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SUNDAY 2nd May – FIFTH SUNDAY of EASTER – Masses with a public congregation shall be said with Covid-19 restrictions in the following locations this Easter Week.

DateTimeChurch
Sunday 2nd May 9:00am
11:00am 3:00pm
Haunton Barton Woodlane Holy Mass
Holy Mass Benediction
Monday 3rd May
10am
10:45am to 11:45am

Woodlane

Holy Mass Adoration
Tuesday 4th9:30amBartonHoly Mass
Wednesday 5th9:30amBartonHoly Mass
Thursday 6th
6pm 6:45pm – 7:45pm WoodlaneHoly Mass Holy Hour
Friday 7th 11:00am Haunton Holy Mass
Saturday 8th 10:00amBartonHoly Mass
Sunday 9th May9.00am 11.00am Haunton Barton Holy Mass

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

 

2nd MAY 2021 – FIFTH SUNDAY of EASTER – year B

‘I am the true vine’ John 15:1

Entrance Antiphon: O sing a new song to the Lord, for he has worked wonders; in the sight of the nations he has shown his deliverance, alleluia.

Collect:  Almighty ever-living God, constantly accomplish the Paschal Mystery within us, that those you were pleased to make new in Holy Baptism may, under your protective care,

bear much fruit and come to the joys of life eternal. 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: You, Lord, are my praise in the great assembly. Ps. 21:26

Gospel Acclamation:  Alleluia, alleluia! Make your home in me, as I make mine in you. Whoever remains in me bears fruit in plenty. Alleluia!

Communion Antiphon: I am the true vine and you are the branches, says the Lord. Whoever remains in me, and I in him, bears fruit in plenty alleluia.

Readings for Mass: Acts of the Apostles: 9:26-31; Psalm 21: 26-28, 30-32; 1 John 3: 18-24; Gospel: John 15:1-8

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

Every blessing on this Fifth Sunday of Easter! Make your home in me, as I make mine in you says the Lord in our Gospel this Sunday (John 15:1-8). For many of us home is a place where we are able to be ourselves and feel safe and secure. Our true home is in the abiding presence of Christ. Through our baptism we gained citizenship of heaven, Philippians 3:20; there we received, so to speak our heavenly passport, a guarantee of safe passage if we endure to the end. We are being saved, Philippians 2:12 and we hoped to be saved, Matthew 24:13. We as Catholics receive many graces particularly in our reception of the Holy Eucharist: whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life: John 6:54. From such Communion we remain part of the vine and shall bear the fruits of the Holy Spirit to include love and peace; lovingly by word, thought and deed we lead others to Jesus and introduce folk to His Catholic family, the Church. As we share the healing and forgiveness of Jesus we have experienced, His Kingdom shall grow:   ‘Christ has no body now on earth, but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours; yours are the eyes through which is to look out Christ’s compassion to the world, yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good, and yours are the hands with which he is to bless us now (St Teresa of Avila). The Gospel narrative is part of the Last Supper discourses, a word of encouragement, an exhortation for the disciples, and thus us, to remain united to Christ by keeping His commandments: ‘The secret of spiritual fruitfulness is union with God, union that is realised especially in the Eucharist, also rightly called “Communion”’ (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 will work with governments to regulate the financial sphere and protect citizens from its dangers. (Pope Francis). For those living in areas of conflict, perfection and famine – grant them hope, justice and peace. For the people who have been received into the Catholic family at Easter. May we be a people for life, remembering our little unborn brothers and sisters in the womb (18-20days: the foundations of  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, We pray too for those suffering with the effects of Covid-19. We pray 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 Fifth 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. 

Year of St Joseph: ‘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

LIFE (national helpline: 0808 802 5433) is a UK charity that provides 1) support services for anyone facing unplanned pregnancy or pregnancy loss, and 2) education about human dignity by way of free counselling, life houses, natural fertility treatment (in line with the teachings of our Church), talks to schools and provision for new mothers in need. Our three Churches have restarted our life work in supporting the Derby and Burton-Upon-Trent group with the Baby welcome pack Project. We have started collecting welcome packs in our church porches to include baby clothes, nappies and toiletries for new mothers in need locally.  Thank you for items received to date! See also websites: spuc.org.uk and righttolife.org.uk

Churches open for prayer, times: Our Lady’s, Barton is open Sunday, 8am 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, Monday 3rd May: 10:45am -11:45am, Thurs. 6th May: 6:45pm to 7:45pm and at Barton before Tuesday and Wednesday Masses SS. Michael and James, Haunton shall be open for an hour on Wednesday 5th May: 10am to 11am and for two hours thirty minutes on Fridays, 10:30am to 1pm (Mass at 11am, confessions: 10:45am, Holy Hour: 12noon-1pm) and Sundays, 8:30am to 10:30am (Mass at 9am).

The Church porch at Barton is a collection point for food items to be donated to the YMCA food bank in Burton and 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, fr Eamonn                                                  

                                    

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.

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Many thanks for your  parish giving and Easter Gifts. I am very grateful for all your parish contributions by cheques, Gift Aid envelopes, cash, direct debits and standing orders.  Our 2020 annual return is done and signed off, report in Church porches.  Thank you for your kindness to the parishes and to several charities and those near dear and far in these demanding times. Fr Eamonn