5th Sunday of Lent Year B - 21st March 2021

Sat 20 Mar

6.00pm

Vigil Mass - 5th Sunday of Lent

Sun 21

9.30am

Mass - 5th Sunday of Lent

Tue 23

9.30am

Mass

Thu 25 9.30am Mass – The Annunciation of the Lord 

Fri 26

9.30am

Mass & Stations of the Cross

Sat 27

6.00pm

Vigil Mass - Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion

Sun 28

9.30am

Mass - Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion

Confessions after the mass on Fridays and Saturdays

Face coverings or masks must be worn in church at Mass

Scripture Readings 21st March 2021 -  5th Sundayof Lent, Year B

(Jer 31: 31-34; Psalm 50(51); Hebrews 5: 7-9; John 12: 20-33)

The Lord's forgiveness - Christ promised: "I will forgive their iniquity and never call their sins to mind." Today we consider the cost of that forgiveness: the tears of Christ; His avowal ;

"Now my soul is troubled."

Jeremiah warned Israel against their idolatry and failure to respond to God's love, breaking God's covenant. At the time of the exile to Babylon Jeremiah proclaimed this great oracle of the "New Covenant", promising that God's Law will be written on men's hearts, giving them for ever the power - or "grace" - to respond with love to God's love.

This most famous penitential Psalm echoes David's humble admission of his sin with Bathsheba: every sin is an offence against God.

The Letter to the Hebrews emphasises that Jesus is truly human: He shared our humanity and our weaknesses and afflictions. So he sympathises patiently with us in our sinfulness and is well able, as a high priest, to intercede with God for us, and to offer sacrifice on our behalf. He prayed with such love and respect that God heard his prayer.

In the gospel of John some pagan Greeks ask their fellow Greek, Philip, to help them meet Jesus. The gospel message is now reaching out to Gentiles and this is taken by Jesus as the signal that his work is nearing its inevitable climax. Jesus' life has shown the way to salvation, but the human Jesus is very troubled by anticipation of his coming suffering, also described by the other Gospels in the Garden of Gethsemene.

Psalm Response -A pure heart create for me, O God.

At St Patricks Palm Sunday & Easter Sunday services are at 9.30am.

Palm Sunday - No processions - Shorter Gospel - No crowd response

Holy Thursday - 7 pm - No feet washing - No Altar of Repose or Watching

Good Friday - 3pm - No crowd response - No individual kissing the Cross

Holy Saturday - 7pm - No fire or candles - No sprinkling - Shorter Exultet

Easter Services at The Cathedral - Led by Bishop David and live streamed are :

Palm Sunday 11am - Holy Thursday 7pm - Good Friday 3pm

Holy Saturday 7pm Easter Sunday 11am

If we cannot go our own Church we are encouraged to follow the live stream

at the Cathedral "as a sign of unity" with our Bishop.

Covid restrictions apply and the usual Liturges are shortened

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.

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.

Bishop David celebrated the first anniversary of his Episcopal Ordination on Friday 19 June.

Please remember him in your prayers - and pray for our Diocese. In his Pastoral Letter Bishop David speaks of the Church's mission "everything we do as a local church is about mission, reaching out to others - to share with them what we ourselves have received." Let us pray and work for the success of this mission.

Please remember in your prayers

The Church. The lonely & frightened. The faithful departed - those who mourn. The sick (Mark McKeown) 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.

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

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

Dear brothers and sisters, every moment of our lives is a time for believing, hoping and loving. The call to experience Lent as a journey of conversion, prayer and sharing of our goods, helps us - as communities and as individuals - to revive the faith that comes from the living Christ, the hope inspired by

the breath of the Holy Spirit and the love flowing from the merciful heart of the Father.

May Mary, Mother of the Saviour, ever faithful at the foot of the cross and in the heart of the Church, sustain us with her loving presence. May the blessing of the risen Lord accompany all of us on our journey towards the light of Easter. Pope Francis

The glory of God on the cross.

Jesus glorified God by completely emptying himself in order to share himself with us. Jesus explains the effect of his self-giving sacrifice by saying: "unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit?I am troubled now. Yet what should I say? Father, save me from this hour? But it was for this purpose that I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name."The glory of God on the cross.

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

Food, tinned meat, fish, vegetables would be much appreciated to donate please. Please deliver it to the

URC Church on Saturday mornings between 10am and 12 noon. Please do what you can to help.

Prayer Protection during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Merciful God, open my heart and mind fully to those I meet. Let me listen to others without passing judgement. Give me patience and understanding. Give me grace in times of fatigue and lift me up with

the strength to carry out your compassionate love to all those I meet. Amen.

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.

Bishop David's Pastoral Letter- Fifth Sunday of Lent 21 March 2021 - On the Paschal Mystery

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Today we hear Jesus say these words, 'Now the hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified'. Our Lord

is not stumbling towards the events of Holy Week, but resolutely responding to his heavenly Father's will.

He knows that 'unless a wheat grain falls on the ground and dies, it remains only a single grain; but if it dies,

it yields a rich harvest.' Within this simple agricultural image, there is a dying and a profoundly new fruitful life.

Perhaps we are used to the idea that God saved us through the Paschal Mystery; this is the dying and rising

of Jesus and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the Church. But what does this mean for us today? Is all this just a complicated theological idea, something which took place in the past, or is this lived experience?

We may know in our heads something of the doctrine. Do we know in our hearts, experience of sharing in the new life Jesus has won for us?

We are redeemed by the blood of Christ! This means our Saviour has paid a price for us. We recognise our human weaknesses, but then tell ourselves there is little to be done about the state we find ourselves in. Recognising that a ransom has been paid for us means we can rejoice in this truth, that our God wants us to enjoy the freedom and new life which is his desire for us. The Cross is God's weapon against our fallen human nature. The Lord never gave up on us, and saving grace has real power to work in every situation of our lives. Jesus nailed to the Cross all our sins. And since this event, many have experienced the power of Christ's sacrifice to change their everyday lives. For sure, this is a life-long journey, but we are encouraged by the small steps we make in discipleship when we seek the living power of Christ's blood to transform our lives. The Cross has real authority to change real lives. The sacrifice of Christ's blood can also change communities and institutions, structures and organisations.

The resurrection of Jesus has won new life for us. Maybe we are inclined to believe this event is simply historical fact, but certainly does not touch my life today. The apostle Paul puts the whole truth of Easter in these words, 'If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.' (Rom 8.11) Imagine that! The same power which raised Jesus' dead body on Easter Sunday is at work in our lives today through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

We experience the glory of the Paschal Mystery, our own personal share in Christ's death, resurrection and the gift of Pentecost, when we gather together to celebrate the holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Here we are present at Calvary, at the empty tomb, in Jerusalem for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Through receiving Holy Communion, sacramentally or spiritually, we are filled with the force of these saving events. When we are faced with temptation and sin, and we reach out to receive God's all-embracing mercy in the Sacrament of Penance, we imbibe the power of Jesus' dying and rising.

And so we might say of the resurrection, Christ alive has real authority to change real lives. The Holy Spirit can also change communities in institutions, structures and organisations. Fine talk, so let's bring all this nearer to home. What does it look like for you and me to receive the grace which flows from the Cross, to step through faith into the life of Easter, to be open to the Holy Spirit at work in our diocese, in our parish and other communities? It means that everything we do as a local church, is about mission, about reaching out to others in a variety of different ways and with a variety of gifts. And so I pray that each and every one of us may experience the outpouring of blessings which flow from the Paschal Mystery. Only when I witness joy-filled communities reaching out to others to share with them what we ourselves have received, will I know my prayer has been answered.

Yours devotedly in Christ,

David Bishop of Northampton