April 29

Saturday

6.00pm

6.45pm

Mass - 4th Sunday of Easter- World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Confessions

Intention - Tony, Sandie Phillips & family

April 30

Sunday

9.30am

Mass -4th Sunday of Easter - World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Intention - our Parish

May 1

Monday

9.30am

Mass - Feria

Special Intention -Eileen Flannagan

May 2

Tuesday

9.30am

Mass - St Athanasius

Special Intention- Private

May 3

Wednesday

9.30am

Mass - Apostles St Philip & St James

Intention - Tony Collins RIP

May 4

Thursday

9.30am

Mass - Martyrs of England &Wales

Special Intention - Jim Campbell

May 5

Friday

9.30am

10-10.30 am

Mass- Feria

Adoration &Confessions

Intention - Melwin Tomy

May 6

Saturday

6.00pm

6.45pm

Mass -5th Sunday of Easter

Confessions

Intention- Annie & Morris Jacob RIP

May 7

Sunday

9.30am

Mass - 5th Sunday of Easter

Intention - our Parish

Third Sunday of Easter

(Reading- Acts of the Apostles 2:14a,36-41, Psalm 23:1-6, 1 Peter 2:20b-25& John 10:1-10)

Introduction: On this Good Shepherd Sunday and the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, the Church invites us to become good and faithful children of God and good shepherds of God's flock. We are asked to pray for vocations to the priesthood, the diaconate, and the consecrated life.

First Reading
The first reading is taken from St. Peter's first sermon, given on the day of Pentecost. Peter declares and tells his hearers to know beyond any doubt that the One they have crucified is the true Shepherd, whom God has made both Lord and Christ. Peter then proclaims that the proper response to Jesus is to repent and be baptised and thus to become members of the Church. Through the Sacrament of Baptism, we receive forgiveness for our sins. Peter and the other apostles baptise 3,000 people.

Responsorial Psalm introduces God as the Good Shepherd of Israel. The Psalm describes all of the things the Lord does for us in providing for our needs.

Second Reading
Peter encourages the suffering Christians to follow in footsteps of their shepherd and to remember that they have been claimed by him. We have been healed by the wounds of Christ.
Jesus, the innocent sufferer, is a model of patience and trust in God. Peter reminds us that it is Jesus' suffering which has enabled us to become more fully children of God.

Gospel Reading
This fourth Sunday of the Easter is called Good Shepherd Sunday because the Gospel reading reflects on Jesus as the Good Shepherd.
Both the Old and New Testaments use the image of a Shepherd and His flock to describe the unique relationship of God with Israel and of Christ with Christians.

In today's Gospel, two brief parables about sheep reveal Jesus as the gate for his sheep and the true shepherd. He is the "sheep gate," the only gateway to eternal life. He is the selfless, caring "shepherd" who provides protection and life itself.

The Pharisees fail to accept Jesus. They show themselves to be "robbers and thieves". Jesus tells his listeners that those who follow him and his way will find abundant life. He identifies himself both as the shepherd and the gate. The relationship between the sheep and their shepherd is based on familiarity and trust. Sheep recognize their shepherd and will not follow a stranger. At the end of the day, shepherds lead their sheep from pastures to a common fenced area called a sheepfold or pen. There, one or two shepherds guard all of the sheep until the next day when each shepherd returns to lead his own sheep to pasture. As shepherds move among the sheep, the sheep follow only their shepherd.

 

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham

Date: Saturday 10th June 2022.

Mid-day Mass. Chief celebrant Bishop David. 3.00pm procession along the pilgrim Route.

A coach is available from St Gregory's Church Northampton, please contact Deacon Michael Fleming. Phone: 01604 647750

Food Bank - Donations of tinned and package items of food and toiletries welcomed - please put them in the box at Church or take them to the URC Church on Saturday or Monday between 10am and 12noon. Many thanks

Pilgrimage of Hope

The Diocesan Assembly which is part of our Synodal process.

Northampton Diocese Assembly 15th July 2023

Each parish is asked to send four delegates each.

There are two preparatory sessions for the Diocesan Assembly in the Northampton Pastoral Area.

Dates for Delegates

1. Wednesday 24th May, 7pm-9pm, at Saint Gregory's Church

First Preparation Session looking at modules 1 (Reading the Signs of the Times)

& 2 (Moving from Dispute to Silence)

2. Wednesday 7th June, 7pm-9pm, at Saint Gregory's Church -

Second Preparation Session looking at modules 3 (Discerning the Holy Spirit)

& 4 (Taking Action)

3. Saturday 15th July, Thornton College, day event - The Diocesan Assembly

Don't worry if you cannot commit to either of the Preparation Sessions as there will be a Saturday catch up Zoom session.

Let your guard down, open up to Jesus - Pope France

Addressing the faithful gathered in St Peter's Square on the third Sunday of Easter, Pope Francis recalled that the day's Gospel reading narrates the encounter of the Risen Jesus with the disciples of Emmaus. Although the disciples do not recognize Jesus when they encounter Him on their road home from Jerusalem, the Lord comforts them by helping them reinterpret facts in a different way, in the light of the Word of God.

"For us, too, it is important to reread our history together with Jesus", noted the Pope, referring to the story of our own lives. Just as the disciples did, we too "can find ourselves lost in the face of these events, alone and uncertain, with many questions and worries", but, again like the disciples, we are invited to spend time with Jesus, so that He will remain with us.

Pope Francis goes on to note that a good way of doing this is with a "brief examination of conscience" every evening. By reliving our day with Jesus, and bringing to Him all the hopes, fears, emotions, choices, and people that cross our minds throughout the day, we will "learn gradually to look at things with different eyes, with His [eyes] and not only our own". 

Pope Francis continued, in order to do this, we must "let down our guard" and not hide anything from Jesus. Through Him, he added, "we must allow ourselves be wounded by His truth, and let our heart vibrate at the breath of His Word".

What was my day really like?

Bringing his catechesis to an end, Pope Francis pointed out that "we can begin today" and on this very evening we can dedicate a moment of prayer to asking ourselves about our day. Let us ask ourselves, the Pope concluded: "Was there a little love in what I did? And what are the falls, the sadness, the doubts, and the fears to bring to Jesus so that He can open new ways to me, to lift me up and encourage me?"

Finally, Pope Francis prayed to Mary, the "wise Virgin", that she may "help us to recognize Jesus who walks with us and to reread every day of our life in His sight". From the report of Francesca Merlo