Sixth Sunday of Easter - Sunday 17th May 2020

The Spirit of Truth - We celebrate the coming of Christ's Spirit of truth on the Church,

the source of the Church's proclamation of the Christian message to the world.

Scripture Readings - Acts 8:25-8,14-17; Ps65(66); 1 Peter 3:15-18 /4:13-16; John 14:15-21 or 17:1-11

After Stephen had been killed, Saul led "a great persecution" against the Church in Jerusalem. The Hellenists were driven out of Jerusalem and Philip takes the gospel to Samaria. Peter and John came to investigate the first non-Jew converts. The apostles confirmed the new members by laying hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.

The psalm praises God's power as revealed through history but especially during the Exodus.

Peter continues his advice to Christians suffering abuse and ridicule from their non-Christian neighbours.

Do not be afraid! Stick to your principles, being ready to explain your reasons politely. And rejoice that your sufferings enable you to share in Christ's sufferings so that you may share in his glory.

In John's Gospel description of the Last Supper, Jesus promises to send the Holy Spirit to continue his work after he returns to his Father. The supper ends with Jesus' great prayer to his Father for the Church he is leaving behind. All three persons of the Trinity are mentioned in the gospels, but the Church only gradually developed its understanding of the Trinity over many centuries. We believe that the Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son (filioque).

Psalm Response: Cry out with joy to God all the earth.

Daily Mass is streamed live from the Cathedral -

Prayer of Abandonment to God - An invitation from Bishop David to join him in prayer: -

'Father, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you: I am ready for all, I accept all. Let only your will be done in me, and in all your creatures - I wish no more than this, O Lord. Into your hands I commend my soul: I offer it to you with all the love of my heart, for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself, to surrender myself into your hands without reserve, and with boundless confidence, for you are my Father.'

Praying to Our Lady in May - Prayer of St Bernard of Clairvaux.

The name Mary has been interpreted as meaning "Star of the sea." Mary is the bright star whose light illumines the world. In danger, anguish or doubt, think of Mary and call upon her. Let the name of Mary never be far from your lips or heart. And to obtain the fruit of her prayers, do not forget the example of her life. Following Mary, you will never lose your way. Praying to her, you will never sink into despair. Contemplating Mary, you will never go wrong. With Mary's support you will never fail. Beneath her protection, you will never fear. Under her guidance, you will never tire. And with her help, you will reach your heavenly goal.

Prayer- All-powerful, ever-living God, keep the mystery of Easter alive in us always. You gave us a new birth in holy baptism: give us grace to bear much fruit, and bring us to the joys of eternal life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Some parishioners have said they would like to maintain their weekly offerings to the Church or to make a donation to the Church but they are not keen on using direct debits or standing orders. The Diocese is offering a solution by introducing: -

'Giving Tuesday' when between 10:00am and 4:00pm, you can call 01604 712065, and donate to our parish. You will need your debit or credit card to hand when you call. You can make a one-off donation or an amount to cover any missed Sunday offerings - specifying the offering is for St Patrick's Duston. If the line is busy you are asked to leave only your telephone number and your name and you will be called back.

'Prayer is universal, intimate and entirely trusting in God'

In his catechesis, Pope Francis said prayer involves the most intimate mystery of our being. Christian writers have always said prayer is "born within the secrecy of our beings, in that interior place called the 'heart'." Our emotions, intelligence, and body all participate in prayer, though prayer cannot be identified with any one aspect of our being. "Every part of the human person prays," he said. Pope Francis said, "Prayer is a yearning that takes us beyond ourselves as we seek some "other". It is an "I" in search of a "You". A Christian's prayer, he added, begins with the revelation that the "You" we seek is not shrouded in mystery. "Christianity is the religion that continually celebrates the 'manifestation' of God, His epiphany."

Thursday next is the feast of the Ascension of the Lord to Heaven - normally a Holy Day of Obligation.

Clearly, at present, Mass is not available so the duty of attending Mass is excused but we can still make a

spiritual Holy Communion as we pray the - Prayer of St Alphonsus Liguori

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 sacramental now, 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. (Daily Mass on line

Let us Pray during the Week for

The Church, Pope Francis; Bishop David, the clergy; our Parish; for the lonely and the frightened. The faithful departed - remembering Bishop Leo whose funeral Mass was this week - and those who mourn. For the sick and their careers. Those affected by the coronavirus - those in the front line of care - many at personal risk. For world leaders that they will work together for a solution to be freely and globally shared.

For the third world where the risk of the pandemic is heightened by food and medicine shortages. For all those awaiting the sacraments of penance, Holy Communion and Confirmation. In thanksgiving to God for his gifts and his unconditional love.

Laudato Si (Praise Be) Week - 16 May - 24 May 2020

2015 - Papal Encyclical - Pope Francis - Care for Our Common Home

Recently, leading scientists made direct links between the Covid-19 pandemic and environmental destruction - warning that further pandemics will be triggered unless contemporary lifestyles change.

The Covid-19 pandemic could be a turning point in human history. In this crisis, we can heed the Holy Father's call to 'decisive action, here and now' and learn to live the 'Integral Ecology'. We can respond to the Global Health Challenge by safeguarding our own health, caring for the health of our families, communities and our common home by repairing the damage of climate change and environmental destruction. Further, we can promote and sustain this decisive action with prayer.

Pope Francis has called us to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Encyclical with Laudato Si Week (16 May-24 May) and the Global Day of Prayer (24 May).

The theme of the Week is 'Everything is Connected'. and we are asked to concentrate our prayer and to practically respond, learning of the damage done to our common home, the harm inflicted on our brothers and sisters and how we may help to heal our world through an "ecological conversion".

Due to the Covid19 pandemic, many of the events will now take place online. We can also look forward to the Season of Creation (September 1- October 4) which Pope Francis has asked us to celebrate annually. This year's theme is 'The Web of Life' (