29 June

Saturday

6.00pm

6.45pm

Mass - Solemnity of Peter and Paul

Confessions

Margaret Gleeson RIP

and our Parish

30 June

Sunday

9.30am

Mass - Solemnity of Peter and Paul

Ebele, Arinze, Cynthia Onugha

1 July

Monday

9.30am

Mass - Feria

Annie and Morris Jacobs RIP

2 July

Tuesday

9.30am

Mass - Feria

Seamus

3 July

Wednesday

9.30am

Mass - St Thomas, Apostle

Michael Brotherton RIP

4 July

Thursday

9.30am

Mass - Feria

Our Parish

5 July

Friday

9.30am

10-10.30am

Mass- Feria

Adoration & Confessions

Jomiya Tomy

6 July

Saturday

6.00pm

6.45pm

Mass- Fourteenth Sunday of Year B

Confessions

Joe Ennis RIP, Janack Gandesha RIP & Peter King RIP

7 July

Sunday

9.30am

Mass- Fourteenth Sunday of Year B

Our Parish

The Solemnity of Apostles Peter and Paul- Year B

Readings: Acts 12:1-11; Psalm 33:2-9; 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18; Matthew 16:13-19

Peter was the son of Jonah and brother of the apostle Andrew. He was a Galilean fisherman from Bethsaida. His brother Andrew introduced him to Jesus who changed his name from Simon to Peter, which means rock. Jesus made Peter the leader of the apostles and the indestructible foundation of the Church.

By the power of the Holy Spirit, through Peter's speech on the day of Pentecost, the active life of the Church commenced. Peter made missionary journeys to Lydda, Joppa and Caesarea Maritima. He directed the first Council in Jerusalem. He wrote two epistles to the whole Church. He was crucified under Nero and buried at the Vatican, in Rome.

Paul was born at Tarsus, in a Roman colony, now in Turkey. A Roman citizen by birth, he was initially a tent- builder. His original name was Saul. As a Pharisee, he was sent to Jerusalem by his parents to study the Mosaic Law under the great rabbi Gamaliel. He entirely approved and witnessed the stoning of Stephen to death. Paul was converted on his way to Damascus to arrest the Christians. He made several missionary journeys, converted hundreds of Jews and Gentiles and established many communities of believers. Paul wrote 14 epistles. He was imprisoned for two years and lived under house arrest for two more years in Rome. Finally, he was martyred by beheading at Tre Fontane in Rome. Paul is known as the 'Apostle to the Gentiles'. Undoubtedly, he was one of the greatest apostolic missionaries.

First Reading: King Herod started to persecute the Church, he imprisoned Peter but the Lord sent his angel and freed Peter from prison and Herod.

Second Reading: Paul having made his life as a living sacrifice for the Lord and his Gospel, tells Timothy that all that now awaits Paul is the crown of righteousness.

Gospel: Jesus, in Caesarea Philippi promises Peter that he will build his Church on Peter and he will be given the Keys of the Kingdom of God to exercise and continue the saving mission of Christ through the Pastoral Ministry of the Church.

Responsorial Psalm: From all my terrors the Lord set me free.

A Diocesan Music Day for Parish Musicians

Saturday 21st September 2024 11am to 3.30pm with Christopher Walker, Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Westbourne Road, Luton, LU4 8JD When the Church Sings, She Comes Alive! A day of song and prayer with Chris Walker. "Come for practical ways to enliven our parish music and help our musicians prepare for the Year of Prayer and Jubilee."

Christopher Walker is an inspirational Composer and Conductor of Church Music

Adults £10, children free but must be accompanied by a parent. Booking details to follow??? For Group bookings please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Second Collection for Peter's Pence - Next week on 6/7th July 2024. Thank you

Chilled Women's Bible Study 10:15 on Tuesday July 2nd in the Parish room looking at where you look for guidance in your life. Everything provided including cake. All very welcome.

Children's Liturgy Every Sunday at 9.30 Mass in the Church Room. All are welcome

Stella Maris appeal: Continued thanks for donations of wool and knitting. An amazing total ?.57 items are on their way to the port of Immingham. We will leave everything at the back of the church for a while in case anyone else wants to donate or knit. Thanks to Smurfit Kappa for providing a courier for the precious parcel.

Food Bank - The food bank at the URC Church is making a real difference in the lives of some families in our local area, so every support is appreciated. Box at back of our church. Please try to bring a gift of tinned food, tea, coffee, biscuits, cereals and the like. There is also need for toiletries soap, toothpaste and cleaning materials. Thank you for your donations.

If you have anything for the newsletter or would like to join any existing teams in the Parish, please email or talk to Father Benny. All offers of help would be warmly welcomed.

Would you be able to help? We are looking for more volunteers to clean the church

We have a very small group of volunteers who do a marvellous work on every Wednesdays after the Mass.

But they need more support. Thank you

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The Both Lives Pledge: More information: https://righttolife.org.uk/bothlives

228 MP candidates have now signed the Both Lives Pledge!

God our Father, the great sea of Your love ebbs and flows through the small sea of our life, filling its turmoil with a great peace, no matter how stormy our life may be. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

He doesn't wake up, they awaken Him! With great fear- Pope Francis at the Angelus 23 June 2024

The disciples are on Lake Tiberias. the boat is in danger of sinking. Jesus, who was asleep, wakes up, rebukes the wind and everything becomes calm again.

But really, He doesn't wake up, they awaken Him! With great fear, it is the disciples who awaken Jesus. The evening before, it was Jesus Himself who told the disciples to get on the boat and cross the lake. They were experts, they were fishermen, and that was their living environment, but a storm could put them in difficulty. It seems that Jesus wants to put them to the test. However, He does not leave them alone; He stays with them on the boat, calm; indeed, He even sleeps. And when the storm breaks, He reassures them with His presence, He encourages them, He incites them to have more faith and accompanies them beyond the danger. But we can ask this question: why does Jesus act in this way?

To strengthen the faith of the disciples and to make them more courageous. Indeed, they - the disciples - come out of this experience more aware of the power of Jesus and His presence in their midst, and therefore stronger and readier to face obstacles, difficulties, including the fear of venturing out to proclaim the Gospel. Having overcome this trial with Him, they will know how to face many others, even to the cross and martyrdom, to bring the Gospel to all peoples.

And Jesus does likewise with us too, in particular in the Eucharist: He gathers us around Him, He gives us His Word, He nourishes with His Body and His Blood, and then He invites us to set sail, to transmit everything we have heard and to share what we have received with everyone, in everyday life, even when it is difficult. Jesus does not spare us contrarieties but, without ever abandoning us, He helps us confront them. He makes us courageous. So we too, overcoming them with His help, learn more and more to hold onto Him, to trust in His power, which goes far beyond our capacities, to overcome uncertainties and hesitations, closures and preconceptions, and He does this with courage and greatness of heart, to tell everyone that the Kingdom of Heaven is present, it is here, and that with Jesus at our side we can make it grow together, beyond all barriers.