The Reinstallation of Public Acts of Worship as from Sunday 12 July 2020 at St Patrick's

The opportunity for public worship is welcome but the Government guidelines are stringent

and must be observed. Some result in changes which we have to get used to and follow.

         Dispensation from attending Sunday Mass still applies.

         Social Distancing of 2 metres means our maximum congregation will be 50.

         All attending Mass have to give contact details for Test and Trace - these have to be kept for 21 days.

         You will be asked to sanitise your hands on entry - No toilet facilities are available.

         Mass books and Hymn book are not available. Holy Water stoops are empty.

         You must not enter the Sacristy or the Church Room before or after Mass.

         Singing, the sign of peace and offertory collections and processions are not allowed.

         A collection basket will be available at the back of Church

         At present the only Sunday Mass is at 9.30am. The Church is then closed for the rest of the week.

         Holy Communion must be taken in the hand.

         You should remain in your pew until called forward by a steward

         Approach the priest with arms outstretched - one palm -upwards - on top of the otherp - no prayer is said.

         Having received Communion himself, the Priest will say the Prayer after Communion and give the Blessing and the dismissal - at this point you are called forward to receive the Sacrament.

         Then leave the Church immediately via the door at the side of the Sanctuary that leads to the car park.

         Please then leave for home - Do not re-enter the Church

         This is the first small step to achieving some sort of normality and more services will be added as necessary.

Please note that acts of public worship - Baptisms and Marriages - that can properly be deferred until Autumn will be. Funerals can take place but government restrictions on the number of mourners apply.

Meanwhile your patience, your understanding and prayers would be appreciated. Thank you.

5 July 2020 - Readings 14th Sunday Ordinary Time Year A (Zech 9:9-10; Ps 144(145); Rom 8:9,11-13; Mt 11:25-30)
The Lord who is kind and full of compassion - He comes to us in humility and gentleness.

We pray that this spirit of Christ may also be found in us.

From the fifth century BC, after the return from the exile, Zechariah's apocalyptic oracles look forward to the restoration of Israel, when all the nations will look towards Jerusalem. The Davidic king to be restored by God will bring release from captivity, but repentance must come first. Later Matthew misinterprets the idiomatic repetition of "riding on a donkey, on a colt" and has Jesus riding into Jerusalem on two animals at once.

The Psalm praises the Lord's kindness and care for creation and exhorts all creatures to thank the Lord.

Over the next few weeks Paul's letter to the Roman describes "life in the Spirit". Unable to "do the good I want!", Paul sees that we serve sin through our "flesh", our weak, earth-bound, human nature. But by coming in the likeness of sinful flesh, God's Son has enabled us to walk "according to the Spirit". The Spirit of God dwelling in us enables us to participate in divine life.

After Jesus proclaimed the gospel in Galilee, he went on to preach "in their cities" but met opposition to his teaching, and he upbraided them for their lack of repentance. Those reputed to be wise do not understand, but those with the simple trust of children do. Learn from him, for his "burden is light".
Psalm Response - I will bless your name for ever, O God my King.

Prayer of Abandonment to God - 'Father, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you: I am ready for all, I accept all. Let only your will be done in me, and in all your creatures - I wish no more than this, O Lord. Into your hands I commend my soul:

I offer it to you with all the love of my heart, for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself, to surrender myself into your hands without reserve, and with boundless confidence, for you are my Father.'

Let us pray during the week for

The Church, Pope Francis; Bishop David, the Clergy; our Parish; the lonely and frightened.

The faithful departed - those who mourn. The sick - their careers. All affected by the virus. Essential workers. World leaders to work with those seeking medical solution to be freely and globally shared.

The third world where the risk of the pandemic is heightened by food and medicine shortages.

Those awaiting sacraments of Penance, Communion & Confirmation. The unborn child and sanctity of life.

Our own intentions and in thanks to God for his gifts and unconditional love.

Pope Francis - The Faith of St Thomas the Apostle - Feast Day 3rd July

How St Thomas the Apostle - doubting Thomas whose unbelief Jesus used - enabled Pope Francis to speak of a concept dear to him: placing our hands in the flesh of Jesus.

Referring to the Mass readings, the Pope reflected on the disciples differing reactions "when Jesus made himself visible after the Resurrection". Some rejoiced, others were filled with doubt. Thomas, to whom the Lord only showed himself eight days after he had shown himself to the others, was even incredulous.

"The Lord", the Pope said, "knows when and how to do things". He granted Thomas eight days; and he wanted the wounds still to be visible on his body, although they were "clean, very beautiful, filled with light", because the Apostle had said he would not believe unless he put his finger in them.

"He was stubborn! But the Lord", the Pope remarked, "wanted a pig-headed man in order to explain something greater.

Thomas placed his fingers in the Lord's wounds. But he did not just say: "it's true, the Lord is risen". He went further; he said: "My Lord and my God".

Starting with his disbelief the Lord led him to profess not only his belief in the Resurrection, but above all, his belief in the divinity of the Lord. "How can I find the wounds of Jesus today? I cannot see them as Thomas saw them. I find them in doing works of mercy, in giving to the body ? to the body and to the soul, but I stress the body ? of your injured brethren, for they are hungry, thirsty, naked, humiliated, slaves, in prison, in hospital. "

"These are the wounds of Jesus in our day". We must touch the wounds of Jesus, caress them. We must heal the wounds of Jesus with tenderness. We must literally kiss the wounds of Jesus. What Jesus asks us to do with our works of mercy", the Pope concluded, "is what Thomas asked: to enter his wounds".

Jesus said "all things can be done for the one who believes"

the father of the child cried out "I believe; help my unbelief." mark 9 :24

Parishioners have asked how to keep up their Parish weekly offerings or to make donations.

Direct to the Parish - Make Standing Order/Direct Debit/ One-Off Donation with your bank to pay to

Account Name: RCDN St Patrick Duston Branch Sort Code: 60-06-11 Account Number: 59820640.

Please let Fr Benny know if you are a tax payer and want us to reclaim any tax paid on your offering (this does not involve you in any extra cost). We will send you a Gift Aid Declaration form to complete and return to the church.

Another option is 'Giving Tuesday' when between 10:00am and 4:00pm, you can call

the Diocesan Finance Office on 01604 712065, and donate to the parish.

Have your debit or credit card ready when you call to make a one-off donation or to cover any

missed Sunday offerings - specifying the offering is for St Patrick's Duston.

If the line is busy you are asked to leave only your telephone number and your name - you will be called back.

We know that at present many families are struggling financially so please just do what you can.

Why Jesus claimed: "My burden is light"? (Matthew11:30). Burdens are burdens. But when we learn to carry them as labours of love for a noble purpose, even, the heaviest burden becomes bearable and light. God in His infinite love shared his life with us in Christ, opening a way for us to share in his life. Spiritual or religious life is a

sure path to share in the life of God by growing in love as children of God. The more we love the more we grow. We progress through repentance and renewal from imperfection to greater perfection of love. God is love and the perfection of God is the perfection of love. "Take my yoke . . . and you will find rest" (Matthew 11:29) means to live and do things as Christ did by the power of love. A life of love with works of love finds peace and rest.

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