NOVENA IN HONOUR OF OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL SUCCOUR—We made a tremendous effort last year to mark the 150th anniversary of gift of the icon to the Redemptorists. Once again we will prepare for the Feast on Tuesday 27 June by having a Novena of Prayer, beginning on Monday 19 June. There will be extra Mass at 7.30pm each weekday and the Novena Prayers will be said at all the Masses in St Mary’s and Bishop Eton during the nine days.
Zimbabwe Mission. I want to express a great debt of gratitude on behalf of our Zimbabwean confrères for the continuing support you give them. As you know in recent times we have been sponsoring three young people who this week will leave with Frances Sibert to spend a few weeks working on the mission. You will have a chance to meet Matthew and Joshua Pearson and Jess Noonan (Frances’s niece) after the Masses this Sunday.
Pentecost or Whit Sunday is often described as the birthday of the Church. It is the day on which the shackles finally came off the minds and hearts of the apostles and, enlivened by the gift of the Holy Spirit, they fearlessly began the mission of proclaiming the good news of Jesus. I suggest we use this feast to pray that the Spirit of God will free us from anything that prevents us from being similarly fired with an enthusiasm to spread the word today.
The house and grounds. After months of turmoil with the renovation of the monastery, the felling of badly decaying trees in the grounds and the associated problems with parking etc, as spring turns to summer, it is a joy to see everything looking so neat and tidy. Thank you for your patience over the past months and above all thank you to those who have made it possible: you know who he is!
Manchester: Understandably the events of last Monday evening have consumed the nation and rightly the solidarity of the people of the city in their mutual support has been the subject of much acclaim. We unite our prayers with theirs and beg the Lord never to let us grow weary of praying and working for peace across the world.
Pastoral Area. During the week, the priests of our Pastoral Area went away to discuss Archbishop Malcolm’s request that we all plan carefully for the future. Obviously, the conversation is, as far as possible, to include everyone. We had a remarkably helpful meeting and the first fruit of our discussions is summarised in the invitation below.
Invitation to Prayer:
Archbishop Malcolm has asked the priests and people for guidance and help regarding the future of the Church and our mission in the local area. The priests of the Pastoral Area met together this week, and we believe that our first response must be one of prayer. We will meet to pray together on Wednesday 7 June at 6.00pm at Hope University Chapel.There will be tea and coffee afterwards and we will be finished by 7.00pm. WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US.
First Holy Communion. As we celebrate the sacrament of First Holy Communion with our children and their families this weekend, my prayer is that they will experience the joy and wonder of the occasion. Pray for the children, pray for their families and pray for yourselves: allow the Lord to fill you with the peace and joy of his abiding presence.
World Communications Day. Next Sunday, Feast of the Ascension of the Lord, is World Communications Day, promoting the valuable work done on behalf of the Church by the communications office of the Bishops’ Conference. There will be a retiring collection after all Masses next weekend and prayer cards are available in the porch.
The Pope has released a message for World Communications Day on the Vatican Website - click here to read it.
Fr Tim returns later this week ready for the First Holy Communions which will be held at 10.00am and 3.00pm Saturday and 3.00pm Sunday.
PLEASE NOTE: there will be no 12.00 noon Mass on Saturday 20 May and no Sacrament of Reconciliation in the afternoon in order to accommodate the two First Communion Masses.
Mass for Madeleine McCann and the family:
Wednesday, 3 May at 6.00pm. On this tenth anniversary of her disappearance, please remember to pray not only for Madeleine, but for her parents and all the family.
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