Third Sunday of Lent - Year A - 15th March 2020

Baptism and new life -The Living Water represents God's Spirit who transforms every aspect of our lives to become worthy temples of his love. Let us remain thirsty for the living water, which God alone can give.

 

Sat 14 March

6.00pm

6.45pm

Vigil Mass - Special Intention - Our Parish

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sunday 15

9.30am

Mass - Special Intention - Bishop Elect David

Sunday School & Confirmation Group after Mass

No Mass in Nazareth House

Malayalam Mass - 4.00pm Fourth Sunday of each month.

Monday 16

9.30am

Mass - Intention - The McKeown Family

Tuesday 17

St Patricks Day

9.30am

8.00pm

Mass - Intention - Francis Lyon R.I.P. and our Parish

Ladies Circle - Church Room - St Patrick's Celebration

Wed 18

Cathedral

9.30am

7.00pm

Mass - Special Intention - Bishop Peter

Vespers & Profession of faith by Bishop Elect David - All welcome

Thurs 19

Cathedral

St Joseph Feast

11.00am

No Morning Mass at St Patricks

Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Elect David Oakley

The service can be viewed via Live stream https://northamptondiocese.org/live/

Fri 20

9.30am

10.00am

1.45pm

7.00pm

Mass - Intention - John McKay R.I.P.

Stations of the Cross & Confessions

Mothers Prayer Group - Church Room

Malayalam Mass - followed by Adoration

Sat 21

6.00pm

6.45pm

Vigil Mass - Intention - Margaret McGuttigan R.I.P.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sunday 22

 

9.30am

 

 

4.00pm

Mass - Intention - Emma Josefa Bonfield R.I.P.

Sunday School & Confirmation Group after Mass

No Mass in Nazareth House

Malayalam Mass

Scripture Readings 3rd Sunday in Lent, Year A Exodus 17:3-7; Psalm 94(95); Romans 5:1-2,5-8; John 4:5-42

Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt about 1300 BC, probably under Ramses II. God gave them food and water while they wandered in the wilderness. But they grumbled, losing faith that "God was with them". "Massah" means "test", "Meribah" means "quarrelling". As this was before they made the covenant with God at Sinai, they are not punished yet. But this generation will not enter the promised land.

The Psalm invites us to praise and worship the Lord daily, for he is our king and shepherd. We must not lose faith in God, as did the Israelites on their desert journey.

Paul tells the Romans that God loves and forgives us, just as he continued caring for the ungrateful Israelites. Christ died for us, proving God's love, gaining pardon for all humanity and access to his grace through faith.

We hear the first 3 gospels over 3 years, but we hear parts of John's gospel every year during Lent and Easter.

Today Jesus encounters the Samaritan woman at the well. John carefully moves the characters on and off stage as the woman gradually comes towards faith in Jesus. Then, while still unsure, she goes and brings the rest of the Samaritans in her town to hear this man, wondering "Could he possibly be the Messiah?"

Psalm Response: O that today you would listen to his voice! Harden not your hearts.

Josie Condon R.I.P.

Josie's mortal remains will be received into Church on Wednesday 25th March at 5.00pm.

Her Funeral Mass will be held on

Thursday 26th March at 10.00am

Please keep Josie and her family in your prayers

May She rest in Peace

Bishop Elect David Oakley

Will pray the Evening Prayer of the Church at 7pm

on Weds 18th March and make his Profession of Faith at the Cathedral. We are invited to join him.

His Episcopal Ordination as the thirteenth Bishop of Northampton takes place at the Cathedral on

Thursday 19th March at 11am

Admission is by invitation but

Live streaming of this Service is available on

www.northamptondiocese.org/live

Please keep our new Bishop

and our Diocese in your prayers

the Coronovarius

Thank you for your co-operation.

1. Maintain good hygiene - sanitise your hands on entering the Church - gel is being sourced

2. Catch it - sneeze in to a tissue - bin the tissue - wash your hands with soap & water or alcohol hand gel - do not touch your face unless you have washed your hands.

3. There will be no offertory procession.

4. No collection of offerings - please put them in the collection plates as you leave Church.

5. The sign of peace - no handshake - simply say to your neighbour 'Peace Be With You.'

6. Holy Communion is under ONE kind - receive the host into your hand and consume.

7. Paper towels are provided in the Church Room and the toilet - please bin them after use.

Please Pray For The Sick

Ann Wilson, Sara Fox, Mary Ellis, Chris Brady,Joe Taitt, Jean House, Kitty McKenna, Phil Jacobs, Bridie Weir, Richard Foster, Margaret Dunne, Maureen Bicknell, Sinead McDonall, Glenda Smith, Dominico Piro, James Coutinho, Sharon Botterill, Anne Thompson, Margaret, Kevin & Mark McKeown, Daniel Butcher, Henry McAteer, Catherine Vince, Catherine Watts, Linda Lane, Babies Ricardo & Michael, Sara Quartermaine, Annie Jacobs, Enzina D'Eramo, Camillus McGill,Nora McLoughlin, Jenina Skippen, Michael Folan, Andrea Hughes, Kath Craven, Nancy Hughes, Jeremy Wilcox, Phyl Thorley, Bess Priestnall, Maureen Sims, Margaret Giltrap.

For those affected by the Coronavirus

Merciful father - come to the help of your people. Be our shelter in this time of peril and strengthen the bonds of our community. Bring healing to all who suffer the ravages of disease and assist those whose skill and knowledge can put an end to this affliction.

Lenten Penitential Service

in the Cathedral on Monday 6th April at 7.00pm.

Offerings - 8th March - Many thanks-

Loose £291. 60. Env £206. Cafod £ 453.70

Ash Weds £71.65 Standing Orders £166. 77

Readers at Mass-

14 Mar C.Costin, Mahoney 15 Mar Georgin, R Earle. 21Mar C Costin P Mahoney.22 MarT Earle, M O'Neill

New Weekly Collection Envelopes - start 12April

The envelopes will be available at Church

7/8 March, 21/22 March and 28/29th March.

1. Do you still need envelopes or would you like to set up a standing order?
2. Gift Aiders - still paying tax? If not, let us know.

3. Tax Payers - do you Gift Aid your offerings?

If not, would you consider signing up?
4. Have you changed your address in the past year?

If so please let us have your current address.

This is particularly important for Gift Aiders as the tax office check for discrepancies).

Standing order forms Gift Aid Declarations are available. This annual renewal date gives us the opportunity to review and update our offering.



An inspirational Bible & DVD Bible Course

         Every Monday 10am after morning Mass

         Each Tuesdays after the Mass at 10am.

Diocesan Year Book - £5 - available from the Sacristy

CAFOD LENT FAST DAY COLLECTION

The collection raised £453.70

of this £244 was Gift Aided - this means that Cafod will benefit by a further £61.00.

Please consider Gift Aiding future offerings -

it makes a real difference.

Great result - Many thanks

Duston Churches Together - Lent Lunches

On the following Wednesdays - 12 - 1 pm

18 March - United Reformed Church

25 March - St Andrews Methodist Church

Lunch of soup, bread & cheese

Voluntary Contributions for Cafod & Christian Aid

Please keep Bishop Peter in your prayers

No mass in Nazareth House until further notice.

Pope Francis - Coronavirus

On March 8 Pope Francis prayed the Angelus

for those suffering from the "coronavirus epidemic" and encouraged Catholics to live through this

trial with the strength of faith.

Pope Francis said, "I join my brother bishops in encouraging the faithful to live this difficult moment with the strength of faith, the certainty of hope

and the fervor of charity. The season of Lent helps

us all to give an evangelical sense also to this moment of trial and pain," he added.

from a catholic news agency report by courtney mares

The Holy Father's Prayer Intention for March

May the Church in China persevere in

faithfulness to the Gospel and grow in unity.

Please make sure that your mobile phone is in silent mode in church. Thank you.

 

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