4th Sunday of Lent Year B - 14th March 2021

Sat 13 Mar

6.00pm

Vigil Mass - 4th Sunday of Lent - Laetare

Sun 14

9.30am

Mass - 4th Sunday of Lent - Laetare

Tue 16

9.30am

Mass

Wed 17 9.30am St Patrick's Feastday Mass

Fri 19

9.30am

St Joseph's Feastday Mass & Stations of the Cross

Sat 20

6.00pm

Vigil Mass - 5th Sunday of Lent

Sun 21

9.30am

Mass - 5th Sunday of Lent

Confessions after the mass on Fridays and Saturdays

Face coverings or masks must be worn in church at Mass

Scripture Readings 14th March 2021,4th Sundayof Lent, Year B

2 Chron 36: 14-23; Psalm 136 (137); Eph 2: 4-10; John 3: 14-21

Christ the Redeemer - Our sins make us exiles from God's Kingdom

but just as God sent Cyrus to bring his people back from Babylon - so in his great love for us he sent Jesus to bring us back to the new Jerusalem "to live the good life as from the beginning he had meant us to live it".

Today's reading from Chronicles recalls Israel's exile. The Temple, central to the Jewish religion, had been defiled, followed by Israel's seventy year exile in Babylon. Then the Persian King Cyrus called for the people to return to Jerusalem and to rebuild the Temple on Mount Moriah, where Abraham almost sacrificed Isaac. After their return in 540 BC Ezra re-discovered the Jewish Law and the people renewed their covenant with God.

The Psalm then recalls how the Israelites refused to sing for their captors while in mourning for Mount Zion.

Paul's letter to the Ephesians emphasises the unity of the world-wide Church, based firmly on God's saving love, shown in Jesus Christ. We have been saved by grace, a gift from God. The phrase "in Christ Jesus" occurs frequently, reminding us of the ending of every Eucharistic Prayer. Christ will bring all things to perfection "in him" - and that includes us! "We are God's work of art".

In John's gospel, after telling Nicodemus that he must be "born again", Jesus tells him "God sent his Son into the world" so that "the world might be saved" through him. Jesus' coming provokes judgement, both now and in the future. If our deeds are true we come into the light.

Psalm Response -  O let my tongue cleave to my mouth if I remember you not!

Feast of St Patrick 17th March - Our Parish Patron - An Old Irish Blessing

May your days be many and your troubles be few. May all God's blessings descend upon you. May peace be within you, your heart be strong.

May you find what you're seeking wherever you roam.

May the strength of God pilot us, may the wisdom of God instruct us.

May the hand of God protect us, may the word of God direct us.

May thy Salvation, O Lord, be always ours this day and for evermore. Amen.

Spiritual Holy Communion - Oh Jesus, my God,

I love you, but unfortunately, I cannot receive you in Holy Communion at this time.

Come, nevertheless, and visit me with your grace. Come spiritually into my heart. Purify it. Sanctify it.

Render it like your own most Sacred Heart. Amen. Daily Mass www.northamptondiocese.org/live.

"I was like a young stone lying in deep mud, but He that is mighty lifted me on top of the wall.

My faith began to grow and my spirit was stirred, so that one day I would say as many as a hundred prayers. I used to rise at dawn for prayer, in snow, frost or rain, because of the glow of the Spirit in me."

St Patrick speaking about his conversion.

Lenten Penitential Service - Monday 29th March at 7.00pm - at the Cathedral

The Cathedral will host a Lenten Penitential Service with opertunities for individual confessions.

Please remember in your prayers

The Church. The lonely & frightened. The faithful departed - those who mourn. The sick and their carers. Health care workers. Victims of coronavirus. World leaders to unite to find a covid solution.

The poorer countries where disease and risk is heightened by food and medicine shortages. Migrants.

Victims of oppression and racial hatred. In gratitude to God for his gifts, his mercy and unconditional love.

For our country - in thanks that the special measures and the vaccine campaigns are making progress.

To those who love you, Lord, you promise to come with your Son and make your home within them.

Come, then, with your purifying grace   and make our hearts a place where you can dwell. Through our Lord Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Year of "Amoris Laetitia"(The Joy of Love) 19th March 2021 - 26th June 2022

Pope Francis on 19th March opens a year dedicated to the family. Amoris Laetitiareflects on challenges to marriage and family life."Let us entrust this journey, with families all over the world, to the Holy Family of Nazareth, in particular to St. Joseph, the devoted spouse and father." All are invited to join as the year unfolds.

Prayer to St Joseph Hail Guardian of the Redeemer, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to you God entrusted His only Son; in you Mary placed her trust; with you Christ became man. Blessed Joseph to us too, show yourself a father and guide us on the path of life. Obtain for us grace mercy and courage, and defend us from every evil. Amen

Prayer Protection during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Hear us, O God, our Saviour, and by the prayers of glorious Mary, Mother of God, and ever-Virgin, of St. Patrick, and of all the saints, deliver us from the present covid affliction. Lord, mercifully hear our prayer, and heal our infirmities of body and soul; so knowing your forgiveness we may ever rejoice in your blessing. Amen

This Sunday, Laetare Sunday, is considered a day of relaxation from Lenten rigours; a day of hope with Easter in sight. A day when traditionally, weddings (otherwise banned during Lent) could be held, and servants were released from service to visit their mothers (hence 'Mothering Sunday'). May God bless all mothers.

Pope Francis will designate Knock Shrine an international Marian and Eucharistic Shrine on 19th March

The feast of St. Joseph - appropriate as Joseph appeared with the Virgin Mary in the apparition in 1879.

Shrine Rector, Fr Richards Gibbons, said,

"It is a place of hope, a place of peace, and a place of reconciliation. That is what Knock offers to people."

Duston Churches Together - Food Bank Open Saturday 10am - 12noon URC Church

To donate food - tinned meat, fish and vegetables would be much appreciated. Please deliver it to the

URC Church on Saturday mornings between 10am and 12 noon. Strict Covid safety measures apply.

St Patrick's donating food has been exceptional - many thanks. But please do what you can, again.

To keep up your weekly offerings or to make donations -

Direct to the Parish - By Standing Order/Direct Debit/ One-Off Donation - ask your bank to pay to

Account Name: RCDN St Patrick Duston Branch Sort Code: 60-06-11 A/c No 59820640.

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

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

Or use 'Giving Tuesday' to call the Diocesan Finance Office 01604 712065, (10:00am - 4:00pm)

Have your debit/credit card ready to make a payment - 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.