Parish Newsletter, week beginning 22nd May 2022.


DateTimeChurch
Sixth Sunday, of Easter, 22nd May 9:00am
11:00am
Haunton Barton Holy Mass
Holy Mass
Monday 23rd 10am
10:45-11:45am
Woodlane Holy Mass Holy Hour
Tuesday 24th 9:30am Barton Holy Mass
Wednesday 25th 9:30amBartonHoly Mass
Ascension Thursday 26th
10:00am 6:00pm Barton WoodlaneHoly Mass Holy Mass

Friday 27th 11:00am Haunton Holy Mass
Saturday 28th 10:00am Barton Holy Mass
Seventh Sunday of Easter, 29th May 9.00am 11.00am Haunton Barton Holy Mass
Holy Mass
                                                                                                                               
       22th May 2022 –  SIXTH SUNDAY of EASTER   
        ‘Peace I bequeath to you, ..’   John 14: 27 
Entrance Antiphon:: Proclaim a joyful sound and let it be heard; proclaim to the ends of the earth: The Lord has freed his people, alleluia.  Is 48: 20
Collect:   Grant, almighty God, that we may celebrate with heartfelt devotion these days of joy, which we keep in honour of the risen Lord, and what we relive in remembrance we may always hold to in what we do.
Ps. Response.: Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you. Ps.66:4
Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! Jesus said: ‘If anyone loves me he will keep
my word, and my father will love him, and we shall come to him.’ Alleluia! John 14: 23
Communion Antiphon: If you love me, keep my commandments, says the Lord,
and I will ask the Father and he will send you another Paraclete, to abide with you for ever, alleluia.
Mass readings: First Reading: Acts of the Apostles 15: 1-2, 22-29 Psalm: 66: 2-3, 5-6, 8. R. v4 Second Reading: Apocalypse 21: 10-14, 22-23 Gospel: John 14: 23-29

Mission centre for the Travelling Community in the Archdiocese of Birmingham

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

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

We are advancing through Eastertide with Ascension Thursday approaching and Pentecost two weeks away. In the Gospel for this Sunday, Jesus speaks to the disciples and to all of us about “His peace”. The context of Our Lord’s teaching is the Last Supper, the eve of the great battle between darkness and light, the Cross. We know that the outcome of that struggle was not only joy filled  and victorious but also life giving, peace without end – Isaiah 9:5. Before conflict and trials minds and thoughts can be concentrated but emotions may be very agitated. On the eve of the passion, Jesus realised the understandable deep anxiety and disquiet in the thoughts of his disciples and thus spoke of an authentic peace. The quality of peace is more than the absence of war or conflict but an interior calmness brought about by union with Jesus. Consider the moment in the Mass when we pray: just say the word and my soul shall be healed – the moment of ultimate peace. In the Gospels “save” refers to the healing achieved by Jesus, my soul shall be healed  thus points to the soul being saved. Peace is connected with the fullness of spiritual life – wholeness. If thinking is controlled by the Spirit, there is life and peace. Where St Paul refers to “the God of peace” (Romans 16:20) there is a connection to the truth of a “saving God”, thus peace and salvation go hand-in-hand.

‘St Bernard of Clairvaux explains that Jesus’ Ascension into heaven is accomplished in three steps: “The first is the glory of the resurrection; the second is the power to judge; and the third is sitting at the right hand of the Father” (Sermo de Ascensione Domini 60,2). Such an event is preceded by the blessing of the disciples, whom he prepares to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, in order that salvation is proclaimed everywhere. Jesus himself says to them: You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you.” The Lord draws the gaze of the Apostles, our gaze toward heaven to show how to travel the road of good during earthly life. Nevertheless, he remains within the framework of human history, he is near to each of us and guides our Christian journey: he is the companion of those persecuted for the faith, he is in the heart of those who are marginalised, he is present in those whom the right to life is denied. We can hear, see and touch our Lord Jesus in Church, especially through word and sacrament’. Pope Benedict XVI

Prayer intentions for May: Pope Francis has asked us to pray for faith-filled young people, called to live to the fullest; may they see in Mary’s life the way to listen, the depth of discernment, the courage that faith generates, and the dedication to service. We pray for places of conflict and tension with particular prayers for an end to the war in the Ukraine. We pray for expectant mothers, migrants, seekers of asylum, members of the travelling community, the homeless on our streets, Christians facing persecution and the people of the Holy Land. May we continue to be a people for life, remembering the sick, the incapacitated and the dying, and our little  brothers and sisters in the womb. We pray that our parishes shall continue to be 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.  May you and your family experience peace and joy on this Sixth Sunday of Eastertide!  fr eamonn

Vision prayer: 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

FAMILY PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

Father, increase our family’s love for one another. May we honour each other in times of happiness or hardship, bearing with another in love, just as You love us. In a special way, help us strive for holiness in our current states of life. Should You call some of us to the priesthood or religious life, help us to respond with courage and joy. Together, we make heaven our goal, and pledge, with Your grace, to help each other on life’s journey to You. Through the intercession of the Holy Family: Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. Amen.  

Portrait of Our Lady: This Sunday’s Gospel, taken from Chapter Fourteen of the Gospel according to St John, gives us an implicit spiritual portrait of the Virgin Mary when Jesus says: “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him”. These words are addressed to the disciples but can be applied to a maximum degree precisely to the One who was the first and perfect disciple of Jesus. Mary, in fact, observed first and fully the words of her Son, showing that she loved him not only as a mother, but first of all as a humble and obedient handmaid. For this reason God the Father loved her and the Most Holy Trinity made its dwelling place in her. Pope Benedict XVI

LIFE (website: lifecharity.org.uk) Thank you for the Baby welcome packs and items for the Life shop in our Church porches, collected regularly by Ann Ward 07732483530, our local Life charity representative. There are other opportunities to become involved in the pro-life cause, please see the following websites: spuc.org.uk, righttolife.org.uk and marchforlife.co.uk. March for Life: London: 3rd Sept. 2022 info@marchfor life.uk

Rachel’s Vineyard charity, healing abortion trauma by retreat weekends,  contact Rachel in confidence: 07734059080 orrachelmackenzie@hotmail.co.uk

Help for the Ukraine: The Archdiocese of Birmingham has continued to work with Fr Hudson’s Care who are happy to receive offers of accommodation and language services: Your Help | Birmingham Diocesan Trust (birminghamdiocese.org.uk), also local Ukrainian communities, local councils; guidance on how Catholic households can help available from Caritas Social Action Network http://www.csan.org.uk/ukraine/

The Churches Together BANISH HUNGER LUNCH: at Our Lady’s Church hall  last Friday raised over £130 for Christian Aid.  COFFEE MORNING: Tuesday 31st May, Our Lady’s Hall, from 10:30am.

The Barton Village Light Factory Christian youth club (5-11years, older children welcome) meets first Fridays,  6pm to 7:30pm at the Methodist Church, Barton.

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

The Church porches at Barton, Woodlane and Haunton continue to be a Churches Together collection point for food items for the YMCA food bank in Burton and storage place for items destined for the LIFE charity.

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Thank you for your regular giving, Gift Aided donations, and payments by standing order and direct debit.. There shall be a retiring collection for the Clergy Training Fund at Barton this weekend. Mission fund last weekend raised £85 last weekend.. Thank you for donations to Teams4U and Aid to the Church in Need, Friends of the Holy Land and support to many other charities.

                                                                                    

Holy Mother, amid the misery of our sinfulness, amid our struggles and weaknesses, amid the mystery of iniquity that is evil and war, you remind us that God never abandons us, but continues to look upon us with love, ever ready to forgive us and raise us up to new life. We now turn to you and knock at the door of your heart. We are your beloved children. In every age you make yourself known to us, calling us to conversion. At this dark hour, help us and grant us your comfort. Say to us once more: “Am I not here, I who am your Mother?” You are able to untie the knots of our hearts and of our times. In you we place our trust. We are confident that especially in moments of trial, you will not be deaf to our supplication and will come to our aid. That is what you did at Cana in Galilee, when you interceded with Jesus and he worked the first of his signs (John 2: 1-11). Holy Mother of God, as you stood beneath the cross, Jesus, seeing the disciple at your side, said: “Behold your son” (John 19:26). In this way he entrusted each of us to you. The people of Ukraine and Russia, who venerate you with great love, now turn to you, even as your heart beats with compassion for them and for all those peoples decimated by war, hunger, injustice and poverty. Therefore, Mother of God and our Mother, to your Immaculate Heart we solemnly entrust and consecrate ourselves, the Church and all humanity, especially Russia and Ukraine. Accept this act that we carry out with confidence and love. Grant that war may end and peace spread throughout the world. The “Fiat” that arose from your heart opened the doors of history to the Prince of Peace. We trust that, through your heart, peace will dawn once more. To you we consecrate the future of the whole human family, the needs and expectations of every people, the anxieties and hopes of the world. Through your intercession, may God’s mercy be poured out on the earth and the gentle rhythm of peace return to mark our days. Our Lady of the “Fiat”, on whom the Holy Spirit descended, restore among us the harmony that comes from God. May you, our “living fountain of hope”, water the dryness of our hearts. In your womb Jesus took flesh; help us to foster the growth of communion. You once trod the streets of our world; lead us now on the paths of peace. Amen.

Adsumus, Sancte Spiritus / We stand before You, Holy Spirit

Every session of the Second Vatican Council began with the Latin prayer containing the opening words Adsumus Sancte Spiritus (translated above) and was also used at Councils, Synods and other Church gatherings for hundreds of years, being attributed to St Isidore of Seville who was born in late sixth century. As we are called to embrace this synodal path leading up to 2023, this prayer invites the Holy Spirit to operate within us so that we may be true parish communities and a people of grace. For our journey together we, the Archdiocese of Birmingham propose to use the following version, so that any group or assembly can pray more easily:

We stand before you, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in your name. With you alone to guide us, make yourself at home in our hearts; teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it. We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder. Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions. Let us find in our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and what is right. All this we ask of you, who are at work in every place and time, in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever. Amen.

In the world famous Roman armies, the decisive act of becoming a soldier was called the sacramentum, that is, the military oath. The Christian Church adopted this word for the decisive act of becoming a soldier in Christ; Baptism, and especially the vows taken at Baptism, were called the sacramentum. By becoming a Christian through the sacramentum, we cease to be civilians, and we become soldiers actively engaged in Christ’s battle for the world. (Anon)

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. 

The Holy Family

‘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