Christ has died – Christ is Risen – Christ will come again!

Easter Sunday - 4th April 2021

Sat 3 Apr

6.00pm

Easter Vigil - Mass and Renewal of Baptismal Promises

Sun 4

9.30am

Easter Day - Mass and Renewal of Baptismal Promises

Tue 6

9.30am

Morning Mass

Fri 9

9.30am

Morning Mass

Sat 10

6.00pm

2nd Sunday of Easter - Low Sunday

Sun 11

9.30am

2nd Sunday of Easter - Low Sunday - Divine Mercy Sunday

Confessions after the mass on Fridays and Saturdays

Face coverings or masks must be worn in church at Mass

Scripture Readings - Easter Day - 4th April 2021 - Year B

Vigil/Day Acts 10:34,37-43 Psalm 117(118) Romans 6:3-11/Colossians 3:1-4/1 Corinthians 5:6-8 Matthew 28:1-10/John 20:1-9

The Mass is our Alleluia - our song of praise to the Risen Lord - Christ who is our life and whose triumph over death we proclaim to the whole world.

In a vision in Acts Peter is told that all animals and birds are suitable for eating: the restrictions of the Jewish Law are ending. So he can enter the house of Cornelius, a Gentile. Peter's speech is interrupted by the Holy Spirit welcoming the Gentile community into the church. Peter realises that forgiveness of sins is offered to "everyone who believes" in Jesus' name.

The vigil reading from Paul sees our baptism as joining Christ in his tomb, to rise to a new life in Christ, freed from the slavery of sin.

The dramatic Passover Psalm thanks God for repeatedly coming to our rescue and saving us.

Paul's letter to the Colossians draws attention away from earthly marks of religion: having died to things on earth, they should focus on the life to come when they "will appear with Christ in glory". The alternative reading refers to the feast of Unleavened Bread, which followed Passover.

In the three synoptic gospels three women discover the tomb empty and run to tell the apostles. But in John's gospel Mary of Magdala is alone. Finding the stone removed from the tomb, she runs to tell Peter. Peter goes in first and sees the empty burial cloths. When the other disciple goes in, he believes.

Psalm Response:   This day was made by the Lord: we rejoice and are glad.

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.

Easter Sunday 11am Live Streamed Mass from The Cathedral - Celebrant Bishop David

Wishing you a prayerful, grace - filled Easter and the joy & peace of the Risen Christ

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.

COVID Prayer

Merciful Father,

come to the help of your people.

Be our shelter in this time of peril

and strengthen

the bonds of our community.

Bring healing to

all who suffer the ravages of this disease and assist those whose skill

and knowledge can put an end to this affliction. Amen

"The Risen Lord is also the Crucified Lord. In his glorious body he bears indelible wounds that have become windows of hope. Let's turn our gaze to him, that he may heal the wounds of our afflicted humanity.

The resurrection of Christ is the victory of love over the root of evil, a victory that does not 'by-pass' suffering and death, but passes through them, forming evil into good: this is the unique hallmark of the power of God." Pope Francis

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 families are struggling financially so please just do what you can.

Bring your people to safety, Lord, and bless those who are your inheritance.

Rule them and lift them high for ever. Day by day we bless you, Lord: we praise you for ever and for ever.

Of your goodness, Lord, keep us without sin for today. Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy on us.

Let your pity, Lord, be upon us, as much as we trust in you.

In you, Lord, I trust: let me never be put to shame. (Te Deum)

By tradition our Easter Offerings are for the personal use of the Parish Priest.

Scripture Readings - Easter Day - 4th April 2021 - Year B

Vigil/Day Acts 10:34,37-43 Psalm 117(118) Romans 6:3-11/Colossians 3:1-4/1 Corinthians 5:6-8 Matthew 28:1-10/John 20:1-9

The Mass is our Alleluia - our song of praise to the Risen Lord - Christ who is our life and whose triumph over death we proclaim to the whole world.

In a vision in Acts Peter is told that all animals and birds are suitable for eating: the restrictions of the Jewish Law are ending. So he can enter the house of Cornelius, a Gentile. Peter's speech is interrupted by the Holy Spirit welcoming the Gentile community into the church. Peter realises that forgiveness of sins is offered to "everyone who believes" in Jesus' name.

The vigil reading from Paul sees our baptism as joining Christ in his tomb, to rise to a new life in Christ, freed from the slavery of sin.

The dramatic Passover Psalm thanks God for repeatedly coming to our rescue and saving us.

Paul's letter to the Colossians draws attention away from earthly marks of religion: having died to things on earth, they should focus on the life to come when they "will appear with Christ in glory". The alternative reading refers to the feast of Unleavened Bread, which followed Passover.

In the three synoptic gospels three women discover the tomb empty and run to tell the apostles. But in John's gospel Mary of Magdala is alone. Finding the stone removed from the tomb, she runs to tell Peter. Peter goes in first and sees the empty burial cloths. When the other disciple goes in, he believes.

Psalm Response:   This day was made by the Lord: we rejoice and are glad.

Holy Week

Holy Saturday Something strange is happening - there is a great silence and stillness on earth today. All earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled, is still, because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and has raised up all who have slept since the world began. God has died in the flesh and hell trembles with fear. I entrust my whole being to you.  Keep me safely in your love.

Easter Day We pondered on Jesus' life and death in Lent, now we can rejoice at His Resurrection as Mary Magdalene and the disciples did when they saw him risen!

The angel spoke to the women, ''Do not be afraid. I know you seek Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here, he has risen as he said. Come and see where he lay,

then tell his disciples, He has risen. Now he is going to Galilee".

The women ran to tell the disciples. And there, coming to meet them, was Jesus.

They approached him and, falling down before him, clasped his feet. Jesus said

'Do not be afraid; go, tell my brothers to leave for Galilee; they will see me there.'

With Christ's help we can free ourselves from sin to share eternal life with him.

Oh God, today your Son vanquished death, opened the gate of eternity. As we renew our Baptismal vows, help make us worthy of eternal life, to do your will, and show your saving grace and love to others. Make us of one mind and so that we may love what you command and our hearts may be fixed where true joy is found. Amen.

 

At the Chrism Mass on Maundy Thursday Bishop David reminded us all of the importance of taking time

to pray not only for our Church, our clergy and ourselves, but for all our sisters and brothers in need.

 

SUFFERING, DEATH AND RESURRECTION

Resurrection to eternal life of happiness is the outcome of self-giving love in this world. Nothing of a life of love and sacrifice is lost. The only true and lasting happiness is love. We reach and enjoy eternal fulfilment through a gift of self in love of God and love of one another. Jesus our risen Lord, let no sordid desire prevent us from loving you and one another. Men