6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B - 14th February 2021

Sat 20 Feb

6.00pm

Vigil Mass - 1st Sunday of Lent

Sun 21

9.30am

Mass - 1st Sunday of Lent

Tue 23

9.30am

Mass

Fri 26

9.30am

Mass & Stations of the Cross - Cafod Fast Day

Sat 27

6.00pm

Vigil Mass - 2nd Sunday of Lent - Second Collection for Cafod

Sun 28

9.30am

Mass - 2nd Sunday of Lent - Second Collection for Cafod

Confessions after the mass on Fridays and Saturdays

Face coverings or masks must be worn in church at Mass

Scripture Readings 21st February 2021, 1st Sundayof Lent, Year B

Gen 9: 8-15; Psalm 24(25):4-9; 1 Peter 3: 18-22; Mark 1: 12-15

The Good News of The Covenant - We renew our response to The Covenant, the pact of love God made with each of us at our Baptism. Imagine how Noah reacted when he - alone in a drowned world - learned the good news - that God's love had not abandoned, nor ever would, the earth and all its creatures.

Genesis describes how, after the Great Flood, God established the first covenant with humanity, promising not to destroy all living creatures again. Every rainbow reminds us of God's care for all creation.

The Psalm asks for God's guidance and pardon, before meditating on God's goodness towards the just.

Peter applies the Genesis story to Jesus. We should not "repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse" but repay hurt with a blessing. If God wills that we suffer, then it is better to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. God's promise to Noah is fulfilled in Christ, who "in the body was put to death, in the spirit was raised to life".

Just as Noah was saved by water, so we are washed in the water of baptism and make "a promise to God

from a good conscience" rising into a new life in Christ.

In Mark's gospel Jesus' baptism is followed immediately by this very brief description of his temptation in

the desert. Angels guided the Israelites during the Exodus. Now angels look after Jesus as he rejects Satan

and remains obedient to God, announcing the Good News to begin his human ministry.

Psalm Response -Your ways, Lord, are faithfulness and love for those who keep your covenant.

Duston Churches Together - Food Bank Open Saturday 10am - 12noon URC Church

Great news for those in need. Thanks to volunteers from our Church, St. Lukes, St. Francis, St. Andrew's and the United Reformed Church (URC) - in the village for their support. The URC worked hard, taking in food and packing boxes every week to meet the needs of families and single people, and using their premises for storage and distribution - sincere thank to all concerned.

To donate food - tinned meat, fish and vegetables would be much appreciated - please take it to the URC Church on Saturday mornings between 10am and 12 noon. Strict Covid safety measures apply.

Our own Church response in donating food has been exceptional thanks - and so please do what you can again.

Let us remember in prayer this week

The Church. The lonely & frightened. The faithful departed - those who mourn. The sick and their carers. Health care workers. Victims of coronavirus. World leaders to unite to find a covid solution.

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

Victims of oppression and racial hatred. In gratitude to God for his gifts, his mercy and unconditional love.

For our country - that the special measures now being taken will rapidly combat the spread of the virus.

The good news on the vaccines - giving thanks for the progress.

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.

Prayer of Pope Francis - The Lent Fast

We should fast from hurting words and say kind words

From sadness and be filled with gratitude : From anger and be filled with patience:

From pessimism and be filled with hope: From worries and have hope in God:

From complaints and contemplate sympathy:From pressures and be prayerful:

From bitterness and fill our hearts with joy:From selfishness and be ompassionate:

From grudges and be reconciled: From words and be silent and listen.

To experience Lent with love means caring for those who suffer or feel abandoned and fearful because of the Covid-19 pandemic. In these days of deep uncertainty about the future, let us keep in mind the Lord's word to his Servant, "Fear not, for I have redeemed you." In our charity, may we speak words of reassurance and help others to realize that God loves them as sons and daughters. Pope Francis 2021

Christ the Lord was tempted and suffered for us. Come, let us adore him.

O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick. At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus' pain, with steadfast faith.

We seek refuge in your love and under your protection.

Pandemic Prayer of Pope Francis

As we begin the season of Lent, we give thanks to God the Father for this time of grace,

Let us ask him to cleanse our hearts and strengthen us in love through the Holy Spirit.

Give us, Lord, your Holy Spirit.

Lord, your word is life; may our lives be nourished and sustained by every word you speak.Give us Lord... In the life of Jesus you have shown us the way of love;   teach us to follow this way in the great and small events of life.Give us, Lord, your Holy Spirit.

Grant us a spirit of self-denial,  and move us to help our brothers in their need. Give us, Lord.....

Let us bear witness in our bodies to the death of your Son, for in his body you have brought us to life-

Give us, Lord, your Holy Spirit.

Support us, Lord, as with our Lenten fast and prayer we begin our Christian warfare, so that in

doing battle against the spirit of evil we may be armed with the weapon of self-denial. Through

Christ our Lord who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Lord make me know Your ways. Lord teach me your paths. Make me walk in your truth and teach me; for you are God my Saviour. Psalm Ps 25:4-5

The way Jesus overcame his temptations in the desert is indeed the best answer to the payer of the psalmist. The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among wild beasts, and the angels ministered to him.

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).

We will send you a Gift Aid Declaration form to complete and return to the church.

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

Have your debit/credit card ready to make a payment - 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.