30 August 2020




4 September 2020




Scripture Readings 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Jer 20:7-9; Ps 62(63); Rom 12:1-2; Mt 16:21-27
Christ who overcame the reluctance of the flesh - Jeremiah was reluctant to offer himself as a living

sacrifice to God's will - something we might ourselves experience. It may be of some consolation

to know that Jesus too experienced that same reluctance of the flesh - but fought and overcame it.

Jeremiah, probably before 600 BC, and so before the exile, criticised Israel for worshipping other gods.

So Pashtur, the chief priest, beat Jeremiah and put him in the stocks. Next day, when he was released, Jeremiah told Pashtur that he would go to Babylon, where he and all his friends would die. Jeremiah then continued with this lament that God had misled him, because he had to suffer so much on the Lord's behalf, and had begun to wonder - or doubt - whether his call from God was real.
Homesick for the sanctuary, the Psalm holds fast to the Lord in spirit, confident the Lord will defeat our enemies.
After marvelling last week at the impossibility of understanding God's plans, Paul goes on to encourage the Romans to "let your behaviour change". Like Jeremiah, they must "not be conformed to this world", but be "transformed by the renewal of your mind", discovering and doing the will of God.
In Matthew's gospel Jesus starts to instruct the disciples how he is to suffer, in accordance with God's will. Peter objects, but Jesus turns on Peter with similar words he used to Satan after his Baptism. Poor Peter, given the power to bind and loose, but now told he is not on God's side, but is thinking like the world!

Psalm Response: My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.

Pope Francis: Every human has an irrepressible dignity


"Every human story has an irrepressible dignity," Pope Francis said "it is important

for each person to remember who and what they are in God's eyes and to bear witness to what the Holy Spirit has written in their hearts."

"In order to do this, let us entrust ourselves to Mary, woman and mother, who wove the divine Word in her womb, who recounted by her life the magnificent works of God ? Look at the tangled knots in our own life that paralyze our memory - by Mary's gentle hands, every knot can be untied."

The Spirit comes to help us in our weakness. For when we cannot choose words in order to pray properly,

the Spirit himself expresses our plea in a way that could never be put into words. Romans 8:26

Let us Pray during the Week for

The Church, Pope Francis; Bishop David, the clergy. The lonely and frightened. The faithful departed - those who mourn. The sick -Margaret McKeown, Pauline Goodley - their careers. many at risk themselves. Victims of coronavirus. World leaders to work together for a solution. The world's poorer countries where disease and risk heightened by food and medicine shortages. In gratitude for God's gifts, his mercy and love. Victims of war, oppression and racial hatred.

All those children awaiting the Sacraments and soon to go back to school.

For our Town that the special measures now being taken will rapidly combat the spread of the virus.

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

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

         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 covers or masks must be worn during Mass. The dispensation from Sunday Mass attendance still applies.

Let me hear of your steadfast love in the morning for in you I put my trust.

Teach me the way I should go, for in you I put my trust. Psalm 143.8

Father, I am seeking, hesitant and uncertain, but will you, O God, watch over each step of mine and guide me.

St Augustine

Pope Francis: Catholics should combat 'dismal' economic inequality with hope


Pope Francis encouraged Catholics to address the injustice of wealth inequality and its effects, which he condemned as a "sickness." Francis called economic inequality a "social disease," many of its "symptoms" aggravated by the coronavirus pandemic.

He asked people to think about the world's children dying of hunger, or who have no access to education, because of the unequal distribution of wealth.

The Christian response must be hope in Jesus Christ. "With our gaze fixed on Jesus and the certainty that his love works through the community of his disciples. We must act together, in the hope of generating something different and better. Christian hope, rooted in God, is our anchor," he continued. "

This inequitable economic growth is taking place without regard for fundamental human values, "It is an injustice that cries to heaven!"

The pope argued that this economic model was indifferent to the damage being done to the environment.

Quoting Laudato si', he said "we can take from the earth what we need, but we also have a duty to protect it.

"In fact, the earth 'precedes us and has been given by God 'to the whole human race. It is our duty to ensure that its fruits reach everyone. We cannot emerge from the crisis in an equal economic situation as before."

He added that he hoped that the thought of children without access to education and going hungry would help us to understand that "after this crisis, we have to emerge better."

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 tax you paid on the offering (no extra cost to you).

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

'Giving Tuesday' - Call the Finance Office on 01604 712065, (open 10:00am and 4:00pm). Use a debit or credit card to donate or cover any missed Sunday offerings - specify 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.

There will be Mass on Sundays and Fridays at 9.30 am

Face coverings or masks must be worn in church at Mass

"The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many" (Matthew 20:28)

Simon Peter has acknowledged the true identity of Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus then makes the first of the three announcements concerning his destiny to suffer and die. When Jesus declared that, Son of man is destined to go to Jerusalem to suffer and die, Peter stumbles at the truth. When we stumble at the truth, we must pray for the gift of faith.

When confronted with difficulties and suffering there is often a tension between human way of thinking and the divine plan of God. There was such a tension in the understanding of Jesus and that of Peter. 'God forbid, Lord' said Peter; this sort of thing must not happen to you 'the Son of the living God'. Like Jeremiah in the first reading, even Jesus himself had to face that tension. But then like Jesus, we must learn to align more closely with the divine will of God. Like Peter, we too may oppose to God's Will in our lives.

Lord Jesus Christ make me a true disciple and teach me to do your Will. May I find happiness in doing your Will. Amen