First Sunday of Lent - Year C - Sunday 10th March 2019

Praise & Thanksgiving - Today, let our hearts be so filled with the power of Christ who shows us the way to defeat temptations and be victorious in our inner struggle against the evil.

Sat 9 March

6.00pm

6.45pm

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

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sun 10

 

Nazareth Hse

9.30am

10.45am

11.00 am

4.00pm

Mass - Intention - John Joseph McGee R.I.P.

Sunday School and Confirmation Group

Mass - Special Intention - The McKeown Family

Malayalam Mass

Mon 11

9.30am

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

Tues 12

9.30am

8.00pm

Word & Communion service

Ladies Circle - Coffee & Chat - Church Room

Weds 13

9.30am

12 noon

7.00pm

7.30pm

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

Churches Together Lent Lunch Church Room Donations Cafod & Christian Aid

Mass - Intention - The Parish

Pastoral Council - Annual General Meeting

Thurs 14

9.30am

Mass - Intention - Mary Hewitt R.I.P.

Fri 15

Cafod

Lent Fast Day

9.30am

10.00am

1.45pm

7.00pm

Mass - Intention - Babs Gannnon R.I.P.

Stations of the Cross and the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Mothers Prayer Group -Church Room

Malayalam Mass followed by Adoration

Sat 16

6.00pm

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

Sun 17

St Patricks Day

Nazareth Hse

9.30am

10.45am

11.00am

Mass - Special Intention - The Parish

Sunday School and Confirmation Group

Mass - Special Intention - The Jacobs Family

Malayalam Mass - 4.00pm - Second Sunday each month

Scripture Readings - 9th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year C

Deut 26:4-10; Psalm 90 (91); Romans 10:8-13; Luke 4:1-13
Deuteronomy, the "second law", repeats the law given on Sinai. It describes events just before the Israelites crossed the Jordan from the desert into the Promised Land. In today's reading Moses uses an ancient formula to prescribe how the first fruits of the harvest are to be offered in gratitude for the gifts God has given to a landless people. As with our offerings during Mass, the priest's role is to begin the celebration by setting the offerings "before the Lord your God".

The psalm describes benefits of trusting in God: protection from evils and terrors as God goes with us in our distress.
Paul has lamented to the Romans that the works and rituals of the Mosaic Law did not bring Israel righteousness, and they cannot justify, that is make us right with God. Everyone can be saved, but only

by confessing faith in God from their heart.

In Luke's gospel we hear how, after his baptism, Jesus was tempted in the desert. The devil's power is

real. Perhaps Jesus was often tempted during his ministry to use lavish gifts, force or exhibitions of supernatural power to convince people. But Jesus remained faithful to his Father. The only way to God

is by service and love. The devil is routed for now, but will return during Jesus' passion.

Psalm Response: Be with me, O Lord, in my distress.

Diocesan Pilgrimage - Walsingham

Saturday 8 June

A 33 seater coach from St Patricks is booked - add your name to the list at the back of Church.

(By law children have to occupy a seat)

Further details to follow.

Collections 3 March - Many thanks

Env £277.96 Loose £249.97 Cafod £31.00

Duston Churches Together - Lent Lunches

All on Wednesdays - 12 noon

This week - 13th March -St Patricks

20th March - United Reformed Church

27th March - St Andrews

3rd April - St Francis

Donations for Cafod & Christian Aid

Lenten Fasting - God's Wake-Up Call

On Ash Wednesday Pope Francis said that fasting during Lent is a call for us to reorient our material attachments - to slow down - turn again to Christ. It is a summons to focus on what is essential, to fast from the unnecessary things that distract us - a "wake up call for the soul which says "Return to me."

Pope Francis advised us to fix our gaze on the crucified Christ, because "from the Cross, Jesus teaches us the great courage involved in renunciation - the poverty of the wood, the silence of the Lord and his loving self-emptying show us the necessity of a simpler life, free from anxiety about earthly things.

The season of Lent is an invitation to focus on God, then on charity towards others. Lent invites us to look inside our hearts - it is the time to free ourselves from the illusion of chasing after dust.

Lent is for rediscovering God- not the world: for the eternity of Heaven- not earthly deceit: for the freedom of the children of God - not the slavery of the things of earth. Based on a report by Hannah Brockhaus CNA

Vocations Weekend 22-24 March @ The Cathedral

For discerners to the Priesthood - age 17+ for more details contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or 01604 714556

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

Margaret's Funeral Mass is on Mon 18 March

at 11.30 am in St Patrick's Please pray for her and her family. May she rest in peace

Cremation follows at Milton Crematorium

Diocesan Mass for Married Life 12 noon April 6th

St Mary's, Woburn Sands MK17 8NN

Bishop Peter will preside and bless those couples celebrating special anniversaries. Please contact 07412151517 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are attending. Refreshments after Mass.

Prayer and conversation with God mean that we are in God's company and in union with him.

Historic Churches - Annual Ride & Stride - 14th Sept

A diary date - especially for any riders or striders -

more information to follow

Cafod Lent Fast Day - this Friday 15th March

Please make sure you take Cafod envelope with you - 2nd Collection next weekend

Popes Prayer Intention - March

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

Churches Together - Food Bank

Many thanks for your generous response.

Lent would be an excellent opportunity to keep up this good work. Tinned vegetables and fruit

are always welcome. If you have any company/corporate contacts that donate foods please let Deacon Michael know.

Please Pray For The Sick

Sara Fox, Mary Ellis, Enzina D'Eramo,

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

This Wednesday 13 March

Following Mass @ 7.00pm the meeting is in the Church Room at 7.30pm All are welcome.

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.

THE PRAYER TRUST CORNER

popular Lenten Prayer booklets and Easter Cards available - cost 20p - at the back of Church. A wonderful opportunity of fostering prayer at home woth family and friends.

CASH FOR TRASH

An easy way of raising funds for CAFOD. A poster lists items that can be put in the orange sack. Help Cafod & help our Planet.

DIOCESE OF NORTHAMPTON - REGISTERED CHARITY - NUMBER 234091