Vocations Sunday of Easter - Year C - 12th May 2019

The Lord will be our shepherd - We offer in sacrifice the lamb that takes away the sins of the world.

He who was slain is now our Shepherd. He will lead to the spring of living water all who do not reject him.

Sat 11 May



Vigil Mass - Special Intention - Bishop Peter

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sunday 12


Nazareth Hse



11.00 am


Mass - Intention - Gerard Shevlin R.I.P. & John Deane R.I.P.

Sunday School & Confirmation Group

Mass - Special Intention - The Parish

Malayalam Mass

Mon 13


Mass - Special Intention - Sam & Sini Our Lady of Fatima

Tues 14



Mass - Special Intention - Judith Letley St Matthias

Ladies Circle - Quiz Night - Church Room

Weds 15


Mass - Special Intention - Mark McKeown

Thurs 16


Mass - Special Intention - The Jacobs Family

Fri 17




Mass - Special Intention - Patrick McGill

- followed by Adoration and Sacrament of Reconciliation

Mothers' Prayer Group - Church Room

Mass in the Malayalam Language - followed by Adoration

Sat 18



Vigil Mass - Special Intention - The Parish

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sun 19


Nazareth Hse




Mass - Intention - Bridie & Joe Vesey R.I.P.

Sunday School & Confirmation Group after Mass

Mass - Special Intention - Margaret McKeown

Malayalam Mass - 4.00pm - Second Sunday of each month

Scripture Readings - 4th Sunday of Easter - Year C

Acts 13: 14, 43-52; Psalm 99(100); Rev 7: 9, 14-17; John 10: 27-30
The Antioch church sent Barnabas and Paul on mission. After visiting Cyprus, Barnabas' birthplace, they arrived at Perga on the south coast of what is now Turkey, and travelled north to Antioch in Pisidia.

Everywhere they went they spoke first to the Jews about Jesus as the climax of the whole Jewish history. Jesus who was killed by the Jewish leaders, but raised from the dead by God. At first many Jews listened attentively.

The processional psalm sings joyfully of God: "he made us, we belong to him".

In the Book of Revelation John sees events in heaven which mirror events on earth. Witnesses persecuted for their beliefs do not suffer in vain: they will be vindicated and evildoers punished. Not vengeance, but God's justice. And a message of hope: the faithful of every nation will be rewarded with perfect life in God's renewed creation.

In John's Gospel, after Jesus had healed the man born blind, the Jewish leaders argued about Jesus, and asked him to say plainly if he was the Messiah. Jesus says the healing he does in the Father's name testifies to him. He ends with a clear statement: "I and the Father are one" The Jews picked up rocks to stone Jesus: they understood Jesus was claiming to be God.

Psalm Response: We are his people, the sheep of his flock.



for Vocations to the Priesthood.

Second collection for the Priests' Training Fund.

Prayer Trust Table - has Children's prayer books, 1st Holy Communion and Confirmation booklets.

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, 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, Joe Taitt, baby Ioannis Ferao, Magaret Giltrap, Nancy Hughes,

Sara Quartermaine, Madeline Clark, Bess Priestnall

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

also advise names to be added or removed,

Parish Administrator - Northampton Cathedral  

Job Vacancy - Part time 25 hours per week

Closing date for applications - Tuesday 14th May Interviews on Tuesday 21st May.

For further details & application form please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or call 01604 714840.

Father you call us by name and ask us to follow you. Bless your church by raising up dedicated leaders from our families and friends to serve your people as, Priests, Deacons, Brothers, Sisters, & Lay Ministers.

Inspire us as we grow to
know you, and open our hearts
to hear your call.

We ask this in
Jesus name

Gift Aid - Planned Giving - Taxpayers who gift aid their offering increase its value by 25% because we can reclaim the tax paid on that gift at no cost to them. Please think it

Many parishioners also use standing orders for their gift - details at the back of Church.

Collections 05 May 2019 - Many thanks - Env £204

Loose £216. Cafod £51.50 Standing Orders £166.77

Pope's Prayer Intention - May-

May the Church in Africa through the commitment of its members, be the seed of unity among her peoples and a sign of hope for this continent.


A 33 seat coach from St Patricks is booked -

Adults £15 Children £10*.

*By law children have to occupy a seat

Mass at the Shrine is at 12 noon

Lunch (bring your own) in the grounds after Mass

3.00pm The Holy Mile walk into Walsingham

where we gather for a Blessing.

(The coach will take anyone who cannot do the walk)

Past experience says that the pilgrimage is an enjoyable, joyful and prayerful experience.

Seats are available but please sign up as soon as possible. Departure times will be confirmed shortly.

Northampton Notre Dame Association Annual

St. Julie Mass at St. Aidan's Church Kingsthorpe,

Tuesday 14th May at 7.00 p.m.

Celebration of the 50th anniversary of the canonisation of St. Julie Billiart on 22nd June 2019. Refreshments afterwards. All welcome.

Jesus, the Good Shepherd, gives them eternal life and defends them from the enemy. Jesus, make me listen to you - help me not to go astray - lead me to your Heavenly kingdom. Amen


Jesus said to Peter, "Feed my lambs." And what is this food? It is indeed Jesus himself. Where is the food? 'It is in your hands Peter, for my supreme love has Me in your hands as the Bread of life and the Chalice of salvation for the world.'


Today we celebrate the risen Lord as our Good Shepherd, the one who knows his flock, the flock that listens to his voice and follows him. Jesus is the Good Shepherd who gives his flock eternal life and who promises that the flock will never be lost. How blessed we are! But who introduces us to the Good Shepherd? Who sows the seed of faith we have in Jesus? For me, it was certainly my parents, and then the different priests in the parishes to which we belonged. For others, perhaps it was the example of a Catholic friend or a priest or a religious sister.

That is why this World Day of Prayer for Vocations is so important. What are we praying for? Firstly, that all of us who are baptised may respond to God's call to be holy, to be whole and healthy, in living our faith, within the family of the Church.

That calling can be expressed in so many different ways and, without excluding any of them, I would like to concentrate on three vocations, the vocation to marriage, the vocation to the consecrated life as a nun or a monk, and the vocation to the priesthood. In each of those vocations, the emphasis is on God's call. Is God calling me to this or that way of life in his service?

In our uncertain world, people shy away from a long term commitment. Yet Jesus has made an eternal commitment to every one of us. At the heart of our communities must be couples who reflect that eternal commitment in the Sacrament of Marriage. That is what is so different from just living together. A married couple reflect God's ever-faithful love, sharing their life of faith and bringing new life into the world. The families we build are not perfect, but they are schools of love and faith and sacrifice. I want to urge our young people to buck the trend, to commit themselves to each other in the sacrament of marriage and, if so blessed, to a family.

It is couples who live their vows for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, who seek the common good and cherish life, who then sow the seeds for other vocations.

How much we need the witness and support of men and women who, in the consecrated life, give their whole being to Christ the Good Shepherd in the service of the Church and the world.

And, finally, please pray that some men may be open to the call to the priesthood. We need men of great generosity and faith to have the courage to answer God's call. Not one of us is worthy. It is only God who can lead us on to the life of priesthood. And please pray for the six students studying for the priesthood. Two of them are due to be ordained priests later this year.

And, as we pray, let us accompany one another in our different vocations as single people, married couples, religious or priests. Peter - Bishop of Northampton