Pentecost - 23rd May 2021

Sat 22 May



Sun 23



Tue 25


Morning Mass  - St Bede the Venerable

Fri 28


Morning Mass

Sat 29


The  Most Holy Trinity

Sun 30


The  Most Holy Trinity

Confessions after the mass on Fridays and Saturdays

Face coverings or masks must be worn in church at Mass

Scripture Readings 23rd May 2021 - Pentecost- Year B

Acts 2: 1-11; Psalm 103(104); Gal 5: 16-25; John 15: 26-27, 16: 12-15

The Day of Pentecost - We celebrate this great day when Christ filled the Church with the power of the Holy Spirit and sent it out into the world to bring peace, joy and forgiveness to all mankind.

Pentecost, 50 days after Passover, was one of the three Jewish pilgrimage feasts. Nomadic Hebrews sacrificed lambs in the spring to ensure adequate water for their flocks through the dry season. Settled into agriculture, they celebrated the barley harvest a few days later. These linked feasts became associated with the Passover in Egypt: the plague "passed over" houses with doorposts marked with the blood of a lamb.

The Dead Sea Scrolls associated Pentecost with God giving the Covenant on Sinai, and they enrolled new community members at this feast. Pentecost therefore fits neatly with the formal birth of the Christian Church and the commitment and strengthening of the Christian community for its task.

This magnificent Psalm praises God for his creative wisdom and power. God takes joy in his creation.

Being filled with the Holy Spirit not only enabled the disciples to speak in foreign languages: it gave them the courage to travel throughout the countries listed in the first reading, fearlessly proclaiming "the marvels of God". The Holy Spirit gives each person the skills they need.

In John's Gospel, near the end of his long discourse at the Last Supper, Jesus promises the Advocate will come to strengthen and guide the Apostles in their work, clarifying  Christ's teaching through the Church

Gospel Acc - Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love

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

The living water of the Holy Spirit - St Cyril of Jerusalem

The Spirit comes

* gently and makes himself known by his fragrance - not felt as a burden, for

he is very light. Rays of light and knowledge stream as he approaches.

* with the tenderness of a true friend and protector to save, to heal,

to teach, to counsel, to strengthen, to console.

to enlighten the minds first of those who receives him,

As light strikes the eyes of those coming out of darkness into sunshine and enables them to see things they could not discern before, so light floods the soul of those counted worthy of receiving the Holy Spirit, enabling them to

see things beyond the range of human vision, things hitherto undreamed of.

Mon24th May 7.30pm.  Diocesan Webinar:, The Essential Role of Leadership.

A fresh look at the role & '10 things you can do when you're not in charge' Hannah Vaughan-Spruce, Director of Divine Renovation UK, and our own

Bishop David Oakley:

12thJune, 10.30-12noonEntertaining Angels: becoming a truly welcoming church Workshop packed with ideas for transforming parishes. Information & to book :


The Holy Spirit is the travelling companion of every Christian and of the Church.

This is the gift Jesus gives us.

Prayer of the Pope

"Lord, open my heart so that I can understand what You have taught us; so that I can remember Your words; so that I can follow Your words; so that I can come to the fullness of the truth."

Covid Prayer to Mary - Mary, Mother of God and our Heavenly Mother,

protect those doctors, nurses, health workers and volunteers at the front line, risking their lives to save others. Support their heroic efforts and grant them strength, generosity, and continued health. Amen

Lord God, let the grace of the Holy Spirit come upon us, so that we may

hold fast to your will with fidelity and show it forth in a holy life. Amen


Please remember in your prayers

The Church. The lonely& frightened. The faithful departed those who mourn. The sick (Mark, Sandra, Peter, Richard Foster, Norma, Darcey, John Markie, John Harper, Ken, Shalipp ), their carers.

Health workers. Coronavirus Victims. World leaders to unite to find a covid solution.

Poor countries where disease & risk is raised by food and medicine shortages. Migrants.

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

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

For the people of India. For peace in the Middle East.

God saved us by means of the cleansing water of rebirth and by renewing us with the Holy Spirit which he has so generously poured over us through Jesus Christ our saviour. He did this so that we should be justified by his grace, to become heirs looking forward to inheriting eternal life. Titus 3:5,7

Prayer for Creation from our Bishops

God of love, show us our place in this world as channels of your love for all the creatures of this earth. Amen. " .

Pray to mary for the end of the Pandemic

Bishop David will lead the Rosary and Benediction at the Cathedral next Saturday 29th May at 3pm.

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).

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

Have your debit/credit card ready - 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 are struggling financially so please just do what you can.

A Pastoral Letter from the Bishops of England and Wales accompanies this newsletter.

This is the commandment which we have received from the Father -

It is not a new commandment but the one which we were given at the beginning: 

walk in truth and love.

Follow the whole way that the Lord your God has marked out for you, and you shall live:

walk in truth and love, alleluia.

Churches Together Food Bank - Please keep up your support and take food donations to the

United Reformed Church on Saturday mornings between 10am and 12 noon. Many thanks