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SUNDAY 7th March- Third Sunday of Lent, year B – Masses with a public congregation shall be said with Covid-19 restrictions in the following locations this week.

Sunday 7th March 9:00am
Haunton Barton Holy Mass
Holy Mass
Monday 8th March
10:30am to 11:30am


Holy Mass Adoration
Tuesday 9th9:30amBartonHoly Mass
Wednesday. 10th 9:30 amBartonHoly Mass
Thursday 11th 6pm 6:45pm to 7:45pm Woodlane Holy Mass Holy Hour
Friday 12th11:00 am Haunton Holy Mass
Saturday 13th 10:00 amBartonHoly Mass
Sunday 14th March9.00am 11.00am Haunton Barton Holy Mass

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


‘…in three days I will raise it (the Temple)up’ John 2:17

Entrance Antiphon: My eyes are always on the Lord, for he rescues my feet from the snare. Turn to me and have mercy on me, for I am alone and poor.

GE_EU07Collect: O God, author of every mercy and of all goodness, who in fasting, prayer and almsgiving have shown us a remedy for sin, look graciously on this confession of our lowliness, that we, who are bowed down by

our conscience, may always be lifted by your mercy. 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.

Responsorial Psalm: You, Lord, have the message of eternal life. John 6:68

Gospel Acclamation: Response: Praise to you, O Christ, king of eternal glory! I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord, whoever believes in me will never die. Praise to you, O Christ, king of eternal glory!

Communion Ant: The sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for her young: by your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God. Blessed are they who dwell in your house, for ever singing your praise.

Readings: Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 18:8-11; 1 Corinthians 1:22-25 Gospel: John 2:13-25l

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. 

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

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

Greetings to you all on this Third Sunday of Lent! The Gospel describes the cleansing of the temple. Our Lord was challenging the manner in which people related to God; worship was not to be defiled as if of little importance. Jesus desired with a zeal for people to encounter their Lord as a mighty, loving and merciful God and express their genuine belief by wholehearted devotion. ‘When pressed for a sign, Jesus said that he would tear the temple down and rebuild it in three days. He was talking, as John tells us, of the temple of his body. He was saying that this old temple, which had served its purpose relatively well, would give way to a new and definitive temple. His own body, his own person, would be the place where divinity and humanity meet, and hence the place of right praise’. Bishop Barron 

Year of St Joseph. Faced with imminent danger from Herod, Joseph took Mary and Jesus to Egypt (Mt 2:13-14) ‘.our lives may at times seem to be at the mercy of the powerful, but the Gospel shows us what counts. God always finds a way to save us, provided we show the same creative courage as the carpenter of Nazareth (St Joseph), who was able to turn a problem into a possibility by trusting always in divine providence’ .Pope Francis

‘The words of the Apostle Paul, which the liturgy proposes for our meditation, resound in my mind: ‘We preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. I have nothing to propose or give to those whom I shall  meet except Christ and the Good News of his Cross, a mystery of supreme love, of divine love that overcomes all human resistance and even makes forgiveness and love for one’s enemies possible. This the grace of the Gospel that is capable of transforming the world. The Church, therefore, does not pursue economic, social or political objectives; the Church proclaims Christ, certain that the Gospel can move the hearts of all and transform them, thereby renewing people and socieities from within’. (Pope Benedict XVI).  ‘If Jesus was taken prisioner, if He was crucified…(all happened) because He wanted it, in His love for us: He was offered because it was His own will” Jesus always offers us graces of repentance and conversion. We accept or refuse them. We are free!’ Fr Thomas de Saint Laurent

LIFE NEWS: The Life charity offers free counselling, life houses, 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 are collecting welcome packs in the church porches to include baby clothes, nappies and toiletries for new mothers in need locally.  Thank you for items received to date! 

Tenny Antony returns to St Mary’s College, Birmingham to resume studies and formation towards the priesthood. Tenny has enjoyed the three weeks of his stay amongst your good selves, he shall pray for you, do keep Tenny in your prayers.

Churches open for prayer at the following times: Our Lady’s, Barton is open Monday and Thursday: 1pm to 7pm and Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday (Holy Hour Friday, 6pm to 7pm) and Saturday: 9am to 7pm, Sunday 7th March: 8am to 1pm and 3pm to 7pm, Holy Hour: 6pm 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. 8th March, 10.45am-11:45am, Thurs. 11th March, 6:45pm – 7:45pm and before weekday Masses at Barton. SS. Michael and James, Haunton shall be open for TWO hours on Fridays, 10:30am to 12:30  (Mass, 11am) and Sundays, 8:30am to 10:30am (Mass, 9am). Feel free to make private devotions of the Stations of the Cross (booklets available) during our Chapel opening times.


Holy Thursday  1st April: Masses: Haunton: 6pm, Barton, 8pm.   Good Friday liturgy: Haunton: 3pm  

Easter Vigil Woodlane: 8:15pm. Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday Masses at normal Sunday Mass times

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, your generosity to date is greatly appreciated.  Many thanks to those who have already transported food bags to the YMCA, James Street, Burton. Fr Eamonn                                                  


Many thanks for your  parish giving. 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

Guidance for safe worship: social distancing of at least 1m+ should be strictly maintained between anyone who doesn’t live together in a household or in the same ‘support bubble’. Also please gel your hands on entering and exiting our Chapels and please wear a face covering whilst inside, mandatory in enclosed places. We shall keep the Churches well ventilated and disinfected after use. To assist NHS Track and Trace we are, with your consent, keeping a record of those who come to Church; we record your name and phone number (individuals and families are free to decline) and in line with GDPR details are kept for 21 days and then disposed of by shredding.

Prayer Intentions for March: Let us pray that we may experience the sacrament of reconciliation with renewed depth, to taste the infinite mercy of God (Pope Francis). For those living in areas of conflict and famine: grant them hope, justice and peace. For the people on a Journey of Faith programme preparing to join the Catholic family at Easter. May we be a people for life, remembering our unborn brothers and sisters in the womb (at c.18-21 days little baby’s heart is beating); we pray too for the spiritual life of their parent’s, we pray for the elderly, incapacitated and the dying, we pray for the victims of Human Trafficking and modern slavery, we pray too for those suffering with the effects of Covid-19, the Travelling, Gypsy and Roma communities, migrants, seekers of asylum, the unemployed and the homeless. We pray for our young people especially those who may be uncertain and anxious regarding their future, we pray for the volunteers in the Rachel’s Vineyard charity, Holy Souls, the Mary’s Meals charity, Aid to the Church in Need (Collection this Sunday), persecuted Christians and for more vocations to matrimony, priesthood, and the religious life. Pray too for a deeper love of Christ’s real presence in the Blessed Sacrament. May peace and hope fill your heart in this season of Lent 2021! Fr Eamonn