Parish Newsletter for week beginning 26th SEPT. 2021.

DateTimeChurch
Sunday 26th SEPT. 9:00am
11:00am 6:00pm
Haunton Barton Woodlane Holy Mass
Holy Mass Holy Mass
Monday 27th 10:00am 10:45am to 11:45am
Woodlane Holy Mass Holy Hour
Tuesday 28th 9:30am Barton Holy Mass
Wednesday 29th 9:30amBartonHoly Mass
Thursday 30th
6:00pm 6:45pm to 7:45pm WoodlaneHoly Mass Holy Hour
Friday 1st OCT. 11:00am Haunton Holy Mass
Saturday 2nd 10:00am 5:00pmBarton WoodlaneHoly Mass Holy Mass
Sunday 3rd OCT. 9.00am 11.00am 5:00pm Haunton Barton Woodlane Holy Mass Holy Mass Rosary and Benediction

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

26th SEPTEMBER 2021TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY of  the year

‘The rule of the Lord is to be trusted.’  Psalm 18:8                                          

Entrance Antiphon:  All that you have done to us, O Lord, you have done with true judgement, for we have sinned against you and not obeyed your commandments. But give glory to your name and deal with us according to the bounty of your mercy.

GE_EU07Collect: O God, who manifest your mighty power above all by pardoning and showing mercy, bestow, we pray, your grace abundantly upon us and make those

hastening to attain your promises heirs to the treasures of heaven.  

Psalm Resp.: The precepts of the Lord gladden the heart. Ps. 18:9

Gospel Acclamation:  Alleluia, alleluia! Your word is truth, O Lord,

consecrate us in the truth. Alleluia! Jn 17:17

Communion Antiphon: Remember your word to your servant, O Lord, by which you have given me hope. This is my comfort when I am brought low. Psalm 118: 49-50

Readings for Mass: First Reading: Numbers 11:25-29; Psalm 18: 8, 9, 10, 12-14  Second Reading: James 5: 1-6;   Gospel: Mark 9: 38-43, 45, 47-48.

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

Every blessing on this final weekend of September. St Paul wrote to the Church in Philippi: Only one thing concerns me: be sure that you live in a way that brings honour to the Good News of Christ. (Phil 1:27) Living under the Lordship of Christ is a work of Grace, a grace, that scripture tells us is sufficient for us (2 Cor 12:19). St Bernard of Clairvaux remarked that Grace freely justifies me and sets me free from slavery to sin. We are provided with the power of the Holy Spirit to meet the demands of the Gospel and the strength to renounce that which takes us on the wrong path.The Gospel refers to earthly attachments symbolised by hand, eye and feet which if used in the wrong way detract us from seeking communion with Our Lord. We know there can be a tug-of-war interiorly between self-will and God’s-will; our own way or God’s way. If we allow the grace of God to find us, a peace ensues. Our Lady responded wholeheartedly to the will of God, because of a full measure of Grace. Clyde S.Kilby in the Christian World of C.S.Lewis quotes the words of Lewis: You must picture me alone in that room in Magdalen (Oxford University), night after night, feeling, whenever my mind lifted for even a second from my work, the steady unrelenting approach of him whom I earnestly desired not to meet. That which I greatly feared had at last come to me.

We are not drawn to God by iron chains, but by sweet attractions and holy inspirations. (St Francis de Sales)  God only asks from you what he gives you power to do. (Walsham How)

Please note some parishioners and visitors shall be keeping a safe distance during Sunday Masses, wearing face coverings and using chapel available space. Refreshments follow Sunday Mass at Barton.

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 those recently Baptised and Confirmed and received into the family of God. We pray for the people desperate to find safety and security in Afghanistan.   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 (at 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 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

HARVEST FESTIVAL THANKSGIVING next Sunday 2nd October – Haunton, 9am and Barton, 11am.

Holy Communion 2022. For children who would like to make their First Holy Communion next summer please contact Bridget Bradley or Fr Eamonn. If sufficient interest we shall start classes in mid-October..

Macmillan Fund event: Saturday 2nd October, 11:30am-2:30pm, Haunton Church Hall. Home made soups,hot-dogs, cakes, drinks ,raffle,tombola. Saleable donations (items to hall Friday 1st Oct., 2:30pm-4:30pm or Saturday after 11am)  are welcome: cakes, pastries, preserves and fruit, plants or cuttings.   

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.

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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. Second collection this Sunday for Fr Hudson’s Society, reaching out to provide social care in the Archdiocese of Birmingham. 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.