Scripture Readings - 7th June - The Holy Trinity - Year A
Ex 34:4-6,8-9; Dan 3:52-56; 2 Cor 13:11-13; Jn 3:16-18
Our celebration today is a song of praise to God who takes us up to share in the very life of the Trinity. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit is with us all.
Seeing the Israelites dancing round the golden calf, Moses was angry and had thrown down and broken
the tablets on which the Lord had written his covenant. The agreement with God was literally broken!
Today's psalm comes from the hymn of thanks in the story of Daniel, set in the 6th century BC but probably written about 165 BC. Daniel's three companions refused to worship King Nebuchadnezzar's statue and so were thrown into a furnace so hot their guards were killed. But God protected the three men, who walked about inside the furnace with their clothes intact but their rope bindings burned off.
After Paul's stern instructions to his beloved Corinthians, his second letter ends with this fond farewell, including the Trinitarian grace used widely by Christians.
At the beginning of John's Gospel, after the wedding at Cana and the cleansing of the Temple, Jesus tells Nicodemus he must be "born again". Nicodemus cannot understand this, but Jesus insists that those who refuse to believe and trust in Jesus condemn themselves.
Psalm Response - To you glory and praise for evermore.
Prayer of Abandonment to God
'Father, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you: I am ready for all, I accept all. Let only your will be done in me, and in all your creatures - I wish no more than this, O Lord. Into your hands I commend my soul: I offer it to you with all the love of my heart, for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself, to surrender myself into your hands without reserve,
and with boundless confidence, for you are my Father.'
Diocesan Spiritual Pilgrimage to Walsingham - 13th June 2020
The Diocesan Pilgrimage Director invites us to join the spiritual pilgrimage to Walsingham at
The Pilgrim Mass at 12 noon via the internet link http://www.walsingham.org.uk/.
You are God's chosen race, his saints; he loves you, and you should be clothed in sincere compassion,
in kindness and humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with one another; forgive each other
as soon as a quarrel begins. The Lord has forgiven you; now you must do the same (Colossians 3:12-13)
As God's children, born of love it is within our power to love and overcome evil. We have to recognise, believe and exercise that God given power to grow in love.
Spiritual Communion Prayer of St Alphonsus Liguori
My Jesus, I believe that you are most truly present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist. I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot receive you sacramentally now, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as being already there and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen. (Daily Mass on line w.northamptondiocese.org/live)
Let us pray during the week for
The Church, Pope Francis; Bishop David, the Clergy; our Parish; the lonely and frightened. The faithful departed - those who mourn. The sick and their careers. All affected by the virus. Front line care workers. World leaders to cooperate with those seeking medical solution to be freely and globally shared. For the third world where the risk of the pandemic is heightened by food and medicine shortages. For those - especially our Parish children awaiting the sacraments of penance, Holy Communion and Confirmation.
Our own intentions and in thanks to God for his gifts and unconditional love.
Prayer to the Holy Trinity
Glory be to the Father, Who by His almighty power and love created me, making me in the image and likeness of God.
Glory be to the Son, Who by His Precious Blood delivered me from hell, and opened for me the gates of heaven.
Glory be to the Holy Spirit, Who has sanctified me in the sacrament of Baptism and continues to sanctify me by the graces I receive daily from His bounty.
Glory be to the Three adorable Persons of the Holy Trinity, now and forever. Amen.
"The Holy Trinity calls us to solidarity with others" - Pope Francis
(Based on CNA report by Ann Schneible)
The feast of the Holy Trinity is an invitation for us to commit to enriching our everyday relationships by promoting communion, consolation, and mercy, Pope Francis said during a Sunday Angelus address.
"Our being created in the image and likeness of God-communion calls us to understand ourselves as beings-in-relation, and to live interpersonal relationships in solidarity and reciprocal love, In this mission,
we are sustained by the strength the Holy Spirit gives us: this cures the flesh of humanity wounded by injustice, oppression, hate, and greed." the Pope said.
"The feast of the Most Holy Trinity invites us to commit ourselves in the everyday events in order to be the leaven of communion, of consolation, and of mercy," explaining how these relationships play out in ecclesial communities, families, friends, work colleagues, and the like. These "are concrete occasions offered to us to build ever more humanly rich relationships, capable of reciprocal respect and selfless love."
Christ outlines the relationship between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Knowing that he must fulfil the Father's plan through his own death and resurrection, Jesus assures the disciples that he will not abandon them, "because his mission will be continued by the Holy Spirit," the Pope said.
The Holy Spirit guides in new life situations, helping us to keep our gaze on Jesus, while being "open to events and to the future. He helps us walk in history, firmly rooted in the Gospel, and with dynamic fidelity to our traditions and customs."
"However, the mystery of the Trinity also speaks about us, our relationship with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit," Pope Francis said. God is a 'family' of three Persons "who love each other so much they form a single thing."
Finally, Pope Francis turned to Mary, "the mirror of the Trinity, to re-enforce our faith in the Trinitarian Mystery, and to embody it with choices and attitudes of love and unity."
Trinity Sunday highlights the most important mystery of life. It reminds us that life is love. God created, redeemed and sustains life in love. Love brings communion and communion, relationship. Love fosters and strengthens relationship. God is the perfection of the relationship of love between the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. On the other hand, evil destroys relationship and therefore life itself.
As we grow in love, our relationships outgrow terms and conditions, ifs and buts. We often operate on our animal instinct of reciprocity: if you love me, I love you, if you hate me, I hate you. Jesus wants us to grow from such a state to practise the divine unconditional love.
Love, to be real it must be unconditional. Christ teaches us, "?Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you so that you will become children of your Father in heaven..." (Matthew 5:43) May the Blessed Trinity give us grace to love one another as God loves us. Amen
Some parishioners have asked how best to keep up their Parish weekly offerings or to make donations.
DIRECT TO THE PARISH - make standing order/direct debit/ one-off donation with your bank to pay the offering to our account
Account Name: RCDN St Patrick Duston Branch Sort Code: 60-06-11 Account Number: 59820640.
Please let Fr Benny know if you are a tax payer and want us to reclaim any tax paid on your offering (this does not involve you in any extra cost). We will send you a Gift Aid Declaration form to complete and return to the church.
An option is 'Giving Tuesday' when between 10:00am and 4:00pm, you can call the
Diocesan Finance Office on 01604 712065, and donate to the parish.
You will need your debit or credit card to hand when you call. You can make a one-off donation or an amount to cover any missed Sunday offerings - specifying the offering is for St Patrick's Duston. If the
line is busy you are asked to leave only your telephone number and your name and you will be called back.
We know that at present many families are struggling financially so please just do what you can.
Daily Mass is streamed live from the Cathedral - www.northamptondiocese.org/live
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