Parish Newsletter for week beginning 10th OCT. 2021.

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Sunday 10th OCTOBER 9:00am
11:00am
Haunton Barton Holy Mass
Holy Mass
Monday 11th 10:00am 10:45am to 11:45am
Woodlane Holy Mass Holy Hour
Tuesday 12th 9:30am Barton Holy Mass
Wednesday 13th 9:30amBartonHoly Mass
Thursday 14th
6:00pm 6:45pm to 7:45pm WoodlaneHoly Mass Holy Hour
Friday 15th 11:00am Haunton Holy Mass
Saturday 16th 10:00am Barton Holy Mass
Sunday 17th OCT. 9.00am 11.00am Haunton Barton Holy Mass Holy Mass

Be joyful always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in every circumstance.’ 1 Thess 5:17

The Sacrament of Reconciliation before Sunday Masses, 10th October. N.B. No confessions at Barton this Saturday morning 9th October.

10th OCTOBER 2021 – TWENTY-EIGHTH SUNDAY of  the year

‘What must I do to inherit eternal life’  Mark 10:17                                          

Entrance Antiphon:  If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But with you is found forgiveness, O God of Israel. Psalm 129: 3-4

Collect: May your grace, O Lord, we pray, at all times go before us and follow after and make us always determined to carry out good works. Through our Lord

Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God ….

Psalm Response: Fill us with your love that we may rejoice. Ps. 89:14

Gospel Acclamation:  Alleluia, alleluia! Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and

earth, for revealing the mysteries of the kingdom to mere children. Alleluia! Mt. 11:25

Communion Antiphon: The rich suffer want and go hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no blessing. Cf. Psalm 33:11

Readings for Mass: First Reading: Wisdom 7: 7-11; Psalm 89: 12-17 Second Reading: Hebrews 4: 12-13;   Gospel: Mark 10: 17-30.

Dear Parishioners and friends of Our Lady’s, SS. Michael & James, and St Francis de Sales,

Greetings on this second weekend of October!  The question posed by the man in our Gospel is one of life’s most important questions: what must I do to inherit eternal life? Clearly the man described in the Gospel narrative was living a virtuous life, but despite his wealth security he knew there was something  missing.

The threat of the introduction of Assisted Suicide. In the next weeks, we face an unprecedented attack on the sanctity of life with Baroness Meacher’s ‘Assisted Dying Bill 2021’ which received its 1st Reading in the House of Lords, and is due its 2nd Reading with full debate on Friday 15th October. The term ‘Assisted Dying’ is euphemistic, the truth is that this bill seeks to introduce Assisted Suicide. If legalised, this Bill would allow a terminally ill adult with less than six months to live to be assisted in committing suicide. Catholic teaching opposes Assisted Suicide since life is a gift to be cared for until its natural death. Solidarity with the most vulnerable, especially the dying, is a most profound act of Christian charity. We stand near to the dying and pray for them as Our Lady prayed at the foot of the cross. Those in favour of the bill are making good use of language to confuse the issue and call it a compassionate and caring approach in order to redefine the question and obscure the actual reality and consequences of such legislation. As Pope Francis has said, ‘Physician-assisted suicide is part of a “throwaway culture” that offers a “false compassion” and treats a human person as a problem. True compassion does not marginalize anyone, nor does it humiliate and exclude – much less considers the disapperarance of a person as a good thing.’ He criticised ‘those who hide behind an alleged compassion to justify and approve the death of a patient.’  Importantly, at this stage we need to argue the dangers of the introduction of Assisted Suicide, which include the safety of people who are vulnerable due to external pressures, and the later liberalisation of the law which is evidenced by other countries which have introduced Assisted Suicide. Many voices from the world of disability-rights and other allies are also very fearful and fighting this bill. The Archbishop has called us to:  1. Pray for the bill’s defeat and 2. Write to Peers from personal experience and share stories to argue the reasons for opposing the Bill as well as narrate the importance of precious time during the final stages of life and 3. Use social media to voice opposition to the bill. Healthcare and legal professionals should write to peers giving reasons why they oppose the Bill. All the above needs attention before the Second Reading, 15th October.

Prayer intentions for October: We pray that every baptised person may be engaged in evangelisation, available to the mission, by being witnesses of a life that has a flavour of the Gospel (Pope Francis). We pray for the people desperate to find safety and security in Afghanistan.   We pray for all prisoners and their families. May we continue to be a people for life, remembering the sick, the incapacitated and the dying, and our little unborn brothers and sisters in the womb (16-18 days the heart starts to beat, 11th October 2016, British Heart Foundation Press Office.); we pray too for the spiritual and emotional life of their parent’s. We prayer for the victims of Human Trafficking and modern slavery. We pray also for persecuted Christians, the Travelling, Gypsy and Roma communities, migrants and seekers of asylum, the unemployed and the homeless. We pray for our young people: may they be protected from harm. We pray for the Rachel’s Vineyard charity: healing the trauma of abortion one weekend at a time by offering emotional and spiritual healing for women and men – an opportunity to grieve the loss of their child(ren) in a non-judgemental and safe place – contact in confidence: U.K. Midlands: Rachel: 07734059080, rachelmackenzie1@hotmail.co.uk. We pray that our parishes shall become Eucharistic hearted and missionary, always proclaiming the Gospel of Life. We pray for a deeper love of Christ’s real presence in the Blessed Sacrament in our chapels!  Every Blessing to you and your family this Sunday and for the forthcoming week!  fr eamonn

LIFE (website: lifecharity.org.uk) Thank you for the Baby welcome packs to our Church porches.  These are collected regularly by Ann Ward 07732483530 our local representative. Apart from Baby clothes, vests age 0-3 months of good quality, second hand or new and baby toiletries. Items for the LIFE shop could include ladies, gents and childrens clothing, Bric-a-Brac, crockery, linen, toys, nursery equipment, books. There are many opportunities to become ambassadors for the Gospel of Life, please see: spuc.org.uk, righttolife.org.uk and marchforlife.co.uk. 40 Days for Life prayer vigil 8am-8pm.  For more info., and to help phone Isabel: 07773501721

Pray for blessings on the Haunton Alpha course. Alpha is an eleven-week series of interactive sessions introducing the basics of the Christian faith through a series of talks and informal chats. An Alpha prayer:  Eternal Wisdom, source of life and grace, bless all who are seeking the meaning of life. Endow us with courage to risk the unknown. Bless us with wonder to be still and rejoice. Help us to see the purpose of our lives. Amen

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament before weekday Masses at Our Lady’s, Barton (Church open all week, 8:30am-7pm), St Francis de Sales, Woodlane, Monday and Thursday after Mass and SS. Michael and James, Haunton: Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 10am to 11am.

The Church porch at Barton continues to be a collection point for food items for the YMCA food bank in Burton and the entrance areas at Barton, Woodlane and Haunton for items for the LIFE charity (see above), your generosity to date is greatly appreciated.   The YMCA have written to thank the Churches Together in Barton.

                                                  OFFERINGS

On behalf of the parishes thank you for your regular giving by cash, standing orders, direct debit, cheques and Gift Aided donations and generous gifts. Thank you for your kindness to our communities and to several charities.  Fr Eamonn

A call to prayer from Archbishop Bernard:

I invite you to pray the vision prayer with me and to make a pledge: to pray for our archdiocese, asking the Holy Spirit to guide us forward and to make our faith fruitful in good works. So let us pray together:

Spirit of God, descend on me this day. Grant me the Spirit of joy, to lift me, the Spirit of hope to inspire me, the Spirit of love to surround me and the Spirit of truth to enlighten my path. Holy Spirit, I pray for a new outpouring of your grace, so that I may grow in worship of your name in love of you in my prayer and in my actions towards others. Come Holy Spirit into my life to guide me. Strengthen and defend me, so that I may be drawn ever closer to you. Help me this day and always to be a channel of grace in all I say and do and invite others into relationship with you.  Amen

Yours devotedly in Christ, Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham

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     Prayer for our times: We believe that it is you who guides the course of human history and that your love can change our destiny for the better, whatever our human condition may be. This is why we entrust the sick and their families to you: for the paschal Mystery of your Son gives salvation and relief to their body and spirit.

     Help each member of society do their job by strengthening the spirit of mutual solidarity. Support doctors and health workers, educators and social workers in the performance of their duties.

     You who are comfort in fatigue and support in weakness, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of all the holy doctors and healers, keep all evil away from us.

      Free us from the epidemic that is affecting us so that we can calmly resume our usual occupations and praise you and thank you with a heart renewed.

      We trust you and address our plea to you, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Lady of Perpetual help prayer: Mother of Perpetual Help, with the greatest confidence we come before you to be inspired by the example of your life. We think of you at that moment when, full of faith and trust, you accepted God’s call to be the mother of His Son. Help us, your children, to accept with joy our own calling in life. When you learned that your cousin Elizabeth was in need you immediately went to serve her and offer your help. Help us, like you, to be concerned for others. We think of you, Mother, at the foot of the cross. Your heart must have bled to see your Son in agony. But your joy was great when he rose from the dead, victorious over the powers of evil. Mother of Sorrows, help us through the trials and disappointments of life. Help us not to lose heart. May we share with you and your Son the joy of having courageously faced up to all the challenges of life. Amen. 

Last year (8th December 2020) Pope Francis announced a “Special Year of St Joseph” marking 150 years since a decree Quemadmodum Deus ((As God,) opening words below) declared St Joseph the Patron of the Universal Church:  As God appointed Joseph, son of the patriarch Jacob, over all the land of Egypt to store up corn for the people, so, when the fullness of time was come, and He was about to send to earth His only-begotten Son, the Saviour of the world, He chose another Joseph, of whom the first had been the type, and made him lord and ruler of His household and possessions, the Guardian of  His greatest treasures.

‘The Gospel does not tell us how long Mary, Joseph and the child remained in Egypt. Yet they certainly needed to eat, to find a home and employment. It does not take much imagination to fill in those details. The Holy Family had to face concrete problems like every other family, like so many of our migrant brothers and sisters who, today too, risk their lives to escape misfortune and hunger. In this regard, I consider Saint Joseph the special patron of all those forced to leave their native lands because of war, hatred, persecution and poverty. Joseph found happiness not in mere self-sacrifice but in self-gift. In him, we never see frustration but only trust. His patient silence was the prelude to concrete expressions of trust. Our world today needs fathers. It has no use for tyrants who would domineer others as a means of compensating for their own needs. It rejects those those who confuse authority with authoritarianism, service with servility, discussion with oppression, charity with a welfare mentality, power with destruction. Every true vocation is born of the gift of oneself, which is the fruit of mature sacrifice. ‘Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.’ Patris Corde – Pope Francis

St Joseph an accepting father: ‘Joseph accepted Mary unconditionally. He trusted in the angel’s words. “The nobility of Joseph’s heart is such that what he learned from the law he made dependent on charity. Today, in our world where psychological, verbal and physical violence towards women is so evident, Joseph appears as the figure of a respective and sensitive man. Even though he does not understand the bigger picture, he makes a decision to protect Mary’s good name, her dignity and her life. In his hesitation about how best to act, God helped him by enlightening his judgement.” Homily at Mass and Beatifications, Villavicencio, Colombia (8th September 2017); AAS 109 (2017), 1061.  Often in life, things happen whose meaning we do not understand. Our first reaction is frequently one of disappointment and rebellion. Joseph set aside his own ideas in order to accept the course of events and, mysterious as they seemed, to embrace them, take responsibility for them and make them part of his own history. Patris Corde – Pope Francis

‘An aspect of Saint Joseph that has been emphasised from the time of the first social Encyclical, Pope Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum, is his relation to work. Saint Joseph was a carpenter who earned an honest living to provide for his family. From him, Jesus learned the value, the dignity and the joy of what it means to eat bread that is the fruit of one’s own labour. Work is a means of participating in the work of salvation, an opportunity to hasten the coming of the kingdom, to develop our talents and abilities, and to put them at the service of society and fraternal communion. It becomes an opportunity for the fulfilment not only of oneself, but also of that primary cell of society which is the family. A family without work is particularly vulnerable to difficulties. The loss of employment that affects so many of our brothers and sisters, and has increased as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, should serve as a summons to review our priorities. How can we speak of human dignity without working to ensure that everyone is able to earn a decent living?’ Patris Corde – Pope Francis

Year of St Joseph, an accepting father: ‘The spiritual path that Joseph traces for us is not one that explains, but accepts. Joseph is certainly not passively resigned, but courageously and firmly proactive. In our own lives, acceptance and welcome can be an expression of the Holy Spirit’s gift of fortitude. Only the Lord can give us the strength needed to accept life as it is, with all contradictions, frustrations and disappointments. Just as God told Joseph: “Son of David, do not be afraid!” (Mt 1:20), so he seems to tell us: “Do not be afraid!” We need to set aside all anger and disappointment, and to embrace the way things are, even when they do not turn out as we wish. Not with mere resignation but with hope and courage. In this way, we become open to a deeper meaning. Our lives can be miraculously reborn if we find the courage to live them in accordance with the Gospel.  It does not matter if everything seems to have gone wrong or some things can no longer be fixed. God can make flowers spring up from stony ground. Even if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything” (1 John 3:20). Patris Cordis – Pope Francis

Clergy Training Fund CTF (previously known as the Priests Training Fund) We all need priests, shepherds after the heart of Jesus to heal, feed and forgive us (John 20:22) in the power of the Holy Spirit. Our 21st century fragile world needs this ministry of Jesus as much as ever. The Lord is still calling men young and not so young to serve in this sacred office, a ministry instituted on Holy Thursday night (Mk. 14: 22-26, Lk. 22: 14-20, Mtt. 26:26-30, 1 Cor. 11: 23-25). Such a demanding calling requires considerable prayer, discernment and training. Our nearest seminary is the Diocesan and national college of St Mary’s, New Oscott, Sutton Coldfield. A local Burton man, Fr Alex Taylor ordained September last year spent some of his Diaconate year with us at Woodlane, Barton and Haunton reflected on his time of priesthood preparation at St Mary’s college: “It has been a real joy to train with so many different people and become comfortable in myself that this is what God calls me to do, not for me, but for God and others.”  The CTF exists primarily to support our seminarians – men in formation to be our future priests of the Archdiocese of Birmingham. The CTF also supports the permanent diaconate for our diocese – providing for the training of men who serve as deacons in our parishes. There are also men in the seminaries in Valladolid (Spain) and in Rome. In seminary, men are formed to be more like Jesus, the Good Shepherd, in order to bring Jesus to us in the sacraments and through their service. There are four aspects of seminary formation: Intellectual, Spiritual, Human and Pastoral formation.  There are financial support requirements for the students, approximately £30,000 a year to cover the seminarians college fees, living costs, essential study materials, travel and pastoral placements. Your vital giving also helps provide discernment opportunities, permanent diaconate formation, vocation promotion in our schools and parishes and ongoing formation of priests.