Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion - 28th March 2021

Sat 27 Mar

6.00pm

Vigil Mass - Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion

Sun 28

9.30am

Mass - Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion

Mon 29 9.30am
Morning Mass Followed by Sacrament of Reconciliation

Tue 30

9.30am

Morning Mass Followed by Sacrament of Reconciliation

Wed 31 9.30am Morning Mass Followed by Sacrament of Reconciliation
Maundy Thursday Apr 1 7.00pm Mass of the Lords Supper (No watching after Mass)

Good Friday Apr 2

3.00pm

Liturgy of the Lords Passion and Death (No morning prayer)

Holy Saturday Apr 3

7.00pm

Easter Vigil - Renewal of Baptismal Promises (No morning prayer)

Sun 4

9.30am

Easter Day - Renewal of Baptismal Promises

Confessions after the mass on Fridays and Saturdays

Face coverings or masks must be worn in church at Mass

Scripture Readings - Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion - 28th March 2021 -  Year B

Is 50:4-7; Ps 21(22); Phil 2:6-11; Mark 14:1 - 15:47

On this day the Church celebrates Christ's entry into Jerusalem to accomplish His paschal mystery.

Second Isaiah was writing during the exile of the Israelites in Babylon after Jerusalem was destroyed.

The people are discouraged, in despair, and tempted to give up their faith in God. Intoday's 'servant-song' Isaiah offers consolation, recommending non-resistance and trust in the Lord. Isaiah's words express our horror at the way Our Lord was treated. But, trusting confidently in his Father, Jesus "sets his face like flint", even though it is covered with spittle.

The Psalm moves from this mood to express unshaken faith, praising God for our redemption and the promised conversion of all peoples.

The hymn in Philippians rejoices that - unlike Adam - Jesus did not seek to be equal to God. But God raised him high, so that all creation should "acclaim Jesus as Lord, to the glory of God the Father".

Jesus died at Passover, when Jews celebrated their freedom from slavery. The soldiers, the Jewish leaders,

the inscription on the Cross, all ironically give Jesus his true title of "King of the Jews", the Messiah, who

frees us from death. When Jesus dies, the first human being in Mark's gospel to recognise Jesus as "Son of God" is a Gentile, the centurion. All the disciples had run away when Jesus was arrested. Only some women watched, and they saw where he was buried.

Psalm Response:   My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

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.

Lenten Penitential Service - Monday 29th March at 7.00pm - at the Cathedral

The Cathedral will host the Lenten Penitential Service with opertunities for individual confessions.

Spiritual Holy Communion - Oh Jesus, my God,

I love you, but unfortunately, I cannot receive you in Holy Communion at this time.

Come, nevertheless, and visit me with your grace. Come spiritually into my heart. Purify it. Sanctify it.

Render it like your own most Sacred Heart. Amen. Daily Mass www.northamptondiocese.org/live.

COVID Prayer

Almighty ever-living God, only supportof our human weakness, look with compassion upon the sorrowful condition of your children who suffer because of this pandemic; relieve the pain of the sick, give strength to those who care for them, welcome into your peace those who have died and, throughout this time of tribulation, grant that we may all find comfort in your merciful love.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Easter Services at The Cathedral - Led by Bishop David and live streamed are :

Palm Sunday 11am - Holy Thursday 7pm - Good Friday 3pm

Holy Saturday 7pm Easter Sunday 11am

Prayer at the Foot of the Cross

Precious Lord, as you hung on the Cross, you allowed the love of your heart to unite with the heart of your mother. Invite me into this shared love, so that I may be united with you in your pain and suffering. May I never take my eyes off of you, dear Lord. Mother Mary, pray for us. Jesus, I trust in You.

Wish you a prayerful and grace - filled Holy Week and joy and peace of the Risen Christ

The words of Christ on the Cross represent the culmination of all his redemptive work: He surrenders himself to the Father knowing that his mission has concluded and with full confidence that he will rise again on the third day.

To keep up your weekly offerings or to make donations -

Direct to the Parish - By Standing Order/Direct Debit/ One-Off Donation - ask your bank to pay to

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

Let Fr Benny know if as a tax payer you want us to reclaim tax paid on your offering (no extra cost to you).

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

Have your debit/credit card ready - 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 are struggling financially so please just do what you can.

Holy Week Prayers

PALM SUNDAY As Jesus enters his final week, he takes humanity with him. We are celebrating and partaking in His life, death and resurrection but we need to ask ourselves what it means to us. Lord, listen as we pray for an increase in faith as today we joyfully acclaim Jesus our Messiah and King. May we reach the happiness of the new Jerusalem by faithfully following Him, for He is Lord for ever and ever. Amen

MAUNDY THURSDAY Reflect on the Lord's words at the last Supper. "Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me." Say "Yes" to this offer of mercy. Let this sacrifice of Jesus enter more deeply into our life. Merciful Lord, Your mercy is overwhelming.  Wash me clean with the blood and water from your side. 

I say "Yes" to your gift, and ask you to cleanse me. I am a sinner.

I need your cleansing in my life. Jesus, I trust in you.

GOOD FRIDAY May I be with you, Lord, in this time of suffering and death. May I, like your Mother, John and Mary Magdalene, stand at the foot of the Cross, gazing on this perfect Gift of Love. May I look beyond the blood and pain and see your Divine Heart, pouring Mercy upon me and the whole world. Bathe the world in your Mercy, Lord.  Draw us to new life through your death.   I love you with all my heart.

HOLY SATURDAY Lord, today, all is silent.  You died a horrific death for our

salvation. You poured out mercy from your wounded Heart. I know this day ends in your glorious triumph, victory over sin and death. As I await the celebration of our Resurrection, fill me with hope for my share in the new life you won for the world.   Keep me safely in your love.

By tradition our Easter Offerings are for the personal use of the Parish Priest