Parish Newsletter for week beginning 25th July 2021.

DateTimeChurch
Sunday 25th July 9:00am
11:00am 6:00pm
Haunton Barton Woodlane Holy Mass
Holy Mass Holy Mass
Monday 26th 10am
10:45am – 11:45am
Woodlane Holy Mass Holy Hour
Tuesday 27th 9:30am Barton Holy Mass
Wednesday 28th9:30amBartonHoly Mass
Thursday 29th
6:00pm 6:45pm to 7:45pm WoodlaneHoly Mass Holy Hour
Friday 30th 11:00am Haunton Holy Mass
Saturday 31st 10:00amBartonHoly Mass
Sunday 1st AUG.9.00am 11.00am 3:00pmHaunton Barton Woodlane Holy Mass Benediction

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

‘Bear with one another charitably….’  Ephesians 4: 1                                          

Entrance Antiphon:  God is in his holy place, God who unites those who dwell in his house; he himself gives might and strength to his people.  Ps 67: 6-7, 36

Collect:  O God, protector of those who hope in you, without whom nothing has firm foundation, nothing is holy, bestow in abundance your mercy upon us and grant that, with you as ruler and guide, we may use the good things that pass in such a way as to hold fast even

now to those that ever endure. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and

reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen

Ps. response: You open wide your hand, O Lord, you grant our desires. Ps. 144: 16

Gospel Acclamation:  Alleluia, alleluia! Your words are spirit, Lord, and they are life: you have the message of eternal life. Alleluia!

Communion Antiphon: Bless the Lord, O my soul, and never forget all his benefits.  (Psalm 102: 2)

Readings for Mass: 2 Kings 4:42-44; Psalm 144: 10-11, 15-18;  Ephesians 4:1-6;   Gospel: John 6:1-15

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

Greetings on this Seventeenth Sunday of the year, the first World Day for Grandparents and the elderly and patronal feast at Haunton! We welcome to our chapels this weekend our area bishop, Rt. Rev. Stephen Wright former parish priest of SS. Mary and Modwen, Burton (2007-2019).

                  All of us, young and old, grandparents and grandchildren, whether or not we belong to the same family, are “one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call”. This awareness comforts us and shapes us as a people as we gather around the altar. The elderly – like the young – are important. Without them the body of the Church lacks something. That is why it is necessary for them to have their rightful place within each of our communities. It is crucial that we share in the lives of older people in the same way that the Lord, in giving us his Body and Blood, has made us sharers in his own.

                       The scene presented in the Gospel helps us to understand how, even in everyday family life, whatever each of us possess can be great resource for all of us. In the passage we have heard, a boy brings to Jesus “five barley loaves and two fish”; today it is more common for granparents to possess material goods. But what counts is not having a little or a lot, but presenting it to the Lord who multiplies our bread and ensures it satisfies the desire of every living person (Psalm 144). Grandparents, then, have the specific task of transmitting the faith to the younger generations and accompanying their grandchildren with their wisdom.  Extract from Homily Resources produced by Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life.

Despite loosening of Covid-19 restrictions many intend to follow guidance for public gatherings, e.g., keeping a safe distance during Sunday Masses, wearing face coverings and using all available spaces in Church e.g., gallery at Barton and Woodlane we shall restart congregational singing this Sunday. We collect, with your consent, names and contacts for NHS Track and Trace and in line with GDPR details are kept for 21 days and then are disposed.   

Prayer Intentions for July: We pray that, in social, economic and political situations of conflict, we may be courageous and passionate architects of dialogue and friendship. (Pope Francis) For the people who have been Baptised and Confirmed recently. We pray for the victims of the floods in Germany and Belgium  May we continue to be a people for life, remembering the sick and the dying, our little unborn brothers and sisters in the womb (18-20 days: the foundations of  the spinal cord are laid and at c. 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 incapacitated, 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 especially those who may be struggling to find employment or find peace in their lives. We pray for the volunteers in the Rachel’s Vineyard charity, the Mary’s Meals charity, Aid to the Church in Need 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!  Every Blessing to you and your family this Sunday and forthcoming week!  fr eamonn

Pastoral letter from Archbishop Bernard Longley: 

I will take a shoot and plant it myself…it will sprout branches and bear fruit.  

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I am delighted to welcome you back to Church, as the pandemic restrictions are easing, if you have recently returned. With all the hardships we have endured over the last year, we are learning to deepen our trust in God’s loving care and to respond in ways that express our care for each other.

Even though our Church buildings haven’t been fully open, the communal life of our Church has continued. I have seen wonderful work from so many people across the Archdiocese. People have continued to witness – stepping forward to support foodbanks, or to make PPE, helping to keep our Churches open by becoming stewards or simply checking their neighbours’ wellbeing. In such difficult times you have risen to the challenge, sacrificing your time and energy to serve others.

We are now making a fresh beginning in a very different setting. Following Pentecost, we pray that the Holy Spirit will guide and inspire us as we build-up the Body of Christ. The pandemic has focused our minds on our faith and on the role our churches play in society. We now have a fresh opportunity to make sure the Gospel is heard and seen through the example of our Christian daily lives.

I invite you today to reflect on what we have learned about our faith during this time. For my part, I have very much missed being able to visit you in the parishes and schools of the archdiocese. At the same time, it has been a blessing to spend the whole liturgical year as part of the Cathedral community at St Chad’s and to keep in touch through the live-streaming service.

I wonder what you may have learned about yourself and your faith in the past year? What has fanned the flames of your faith? What will you do differently in the future?

The present moment offers an opportunity to focus on renewal here in our Archdiocese – being open to change. I want us to look at how we can each respond to God’s call to be missionary disciples who work co-responsibly in vibrant communities of faith, joyful in their service of God and neighbour

Pope Francis has recently announced that every diocese will be asked to consult the people of God in preparation for the Synod of Bishops in 2023. That consultation is due to begin in October this year. Over the coming weeks, we want to begin a dialogue with you about how to fulfil our diocesan vision, and how each one of us can use the charisms given to us through baptism to play our part. To prepare the way for this dialogue I invite you to think about the four essential aspects of our diocesan mission:

EVANGELISATION –  Encouraging others to know God’s love for them by inviting them to Church, to pray and to encounter Christ inviting them to parish groups where they can learn about Our Lord – helping to form missionary disciples and missionary parishes.

FORMATION – Nurturing future Catholic leaders in our churches and schools by providing both spiritual and pastoral formation and support – helping us to play an active role in the parish community – helping us to understand more about our faith so as to deepen our personal relationship with God.

LITURGY and WORSHIP – Invigorating and deepening our worship and sacramental celebrations so that we share in and reflect the divine life of the Trinity – encouraging others to join us in praying to our Heavenly Father.

SOCIAL OUTREACH – Building up the common good through our charitable outreach – offering our time, our resources and our love to those who need them most – inviting others to join us in our charitable work.

We have all had to review our plans because of the pandemic, and now I am inviting you to join me in looking with fresh eyes at our diocesan mission. Where is the mustard seed that the Lord is asking us to plant for him? Can it take root and flourish in one of these four areas of growth?  These are the actions that I shall be taking:

i. I will ensure that priests, deacons, Religious and parishioners are supported to work together, so that we can share responsibility for the mission of the Church and deepen our relationship with God.  

ii. I will put the structures of the archdiocese at the service of our mission. This will begin with a re-arrangement of our deaneries, enabling us to begin a dialogue about how our parish structures can change so as to create or enhance vibrant parish communities.

iii. I will put young people and families at the centre of our diocesan planning. Working with and through our wonderful Catholic schools, we will listen to them and actively encourage and support them to use their talents in the life of the Church and thus build even stronger relationships between our schools and parishes.

In two weeks’ time some leaflets will be distributed at Mass and you will be able to find a new dedicated space on our diocesan website about the vision, together with more details of the diocesan plan to deliver it. In July I will be inviting parishes to participate in a summer event, supported by the Archdiocese’s Evangelisation group, to extend a hand of welcome to their local communities. Next year we will be supporting parishes with more training, resources and events to help us in our mission to serve God and to enable the Church to grow – like a mustard seed which…is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet once it is sown it grows into the biggest shrub of them all.  

I will be praying about all that lies before us as we continue this pilgrimage of faith. 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

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/7HG32kwVgWU

     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

Holy Communion 2022. For children who would like to make their First Holy Communion next summer please contact Bridget Bradley or Fr Eamonn. We are planning on beginning classes in September.

Haunton news: Fr. Sean Turley is praying for you all at SS. Michael & James and sends his best wishes remembering you at his daily Mass. Fr Sean is in good health and is being cared for by an excellent team at St Joseph’s, Coleshill. Fr Sean would love to attend Mass at Haunton when conditions are right.  Michael Gilliver and Tim Empson are regular visitors.

We are planning at re-starting our Alpha course at the end of September in Haunton Church hall.

Barton Festival, Sept. 4th & 5th featuring adventure-loving teddies! If you would like to help contact the festival chairman Charles Theaker on teddiesbarton@gmail.com

LIFE (website: lifecharity.org.uk) Please keep contributing to the Baby welcome packs (thanks for the packs received to date) in our Church porches.  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. Not acceptable is furniture, child car seats, duvets and pillows. For more information on ways to help local LIFE work, contact Ann on 07732483530.  There are many ways to get involved in Gospel of Life work, seewebsites: spuc.org.uk, righttolife.org.uk and marchforlife.co.uk. ADVANCE NOTICE:  MARCH FOR LIFE UK in realityon Saturday 4th September, Central London. Moredetails: info@marchforlife.co.uk

A three evening session course, The Gift – Life in the Holy Spirit commences this  Monday 26th July, 7:30pm starting with light refreshments for 7:45pm DVD presentation(subsequent dates to be confirmed) in Barton Church hall. We aim to finish a relaxing and informal evening by 9pm. The DVD course was produced in 2015 by the Catholic Faith Exploration: www. faithcafe.org; background reading recommended:  Charles Whitehead  Towards a Fuller Llife in the Holy Spirit.    

Church opening times: Our Lady’s, Barton is open all week 9am to 7pm. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: St Francis de Sales, Woodlane, Monday and Thursday after Mass and at Barton before Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday Masses and Friday after 11am Mass at SS. Michael and James, Haunton.

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 the entrance areas at Barton, Woodlane 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.

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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. Thank you for your kindness to our communities and to several charities.  Fr Eamonn

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 the entrance areas at Barton, Woodlane 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.

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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. Thank you for your kindness to our communities and to several charities. Sunday Retiring Collection last weekend: Stella Maris – Apostleship of the Sea, thank you   Fr Eamonn

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.