Seventh Sunday of Easter - Year C - 2nd June 2019

The Spirit and the Bride - The Church is wedded to Christ in the love of the Spirit

and looks forward to the final fulfilment of that love in the glory of heaven.

Sat 1 June

6.00pm

6.45pm

Vigil Mass - Special Intention - Children of the World.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sunday 2

 

Nazareth Hse

9.30am

10.45am

11.00 am

12.30pm

Mass - Intention - Winnie Kelly R.I.P.

Sunday School & Confirmation Group this week

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

We welcome in Baptism - Aleksja Kociucka

Malayalam Mass - 4.00pm - Seconds Sunday of each month.

Mon 3

9.30am

Mass - Intention - Ann Kirby R.I.P. SS Charles Lwanga & Companions

Tues 4

9.30am

8.00pm

Mass - Intention - Fr Xavier Michael MSFS R.I.P

Ladies Circle - Church Room - Coffee & Chat

Weds 5

9.30am

Mass - Our Parish St Boniface

Thurs 6

9.30am

Mass - Joseph R.I. P

Fri 7

9.30am

7.00pm

Mass -Intention - Morris Jacobs R.I.P. - followed by Adoration & Confessions

Mass in the Malayalam Language - followed by Adoration

Mothers' Prayer Group - Church Room- 1.45pm - Third Friday each month

Sat 8 June

7.50am

6.00pm

6.45pm

Walsingham Pilgrimage Coach Departs

Vigil Mass - Spl Int - The Parish & Tomorrows Confirmation Candidates

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sun 9 June

Pentecost

 

Nazareth Hse

9.30am

 

4.00pm

11.00am

Mass - Intention - Dolores Behan R.I.P.

Sunday School after Mass

Malayalam Mass

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

Scripture Readings - 7th Sunday of Easter -Year C

Acts 7:55-60, Ps 96 (97), Rev 22:12-14, 16-17, 20, John 17:20-26


Our final reading from Acts before Pentecost describes the martyrdom of Stephen, in which he echoes Jesus' words of forgiveness on the Cross. Stephen's death was followed both by persecution of Greek-speaking believers who fled, spreading the gospel outside Jerusalem, and by Paul's life-changing journey to Damascus.
The psalm rejoices in God's justice: as judge over all the world those obedient to God's Law will be rewarded, and the disobedient will be punished.

The book of Revelation ends with these promises: God's justice will be seen in action, the just will receive everlasting life in the New Jerusalem; all who ask may have the water of life; Maranatha, come Lord Jesus, Jesus come as Lord.

In John's Gospel, at the climax of the Last Supper, immediately before his arrest, Jesus makes this heart-felt "high-priestly prayer" to his Father. He has done all that his Father asked; like Isaac he is willing to be the sacrifice of his Father's only son. Before going to his death, he prays that his followers may be as united as He and the Father are, and that they may share in the Father's love.

Psalm Response: The Lord is king, most high above all the earth.

Forthcoming Baptisms

2 June - Aleksja Kociucka

8 June - Anna Sibil John

20 July - Millie Theresa Scarlett

21 July - Olaedo Mercedes

3 August Frankie Cotton - Gracie Cotton

4 August - Sophie Olivia Mason

Please pray for the children and their families.

Please Pray For The Sick

Sara Fox, Mary Ellis, Enzina D'Eramo, Joan James. Kitty McKenna, Jean House, Richard Foster, Margaret Dunne, Ethan A Fernandes, Phil Jacobs, Bridie Weir Sinead McDonall, Glenda Smith, Maureen Bicknell, Dominico Piro, James Coutinho, Sharon Botterill, Anne Thompson, Jean House, John Kelly, Joe Taitt, Margaret, Kevin & Mark, McKeown, 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, Sara Quartermaine, Nancy Hughes, Madeline Clark, Bess Priestnall,baby Ioannis Ferao, Magaret Giltrap, Please advise the clergy of anyone in care, in hospital or housebound who requires the sacraments.

Prayer Trust Table - Children's prayer books,

1st Communion & Confirmation booklets, and a number of low cost booklets on prayer -

and the sacraments - many ideal for children

Northampton Notre Dame Association - 11th June

2.30- 4.30 p.m. - St. Matthews Church Room.

Talks by several U3A members on various topics followed by tea and chat - All Welcome

Gift Aid - Planned Giving - Taxpayers can increase the value of their gift by 25% through Gift Aid.

This enables the Church to claim back the tax already paid on your gift at no cost to you. Details in the Porch. Please think about it.

Collections 19 May 2019 - Many thanks - Env £164.50 251.00 Loose £316.30

Cafod £33.00 Standing Orders £166.77

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE - WALSINGHAM - SAT 8 JUNE

Adults £15 Children £10*.

*By law children have to occupy a seat

The coach leaves at 7.50am - please be on time.

Mass at the Shrine is at 12 noon

Lunch (bring your own) in the grounds after Mass

3.00pm The Holy Mile walk to Walsingham

(The coach will take anyone who cannot manage the walk) Some Seats are still available

Please pay NOW to Rosemary Earle or Dcn Michael.

Coach departs 7.50am - please don't be late!

Alive in Christ - Reflection Day

22 June - Monastery of Christ our Saviour

Jack's Lane Turvey MK43 8DH. Mass - Stillness - Prayer - Talk by Bro John OSB £15 with booking 01582723312. 10.15 Coffee - 3.45 close - Bring lunch

 

Pope's Prayer Intention - June

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.

Please pray for the young people who are to be confirmed at the Cathedral on Sunday 9th June.

Pray also for those who will be making their

First Holy Communion here on Sunday 23rd June.

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Abba Nilus said, "Do not always want everything to turn out as you think it should, but rather as God pleases.

Then you will be undisturbed and thankful in your prayer." sayings of the desert fathers

The Holy Spirit makes human words 'dynamite' - Pope Francis

The Holy Spirit is what gives power, life, and dynamism to evangelization, not good rhetorical skills,

Pope Francis said this week.

According to St. Luke - Pope Francis said - the words of men become effective not thanks to rhetoric, but thanks to the Holy Spirit, "which has the power to purify the word, to make it the bearer of life." The Holy Spirit "helps us to make that word a seed of holiness, a seed of life, to be effective."

"When the Spirit visits the human word it becomes dynamic, like 'dynamite,' that is, "capable of lighting hearts and blowing up patterns, resistances and walls of division, opening up new paths and expanding the boundaries of God's people," he emphasized.

Written by Luke, the Acts, recounts events following the resurrection and ascension of Jesus. the pope said; it tells of "the journey of the Gospel in the world and shows us the marvellous union between the Word of God and the Holy Spirit that inaugurates the time of evangelization."

Pope Francis reflected on the "the promise of the Father," communicated to the apostles through Jesus: that "John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the holy Spirit. "The baptism in the Holy Spirit, in fact, is the experience that allows us to enter into a personal communion with God and to participate in his universal salvific will," he said.

"There is therefore no struggle to earn or merit the gift of God," he added. "Everything is given for free and in due time. The Lord gives everything for free, freely. Salvation is not bought, you do not pay, it is a free gift."

Francis also underlined that the apostles gathered in the upper room, together with Mary and other women, to pray with "perseverance." "In fact, it is through prayer that one overcomes loneliness, temptation, suspicion and opens one's heart to communion," he said.

"We also ask the Lord for patience in waiting for his steps," he stated, "to not want to 'manufacture' his

work and to remain docile by praying, invoking the Spirit and cultivating the art of ecclesial communion."

Based on a Catholic News Agency article by Hannah Brockhaus

Meditate - Jesus announces at the Last Supper that the Holy Spirit - the teacher who will lead the Apostles to a special knowledge of Christ - will come. God wants us all to have that experience of Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Pray - Come Holy Spirit and settle in our lives. Make us receive the Word of God. May that living Word be a transforming power in our lives so that we may also welcome others when they turn to us.

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