Eighth Sunday - Year C - Sunday 3rd March 2019

Praise & Thanksgiving - Today, let our hearts be so filled with the joy of the risen Christ that we can praise and thank him with sincerity and Truth.

Sat 2 March

6.00pm

6.45pm

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

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sun 3

 

Nazareth Hse

9.30am

10.45am

11.00am

Mass -Special Intention - Kay and Brian Kirwan

Sunday School and Confirmation Group

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

Malayalam Mass - 4.00pm Second Sunday each month

Mon 4

9.30am

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

Tues 5

9.30am

8.00pm

Mass - Intention - Patrick & Lorine Mulloy R.I.P.

Ladies Circle - Quiz - Church Room

Ash Weds 6

 

9.30am

7.00pm

Ash Wednesday - Day of Fasting and Abstinence

Mass - Intention - The Parish

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

Thurs 7

9.30am

Mass - Intention - Eddy & Lorine Roche R.I.P.

Fri 8

9.30am

10.00am

7.00pm

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

Stations of the Cross and the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Malayalam Mass followed by Adoration

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

Sat 9

6.00pm

Vigil Mass - Intention - Joseph R.I.P (Fr Benny's Father.)

Sun 10

 

Nazareth Hse

9.30am

10.45am

11.00am

4.00pm

Mass - Intention - John Joseph McGee

Sunday School and Confirmation Group

Mass - Special Intention - The McKeown Family

Malayalam Mass

Scripture Readings - 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year C

Sirach 27:4-7; Psalm 91(92); 1 Cor 15:54-58; Luke 6:39-45
The Wisdom book called Ecclesiasticus or Sirach was written in Hebrew about 200 BC by Ben Sira, a Jewish sage, and later translated into Greek. It was not translated into Latin by Jerome, but the Greek version was accepted as canonical by the early Church, and there are many allusions to it in the new Testament. At a time of increasing pagan Greek influence, Ben Sira showed that Israel's religion was still a firm basis for moral living. He gives many practical examples, helping Christians of every age to apply moral truths to their own times. Today's reading reminds us not to judge a person before hearing them speak.

The psalm extols God's justice: crime may appear to be rewarded but wrong-doers will be punished in eternity.
Paul concludes his teaching to the Corinthians on the resurrection of the body with these triumphant words from Isaiah and Hosea: "Death is swallowed up in victory"; "Death, where is your sting?" After death our mortal nature puts on immortality. We must therefore never give up hope, confident in the victory God gives us through our Lord Jesus Christ.

In Luke's gospel Jesus ends his sermon on the plain, which included the beatitudes, by reminding us how our actions and words reflect what is in our hearts.

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

Diocesan Pilgrimage - Walsingham

Saturday 8 June

There is a coach from St Patricks - please add your name to the list at the back of Church.

Further details to follow.

Collections 24 February - Many thanks

Env £263.11 Loose £217.85 Cafod £22.80

God does not love us because we are good. God loves us because God is good. Richard Rohr

Northampton Notre Dame Association

12th March 2019 - 2.30-4.30 p.m.

St. Matthews Church Room - All welcome

Talk by Kathleen Fisher on the work of

The Life House - followed by tea and chat

Many thanks,

Margaret Bradbury

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Margaret Dupry R.I.P

Funeral: Monday 18 March 2019

At St Patrick's Church at 11.30 am

Please pray for her and her family. May she rest in peace

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

The redemption of creation -

Pope Francis' Lenten message

"All creation is called, with us, to go from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of God's children. Lent is a sacramental sign of this conversion."

Francis points to the Lenten practices of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving as the remedy to the rupture between God, man, and creation caused by sin.

In fasting, we learn "to change our attitude towards others and all of creation, turning away from the temptation to 'devour' everything to satisfy our voracity.

Prayer leads us to "abandon idolatry and the self-sufficiency of our ego."

Through almsgiving, "we escape from the insanity of hoarding everything for ourselves. "The sin that lurks in the human heart takes the shape of greed and unbridled pursuit of comfort, lack of concern for the good of others and even of oneself."

Pope Francis' Lenten messages contains a reminder that "the 'forty days spent by Jesus in the desert of creation had the aim of making it once more that garden of communion with God that it was before original sin."

Pope Francis concluded "May our Lent this year be a journey along that same path, bringing the hope of Christ also to creation."

Based on a report by Courtney Grogan CNA

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No one can make me frightened any more, because I know what to believe about His mercy and his love.

I know that in the twinkling of an eye all those thousands of sins would be consumed as a drop of water cast into a blazing fire.

St Therese of Lisieux

This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday

Mass & Imposition of Ashes 9.30am & 7.00pm

Day of Fasting & Abstinence

Cafod Lent Fast Day - 15th March

Second Collection 16th & 17th March

Popes Prayer Intention - March

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

Please Pray For The Sick

Sara Fox, Mary Ellis, Enzina D'Eramo,

Kitty McKenna, Joan James, Jean House, Richard Foster, Margaret Dunne, 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, 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

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.

Pastoral Council -Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 13 March

Following Mass @ 7.00pm the meeting will take place in the Church Room at 7.30pm

All are invited

If you have any questions or suggestions please come along to the meeting.

If you are unable to attend but would like have something raised at the meeting please speak to

Michael O'Neill (Chairman) or Deacon Michael.

One item for discussion will be Parish support

of a local Charity. If you have any suggestions please let us know - with a brief outline of why

we should support that Charity.

Churches Together - Food Bank

Stocks are low - but needs have grown so that we need more 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.

Do not be one of those who, rather than risk failure, never attempts anything. Thomas Merton

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