22nd August 2021 - 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Sat 21 Aug


21st  Sunday of the Year

Sun 22


21st  Sunday of the Year

Mon 23


Morning Mass - St Rose of Lima

Tue 24


Morning Mass – St Bartholomew

Wed 25


Morning Mass 

Thu 26



Morning Mass          

Funeral Mass – Annie Theresa Jacobs 

Fri 27


Morning Mass – St Bernard

Sat 28


22nd Sunday of the Year

Sun 29


22nd Sunday of the Year

Given the spread of the virus and following advice, we will proceed cautiously lifting any restrictions.

Confessions after the mass on Fridays and Saturdays

Face coverings or masks must be worn in church at Mass

Scripture Readings 22nd August 2021 - 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Joshua 24: 1-2, 15-18; Psalm 33(34); Eph 5: 21-32; John 6: 60-69

The Holy One of God - Today as we celebrate the marriage feast of Christ with his Church,

we consciously choose Him who is the Holy One of God.

The Book of Joshua summarises Israel's history from the death of Moses until they settle in the Promised Land. Before he dies Joshua invites the tribes of Israel to promise to obey the Lord and to put aside all other gods. In solemn assembly the people rehearse all the Lord did for them when Moses led them through the desert. Three times they solemnly renew the covenant by the stone at Shechem, in Samaria.

Last week the Psalm urged us to fear the Lord; now it assures us that the Lord rescues the just man from all misfortune.

Our last reading from Paul's letter to the Ephesians: we must imitate Christ, whatever our role in society. We should "be subject to one another". "Wives, be subject to your husbands" and "children, obey your parents"; balanced by "fathers, do not provoke your children" and "husbands, love your wives".

In chapter six of John's Gospel we hear more reactions to Jesus' teaching on the Eucharist. Like Nicodemus not understanding how he could be "born from above", many disciples could not accept this teaching. Why is eating his flesh more difficult to accept than his Ascension? These things are "real"-part of the heavenly realm, which we are invited to share, but life given only by the Spirit.

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

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. Mass www.northamptondiocese.org/live.

Please remember in your prayers

The Church. The lonely& frightened. The faithful departed (Annie Jacobs, Jenina, Ann, Olly, Richard, Rhoda) those who mourn. The sick (Mark, Sandra, Peter, Norma, Darcey, Ken, Shalipp, Tom, Elizabeth, Sophia, James L. and Nigel & Rose, their carerers, and Maimai. Hospital, Health & care workers &.Teachers. Coronavirus Victims. World leaders to work for & share a covid solution. Poor countries where disease & risk is increased by food and medicine shortages. Migrants. Victims of oppression & racial hatred. For the people of India. For peace in the Middle East. In gratitude for God's gifts, his mercy and unconditional love.

Pope Francis & Pope Benedict. For success with the lifting of lockdown restrictions..

The the people of Haiti and of Afghanistan.

Holy Father's Prayer for August

Let us pray for the Church, that she may receive from the Holy Spirit the grace and strength to reform herself in the light of the Gospel. Vatican City 3 Aug


Where true love is dwelling, God is dwelling there: Love's own loving presence love does ever share.

Love of Christ has

made us out of

many one; In our

midst is dwelling

God's eternal Son.

Give him joyful welcome, love him and revere: cherish one another with a love sincere.

For the people of Haiti - I pray to the Lord for the victims, and that the international community will take a shared interest in them. May the solidarity of all alleviate the consequences of the tragedy.

For the people of Afghanistan - I pray to the God of peace, for the clamour of weapons to cease and solutions found through dialogue. Only then can the country return to peace. the prople to their homes, their families and their lives. Pope Francis

Lord, give peace to our troubled world, give to your children security of mind and freedom from anxiety. Help us to bring your compassion to the poor, the sick, the lonely, the unloved; lead us to find you in the coming week. - Your kingdom come!

Churches Together Food Bank - Help is still needed so please keep up your support and take food donations to the United Reformed Church on Saturday mornings between 10am and 12 noon. God Bless & Many thanks.

Wrap yourselves in humility to be servants of each other, because God refuses the proud and will always favour the humble. Bow down, then, before the power of God now, and he will raise you up on the appointed day; unload all your worries on to him, since he is looking after you. 1 Peter 5:5-7 

O most tender and loving Mother of the merciful God;have mercy on me and grant me a repentant and contrite heart with humility of mind.Give me tears of repentance and thanksgiving that I may sing of you and praise you all the days of my life, for you are ever-blessed and praised.Amen.St. Cyril of Alexandria

They will see the Lord face to face, and his name will be written on their foreheads.

It will never be night again and they will not need lamplight or sunlight,

because the Lord God will be shining on them. They will reign for ever and ever. Apocalypse 22:4-5

No one can make me frightehed any more, because I know what to believe about His mercy and His love.

In the twinkling of an eye all those thousands of sins would be consumed as a drop of water cast into a blazing fire. St Therese of Liiseux

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 it -No cost to you- so valuable for the church.

Or on 'Giving Tuesday' you can 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 are struggling financially so please just do what you can.

On the Feast of the Assumption - Mary's example to her children

Pope Francis reminded us that God exalts those who humble themselves.

He said, "Today, looking at Mary assumed into heaven, we can say that humility is the way that leads to heaven. Of fundamental importance for Christians to be "poor in spirit, that is, in need of God.

The Pope asked us to examine our lives and to reflect in our hearts:

"How am I doing with humility? It is beautiful to think that the humblest and loftiest creature in history, lived out her life for the most part within the domestic walls, in the ordinary, in humility,"

"God does not look at appearances; God looks at the heart and is "enchanted by humility. Mary's secret is humility," he said.

We do well to share that secret and follow our Heavenly Mother.

Based on a Catholic News Agency report by Courtney Mares - Vatican City, 15 Aug, 2021