WELCOME

A warm and heartfelt welcome to Bishop David who is celebrating Mass with us on Sunday.

We offer Bishop David our prayers, good wishes and support in these trying times 

6 September 2020

Sunday

Mass

9:30am

11 September 2020

Friday

Mass

9:30am

12 September 2020

Saturday

Mass

6:00pm

13 September 2020

Sunday

Mass

9:30am

Public Mass is celebrated on Sundays and Fridays at 9.30 am and Saturdays at 6:00 pm

Face coverings or masks must be worn in church at Mass

Scripture 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Ezek 33:7-9; Ps 94(95): 1-2. 6-9 r.7-8; Rom 13:8-10; Matt 18:15-20

Christ who paid the debt of love - He became our brother and took responsibility for us,

his brothers and sisters. He took on the debt of mutual love - all he asks is that we should do the same.

Ezekiel says religious leaders have authority, but also daunting responsibility. Failing to instruct the people correctly will lead to the same fate as the sinners they have failed to guide wisely. After the fall of Jerusalem in 587 BC, Ezekiel promises hope for a future return to Jerusalem - but only if the people accept individual responsibility for sins and purify themselves of false gods.
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 in their desert journey.
Paul's advice to the Romans on Christian living continues: obey secular authorities, whose authority comes from God, and pay the taxes and respect that is their due. Above all "love your neighbour as yourself".
The first reading, with the last verse of the Gospel reading, help us to understand the Gospel. "Where two or three meet in Jesus' name", Jesus will be in their midst - and by implication he will be guiding their decision-making, so their decisions will be in tune with God's will. The Church's awesome authority to include or exclude individuals on God's behalf is not to be exercised carelessly, but only after due deliberation by the whole Christian community.
Psalm Response: O that today you would listen to his voice! "Harden not your hearts".

 pope francisA prayer for our earth - Prayer of Pope Francis from the encyclical Laudato Si

All powerful God, you are present in the universe and in the smallest of your creatures.

You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty. Fill us with peace that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one. We thank you for being with us each day.

Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace.

Once we start to think about the world we are leaving to future generations,

we look at things differently; we realise that the world is a gift that we have freely received and must share with others.

Let us Pray during the Week for

The Church, Pope Francis; Bishop David, the clergy. The faithful departed - those who mourn. The lonely and frightened. 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.

Children going back to school and those returning to their work places.

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

On 5th August Pope Francis called on the Church to reflect on its current situation.

In response, the diocesan Pastoral Ministry Office is hosting online webinars on Monday evenings in autumn. Starting 21st September with Bishop David reflecting on the last six months, and posing further key questions as we go forward. Topics include reaching out to the needy, building community, prayer and spirituality,

and catechesis. The webinars are free but you will need to register to receive the web link.

For more information and to register, please go to https://postlockdownchurch.eventbrite.co.uk.

The Season of Creation is a Liturgical Season from 1st Sept. (Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation) - to 4th Oct, (Feast of St. Francis of Assisi). Focusing on God as Creator. The Jubilee theme is the Earth - climate change, one of Earth's most pressing crises. Jubilee is a time to renounce overconsumption - economic systems based on constant growth at the cost of the Earth and the poor - when those who consume most must care for those suffering most; a time of rest from the constant exploitation land and people.

On the1st Sunday of the Season, scripture calls us to accept our prophetic responsibility in love, to invite others to conversion and care for creation in these times of ecological crisis.

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION

At the Cathedral there will be two Masses at 10 am and 12 am. on 18 October. Having the two Masses will ensure that social distancing measures are observed for Confirmations. If families of the confirmation children have any questions please contact Rosemarie on 01604 457014. More detail to follow.

Greater attention must be given to the needs of the poor, the weak and vulnerable in a debate often dominated by more powerful interests. We need to strengthen the conviction that we are one human family. (Laudato Si' 52)

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.

Reconciliation to foster fraternal spirit among one another is the most fundamental aspect of Christianity. That explains the incarnation of God among us as a brother in Jesus Christ. Jesus, our Savour restored, and fosters true friendship between God and humans, and among human beings.

The incarnation of Jesus and indeed every action of God tells us that God cares for friendship and fellowship. God is a friendship and fellowship between the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The same away human race is meant to be a friendship and fellowship. God our Father, teach us to forgive and foster friendship when there is division and discord.

Queen Of All Creation (From the encyclical Laudato Si')

Mary, the Mother who cared for Jesus, now cares with maternal affection and pain for this wounded world.

Just as her pierced heart mourned the death of Jesus, so now she grieves for the sufferings of the crucified poor and for the creatures of this world laid waste by human power. Completely transfigured, she now lives with Jesus, and all creatures sing of her fairness. She is the Woman, "clothed in the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars". Carried up into heaven, she is the Mother and Queen of all creation.

In her glorified body, together with the Risen Christ, part of creation has reached the fullness of its beauty.

She treasures the entire life of Jesus in her heart and now understands the meaning of all things.

Hence, we can ask her to enable us to look at this world with eyes of wisdom.

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.

 

 

Once we start to think about the world we are leaving to future generations,

we look at things differently; we realise that the world is a gift that we have freely received and must share with others.