peace. Our Lady, Health of the Sick, pray for us and for all those working to bring healing, comfort and support to those in need. Amen