11th Sunday of the Year

Sat 5 Jun

6.00pm

11th Sunday of the Year

Sun 6

9.30am

11th Sunday of the Year

Tue 8

9.30am

Morning Mass

Fri 11

9.30am

Morning Mass

Sat 12

6.00pm

12th Sunday of the Year  (Day for Life 2nd Collection)

Sun 13

9.30am

12th Sunday of the Year  (Day for Life 2nd Collection)

Confessions after the mass on Fridays and Saturdays

Face coverings or masks must be worn in church at Mass

Scripture Readings 13th June 2021 - 11th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B

Ezekiel 17: 22-24; Psalm 91(92); 2 Cor 5: 6-10; Mark 4: 26-34

The Cedars of Lebanon

The Church is like a tree that God has planted. From the smallest seed it becomes the noblest of trees and filled the earth. We are like the birds of the air who make their home in Him.

Ezekiel has many chapters about Israel's failure to keep faith in God, culminating in the Babylonian exile. But God keeps his promises: He will restore his people to Israel. A remnant will survive and return to Zion, to build a renewed and perfect creation.

The Psalm extolls the Lord's just deeds: "the just" are so steadfast they appear rooted, flourishing "in the courts of our God", while "evildoers shall be scattered".

Paul has described some of his difficulties, accepting that "while we live we are always being given up to death for Jesus' sake". He encourages the Corinthians to have confidence in the Lord: whatever problems we face in our earthly lives, we look forward to making "our home with the Lord". Then our reward will be affected by our behaviour in this world.

In Mark's gospel Jesus describes the kingdom of God in parables. All around us are examples of transformation, seeds becoming unimaginable plants. We have got used to thinking of the kingdom of God as "somewhere else" - in "heaven" rather than on earth. But Jesus' parables do not suggest this, and in the Lord's prayer we ask every day that God's kingdom come "on earth, as it is in heaven". Do we mean it? What are we doing about it?

Psalm Response -  It is good to give you thanks, O Lord.

The Good News proclaimed by the witness of life, sooner or later has to be proclaimed by the word of life.

There is no true evangelization if the name, the teaching, the life, the promises,the kingdom and

the mystery of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God, are not proclaimed.

Evangelii Nuntiandi 22 - Pope Paul VI

 

  

For I am certain of this: neither death nor life, no angel, no prince, nothing that exists, nothing still to come, not any power, or height or depth, nor any created thing, can ever come between us and the love of God made visible in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8;28-29

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.

Please remember in your prayers

The Church. The lonely and frightened. The faithful departed (John Harper, Richard Foster, John Markie)

Those mourning. The sick (Mark, Sandra, Peter, Norma, Darcey, Ken, Shalipp, Olly Floody, Tom ),their carers. Hospital, health, care workers. Teachers. Coronavirus Victims. World leaders to unite to find 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. Artin and his family R.I.P. In gratitude for God's gifts, his mercy and unconditional love. For our country, in thanks that the special measures and the vaccine campaigns are making progress.

Online Lectionary Readings - Study led by by Fr Andrew Behrens & Mgr Kevin McGinnell.

Tues 13 July  7.30-8.30pm The Word of Life - Work of Pope St John Paul II

Book by email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 01582 723312 ext1

Churches Together Food Bank :Please keep up your support and take food donations to the

United Reformed Church on Saturday mornings between 10am and 12 noon. Many thanks.

Last week saw the tragic story of 15 month old baby Artin- his family died last October seeking asylum in England. Artin's body was found only this week. May they all rest in peace. Surely, we have to find better ways of helping those fleeing war and persecution - please pray that governments, particularly those at the G7 summit, will make time to act and to help those in such desperate need.

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.

Mary, full of grace, our spiritual mother, we fervently ask for your heavenly intercession for all those suffering during this pandemic and seek God's miraculous assistance. You truly care for the sick

and we ask that you offer them your compassionate support in powerful acts of healing.

Stay near tothem with your maternal protection. Console all anxious hearts and grant that these

physical and emotional sufferings may be a source of purification and growth for eternal life. Amen.

Today's Gospel Reading tells us that the Kingdom of God, our faith, begins like a tiny seed planted within our heart that takes hold of the nourishment surrounding it and begins to grow; slowly at first, but with continuous attention, it will grow faster and stronger and finally bear fruit as intended. All the Mass readings warn us that we cannot sit back and say, "I have been saved and therefore, I need not do anything more." It is worth reminding ourselves, often, that "Our faith, like our life, is a gift from God. What we do with it is our gift to Him." Food for thought this week. St Clare's USA

Whatever God has put into you, that is your vocation. It is not what we do but how much love we put into it. St Teresa of Calcutta

Normal Life to be resumed?

According to the media it seems that by Monday we will hear the Governments new road map plans. If restrictions are lifted, it, hopefully, will mean the Church is able to return to some sort of normality. Whenever it actually happens, it is essential that the Church is welcoming to all, conscious of the effect that lockdowns have had not only on the practice of the faith but also the problems some may have in returning to public worship.

Pope Francis' has expressed his vision of the Church as a 'A Mother with an open heart. The Church is called to the be the house of the Father with doors always wide open.The Eucharist is not a prize for the for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak. What the Church needs most is the ability to heal the wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful, it needs nearness, proximity. I see the Church as a field hospital after a battle. The Church must be a place of mercy, freely given.'

Let us pray whenever the situation changes anyone who wants to come to church will be welcomed by the Church - just like so many of us were.

Quotations from the Apostolic Exhortation

- The Joy of the Gospel - from Pope Francis.