Saturday 12 September 2020



Sunday 13 September 2020



Friday 18 September 2020



Saturday 19 September 2020



Sunday 20 September 2020




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

Face coverings or masks must be worn in church at Mass


Scripture Readings 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A

Ecc 27:30-28:7; Ps 102(103): 1-4. 9-12 r.8; Rom 14: 7-9; Matt 18:21-35
Our forgiving Lord - Unless we have forgiven our brothers and sisters from our hearts, we cannot celebrate the Lord of compassion and love. He died for us and lives to continue to intercede for us.


The Wisdom book, Ecclesiasticus, was written in Hebrew about 200 BC by Ben Sira, a Jewish sage. There are many allusions in the new Testament to the later Greek version. At a time of increasing pagan Greek influence, Ben Sira showed that Israel's religion was still a firm basis for moral living. He gives many practical examples, helping Christians of every age to apply moral truths to their own times. His strict condemnation of nursing anger and resentment is all too relevant for us today.
The psalm is a hymn of thanksgiving and tender piety for God's generous mercy - because of our frailty. How blessed we are that God "does not treat us according to our sins".
The last of our Sunday readings from Paul's letter to the Christians in Rome emphasises that we belong to the community of all believers, both those alive now - and in the future - and those who have died. Our lives have influence on others. Linking both to Sirach and Matthew in the next verse Paul says "Why do you pass judgement on your brother?"
In today's Gospel Sirach's advice to forgive is graphically illustrated: Jesus tells Peter we must always forgive. We are saved by forgiveness - ours as well as Christ's.
Psalm Response: The Lord is compassion and love, slow to anger and rich in mercy.

Pope Francis - borders should not be barriers of division


Pope Francis appealed for a fundamental change in the way the world sees migration. "Borders, long considered as barriers can instead become places where ideas are tried to overcome the difficulties new arrivals bring for local communities." The Pope said it was 'vital to change the way we view migration' - it should be about putting people first.

He spoke of 'Snapshots From The Borders' a 3year project co-funded by the EU aimed

at promoting "a more coherent human rights-based approach" to migration.

Pope Francis concluded: "Faced with these challenges, it seems clear that solidarity and shared responsibility are indispensable, both at a national and international level."

'Many things have to change course,

but it is we human beings about all who need to change' Laudato Si' 202

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.

To keep up your weekly offering or make a donations. Direct to the Parish - A Standing Order/Direct Debit/ Donation to Account Name: RCDN St Patrick Duston Sort Code: 60-06-11 Account No: 59820640.

Let Fr Benny know if you pay tax and want us to reclaim that tax (no extra cost to you).

'Giving Tuesday' - Call the Finance Office on 01604 712065, (10:00am - 4:00pm). Use a debit or credit card to donate or cover any missed 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 may be struggling financially so please just do what you can afford.

Sacrament of Confirmation - Cathedral Sunday 18th October

To ensure that social distancing is observed two Masses (one at 10am - one at 12noon) will be said.

If families of the confirmation children have any questions please contact Rosemarie on 01604 457014.

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. (Laudato Si' 159)

Pope Francis calls 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

The Season of Creation in its second week reminds us of the need to respect and do what we can do to preserve the wonder of God's creation, to highlight climate change problems, over- consumption and the devastating effect all this has, particularly, for the poor, the Third World and those on the margins of society.

We pray 'Draw us together into one human family working together with urgency and hope to heal and to renew our common home, and, to advance the healing of the Earth and our salvation.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen'.

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 carers - 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.

Common prayer for the anniversary of Laudato Si'

Loving God, Creator of heaven and earth and all that is in them, You created us in your image and made us stewards of all your creation, of our common home. You blessed us with the sun, water and bountiful land so that all might be nourished. Open our minds and touch our hearts, so that we may attend to your gift of creation. Help us to be conscious that our common home belongs not only to us, but to all future generations, and that it is our responsibility to preserve it. May we help each person secure the food and resources that they need. Be present to those in need in these trying times, especially the poorest and those most at risk of being left behind. Transform our fear, anxiety and feelings of isolation into hope so that we may experience a true conversion of the heart. Help us to show creative solidarity in addressing the consequences of this global pandemic, Make us courageous to embrace the changes that are needed in search of the common good, Now more than ever may we feel that we are all interconnected, in our efforts to lift up the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.

We make our prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen


We live our lives in a network of relationships. We receive support from God, others and from the creation. Even our very self is supported by the whole of our body, mind and soul. Therefore, we have a corresponding responsibility and obligation to be grateful. By means of our care and concern we fulfil that obligation. God wants us to support and care for His creation which provides us with what we need. God wants us to care and support one another. God wants us to care and support own self.

God in His wisdom has blessed us with his gift of compassion, so that we are spontaneously moved and led into good, magnanimous, caring and supporting deeds.

But Sin hurts our relationships. Sin disturbs our relationship with God, others and with self. Enmity and hatred destroy the divine gift of compassion in us. Forgiveness has astonishing healing and restoring power. God wants us to repair hurts by forgiveness and become more and more like him.