2 August 2020

Sunday

Mass

9:30 am

7 August 2020

Friday

Mass

9:30 am

There will be Mass on Sundays and Fridays at 9.30 am

FACE MASKS HAVE TO BE WORN IN CHURCH AS FROM 8 AUGUST

Readings 2 August 2020 - 18th Sunday - Ordinary Time Is 55:1-3; Ps 144(145); Rom 8:35,37-39; Mt 14:13-21
The Lord who feeds us - we celebrate the great love of God who not only gives us life

but sustains that life with the food of the Eucharist, the love of God made visible in Christ our Lord.

Second Isaiah encourages the Israelites exiled in Babylon by reminding them that God had not forgotten his everlasting covenant with them. They are still invited to turn to him and to enjoy the heavenly banquet in the end days. But they must "listen, and your soul will live".

The Psalm praises the Lord's care for creation: God - of his nature - must be "just in all his ways", but he is also "kind and full of compassion".

Paul has now arrived at the tremendous conclusion he has been working towards through these four chapters of his letter to the Romans: "nothing can come between us and the love of Christ". We have been justified by our faith in the gospel. God is on our side. Jesus himself prays on our behalf. We can be certain that, no matter who we are, nor what we do, God never stops loving us. How difficult it can be to accept this! This is what God's covenant means: we will never cease to be his people.

The Gospel shows how readily God provides for our needs, just as he provided the manna in the desert. The feedings of the multitudes give us a foretaste of the heavenly banquet to come. Foreshadowing the Eucharist, the disciples begin to take on some of Christ's work.


Psalm Response: You open wide your hand, O Lord; you grant our desires.

pope francisLast Sunday Pope Francis asked young people to reach out to the elderly, especially those in nursing homes, to send a message of encouragement in the loneliness of the pandemic. Inviting young people to make a gesture of tenderness towards the elderly, "Dear young people, these elderly people are your grandparents. Do not leave them alone. ? They are your roots," the Pope added and suggested young people use the "inventiveness of love" to "send a hug" to an elderly person in their community by making a phone or video call, sending a card, or making a visit when safety measures allow. In effect to give grandparents "a big round of applause."

Let us pray during the week for

The Church, Pope Francis; Bishop David, the Clergy; our Parish; the lonely and frightened. The faithful departed - those mourning. The sick - their careers. All affected by the virus. Key workers. World leaders to work with those seeking medical solution to be freely and globally shared. The third world where the risk of the pandemic is heightened by food and medicine shortages. Those awaiting sacraments of Penance, Communion & Confirmation. The unborn child and sanctity of life. Our own intentions and in thanks to God for his gifts and unconditional love. For the safe re-opening of our Churches.

Let us also pray for our Town that the special measures taken will rapidly combat the spread of the virus.

There is a space within all of us, a quiet place reserved for God. Here, we can listen to his voice,

receive his love and bask in his presence. Let us go to that place now. Rest, relax, enjoy.

Blessed are you, Mary: the saviour of the world came from you; now you rejoice in glory in the presence

of the Lord. Intercede for us with the Son.

I weave into my life this day the presence of God upon my way. Anon

Divine charity is constantly at work. Nothing increases unless blessed by God and shared with others.

Nothing can come between us and the love of Christ, even if we are troubled or worried, or being persecuted, or lacking food or clothes, or being threatened or even attacked. These are the trials through which we

triumph, by the power of him who loved us. Romans 8:35,37

Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting ourselves in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His

voice in the depths of our hearts. St Teresa of Calcutta

These are the rules on public worship continuing - please speak to a steward if you have a query.

         No toilet facilities are available - you must not enter Sacristy or Church Room before or after Mass.

         No singing - no sign of peace - offertory collections/ processions not allowed.

         Holy Communion must be taken in the hand - remain in the pew until called by a steward

Face masks must be worn as from 8th August

The Dispensation from attending Sunday Mass still applies.

Jesus, is the hidden treasure - the pearl of great value - Pope Francis

Reflecting on last week's Gospel, Pope Francis said Jesus "proposes involving us in building the Kingdom of Heaven. We need only to have the willingness to receive not to resist grace. Grace does everything, but it is our responsibility, our willingness to accept it. Today people's lives can become "mediocre/dull" when we settle for "attractive/fleeting things" and don't search for the real treasure."

"The Kingdom of Heaven is the opposite of the superfluous things the world offers, the opposite of a dull life. It is a treasure that renews life every day and leads towards wider horizons. Indeed, those who have found this treasure have a creative and inquisitive heart, which does not repeat, but invents, tracing, setting out new paths that lead us to love God, to love others, and to truly love ourselves," he said.

One sign of person on the path to the Kingdom is creativity. "Creativity gives life, it gives, and gives ... always looking for many other ways to give life."

"Jesus, is the hidden treasure - the pearl of great value, He inspires all the joy in the world, of discovering a meaning in life, of committing oneself to the adventure of holiness," Francis said.

How to keep up your Parish weekly offerings or to make donations.

Direct to the Parish - Make a Standing Order/Direct Debit/ One-Off Donation with your bank to pay to

Account Name: RCDN St Patrick Duston Branch Sort Code: 60-06-11 Account Number: 59820640.

Let Fr Benny know if as a tax payer you want us to reclaim any tax paid on your offering (at no extra cost).

We will send you a Gift Aid Declaration form to complete and return to the church.

'Giving Tuesday' - Call the Finance Office on 01604 712065, between 10:00am and 4:00pm. Use a debit/credit card to donate or cover any missed Sunday offerings - specifying the offering is for St Patrick's Duston.

If the line is busy leave only your telephone number and your name - you will be called back.

We know at present many families are struggling financially so please just do what you can.

SPIRITUALITY IS A DIVINE - HUMAN AND HUMAN TO HUMAN FELLOWSHIP

Only God can satisfy our hunger and thirst. God cares for our physical, emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing. Jesus promises: "I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly" (Jn 10:10). However, we all daily experience wants and come across inadequacies. The first reading today tells us about the generosity of God. "Oh, come to the water all you who are thirsty; though you have no money, come!" Why spend money and wages for what fails to satisfy? Without paying receive grain, wine and milk to eat and drink.

The historical context of the promise was about the restoration of Israel. It foreshadows our life with God, in Him we have fullness of everything. Sometimes it is hard to discern our emptiness without God. There are times we just ignore God so as not to confront or face our emptiness. Sometimes we seek satisfaction and meaning of life in false promises and destructive ways.

It is a fashionable illusion to think that we need neither God nor others. Sometimes we forget or just conveniently ignore how we deny ourselves the wealth of fellowship with God and others. Lord Jesus, teach us to enrich our lives in fellowship with God and with one another. Amen