The Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)

Sat 5 Jun

6.00pm

The Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)

Sun 6

9.30am

The Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)

Tue 8

9.30am

Morning Mass

Fri 11

9.30am

Morning Mass  - The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Sat 12

6.00pm

11th Sunday of the Year  (Day for Life 2nd Collection)

Sun 13

9.30am

11th Sunday of the Year  (Day for Life 2nd Collection)

Confessions after the mass on Fridays and Saturdays

Face coverings or masks must be worn in church at Mass

Scripture 6 June 2021, Corpus Christi Year B - The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Exodus 24:3-8; Ps 115(116); Hebrews 9:11-15; Mark 14:12-16, 22-26

The Blood of the Covenant - The Old Covenant was sealed with the sacrifice which Moses sprinkled on the people. The New Covenant was sealed with the Blood of Christ offered by Him as a perfect sacrifice to God.

After rescuing the Israelites from Egypt God gave Moses the Law, including the Ten Commandments.

The animal's blood thrown over people and altar symbolises the people's agreement to this covenant.

The Psalm gives thanks to God for answering prayers in time of need. And renews our promise to keep God's laws.

The blood which ratified Israel's covenant with God foreshadowed the people's suffering before they could build their kingdom in the promised land. So the Letter to the Hebrews sees Jesus Christ's suffering and bloody sacrifice as marking the new covenant, which enables the new people of God to enter their eternal inheritance. But, as "co-heirs with Christ" we must share in Christ's suffering "so as to share his glory". God's kingdom can be built only through suffering: the Cross is the only way.

Like the apostles, we must also drink the cup Christ has drunk, as well as eating the heavenly food we celebratetoday.

Mark's gospel brings us back to the Passover blood of the lamb, with which the exodus began, then forward to the Last Supper, when Jesus' own blood was drunk to initiate the new covenant. But Jesus postpones drinking the fourth, final cup of the meal until just before dying on the Cross. Jesus commanded us to repeat the Eucharistic meal "until he comes".

I am the living Bread come down from Heaven - Anyone who eats this Bread will live for ever.

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.

Pope Francis - The Bread of Heaven - Corpus Christi

At a Corpus Christ Mass some years ago, Pope Francis spoke of Jesus at the Last Supper, preparing a placefor ushere below, because the Eucharist is the beating heart of the Church. It gives her birth and rebirth; it gathers her together and gives her strength. But the Eucharist also prepares for usa place on high, in eternity, for it is theBread of heaven. It comes down from heaven. It is the bread of things to come; even now, it grants us a foretaste of a future infinitely greater than all we can hope for or imagine. It is the bread that sates our greatest expectations and feeds our finest dreams.

It is, in a word, thepledgeof eternal life - not simply a promise but a pledge, a concrete anticipation of what awaits us there. The Eucharist is our "reservation" for the heavenly banquet; it is Jesus himself, as food for our journey towards eternal life and happiness.

Online Zoom on Lectionary Readings Presentations by Fr Andrew Behrens and Mgr Kevin McGinnell. Tues 8 June 7.30-8.30pm The Year of St Joseph - How does he model fatherhood for us today? Tues 13 July  7.30-8.30pm Mark and John and the Word of Life - Work of Pope St John Paul II

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I am that living bread which has come down from heaven: if anyone eats this bread, he shall live for ever. I am speaking of the bread that comes down from Heaven, which a man may eat, and never die.

Lord Jesus Christ, you gave the Church an admirable sacrament as the abiding memorial of your passion. Teach us so to worship the sacred mystery of your Body and Blood  that its redeeming power may sanctify us always. Who live and reign with the Father in the unity of the Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Please remember in your prayers this week

The Church. The lonely& frightened. The faithful departed- John Harper RIP - those who mourn. The sick (Mark, Sandra, Peter, Richard Foster, Norma, Darcey, John Markie, 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. Peace in the Middle East.

O Precious and Wonderful Banquet! Corpus Christi by St Thomas Aquinas

It was to impress the vastness of this love more firmly upon the hearts of the faithful that our Lord instituted this sacrament at the Last Supper. As he was on the point of leaving the world to go to the Father, after celebrating the Passover with his disciples, he left it as a perpetual memorial of his passion. It was the fulfilment of ancient figures and the greatest of all his miracles, while for those experienced the sorrow of his departure, it was destined to be a unique and abiding consolation.

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.

Next Saturday 12thJune, 10.30-12noon Entertaining Angels: becoming a truly welcoming church Workshop on ideas for transforming parishes. To book https://pastoralministryoffice.org/event/entertaining-angels/

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 you pay tax & want us to reclaim it -no extra cost to you - so valuable for the Church.

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.

Communion Prayer of Thanksgiving - St. John Chrysostom

We give Thee thanks, O most merciful Lord and Redeemer of our souls, for this day Thou hast made us worthy by means of these immortal and heavenly mysteries. Direct our way; keep us in fear of Thee; guard our lives; and make our steps firm through the prayers and intercessions of the glorious and holy Mother of God and ever-Virgin Mary. Be exalted above the heavens, O God, and above all the earth, Thy glory, now and forever and ever. Amen.

Mother of God and our Mother, pray for us to God, Father of mercies, that the pandemic may end and hope and peace dawn anew. Help us realise that as members of one great family, in a spirit of fraternity, 

we can help to tackle situations of poverty and need. Make us strong in faith, persevering in service, constant in prayer. Mary, embrace your children in distress and pray that God will come to our aid.

We entrust ourselves, to you, O Clement, O Loving, O Sweet Virgin Mary.