Fourth Sunday of Lent - Year C - Sunday 31st March 2019

The Lord who welcomes sinners - we celebrate this Mass in the joy of forgiveness, and

gratefully eat the food our Father gives for our journey to the kingdom where his banquet is prepared for us.

Sat 30 March

6.00pm

6.45pm

Vigil Mass - Intention - Stella Long R.I.P.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sun 31

 

Nazareth Hse

9.30am

10.45am

11.00 am

Mass - Intention - Winifred O'Neill R.I.P. & The Parish

Sunday School and Confirmation Group

Mass - Intention - Morris Jacobs R.I.P.

Malayalam Mass - Second Sunday of each month - 4.00pm

Mon 1 April

9.30am

Mass - Sean O'Driscoll R.I.P.

Tues 2

9.30am

8.00pm

Mass - Intention - Margaret Dupuy R.I.P.

Ladies Circle - Bingo @ St Crispins

Weds 3

9.30am

Mass - Special Intention - Milenoski

Thurs 4

9.30am

Mass - Special Intention - Simeon

Fri 5

9.30am

10.00am

7.00pm

Mass - Intention - Josephine Tobin 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 6

6.00pm

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

Sun 7

 

Nazareth Hse

9.30am

10.45am

11.00am

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

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

Mass - Special Intention - Sr Bridget Cunningham.

Malayalam Mass - 4.00pm - Second Sunday each month

Scripture Readings - 4th Sunday in Lent - Year C - Josh 5: 9, 10-12; Ps 26(27); 2 Cor 5: 17-21; Lk 15:1-3,11-32)


In the book of Joshua Israel's conquest of Canaan, the promised land, starts with the miraculous crossing of the Jordan. The river waters were held back until all the people had crossed on dry ground. Then, before celebrating the Passover, all the men who had been born during the Exodus were circumcised to mark them now as Israelites, so removing the "shame of Egypt". The place where they crossed was named Gilgal, a pun on the word meaning "remove".

The psalm offers grateful praise to God for rescuing us from danger, and encourages fear of the Lord, keeping our tongues from evil.

Paul insists to the Corinthians that as new creations in Christ they must forget their old ways of seeing the world. We have been given work to do, that of showing visibly in our lives that God has reconciled us to himself, just as Christ did by dying on the Cross.

Although Luke's unique parable in today's gospel is usually called "The Prodigal Son", the behaviour of the other two people in the story is important. The father rushes out to meet his returning son - a marvellous image of God the Father. But are we sometimes tempted to imitate the other son's reactions to his father's reconciliation with "this son of yours"?

Psalm Response: Taste and see that the Lord is good.


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)

Children's Stations of the Cross

Next Sunday 7 April - After morning Mass

Our Sunday School Children will lead the Stations

You are welcome to join them -

they would love your support.

Further details to follow.

Collections 24 March - Many thanks

Env £245.91 Loose £282.12 Cafod £36.20

Emergency Message from Cafod

A powerful cyclone has swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, killing hundreds of people - affecting some 2.6 million - thousands with no shelter, food, medicine or clean water. Please, donate right now - the first £2m donated in the UK will be matched by the government - helping to deliver

life-saving supplies to those devastated by Cyclone Idai.£30 provides blankets to keep two families warm £50 could feed a family for a month. £100 could build toilet & washing facilities for a family.

Use the Cafod envelopes from the back of Church

Diocesan Pilgrimage - Walsingham - Sat 8 June

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

(By law children have to occupy a seat)

Our Sunday School children will be making their

First Confession on Monday 1st April.

Please remember them in your prayers.

We will be judged for whether we shared 'our daily bread,' Pope Francis says : -

Top of Form

Bottom of Form

"Let's get this in our heads: food is not private property, but providence to be shared with the grace of God."

Francis urges us to think about those who pray the Our Father and are really in need of basic necessities, such as food and water. Think of "the starving children of Yemen," he said, "the hungry children in Syria, the hungry children in many countries where there is no bread, in South Sudan."

Jesus, Pope Francis stated, teaches us to pray not only for our own needs, but for the needs of the whole world, because "if God is our Father, how can we present ourselves to Him without joining hands?"

The 'Our Father,' he continued, "contains an attitude of empathy, an attitude of solidarity. In my hunger I feel the hunger of the multitudes, and then I will pray to God until their request is granted."

The Pope recalled the miracle of the loaves and the fishes, when Jesus takes five loaves and two fishes, which were shared by one generous child, and multiplies them into enough to feed a crowd of thousands. "[Jesus] himself, multiplying that offered bread, anticipated the offering of Himself in the Eucharistic Bread," he said.

"In fact, only the Eucharist is able to satiate the hunger for the infinite and the desire of God that animates every man, even in the search for daily bread."

Based on an article by Hannah Brockhaus - Catholic News Agency

Historic Churches Annual Ride & Stride -

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

Duston Churches Together - Lent Lunches

This week 3rd April - St Francis

Donations for Cafod & Christian Aid

There is one way only of being happy, not to be ignorant of suffering, and not to run away from

it but to accept the transfiguration it brings.

Henri De Lac

Pope's Prayer Intention - April

for doctors and their humanitarian collaborators in war zones - all risking their lives to save the lives of others.

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.

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

Please let Rosemary Earle know -

If you gift aid your offering and have moved,

changed your name or no longer pay tax,

OR

If you are a tax payer, with your consent we can reclaim the tax paid on your offering -

this increases the value of your gift

by 25% at no cost to yourself.

Diocesan Mass for Married Life

12 noon - April 6th

St Mary's, Woburn Sands MK17 8NN

Bishop Peter will preside and bless those couples celebrating special anniversaries. Please contact 07412151517 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are attending. Refreshments after Mass.

THE PRAYER TRUST TABLE

popular Lent Prayer booklets and Easter Cards available - cost 20p - at the back of Church.

A wonderful opportunity of fostering prayer at home with family and friends.

CASH FOR TRASH - An easy way of raising funds for CAFOD. A poster lists items that can be put in the orange sack. Help Cafod & help our Planet.

Meditate -Today's parable could be called the parable of the two lost sons. One lost on leaving home - the other whilst staying at home. It's the father who is the image of God - for whom no one is ever lost.

Pray - God of hopefulness you go out of your way to find and bring back the lost. and bring them back. We pray that you will follow us guide us when we go astray.

Mozambique Emergency - In response to a request from Cafod we will have a second collection

this weekend. Cafod envelopes to Gift Aid your donation are available at the back of Church.

DIOCESE OF NORTHAMPTON - REGISTERED CHARITY - NUMBER 234091