Parish Newsletter, week beginning 7th August 2022.

19th Sunday,
Haunton Barton Holy Mass
Holy Mass
Monday 8th AUGUST 10:00am

Woodlane Holy Mass
Tuesday 9th 9:30am Barton Holy Mass
Weds. 10th 9:30amBartonHoly Mass
Thursday 11th
6:00pm WoodlaneHoly Mass

Friday 12th 11:00am Haunton Holy Mass
Saturday 13th 10:00am Barton Holy Mass
The Assumption of Our Lady Sunday, 14th AUGUST 9.00am 11.00am Haunton Barton Holy Mass
Holy Mass
      SUNDAY 7th AUGUST 2022 –  NINETEENTH SUNDAY of year    
        “There is no need to be afraid…”   Luke 12: 15                                
Entrance Antiphon: Look to your covenant, O Lord, and forget not the life of your poor ones for ever. Arise, O God, and defend your cause, and forget not the cries of those who seek you. Psalm 73: 20, 19, 22, 23
Collect:  Almighty ever-living God, whom, taught by the Holy Spirit, we dare to call our father, bring, we pray, to perfection in our hearts the spirit of adoption as your sons and daughters, that we may merit to enter into the inheritance which you have promised. 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.
Psalm Response: Happy the people the Lord has chosen as his own. Ps.89: 1
Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia!  Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven
and earth, for revealing the mysteries of the kingdom to mere children Alleluia!  
Communion Antiphon: The bread that I will give, says the Lord, is my flesh for the life of the world. Cf. John 6:51 j
Mass readings: First Reading: Wisdom 18: 6-9 Psalm: 32: 1, 12, 18-20, 22. Second Reading:  Hebrews 11: 1-2, 8-19  Gospel: Luke 12: 32-48

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,

Our readings this Sunday urge us to exercise faith in God’s promises by being good stewards of what we have received as gift and to long  for our heavenly homeland.

Purses that don’t wear out – ‘Faith, in a scriptural context, means ultimate trust. To pose the question about faith is to wonder where we finally anchor our lives; where we, in the last analysis, “stand”; where we, at the end of the day, orient our lives. When the ego’s works are shaken, turned upside down, we tend to lose “faith” in them, and this, from a biblical standpoint, is all to the good, for we are not designed to root ourselves in something as vacillating and tiny as the ego. We are meant to put our final trust in that strange, awesome, and enticing power that infinitely transcends who we are and what we can do. Jesus says: “Make purses for your yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.” Any “purse” or treasure of this world – any ideal, movement, institution, or person here below – will wear out, will prove unworthy of our final confidence. Rejoice that in God’s providence you are not liable to succumb to the subtlest of temptations: faith in this world’. Bishop Barron – The Word on Fire Bible, the Gospels, p.379

Dom Henry Wansbrough OSB makes the following Gospel reflections: “we are stewards not owners of our possessions and the difficulty of realising this is the reason for Luke’s constantly repeated warnings about the dangers of wealth. As servants we are called to be responsible to one higher than ourselves. We can never sit back and claim we have satisfied all demands which could be made on us. As a pilgrim church we must not expect to find the goal unexpectedly round the corner but rather we can never say we have arrived and relax our efforts to progress or improve” (a work of sanctifying grace).

The power which brings us to heaven, our destination, is sanctifying grace, the seed of eternal life, the source of the infused virtues, especially of faith, hope, and charity, with the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. Fr.Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P.

Prayer intentions for August: Pope Francis has asked us to pray for small and medium-sized businesses; in the midst of economic and social crisis, may they find ways to continue operating and serving their communities. We pray for those who live alone. We pray for the families made homeless by the earthquake in Afghanistan and those involved in the emergency aid efforts. We pray for those made homeless by the wild fires. We pray for places of conflict and tension with particular prayers for an end to the war in the Ukraine. We pray for all our neighbours including expectant mothers, migrants, seekers of asylum, members of the travelling community, the homeless on our streets,  Christians facing persecution, people of the Holy Land, the sick, the incapacitated and the dying, our little brothers and sisters in the womb and their parents. May we continue to take good care of God’s creation.  We pray that our parishes shall always be Eucharistic hearted and missionary, lovingly proclaiming the Gospel of Life and hope. 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 this Sunday and in the forthcoming week.  fr eamonn



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.  

Prayer for the vision of the Archdiocese: 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.

Prayer for those living alone: Heavenly Father, my true provider, in all my daily needs, protect and guide me. Spare me from fire and flood, from thieves, fear and evil in any form. If sickness or accident befall me, send a messenger of love to attend me. When I am feeling low, lift up my heart. I live alone dear Lord, yet because I know your presence is ever near, I will have no fear. Amen.

Lord Jesus, as the Father sent you into the world, so you send me to show all people your love. Let my hands be your hands, my words be your words, so that I may give your love to everyone I meet and help to spread this love to the ends of the earth. Amen

We welcome Father John Hancock to our parishes this weekend! Following ordination Fr John  served in three different parishes, first, Banbury and two in Oxford North Deanery including Littlemore, the home of St John Henry Newman for a while in the mid-Nineteenth century.

 St John Paul II social centre at Woodlane is being refurbished. The AA shall be using the Our Lady’s Church hall, Wales lane, Barton: Tuesday: 8pm to 9:30pm and Saturday: 12:15pm to 1:45pm .

First Holy Communion classes this Sept.. For more details contact Bridget Bradley or myself, fr eamonn

The LIFE (website: charity offers free counselling and practical help to women.  Thank you for the Baby welcome packs and donations for the Life shop, items are collected regularly by Ann Ward 07732483530, March for Life happens in London on Saturday 3rd Sept. 2022. “We have aborted 10 million of our children and so many women and men have been left hurting – we can be bystanders no more. Join thousands of others at this family-friendly event in saying ‘10 million Too Many!’” March for Life. Full details can be found at A Coach departs 7:30am (Sat. 3rd Sept.) from Plough and Harrow Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham  next to the Oratory.  Contact Alice for coach tickets:: 07845706362 or    

Rachel’s Vineyard charity, healing abortion trauma by retreat weekends,  contact Rachel in confidence: 07734059080

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 (, also local Ukrainian communities, local councils; guidance on how Catholic households can help available from Caritas Social Action Network The Teams4u charity (See poster in Our Lady’s, Barton Church) is serving in Ukraine and supporting the Magdale Orphanage, near Chernivtsi, the number of children needing help has risen four-fold since the Ukraine/Russia conflict and there are concerns for the cost of winter heating.

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.

Catholic Bible Convention, 8am to 4pm, Saturday 13th August, St Catherine’s,  B’ham, B5 7BE.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament before weekday Masses at Our Lady’s, Barton (Church open all week, 8:30am-8pm),and St Francis de Sales, Woodlane, Thursday 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 in Barton collection point for food items for the YMCA food bank hub and items for the LIFE charity.


Thank you for your regular giving, Gift Aided donations, standing orders and direct debits.  Thank you for donations to St Giles Hospice, LIFE, Mary’s Meals, Teams4U, ACN, FHL and others. Please return APF Red Boxes to Our Lady’s, Barton.




 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


     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