Fifth Sunday of Lent - Year C - Sunday 7th April 2019

The Lord who wiped away our past sinfulness - the completeness of Christ's forgiveness is amazing.

The past is dead, snuffed out like a candle, forgotten. Joy and song fill our hearts - it seems like a dream.

Sat 6 April

6.00pm

6.45pm

Vigil Mass - Intention - Mary Ring R.I.P & Bridie Higgins R.I.P.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sun 7

 

Nazareth Hse

9.30am

10.45am

11.00 am

Mass - Intention - John Deane R.I.P.

Stations of the Cross - led by Sunday School and Confirmation Group

Mass - Special Intention - Sr Bridget Cunningham R.I.P.

Malayalam Mass - Second Sunday of each month - 4.00pm

Mon 8

9.30am

Mass - Special Intention - The Jacobs Family

Tues 9

9.30am

Mass - Special Intention - Christine Boodle

No Ladies Circle - Next Meeting 23rd april

Weds 10

9.30am

Mass - Special Intention - The Parish

Thurs 11

9.30am

Mass - Special Intention - Margaret Gavins St Stanislaus

Fri 12

9.30am

10.00am

7.00pm

Mass - Intention - Bernard Gavins R.I.P.

Stations of the Cross and the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Malayalam Mass followed by Adoration

(Mothers Prayer Group - No meeting in April)

Sat 13

6.00pm

Vigil Mass - Intention - Joe Ennis R.I.P.

Sun 14

 

 

Nazareth Hse

9.15

9.30am

10.45am

11.00am

4.00pm

Gather outside the presbytery - Blessing of Palms - Process to the Church

Mass - Intention - The McAloon Family & The Reilly Family

No Sunday School or Confirmation Group - Restart 28th April

Mass - Intention - Mary Pimento R.I.P.

Malayalam Mass

Scripture Readings - 5th Sunday in Lent - Year C
Isaiah 43: 16-21; Psalm 125(126); Phil 3: 8-14; John 8: 1-11

Second Isaiah describes the new Exodus, the return from exile in Babylon. God shows who he is by his preparations and care for their return. These are so wonderful that his servant Israel, his chosen witnesses, will no longer need to remember their Exodus from Egypt. Exodus is a repeatable pattern. The Lord even forgives Israel's many sins, which led to their exile, and will continue to do so, because "I have redeemed you; I have called you by name: you are mine".

The Psalm celebrates the Israelites' joy after their return from exile in Babylon.
Writing from prison, Paul shares his hopes, fears and convictions with the Philippians. The great gift of knowing Jesus Christ as Lord makes his previous righteousness under the Law seem worthless. He is possessed by Christ but not yet arrived, keeping his eye on the final goal of living in God's new world.

The story of the woman caught in adultery is found in different places in various manuscripts: it fits better with Luke's gospel, but here in John's gospel it matches the changing mood. This chapter opens with a woman about to be stoned, then freed from death. But it ends with people seeking to stone Jesus. Jesus has shown them God's wisdom, different from men's.

Response: What marvels the Lord worked for us! Indeed we were glad.

Children's Stations of the Cross

This Sunday 7 April - After morning Mass

Our Sunday School Children will lead the Stations

You are welcome to join. They would love your support.

Further details to follow.

Collections 31 March - Many thanks- Env £228.00 Loose £243.65 Standing orders Cafod £673.45

Easter Lilies: If in memory of a loved one you would like to buy a lily for the Church at Easter- please print their name and put it in an envelope from the back of Church with your offering (suggest £3.50)

*Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe

Emergency Appeal from Cafod

Thank you for your very generous

response to the appeal which with one very generous private donation and your weekly offerings from January to March meant we were able to send Cafod a magnificent

£1507.67

Diocesan Pilgrimage - Walsingham - Sat 8 June

A 33 seat coach from St Patricks is booked - please add your name to the list at the back of Church.

(By law children have to occupy a seat)

Francis: Let us restore Confession

'to the place it deserves' in Catholic life

Pope Francis called for the Sacrament of Confession to be elevated in the pastoral life of the Church.

"Confession is the passage from misery to mercy.

Let us restore to this sacrament the place it deserves in life and pastoral ministry!"

The pope said that receiving pardon for our sins through a priest is "always a new, distinctive and unique experience. We pass from being alone with our miseries ? to being raised up and encouraged by the Lord who grants us a new start," he said.

"For this is the heart of Confession: not the sins we declare, but the divine love we receive, of which we are ever in need," Francis added.

The pope reflected, "How many times do we feel alone, that we have lost our way in life? How many times do we no longer know how to begin again, overwhelmed by the effort to accept ourselves? We need to start over, but don't know where to begin."

"Only by being forgiven can we set out again with fresh confidence, after having experienced the joy of being loved by the Father to the full". "If we want to be free from evil, we have to make room for the Lord who forgives and heals". "This is the heart of Confession: not the sins we declare, but the divine love we receive, of which we are ever in need," Pope Francis said.

By Courtney Grogan Credit: Lauren Cater / CNA.

MEDITATE -

Jesus always takes the last place, humbling himself to the point of being lower than all others. When faced with a sinner who had been caught red-handed he places himself lower than her, so that she is not afraid or ashamed. He does not look down on her, but as the Gospel says, 'he looked up at her'.

PRAY - God of love and mercy,

you came not to condemn us but to save us.

Give us the courage to stand in your sight and experience your mercy and your love.

Bernadette Bollard R.I.P.

Late of Argyle House, Bernadette died on Friday 29 March. Please pray for her and her family.

May she rest in peace.

Pope's Prayer Intention - April

For doctors and their humanitarian collaborators

in war zones who risk their lives to save others.

Please make sure you take a Holy Week leaflet and note that unlike last year there will be

NO 11am Mass at St Patricks on Easter Sunday

Please Pray For The Sick

Sara Fox, Mary Ellis, Enzina D'Eramo, Kitty McKenna, Joan James, Jean House, Richard Foster, Margaret Dunne, Ethan A Fernandes, Phil Jacobs, Sinead McDonall, Glenda Smith, Maureen Bicknell, Dominico Piro, James Coutinho, Bridie Weir, Sharon Botterill, Jean House, Anne Thompson, Margaret,Kevin & Mark McKeown, Winnie & John Kelly, Daniel Butcher, Bernadette Bollard, Henry McAteer, Catherine Vince, Catherine Watts, Dominic Fernandes, Chris Brady, Emma Bonfield, Babies Ricardo & Michael, Nora McLoughlin, Annie Jacobs, Jenina Skippen, Michael Folan, Andrea Hughes,Fr Peter Pham, Kath Craven, Jeremy Wilcox, Linda Lane, baby Ioannis Ferao, Margaret Giltrap, Joe Taitt, Sara Quartermaine, Nancy Hughes, Madeline Clark, Bess Priestnall

Please tell the clergy of anyone in care, hospital or housebound who would like the sacraments. also of any names to be added or removed.

Gift Aid - Planned Giving

A number of parishioners now use standing orders for their gift - details are on the table at the back of Church. If you pay tax and gift aid your offering the Church can reclaim the tax paid - increasing the value of your gift by 25% at no cost to you.

The Daughters of the Holy Spirit

invite women aged 22-45 considering religious life to find out more about us. Please contact us: Tel: 01604 755296 or 755152 or speak to Sr Pat, a parishioner of St. Patrick's

The Prayer Trust Table - at the back of Church

Lent Prayer booklets & Easter Cards available -20p. A wonderful opportunity of fostering prayer at home with family and friends.

Cash For Trash -raising funds for Cafod. A poster lists items that can be put in the orange sack. Help Cafod and help our Planet.

Historic Churches Annual Ride & Stride -

14th Sept. A diary date - especially for any riders or striders - more information to follow.

Last call for Catholic Basics "The Church"

April 11 - Diocesan Centre, Luton, LU4 8JD.

Join us - 10am to 3pm (9.30 for refreshments)

for an engaging and informative day with lunch.

For details and booking:

Tel 01582 723312This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Causes have effects and if we lie to ourselves and to others, then we cannot expect to find the truth and reality whenever we happen to want them. Thomas Merton

The compassionate words of Jesus to the woman in the Gospel today are indeed life itself: "Go and sin no more." Those words resurrected her to a newness of freedom, liberating her from the oppression of her guilt ridden past.

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