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21st May 2017, Sixth Sunday of Easter

Today’s Mass: The Spirit of god is the life force of the Church and of every Christian person. It is by God’s grace that we live good lives and love one another

. First Reading: Acts 8:5-8. 14-17. A Samaritan town responds to the healing power of the Gospel.

Second Reading: 1 Peter 3:15-18. St Peter urges us to give faithful witness to the Lord.

The Gospel: John 14: 15-21.We are not orphans. The Spirit lives in us.

Mass Times this Week

Sunday – 9.30 am, 11.00 am and 6.00 pm

Monday – 9.00 am

Tuesday – 11 am (funeral) 8.00 pm

Wednesday – 12.15 pm

Thursday – 9.00 am

Friday – 9.15 am and 11 am (funeral), 8.00 pm, hour of prayer 7.30 pm

Saturday 11.00 & 7.00 pm,(morning prayer 10.45 am)

Feasts this week
Monday – Wednesday: Easter Feria
Thursday: Optional memorial of St John I, Pope, martyr
Friday: Optional memorial of St Dunstan, Bishop
Saturday: Optional memorial of St Bernadine, priest, religious

Parish Collections Gift Aid: £340.00 Loose £410.81 Voluntary Offerings will be McMillan Cancer Support. Second collection last week:£189.00 For the Priest Training Fund for the Archdiocese.

Tote Winning Numbers 3, 4, 6 & 21. The jackpot no hits. 4 winners on three numbers – £63.00 each. No winners this week to SS Mary & John £1000.00 for the 4 winning numbers 1 – 24, plus £750.00 Reserve Jackpot

We commend to your Prayers Patrick Joseph Moore R.I.P Who died last month Funeral mass on Friday at 10 am We remember his relatives and friends in our prayers at this time.

Communion Reflection In the scene from Acts in our First Reading, we heard how even in the early days of the Church there were problems and disputes. Such situations are always present, but to celebrate the Eucharist means that we do not accept that this always had to be the case. Part of our understanding of the Eucharist should be the importance of the biblical idea of table-fellowship, the breaking of bread: this is a sign that forgiveness has been given and accepted – to eat together is to belong together. The Eucharist is a sacred meal.

Saint Vincent de Paul Society Helping to improve the lives of the poor and vulnerable Do you know anyone that needs help? S.V.P. meet on 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at 8.00 pm at the Presbytery. New members always welcome!

 

 

Our thanks for your generous Easter offerings and gifts                          30th April 2017, Third Sunday of Easter

Today’s Mass: Jesus walks with each of us on our journey through life. We do not always recognise him, but he is always there, supporting us and challenging us as he thinks best for us. During our Mass together we reflect on this great gift of his steadfast presence.

First Reading: Acts 2:14.22-33 God raised Jesus to life, and all his disciples are witnesses to that.

Second Reading: 1 Peter 1:17-21 It is through Christ that we have faith in God, who raised him from the dead. The Gospel: Luke 24: 13-35 The risen Lord walks with his disciples and talks to them on the road.

The Gospel: Luke 24: 13-35 The risen Lord walks with his disciples and talks to them on the road.

Mass Times This Week

Sunday -9.30 am, 11.00 am and 6.00 pm                                                                Monday – 11 am Bank Holiday                                                                                  Tuesday – 8.00 pm                                                                                                 Wednesday – 12.15 pm                                                                                               Thursday – 9.00 am                                                                                                         Friday –8.00 pm, hour of prayer 7.30 pm                                                               Saturday 11.00 & 7.00 pm,(morning prayer 10.45 am)

Feasts this week                                                                                                        Monday: optional memorial of St Joseph the Worker Day of prayer for human work.                                                                                                                               Tuesday: memorial of St Anthanasius, Bishop and Doctor of the Church Wednesday: Feast of St Philip and James, apostles                                             Thursday: Feast of the English Martyrs                                                                     Friday: Easter Feria                                                                                                     Saturday: Easter Feria

Parish Collections                                                                                                       Gift Aid: £169.00                                                                                                               Loose £447.59                                                                                                                               Gift Aid envelopes available today for the coming year. If you would like a packet please let us know.                                                                                                          Second collection last week: £166.00 for the priest training fund of the Diocese Second collection next week: For the priests training fund Archdiocese.

Tote Winning Numbers 17th April – 5, 7, 17 & 22 no winners 11 small winners on three numbers £23.00 each.                                                                                              4 winners at SS Mary & Johns and 1 bonus 24th April – 1, 15, 16, 18 no winners One winner on 3 numbers receives £250 1 agents prize and 1 bonus winner for St Johns Jackpot next week £1000.00 Reserve jackpot £650.00                                       Tickets available at the paper stall

Forthcoming Events                                                                                                        13th May – Marion Procession at Oscott College (8 pm, see poster)                   Monday 8th MayWednesday 17th May (see poster) Annual Solemn Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help at St Francis of Assisi, Handsworth.                     Weekday services 9.15 am, 12 noon, 6.30 pm 8.00 pm                                        Saturday 13th May – Special Fatima Novena Day

Communion Reflection The risen Lord Jesus is present among us whenever we celebrate the Eucharist together. He is present in the Word we hear and in the Sacrament of his body and blood which we share. The Emmaus story tells us that if we really believe this, we do not need to see with our eyes, even if we might very much like to do so. As we reflect on the lesson of our Celebration today, we might ask that we may better appreciate and experience the Mass as a real and living encounter with our risen Lord.

2nd April 2017, Fifth Sunday of Lent

Today’s Mass: In today’s gospel Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. This great sign points us forward to Easter when, in the resurrection, Jesus will defeat death for all of us.

First Reading: (Ezekiel 37:12-14) The Lord promises to open his people’s graves andf give them his life-giving spirit.

Second Reading: (Romans 8:8-14) The Spirit which raised Jesus from the dead will raise our mortal bodies too. The Gospel: (John 11:1-45) Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead and challenges our belief in his resurrection.

The Gospel: (John 11:1-45) Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead and challenges our belief in his resurrection.

Mass Times This Week
Monday: Lent Feria
Tuesday: Lent Feria
Wednesday: Lent Feria
Thursday: Lent Feria
Friday: Lent Feria
Saturday: Lent Feria
Palm Sunday next week, Blessing of Palms at all Masses

Communion Reflection As we receive the Holy Eucharist we are bonded together in communion with Christ and with one another. May this bonding be a source of life-giving grace for all present and for those we remember and with whom we would like to share this spiritual moment.

Parish Collections Gift Aid: £222.00 Loose £336.79 Second collection last week: £230.00 Emergency appeal for the people suffering from famines abroad
Second collection next week: for the church heating and lighting Voluntary offerings this week will be for the victims of famines

Tote Winning Numbers 12,13, 14 & 22 5 small winners on three numbers £50.00 each. No winners at SS Mary & Johns. Jackpot next week £1000.00 Reserve jackpot £450.00

Alter Flowers: Flowers for the Alter for Easter would be much appreciated or donations can be given in the box in the Lady Chapel in memory of our beloved dead.

Saint Vincent de Paul Society Helping to improve the lives of the poor and vulnerable Do you know anyone that needs help? S.V.P. meet on 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at 8.00 pm at the Presbytery. New members always welcome!

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26th March 2017, Fourth Sunday of Lent

 Todays Mass:  Light and darkness; slight and blindness forgiveness of sin and the fullness of life.  All of these are major Lenten themes, and are to be found in the Gospel for today, with which we continue our Lenten journey.

First Reading: (Samuel 16:1. 6-7. 10-13) Many of Jesse’s sons would have looked the part of king to succeed the disgraced Saul.  Yet David the youngest and almost forgotten, is anointed by Samuel as God’s choice of king.

Second Reading: (Ephasians 5:8-14) A people once in darkness are now light in the lord.  As such, we are called to live as children of the light, shunning sin and darkness.

The Gospel: (John 9:1-41) Jesus cures a man born blind, but in the discourse that follows, it becomes apparent that those with physical sight can still be in total darkness in terms of awareness of God

Mass Times This Week
Sunday         9.30 am, 11.00 am and 6.00 pm
Monday       9.00am
Tuesday       8.00 pm
Wednesday  12.15 pm
Thursday      9.15 am
Friday  9.15 am 8.00 pm, hour of prayer 7.30 pm
Saturday   11.00 am, (morning prayer 10.45 am) 7 pm

Feasts this week
Monday:  Lent Feria        Tuesday: Lent Feria
Wednesday: Lent Feria  Thursday: Lent Feria
Friday:  Lent Feria            Saturday: Lent Feria

Parish Collections
Gift Aid: £156.50 Loose £519.38
Second collection this week: Emergency appeal for the people suffering from famines abroad

Tote Winning Numbers 3,8, 11 & 5
15 small winners on three numbers £17.00 each.
4 winners at SS Mary & Johns.
Jackpot next week £1000.00
Reserve jackpot £400.00

Saint Vincent de Paul Society
Helping to improve the lives of the poor and vulnerable
Do you know anyone that needs help?
S.V.P. meet on 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month
at 8.00 pm at the Presbytery.
New members always welcome!

Piety Shop
Easter cards now available
Open for candles and calendars and a wide selection of other religious gifts and cards.

We commend to your prayers
Rita Gallagher R.I.P
Requiem Mass on Thursday at 9.15 am
We remember the families and
relatives in our prayers

Prayer
Look with compassion, O Lord, upon the earth that is marred by darkness.
Look with pity on all the peoples on whom have fallen the miseries of war.

Have mercy on the wounded and the dying;
comfort those who are broken-hearted; assuage the madness of oppressors
and deliver those who are persecuted.

We commend to you, O Lord, all who suffer in time of war and terror:
The homeless, the wounded, the sick,
the hungry and anxious and the frightened.

When people’s liberty is lost to the oppressor,
let not their spirit and hope be broken.
May all peoples be brought through strife to contentment
and the nations of the world be united in lasting peace.

This we pray to the one who was imprisoned,
the one who was stripped bare and executed:
Jesus Christ our Lord

We wish all Mothers every Blessing, Joy and Happiness on this Mothering Sunday.

Blessing
May the one who is Father and Creator, Son and light of the world, and Spirit who teaches us all we need to know, be with you always; and may almighty God bless you, the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.