Saturday 19 September 2020

6:00pm

Mass

Sunday 20 September 2020

9:30am

Mass

Friday 25 September 2020

9:30am

Mass

Saturday 26 September 2020

6:00pm

Mass

Sunday 27 September 2020

9:30am

Mass

Friday 2 October 2020

9:30am

Mass

Public Mass is celebrated on Fridays and Sundays at 9.30 am and on Saturdays at 6pm

Face coverings or masks must be worn in church at Mass

 

God is the prime and absolute source of love so such so it apparently offends the so-called human notion of justice.

All it takes is one good person to restore hope. Laudato si'71

Scripture Readings 25th Sunday Ordinary Time Year A

Isa 55:6-9; Ps 144(146):2-3. 8-9. 17-18 r.18; Phil 1:20-24, 27; Matt 20:1-16

God's love is incalculable - by human standards it may even appear foolish. How many earthly wise employers would behave in such a way? Thankfully, God's ways are not our ways.

Earlier in this chapter Isaiah invited us to the joyful banquet the Lord has prepared for us - "the supper of the Lamb". Today's reading urges us to "seek the Lord while he may be found": hidden and unimaginably different from us, yet he is near and wanting to give us his forgiveness.


The Psalm, a hymn of praise to God's mercy, recalls when the Israelites worshipped the golden calf: the Lord is "slow to anger and abounding in mercy".

For the next four weeks the second reading is from Paul's letter to the Philippians, probably written about 57 AD from Ephesus. Paul writes to thank the Philippians for the money they had sent him while he was in prison, and to encourage them to support each other in their pagan surroundings. Paul is very clear about his future life with Christ immediately after death. Sharing in Christ's suffering means also sharing in the joy of the union with Christ which such suffering brings. Paul is torn between wishing to be gone and so be with Christ, or staying alive suffering in the Lord's work.
In Matthew's gospel even those rejected by others are swept up into the Lord's vineyard. Justice to those hired first is balanced by mercy to the latecomers.

Psalm Response: The Lord is close to all who call him.

 
 
Pope Francis calls for solidarity at first audience with pilgrims after lockdown
 

pope francisPope Francis called for solidarity to reawaken unity and bring God's love to a suffering world. "In the midst of crises and storms, the Lord challenges us and invites us to reawaken and activate this solidarity capable of giving solidity, support and meaning to these hours in which everything seems to be wrecked," Pope Francis said

"A solidarity guided by faith enables us to translate the love of God in our globalised culture, not by building towers or walls that divide and then crumble, but by interweaving communities and sustaining processes of growth that are truly human and solid," the pope told the pilgrims. "Solidarity today is the road to take towards a post-pandemic world, toward the healing of our interpersonal and social diseases.

There is no other. Either we go on along the road of solidarity or things will be worse," he said.

Let us Pray during the Week for

The Church, Pope Francis; Bishop David, the clergy. The faithful departed - those who mourn. The lonely and frightened. The sick -Margaret McKeown, Pauline Goodley - their carers - many at risk themselves.

Victims of coronavirus. World leaders to work together for a solution. The world's poorer countries where disease and risk heightened by food and medicine shortages. In gratitude for God's gifts, his mercy and love.

Victims of war, oppression and racial hatred. Children going back to school and those returning to their work places. For our Town that the special measures now being taken will rapidly combat the spread of the virus.

Sacrament of Confirmation - Cathedral - Sunday 18th October

To ensure that social distancing is observed two Masses (one at 10am - one at 12noon) will be said.

If families of the confirmation children have any questions please contact Rosemarie on 01604 457014.

These are the rules on public worship continuing - please speak to a steward if you have a query.

         You must not enter Sacristy or Church Room before or after Mass. No toilet facilities are available

         No singing - no sign of peace - offertory collections/ processions not allowed.

         Holy Communion must be taken in the hand - remain in the pew until called by a steward

Face covers or masks must be worn during Mass.

The dispensation from Sunday Mass attendance still applies.

Third Sunday of the Season of Creation

Isaiah speaks of God's message: "As high as the heavens are above the Earth, so high are my ways above your ways and my thoughts above your thoughts." Climate experts warn of devastation unless we make dramatic changes.

Now we must acknowledge our failures to care for creation and embrace God's ways.

We pray - Loving God, your ways are not our ways, your kindness and love are lavished equally upon us all. Teach us to welcome your mercy toward others even as we hope to receive it ourselves. Teach us to love and care for all creation, your gift to us all, wisely and well. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Pope Francis calls on the Church to reflect on its current situation.

In response, the diocesan Pastoral Ministry Office is hosting online webinars on Monday evenings in autumn. Starting 21st September with Bishop David reflecting on the last six months, and posing further key questions. Topics include reaching out to the needy, building community, prayer & spirituality, and catechesis.

The webinars are free but you will need to register to receive the web link.

For more information and to register, please go to https://postlockdownchurch.eventbrite.co.uk.

To keep up your weekly offering or make a donations. Direct to the Parish - A Standing Order/Direct Debit/ Donation to Account Name: RCDN St Patrick Duston Sort Code: 60-06-11 Account No: 59820640.

Let Fr Benny know if you pay tax and want us to reclaim that tax (no extra cost to you).

'Giving Tuesday' - Call the Finance Office on 01604 712065, (10:00am - 4:00pm). Use a debit or credit card to donate or cover any missed offerings - 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 may be struggling financially so please just give what you can afford.

Pope Francis - Put forgiveness and mercy at the heart of your life

 

We cannot demand God's forgiveness unless we are ready to forgive our neighbours, Pope Francis said, "If we do not strive to forgive and to love, we will not be forgiven and loved either." Reflecting on last Sunday's Gospel when Peter asked Jesus how many times, he was required to forgive his brother. Francis noted the servant owed a vast sum to his master who forgave the servant's debt, but the servant did not, forgive the debt of another servant who owed him only a small amount.

"In the parable, we find two different attitudes: that of God - who forgives so much, because God always forgives, and that of man. In God's attitude justice is pervaded by mercy, in the human by justice alone." he said.

He explained that when Jesus said we must forgive "seventy-seven times" he meant, in biblical language, to forgive always. "How much suffering, how many wars could be avoided, if forgiveness and mercy were the style of our life," the pope said. "It is necessary to apply merciful love to all human relationships: between spouses, between parents and children, within our communities, in the Church, and also in society and politics."

"To forgive is not only momentary, it is a continuous thing against resentment, this hatred that returns. Let's think about the end, let's stop hating," the pope said, suggesting that the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant could shed light on the phrase in the Lord's Prayer, "And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors."

"These words contain a decisive truth. We cannot demand God's forgiveness for ourselves if we in turn do not grant forgiveness to our neighbour," he concluded.