2nd Sunday of Easter - Low Sunday - 11th April 2021

Sat 10 Apr

6.00pm

2nd Sunday of Easter - Low Sunday

Sun 11

9.30am

2nd Sunday of Easter (Low Sunday) Divine Mercy Sunday

Tue 13

9.30am

Morning Mass

Fri 16

9.30am

Morning Mass

Sat 17

6.00pm

Third Sunday of Easter

Sun 18

9.30am

Third Sunday of Easter

Confessions after the mass on Fridays and Saturdays

Face coverings or masks must be worn in church at Mass

Scripture 11thApril 2021,  Low Sunday of Easter, Year B (Divine Mercy Sunday)

Acts 4: 32-35; Psalm: 117(118); 1 John 5: 1-6; John 20: 19-31

Faith - Our Victory over the World - We gather today like that first group of believers, united heart

and soul, and celebrating our victory over the world through our faith in Christ, the son of God.

During the six weeks of Easter the first readings are from the Book of Acts, in which Luke describes Jesus continuing his ministry through the Church after his earthly life ended. Not intimidated by his arrest, Peter continued to attract many Jews to follow Jesus.Todaywe hear how this growing community held their assets in common. The next verses give two examples: Barnabas who gave the proceeds from selling a field; and Ananias and his wife, who held back some of the proceeds and were struck dead by Peter in his Apostolic role as a Judge of Israel.

The dramatic Passover Psalm from Easter Sunday is repeatedtodaymore fully, thanking God for repeatedly coming to our rescue and saving us.

The second readings in Eastertide are from the first letter of John, whose gospel said little about Jesus' humanity and his moral teachings. Some members of John's community needed to be reminded that our faith is in a man, Jesus, who is Son of God. Loving God means keeping his commandments.

The gospel reading is the beautiful first ending of John's gospel, after Thomas, in the highest expression of faith in any of the gospels, acclaims Jesus as "My Lord and my God".

Psalm Response:   Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, for His love has no end.

Pope Francis in his Easter message urged countries to quicken distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, particularly to the world's poor, and called armed conflict and military spending during a pandemic "scandalous".

The Pope asked God to comfort the sick, those who have lost loved ones, and the unemployed, urging authorities to give families in greatest need a "decent sustenance". He praised medical workers, sympathised with young people unable to attend school and said that everyone was called to combat the pandemic.

"I urge the international community to commit to overcoming delays in the distribution of vaccines especially in the poorest countries," he said.

"There are still too many wars and too much violence in the world!

May the Lord, who is our peace, help us to overcome the mindset of war."

Francis also called for peace in all areas of conflict.Francis said he realised many Christians were still persecuted and called for all restrictions on freedom of worship and religion worldwide to be lifted.

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

Condolences and Prayers

With Faith in the Risen Lord we join in prayers for the repose of the soul of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. May the Lord God bless him with eternal rest and peace.

Missio - We have received from Fr Chantry - Missio National Diretor - a letter of thanks for £783.75 for donations in 2020. Please God when 'normality' returns we too can see what more support we can offer

for the invaluable work that Missio does. Thank you all for what we raised last year.

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.

Lord, you opened for us eternal life through your Sons victory over death. Grant that as we celebrate His resurrection, we may be renewed by your Holy Spirit and rise in the Light of Life.

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Account Name: RCDN St Patrick Duston Branch Sort Code: 60-06-11 A/c No 59820640.

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

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

Victimae Paschali Laudes Psalm 117:24

Christians, to the Paschal Victim offer sacrifice and praise.

The sheep are ransomed by the Lamb; and Christ, the undefiled,

hath sinners to his Father reconciled. Death with life contended:

combat strangely ended! Life's own Champion, slain, yet lives to reign.

Tell us, Mary: say what thou didst see upon the way.The tomb the Living

did enclose; I saw Christ's glory as he rose! The angels there attesting;

shroud with grave-clothes resting. Christ, my hope, has risen:

he goes before you into Galilee. That Christ is truly risen from the dead we know. Victorious king, thy mercy show!

Divine Mercy Prayer

Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.

Cafod Covid Prayer - Your loving care -

Lord Jesus, when you walked with us on earth you spread your healing power.We place in your loving care all who are affected by Coronavirus. Keep us strong in faith, hope and love. Bring relief to our sick, console our bereaved, protect those who care for us.We lift our prayer to you Lord, and trust in your infinite love and mercy. Amen.

This Jesus is 'the stone rejected by you the builders, but which has proved to be the keystone.'

For of all the names in the world given to men, this is the only one by which we can be saved. Acts 4:11-12

Thomas said to the Risen Lord who appeared to him: "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him: "you believe because you can see me. Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe."