Seventh Sunday - Year C - Sunday 24th February 2019

Our love of our Father - God loves us totally, however sinful and unworthy we are.

We can only express this love in our lives by modelling ourselves on Christ and

loving our enemies as he loves them. It is then that we are most like our Father in Heaven.

Sat 23 Feb

6.00pm

6.45pm

Vigil Mass - Spl Int Tony & Liz Muff & Int Frank Corrigan R.I.P.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sun 24

 

Nazareth Hse

9.30am

 

11.00am

Mass -Special Intention - Joanne Wyman (O'Leary )& the Parish

No Sunday School or Confirmation Group today

Mass - Special Intention - Mary & James O'Neill R.I.P.

Malayalam Mass - 4.00pm Second Sunday each month

Mon 25

9.30am

Mass - Intention - Stella Long R.I.P. & George O'Connor R.I.P.

Tues 26

9.30am

8.00pm

Mass - Special Intention - David O'Leary & Intention - Joseph R.I.P.

Ladies Circle - Coffee & Chat - Church Room

Weds 27

9.30am

Mass - Intention - Kevin Fox R.I.P.

Thurs 28

9.30am

Mass - Special Intention - The McKeown Family

Fri 1 March

St David's Day

9.30am

10.00am

7.00pm

Mass - Special Intention -Fr Benny & his family

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament & the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Malayalam Mass followed by Adoration

Mothers Prayer Group -Church Room 1.45pm - 3rd Friday each month

Sat 2

6.00pm

Vigil Mass - Intention -Stella Long R.I.P.

Sun 3

 

Nazareth Hse

9.30am

 

11.00am

Mass - Special Intention - Kay & Brian Kirwan

No Sunday School or Confirmation Group today

Mass - Special Intention - Patrick McGee R.I.P.

Malayalam Mass - Second Sunday each month - 4.00pm

Scripture Readings - 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year C

1 Sam 26:2,7-9,12-13,22-23; Ps 102(103); 1 Cor 15: 45-49; Luke 6: 27-38

In the first book of Samuel, Saul, Israel's first king, became unreasonably jealous of David, his anointed successor, and tried to kill him. Saul entered a cave where David and his men were hiding, but David merely cut off a piece of Saul's cloak. Then David crept into Saul's camp but only took away his spear. David believed it wrong to kill an anointed king, preferring to put his trust in God.

The psalm offers grateful thanks and praise to God that his mercy is so great because of our frailty.

In last Sunday's reading Paul had insisted to the Corinthians that Christ's resurrection is essential to our faith. In today's reading Paul quotes Genesis saying that the first Adam became a living soul. But the last Adam, Christ, became a life-giving spirit. Therefore, after the earthly man, there must be a heavenly man, whose body is animated by the Holy Spirit. Now we are modelled on the earthly man, subject to natural death. After the resurrection of the body we will be modelled on the heavenly man.

In Luke's Gospel Jesus takes David's restraint further: do good to your enemies, do not judge or condemn lest you suffer the same. In the Lord's Prayer we ask for forgiveness, but the pre-condition is that we forgive others.


Psalm Response: The Lord is compassion and love.

Diocesan Pilgrimage - Walsingham

Saturday 8 June

We hope to run a coach from St Patricks - please add your name to the list at the back of Church.

Further details to follow.

Meditate - At the heart of the moral life

Christ demands of us is a choice. The normal reaction to wrongdoing, injustice and insults is to pay it back. Jesus' invitation is to hold back, let it go, and behave as He does with us.

Duston Churches Together - Lent Lunches

All on Wednesdays - 12 noon

13th March -St Patricks

20th March - United Reformed Church

27th March - St Andrews

3rd April - St Francis

Donations for CAFOD & CHRISTIAN AID

Churches Together - Food Bank

Stocks are low - but needs have grown hence an appeal has been made for tinned goods - meats, puddings, spaghetti, vegetables, fruit, rice puddings, cartons of long life milk, packet soups (4pack), sugar and jam.

Please be generous - the need is real

Also - if you are part of a business group or have any such connections could you approach them for support? Please let Deacon Michael know.

Pope Francis - Hear the cry

of the little ones who ask for justice

Pope Francis opened the "Protection of Minors in the Church" Meeting in the Vatican saying "the Holy People of God look to us and expect from us concrete & effective measures to be established".

The Pope said that, "in the face of the plague of sexual abuse perpetrated by men of the Church against children", he had called them together so, "we may listen to the Holy Spirit and with docility to His guidance we may hear the cry of the little ones who ask for justice."

Pope Francis noted that, "the Holy People of God look to us and expect from us not simple and predictable condemnations, but concrete and effective measures to be established. Let us therefore begin our journey of courage and concreteness armed with faith and the spirit of maximum frankness."

Finally, he asked the Holy Spirit to support the Church "to help us transform this evil into an opportunity for awareness and purification. May the Virgin Mary enlighten us to try to heal the serious wounds that the scandal of paedophilia has caused both to children and to believers."

Based on a report by Linda O'Kane

The Northampton Diocesan Directory

is available from the Sacristy - cost £5

It contains a wealth of information about the Diocese, its history, parishes, clergy, schools, and religious orders.

Ash Wednesday 6th March

Mass & Imposition of Ashes 9.30am & 7.00pm

Day of Fasting & Abstinence

Cafod Lent Fast Day - 15th March

Second Collection 16th & 17th March

Please Pray For The Sick

Sara Fox, Mary Ellis, Enzina D'Eramo,

Kitty McKenna, Joan James, Geraldine House, Richard Foster, Margaret Dunne, James Coutinho, Bernard Gavins, Ethan A Fernandes, Phil Jacobs Sinead McDonall, Glenda Smith, Maureen Bicknell, Dominico Piro, Bridie Weir, Sharon Botterill, Jean House, Anne Thompson, Margaret, Kevin & Mark McKeown, Winnie & John Kelly, Daniel Butcher, Bernadette Bollard, Margaret Dupry, Henry McAteer, Catherine Vince, Catherine Watts, Dominic Fernandes, Chris Brady, Emma Bonfield, Babies Ricardo & Michael, Nora McLoughlin, Annie Jacobs, Jenina Skippen, Michael Folan, Andrea Hughes, Fr Peter Pham, Kath Craven, Jeremy Wilcox, Linda Lane, baby Ioannis Ferao, Margaret Giltrap, Joe Taitt, Sara Quartermaine, Nancy Hughes

Please tell the clergy of anyone in care, hospital or housebound who would like the sacraments.

Gift Aid - Planned Giving

New envelopes will be available shortly.

If you gift aid your offering and have moved,

changed your name or no longer pay tax, please let Rosemary Earle know.

If you are a tax payer with your consent the Church can reclaim the tax you have paid - this increases the value of your offering by 25% at no cost to you - please think about it.

Again please let Rosemary Earle know.

Popes Prayer Intention - March

May Christian communities, especially those who are persecuted, feel that they are close to Christ and have their rights protected.

Collections 17 February - Many thanks

Env £140.51 Loose £326.36 Cafod £24.80

Thank you

Thank you for your prayers and support that you generously extended to my family and to me at the death of my father. God bless you all.

May he rest in peace. Fr Benny

Margaret Dupuy R.I.P

She died on 22 February 2019

Please keep her and her family in your prayers

May she rest in peace

Lord, you know how we resist placing the sufferings of others in our heart. Open our hearts and shape them in your image.

Love does not tolerate indifference; love is compassionate. Love means putting your heart on the line for others. Pope Francis

What pleases God most? To forgive his children, to have mercy on them, so that they too might forgive their brothers and sisters, and become shining like torches of God's mercy in the world. Pope Francis

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