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SUNDAY 16th May – SEVENTH SUNDAY of EASTER – Masses with a public congregation shall be said with Covid-19 restrictions in the following locations this Eastertide Week.

Sunday 16th May 9:00am
Haunton Barton Holy Mass
Holy Mass
Monday 17th May
10:45am to 11:45am


Holy Mass Adoration
Tuesday 18th9:30amBartonHoly Mass
Wednesday 19th9:30amBartonHoly Mass
Thursday 20th
6:00pm 6:45pm to 7:45pm WoodlaneHoly Mass Holy Hour
Friday 21st 11:00am Haunton Holy Mass
Saturday 22nd 10:00amBartonHoly Mass
Sunday 23rd May9.00am 11.00am Haunton Barton Holy Mass

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


16th MAY 2021SEVENTH SUNDAY of EASTER – year B

‘Father, the hour has come: glorify your Son.’ John 17:1

Entrance Antiphon: ‘O Lord, hear my voice, for I have called to you; of you my heart has spoken: Seek his face; hide not your face from me, alleluia.’.

Collect:  Graciously hear our supplications, O Lord, so that we, who believe that the saviour of the human race is with you in your glory, may experience, as he promised until the end of

the world, his abiding presence among us. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the

Holy Spirit,  God, for ever and ever. Amen

Psalm response: The Lord has set his sway in heaven. Ps. 102: 19

Gospel Acclamation:  Alleluia, alleluia! I will not leave you orphans, says the Lord; I will come back to you, and your hearts will be full of joy. Alleluia!

Communion Antiphon: Father, I pray that they may be one as we also are one, alleluia.

Readings for Mass: Acts of the Apostles: 1:15-17, 20-26; Psalm 102: 1-2, 11-12, 19-20; 1 John 4: 11-16; Gospel: John 17: 11-19

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

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

Every blessing on this Seventh Sunday of Eastertide! We welcome Fr John Hancock this weekend to our Masses at Haunton and Barton. Fr John was with us last year, 15th March 2020, and enjoyed post-Mass refreshments in the hall, the weekend before the first lockdown. Happily we are now able to look towards growing congregations.

The Gospel truth is God’s love lives in us. In his Gospel, Saint John, more fully than the other three evangelists, reports in his own distinctive way the farewell discourses of Jesus; they appear as his testament and a synthesis of the core of his message. Twice in the course of the priestly prayer Jesus speaks of revealing God’s name. Jesus thus means to say that he is bringing fulfilment what began with the burning bush; that in him God, who had made himself known to Moses, now reveals himself fully. And that in doing so he brings about reconciliation; that the love with which God loves his son in the mystery of the Trinity now draws men and women into this divine circle of love. To gives one’s name means to enter into relationship with another. The revelation of the divine name, then, means that God, infinite and self-subsistent, enters into the network of human relationships; that he comes out of himself, so to speak, and becomes one of us, present among us and for us. Pope Benedict XVI

We continue to follow all guidance for safe worship, e.g., refraining from congregational singing. We collect, with your consent, names and contacts for NHS Track and Trace and in line with General Data Protection Regulation, (GDPR) details are kept for 21 days and then disposed of by shredding.

Prayer Intentions for May: Let us pray for those in charge of finance that they will work with governments to regulate the financial sphere and protect citizens from its dangers. (Pope Francis). For those living in areas of conflict, oppression and famine – grant them hope, justice and peace. We keep in our prayers the Holy Land at this time. For the people who have been received into the Catholic family at Easter. May we continue to be a people for life, remembering our little unborn brothers and sisters in the womb (18-20 days: the foundations of  the spinal cord are laid, 21-23 days gestation the child’s heart begins to beat – ultrasound results, O’Rahilly, R. and Muller); we pray too for the spiritual and emotional life of their parent’s. We intercede for the elderly, incapacitated and the dying, and for the victims of Human Trafficking and modern slavery and for those suffering with the effects of Covid-19. We pray also for the Travelling, Gypsy and Roma communities, migrants and seekers of asylum, the unemployed and the homeless. We pray for our young people especially those who may be struggling after the lockdowns and uncertain regarding their future. We pray for the volunteers in the Rachel’s Vineyard charity, the Mary’s Meals charity, Aid to the Church in Need, persecuted Christians and for more vocations to matrimony, priesthood, and the religious life. We pray too for a deeper love of Christ’s real presence in the Blessed Sacrament in our chapels!  Have a Blessed Seventh Sunday of Eastertide! fr Eamonn

     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

Year of St Joseph, a working father: ‘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

LIFE (website: The Baby welcome packs consisting of baby clothes etc.,kindly donated are to be delivered shortly for the benefit of new mothers in need locally. Please keep dropping off items for the packs to the Church porches. Thank you for the several packs received to date!  See also websites: and

Churches open for prayer, times: Our Lady’s, Barton is open Sunday, 9:30am to 7pm. Monday to Saturday: 9am to 7pm. Chapels at Barton, Woodlane and Haunton are Covid-19 compliant. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament shall take place at Woodlane, Mon. 17th May: 10:45am -11:45am, Thurs. 20th May: 6:45pm to 7:45pm and at Barton before Tues. and Weds. Masses. SS. Michael and James, Haunton shall be open for a Holy Hour on Weds. 19th May: 10am to 11am and for two and a half hours this Fri., 10:30am to 1pm (Mass at 11am, Holy Hour: 12noon to 1pm) and Sundays, 8:30am to 10:30am.

Please return A.P.F. Red Boxes to Barton Church, many thanks to Tony Trueman, our A.P.F secretary.

The Church porch at Barton is a collection point for food items for the YMCA food bank in Burton and both entrance areas at Barton and Haunton for items for the LIFE charity (see above), your generosity to date is greatly appreciated.  Many thanks to those who have already transported food bags to the YMCA, James Street, Burton. The YMCA are delighted with the kindness of the Churches Together in Barton and have emailed a thank you to your good selves,


On behalf of the parishes thank you for your regular giving by cash, standing orders, direct debit and cheques.I am grateful for those Gift Aiding their donations.Thank you for your kindness to our communities and to several charities.