Third Sunday of Lent - Year C - Sunday 24th March 2019

The God of compassion and love - We celebrate the Lord who resolves to free us from our slavery to sin, if only we will listen to his warnings to us to repent.

Sat 23 March

6.00pm

6.45pm

Vigil Mass - Intention - Alex Courtinho R.I.P.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sun 24

Nazareth Hse

9.30am

10.45am

11.00 am

Mass - Intention - George O'Connor R.I.P. & The Parish

Sunday School and Confirmation Group

Mass - Special Intention - The Darvell Family

Malayalam Mass - Second Sunday of each month - 4.00pm

Mon 25

9.30am

The Annunciation of the Lord - Mass - Special Intention - Sini

Tues 26

St Crispins

9.30am

8.15pm

Mass - Intention - Ann Harris R.I.P.

Ladies Circle - Bingo @ St Crispins

Weds 27

9.30am

Mass - Special Intention - Eileen Guihen

Thurs 28

9.30am

Mass - Intention - Nora Doherty R.I.P..

Fri 29

9.30am

10.00am

7.00pm

Mass - Intention - Lucy Coutinho R.I.P.

Stations of the Cross and the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Malayalam Mass followed by Adoration

Mothers Prayer Group - No meeting in April)

Sat 30

6.00pm

Vigil Mass - Intention - Stella Long R.I.P & The Parish

Sun 31

Nazareth Hse

9.30am

10.45am

11.00am

Mass - Intention - Winifred O'Neill R.I.P.

Sunday School and Confirmation Group

Mass - Intention - Morris Jacobs R.I.P.

Malayalam Mass - 4.00pm - Second Sunday each month

Scripture Readings - 3rdSunday in Lent - Year C

Exodus 3: 1-8, 13-15; Psalm 102 (103); 1 Cor 10: 1-6,10-12; Luke 13: 1-9

The book of Exodus describes how a group of Hebrew slaves becomes a nation unified by faith in the one God, who made a covenant with them. After killing an Egyptian, Moses fled across the Red Sea. He was given refuge by Jethro, marrying his daughter, Zipporah. In today's reading Moses is called by God to his life's task of leading the Hebrews to the promised land. God reveals his name as "being": he exists and involves himself with us.
All creation is invited to join in this psalm - a tender hymn of thanksgiving for the Lord's mercy, which is so great because he knows man's frailty.

Paul warns the Corinthians not to be over confident in their faith. Even with God's continual support and unifying nourishment, the Israelites many times fell away from the covenant and into idolatry. Paul goes on to urge respect for the Eucharist. The sacraments help us to live our lives of faith, but salvation is not automatic.

In Luke's Gospel Jesus continues teaching his disciples on the journey to Jerusalem. He uses examples of sudden death that his hearers would be aware of, to urge repentance and keeping one's life oriented towards God at all times. With the parable of the fig tree Jesus says God is patient, but judgment will come.

Psalm Response: The Lord is compassion and love.

Children's Stations of the Cross

Sunday 7 April - After morning Mass

Our Sunday School Children will lead the Stations after Mass. You are welcome to join them - they would love your support.

Further details to follow.

Collections 17 March - Many thanks

Env £143.50 Loose £212.65 Cafod £513.06

Easter Lilies: If you would like to buy a lily for the Church at Easter in memory of a loved one - please print their name and put it in an envelope from the back of Church with your offering (suggest £3.50)

Diocesan Pilgrimage - Walsingham - Sat 8 June

A 33 seat 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)

Emergency Message from Cafod

A powerful cyclone has swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, killing hundreds of people - affecting some 2.6 million - thousands with no shelter, food, medicine or clean water. Please, donate right now - the first £2m donated in the UK will be matched by the government - helping to deliver

life-saving supplies to those devastated by Cyclone Idai.£30 provides blankets to keep two families warm £50 could feed a family for a month. £100 could build toilet & washing facilities for a family.

Use the Cafod envelopes from the back of Church

Our Sunday School children will be making their

First Confession on Monday 1st April.

Please remember them in your prayers.

With prayer, good can overcome evil

Pope Francis

Top of Form

Bottom of Form

Pope Francis said, "To pray is to believe in God's power to replace the evil in the world with goodness."This is why it makes sense to "obey and abandon one's self" to the will of God, even in moments of difficulty and trial.

Pope Francis pointed to the 'Our Father' as a prayer that demonstrates a belief that God desires the good of the world. Jesus' prayer in the Garden "Thy will be done," asked that his suffering be taken away. But Jesus also said, "still, not my will but yours be done."

Praying, "thy will be done," is not a "slavish" act; it is a prayer full of trust in God. "The 'Our Father' is the prayer of children, not slaves; but children who know the heart of their father and are certain of his design of love."

Pope Francis said, "God knocks on the door of our hearts. Why? To attract us to Him and carry us forward on the path to salvation. God is close to each of us with his love, to take us by hand to salvation. How much love is behind this!"

In the world, many things are not in conformance with God's will. In the face of evils like war, abuse of power, and exploitation, we are encouraged to pray with the awareness of the Lord's will of good for his people and world, and to beg of him: "your will be done!"

"Thus is the Lord, thus he loves us?" the Pope concluded. (From a report by Hannah Brockhaus - Catholic News Agency - 20 March 2019 Audience)

 

God is trust worthy because His name is I AM WHO I AM- meaning He will not change. In Him there is no change. Neither His words nor His deeds change.

Vocations Weekend @ The Cathedral

Please pray for those taking part and for all those discerning a vocation to the priesthood.

Pope's Prayer Intention - March

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

Duston Churches Together - Lent Lunches

This week - 27th March - St Andrews

3rd April - St Francis

Donations for Cafod & Christian Aid

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, James Coutinho, 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. also of any names to be added or removed.

Gift Aid - Planned Giving

Please let Rosemary Earle know -

If you gift aid your offering and have moved,

changed your name or no longer pay tax, OR

If you are a tax payer, with your consent the Church can reclaim the tax paid on your offering - this increases the value of your gift by 25% at no cost to yourself.

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.

THE PRAYER TRUST TABLE

popular Lent Prayer booklets and Easter Cards available - cost 20p - at the back of Church.

A wonderful opportunity of fostering prayer at home with 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.

Historic Churches Annual Ride & Stride -

14th Sept. A diary date - especially for any riders or striders - more information to follow.

What God wants from us above all is trust, that trust which is our profoundest homage to him.

He wants us to believe utterly in his will to load us with blessings. He wants us to let him love us.

Ruth Burrows

Since God abides in us and sanctifies us as His children it is not enough that we just keep away from doing evil, but like God, we must bear fruits of love.

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