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SUNDAY 18th April – THIRD SUNDAY of EASTER – Masses with a public congregation shall be said with Covid-19 restrictions in the following locations this Easter Week.

Sunday 18th April 9:00am
Haunton Barton Holy Mass
Holy Mass
Monday 19th April
10:45am to 11:45am


Holy Mass Adoration
Tuesday 20th9:00amBartonHoly Mass
Wednesday 21st9:30amBartonHoly Mass
Thursday 22nd
6pm 6:45pm – 7:45pm WoodlaneHoly Mass Holy Hour
Friday 23rd St George’s Day11:00am Haunton Holy Mass
Saturday 24th April 10:00amBartonHoly Mass
Sunday 25th April9.00am 11.00am Haunton Barton Holy Mass

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



‘The disciples told their story’ Luke 24:35

Entrance Antiphon: Cry out with joy to God, all the earth; O sing to the glory of his name. O render him glorious praise, alleluia

Collect:  May your people exult for ever, O God, in renewed youthfulness of spirit, so that rejoicing now in the restored glory of our adoption, we may look forward in confident hope

to the rejoicing of the day of resurrection.,

Psalm response: Lift up the light of your face on us, O Lord. Ps.4:7

Gospel Acclamation:  Alleluia, alleluia! Lord Jesus, explain the scriptures to us,

Make our hearts burn within us as you talk to us. Alleluia!

Communion Antiphon: The disciples recognised the Lord Jesus in the breaking of the bread, alleluia.

Readings for Mass during the day: Acts of the Apostles: 3: 13-15, 17-19; Psalm 4:2, 4, 7, 9; 1 John 2: 1-5; Gospel: Luke 24: 35 – 48

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

Greetings on this Third Sunday of Easter! The opening sentence of the Gospel this weekend describes the disciples sharing their story of meeting and recognising Jesus on their journey to Emmaus and at the breaking of bread, the Eucharist. The moment of recognition is captured by Caravaggio in his painting The Supper at Emmaus, 1601 (See front cover of newsletter).  The Christian art critic Michael Stevens refers to the moment Cleopas and his companion recognise Christ:  Cleopas’ companion clutches the arms of his chair in disbelief, and leans to look closer at Jesus – as if to confirm his senses are not deceiving him. Cleopas throws out his arms in joy, reaching both forward to the viewer and backward toward Jesus. Together the two figures’ reactions combine to show both the intensity of their surprise and the immediacy of their realization. Note the unmoved bystander and the consecration gesture of Jesus. Michael Stevens also points to another goal of Caravaggio: to draw us in as viewers to become eyewitnesses at the table as well. The artist leaves an open space on the right side with room enough for another chair, representing the invitation to take a seat in the scene, at a place where the food is most accessible! The gestures of the figures pull us into the scene with their extreme foreshortening that breaks out from the picture plan into our space. Why did Caravaggio devote so much energy to drawing us into this story? It is because of the all encompassing significance of the Resurrection. We who recognize that Jesus is not deadp, but alive, are never the same, and we must invite everyone-with great urgency-to come and meet him as well.

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. h

Prayer Intentions for April: Let us pray for those who risk their lives while fighting for fundamental rights under dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and even democracies in crisis (Pope Francis). For those living in areas of conflict 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 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 Eastertide Sunday! fr Eamonn

Prayer for this time of pandemic

     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: 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! 

Churches open for prayer at the following times: Our Lady’s, Barton is open  Sunday, 8am to 7pm. Monday to Saturday 9am to 7pm.  All Masses as listed at Barton, Woodlane and Haunton are respectful of all Covid-19 restrictions. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament shall take place at Woodlane, Mon.19th: 10:45am-11:45am, Thurs. 22nd April: 6:45pm to 7:45pm and before Tuesday and Wednesday Masses and 6pm to 7pm Friday at Barton. SS. Michael and James, Haunton shall be open for two hours on Fridays, 10:30am to 12:30noon (Mass at 11am,, confessions 10:45am) 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.


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