CORONAVIRUS AND Public Liturgies

Our Bishops have decreed that public liturgies should cease from Friday evening 20th March 2020.

Liturgies include Holy Mass, Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals,

First Confessions, First Holy Communions and Confirmations

Because of the situation, the obligation for the faithful to attend Holy Mass on Sunday

or Holy Day of Obligation is removed, until further notice.

Mass will be celebrated, on Sundays and weekdays but without a public congregation.

Mass intentions already booked will be offered.

Knowing Mass is being celebrated, joining in spiritually in that celebration; watching the

live-streaming of Mass; following the prayers at home; making an act of spiritual communion are ways we can share now in the Sacrifice of Christ - ways in which we will sanctify Sunday, and indeed every day.

Fourth Sunday of Lent - Year A - 22nd March 2020 - Our Shepherd King in this valley of darkness

We walk in darkness in this world, often assailed by fear and misgiving.

But Christ our Shepherd King lights up our way, cures our congenital blindness, and leads us to his Kingdom.

Scripture Readings - 4th Sunday in Lent - Year A

1 Samuel 16:1,6-7,10-13; Psalm 22(23); Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41

Before our first reading King Saul had disobeyed God's instructions by allowing animals from his defeated enemy to be sacrificed to the Lord. He put more faith in ceremony and ritual than he did in the Lord. Samuel told Saul obedience is more important than holocausts, and that the Lord has rejected Saul as king of Israel.

The Lord sends Samuel to Bethlehem to anoint one of the sons of Jesse, David, as king.
The psalm celebrates God's loving care for his people, like a shepherd guarding and guiding his flock, and looking forward to his generous end-time feast.

Paul's letter to the Ephesians is centred on the Church as Christ's body, with a mission to make God's plan of salvation known throughout the world. Christians must "be like children of light, for the effects of the light are seen in goodness, right living and truth".

John's dramatic gospel readings continue with the healing of the man born blind, who, at first, appears to take little interest. His parents distance themselves out of fear, echoing the growing separation between Jews and Christians by John's time. But for John, just seeing is not enough, the light of faith is essential. So Jesus seeks the man out and gradually leads him to full belief, and so to worship him.


Psalm Response: The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

Spiritual Communion

It is good practice and encouraged by the Church to make a Spiritual Communion when we are unable to receive Holy Communion sacramentally. A Spiritual Communion is simply the Heartfelt desire to be united with Christ, even though we are unable to receive him in the Blessed Sacrament. This desire for Christ draws us closer to him, for as St Thomas Aquinas teaches 'The effects of a sacrament can be received by desire.' We can use our own words - or those used by the saints.

Prayer of St Alphonsus LIGUORI FOR Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that you are most truly present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist.

I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot receive you sacramentally at the moment, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as being already there and unite myself wholly to you.

Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.

Contact for Live Streaming of Mass - www.northamptondiocese.org/live

Churches Together in England -Nationwide Prayer

At such a time as this when so many are fearful and there is great uncertainty we are reminded of our dependence on our Heavenly Father and the future

that he holds for us. We have been asked to say a prayer on Sunday at 7pm

and if possible, to light a candle at home.

The Holy Father's Prayer Intention for March

May the Church in China persevere in

faithfulness to the Gospel and grow in unity.

New Weekly Collection Envelopes

New envelopes will not be available until we gather for the public celebration of the Mass. Further information will follow.

In the absence of Sunday Mass collections, it would be very helpful to the Parish if you were able to switch to standing orders. Please watch this space.

Josie Condon R.I.P.

Josie's Funeral Service will be held at Duston Cemetery on Thurs 26th March .

Please keep Josie and her family in your prayers

May She rest in Peace. Josie's remains will not be brought into Church.

on Wednesday Evening

Remains will NOT be brought into Church on 25th March

The housebound - those in care - those in hospital

1. Routine pastoral home visits will not be made to those in the 'vulnerable' category. They will, however be contacted and kept in touch with what is happening.

2. Visits to care homes or hospitals can only be made after advice from the staff responsible for infection control.

3. The Sacrament of the Sick is available when necessary.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Phil 4: 4 - 7). Some consoling words!

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, Margaret Giltrap

Camillus McGill, Nora McLoughlin, Jenina Skippen, Michael Folan, Andrea Hughes, Kath Craven, Nancy Hughes, Jeremy Wilcox, Phyl Thorley.

Bess Priestnall, Maureen Sims.

In his letter to the Ephesians today, Paul introduces Christ as a gift of light - which complements the Gospel which concentrates on 'seeing' the truth.

Paul reminds the Ephesians that once they had lived in darkness. Now they are bathed in the light of the Lord.

Being so illuminated, the qualities of the Christian stand out: goodness, right living and truth.

The opposite way of life leads to doing the things that can only be accomplished in secret - things that bring shame. The contrast is the poetry Paul quotes

Wake up from your sleep, rise from the dead and Christ will shine on you.

.From 'The Word of God' by Robin Cooper - A Nores Publication/

The Gospel challenges us to join in with Jesus to bring out good even out of evil. In the infinite goodness of God, He brings good out of evil, life out of death, light out of darkness, sight out of blindness! Blindness was a symbol of sin for the Jews.

The disciples assumed that the man was born blind as a punishment from God because of the sin of the blind man himself or of his parents. In the same understanding, the Jewish authorities condemned him as a sin: "You were born totally in sin." Jesus answered, he is born blind so that "the works of God might be made visible through him" and healed him. In every situation in life, we have the power of God in us to do something good and be someone good. Let us try to do good and be good to one another!

A newsletter will be available weekly online and copies available in Church Sundays 10 am - 4pm.

A homily will be included.

Keeping the Our Church Open

Bishop David has asked that our Diocesan Churches should where possible be left open - particularly on Sundays - so that people might have the opportunity for private prayer in Church.

The Church will be open on Sundays from

10 am until 4.00 pm for private prayer.

We hope parishioners will be able to make use

of this opportunity.

If you are able to attend please be sure to follow government guidance on social distancing

and hygiene.

Bishop David Oakley.

As you know it was not possible for the

Episcopal Ordination to be a public event.

It is intended that an appropriate Diocesan celebration be held when circumstances allow.

Please keep our new Bishop in your prayers.

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.

 

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