The Reinstallation of Public Acts of Worship
The Government statement is welcome but clarification of the safety regulations is still awaited.
Consideration is being given to Sunday Mass arrangements. Clarification about weddings, baptisms and funerals is awaited. Generally, acts of public worship that can properly be deferred until Autumn will be.
Our Bishops have reiterated that the dispensation for not attending Sunday Mass remains in force.
Information will follow as soon as possible. Meanwhile your patience and prayers would be appreciated.
28 June - Scripture Readings - SS Peter & Paul Acts 12:1-12- Psalm 33- 2 Tim 4:6-8 17-18 - Matt 16:13-19
Herod was persecuting the Church. James, the brother of John, was beheaded and now Peter imprisoned under heavy guard. On the night before his trial, an angel of the Lord appeared in his cell, told him to dress and to follow him. They passed through the prison - the gates opening as they approached. When the Angel left him, Peter came to himself and said, "The Lord really sent his angel and saved me."
In the psalm, we hear praise for the Lord- 'I sought the Lord and he answered me' and 'This poor man called and the Lord heard him' and reminded to 'bless the Lord at all times.
In the letter to Timothy, Paul speaks of how the Lord stood by him because he had proclaimed the faith and had rescued him 'from the lion's mouth.' He was also confident that that having carried out the Lord's work, the Lord would bring him 'safely to his heavenly kingdom.' Such was Paul's faith - trust in the Lord always and again he says have faith.
In the Gospel, Peter identifies Christ as 'Son of the living God' which leads to Jesus telling Peter that he was 'a happy man' because he was to be the rock on which his Church is to be built'- a responsibility which Peter took on board.
In celebrating this feast today, we can recall two great heroes of the Church - who encompassed two elements that make up the Church - building up the body among believers and taking the Gospel to non believers. Examples for us all to follow.
Psalm Response: The Angel of the Lord rescues those who revere Him.
Spiritual Communion Prayer of St Alphonsus Liguori
My Jesus, I believe that you are most truly present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist.
I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot receive you sacramentally now, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as being already there
and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen
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. All 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, Holy Communion and Confirmation. The unborn child and sanctity of life. Our own intentions and in thanks to God for his gifts and unconditional love.
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.'
Word of God, you have brought the light of eternity to the darkened world: may it open
the minds and hearts of all the children of the Church. - Lord Jesus Christ, you are our light. Amen
We must speak to God as a friend speaks to his friend, servant to his master; now asking some favour, now acknowledging our faults and communicating all that concerns us to Him, our thoughts, our fears, our projects, our desires, and in all things seeking His counsel. St IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA
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The Cathedral is open for private prayer 10.30 - 12noon - Mon - Weds - Thurs - Fri - Sat and Tues 7pm - 8.30pm
The feast day of St. Peter and St Paul: They are examples to us of how God transforms our life with his grace, when we are ready to collaborate with the grace of God. Nothing is impossible to God, what is missing is our collaboration.
Peter was a bold follower of the Lord whom he recognised as "the Messiah, the Son of the living God," and eagerly pledged his fidelity until death. In his boldness, he also made some mistakes, such as betraying the Lord. He spent his life transforming him from Simon to Peter while building up and leading the Church. He was crucified upside-down at his own request, as he believed he was unworthy to die as his Master.
Saul's conversion took place on his way to Damascus to persecute the Christians. Blinded he fell to the ground. He heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?" "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting." Saul was baptised at Damascus and his sight was restored. He took the name Paul and spent his life preaching the Gospel tirelessly to the Gentiles. Paul began to serve Jesus in His believers whom he had persecuted by persecuting the Christians. May the Lord bless us that the graces we receive may not be futile in us, but we may be transformed by the grace of God through our collaboration.
Extracts from Pope Francis' homily citing the examples of Saints Peter and Paul
The Apostles Peter and Paul stand before us as witnesses to life, witnesses to forgiveness and witnesses to Jesus. Their lives, though, were not neat both were cut to the core by questions asked by Jesus: "Simon son of John, do you love me?" "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?" Peter was grieved by Jesus' questions. Paul was blinded by his words. But Jesus called them by name and changed their lives.
We may wonder why the Lord chose not to give us two witnesses of utter integrity, with clean records and impeccable lives? Peter immediately told Jesus: "I am a sinful man." Paul wrote he was "least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle." Throughout life, they preserved this humility, to the very end.
What was the secret that made them persevere amid their weaknesses? It was the Lord's forgiveness.
Let us think about them as witnesses to forgiveness. In their failings, they encountered the powerful mercy of the Lord, who gave them rebirth. In his forgiveness, they encountered irrepressible peace and joy.
Thinking back to their failures, they might have experienced feelings of guilt. How many times might Peter have thought back to his denial! How many scruples might Paul have felt at having hurt so many innocent people! Witnesses to life and witnesses to forgiveness, Peter and Paul are ultimately witnesses to Jesus.
The witness, then, is not someone who knows the story of Jesus, but someone who has experienced a love story with Jesus. The witness, in the end, proclaims only this: that Jesus is alive and that he is the secret of life. Having met Jesus and experienced his forgiveness, the Apostles bore witness to him by living a new life: they no longer held back but gave themselves over completely. They were no longer content with half-measures but embraced the only measure possible for those who follow Jesus: that of boundless love.
Brothers and sisters, in the presence of these witnesses, let us ask: "Do I renew daily my own encounter with Jesus?" Jesus is not looking for "statistical" Christians. He is looking for witnesses who say to him each day: "Lord, you are my life".
For reconciled to God & having forgiven one another, we are called to bear witness to Jesus by our lives.
Some 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.
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