24th October 2021 - 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Sat 23 Oct

6.00pm

30th Sunday of the year - Word Mission Day

Sun 24

9.30am

30th Sunday of the year - Word Mission Day

Mon 25

9.30am

Morning Mass 

Tue 26

9.30am

Morning Mass

Wed 27

9.30am 

Morning Mass

Thu 28

9.30am

Morning Mass – SS Simon & Jude

Fri 29

9.30am 

Morning Mass

Sat 30

12.00pm

6.00pm

We welcome in Baptism Rose Mary Susan Winder

All Saints Day

Sun 31

9.30am

All Saints Day 

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 24th October 2021, 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Jeremiah 31: 7-9; Psalm 125(126); Hebrews 5: 1-6; Mark 10: 46-52

The Lord who works marvels - We worship Christ who opens our eyes

to see the marvels that he has done for us as our high priest and mediator with the Father.

Jeremiah has promised that Israel will return from their exile in Babylon. This new exodus will be on a smooth path with ample water, not like the first wanderings in the desert. God has redeemed his people, and will make a new unbreakable covenant with Israel, writing his law on people's hearts, instead of on breakable stone. Jesus made this new covenant at the Last Supper.

The Psalm exults in the imagined joy of this restoration, so intense as to seem like dream.

The extended extract from Hebrews read over the last 2 weeks, concludes by showing how Christ's humanity enables him to understand our weaknesses. As the high priest forever, appointed by God at his baptism, Christ is therefore supremely fitted to mediate between us and God. But Hebrews goes on to say that Christ had to learn the depths of the human condition through his suffering.

Todaywe hear the last of Jesus' teachings during his journey up to Jerusalem. Though blind, Bartimeus calls Jesus "Son of David". He can see who Jesus is more clearly than the disciples following Jesus. He then calls Jesus "Master", the only person in the first three gospels to do so before the resurrection. Able to see, Bartimeus now follows as a disciple.

Psalm Response -What Marvels the Lord worked for us! Indeed we were glad.

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 and frightened. The faithful departed-those who mourn. The sick, (Mark, Sandra, Peter, Norma, Darcey, Ken, Shalipp, Tom V, B, D & his wife), their carers, & Maimai.

Hospital, health & care workers. Teachers, staff and children..Coronavirus suffers.Migrants.

Victims of oppression & racial hatred. World leaders to unite to find & share a covid solution.

The people in areas of conflict and poor countries needing vaccines.

Pope Francis & Pope Emeritus Benedict, Bishop David and our clergy and religious.

Our country, that the lifting of covid restrictions will be successful.

In gratitude for God's gifts, mercy and unconditional love.

Repentance is the abandoning of all false paths, and a return to the new path - Christ's path. St Nikolas Velimirovich

Let hearts rejoice who search for the Lord. Seek the Lord and his strength seek always the face of the Lord. I will comfort the blind and the lame and I will lead them back.

The Lord is close to all who call on him, who call on him from the heart. Psalm 144

Pope Francis urges us to- "rediscover the beauty of being children of God.

Last week, Pope Francis, in the general audience, urged Catholics to "rediscover the beauty of being children of God. We Christians often take for granted this reality of being God's children. Instead, it is good to remember with gratitude the moment in which we became such, the moment of our baptism, so as to live the great gift we received with greater awareness," he said, encouraging us to find out and celebrate the date of our baptisms. It is so good to hear such encouragement from the Holy Father.

Help for Afghani Refugees - Many came with only the clothes they stood up in.

Items can be taken to St Andrews on Monday afternoons 2 - 4pm & Saturday from 10 -12noon - Much needed items - coats, nappies, trainers, jogger bottoms, trousers, new underwear, toiletries, colouring books & pens, wrapped biscuits. Please do what you can - thanks.

Grant us, Lord, we pray, the joy of continued health of mind and body:and through the intercession of

Blessed Mary ever-virgin, free us of these present troubles and fill us with eternal joy.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen


The Lord bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.

Amen.

Preparation for First Confession and First Holy Communion 2022

Sunday School. Preparation for First Confession and First Holy Communion 2022 will begin in November 2021. Time: Sundays after 9.30 am Mass. Children from school year three and upwards are eligible and more details will be given in the coming weeks. We ask God to bless them and their families.

Churches Together Food Bank - Help is needed so please if you can take food donations to the

United Reformed Church on Saturday -10am and 12 noon. God Bless & many thanks.

The best way to show our gratitude to God and to people is to accept everything with joy. A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love. Never let anything so fill you with sorrow as to make you forget the joy of the Risen Christ. Mother St Teresa of Calcutta

To keep up or review 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.

'If you do not behave like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.'

Speaking in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall on 20th October, the pope paid tribute to the boy who walked up to him at the beginning of the audience.

"In these days we are talking about the freedom of faith, listening to the Letter to the Galatians," he said. "But I was reminded of what Jesus was saying about the spontaneity and freedom of children, when this child had the freedom to approach and move as if he were at home... And Jesus tells us: 'You too, if you do not behave like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.'

"The courage to approach the Lord, to be open to the Lord, not to be afraid of the Lord: I thank this child for the lesson he has given us all. And may the Lord help him in his limitation, in his growth because he has given this testimony that came from his heart. Children do not have an automatic translator from the heart to life: the heart takes the lead." Based on a Catholic News Agency Report

Don't just be known for being a Christian, but for living as one. (St Ignatius of Antioch)