Parish Newsletter

SUNDAY 17th January- Second Sunday of the Year – Masses with a public congregation shall be said with Covid-19 restrictions in the following locations this week.

DateTimeChurch
Sunday 17th January 9:00am
11:00am
Haunton Barton Holy Mass
Holy Mass
Monday 18th
10am
11am to 12

Woodlane

Holy Mass Adoration
Tuesday 19th 9:30amBartonHoly Mass
Weds. 20th 9:30 amBartonHoly Mass
Thursday 21st 6pm Woodlane Holy Mass
Friday 22nd11:00 am Haunton Holy Mass
Saturday 23rd 10:00 amBartonHoly Mass
Sunday 24th January9.00am 11.00amHaunton BartonHoly Mass

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

17th JANUARY 2021 – SECOND SUNDAY of the YEAR

‘We have found the Messiah’… John 1:42

Entrance Antiphon / Introit: Al the earth shall bow down before you, O God, and shall sing to you, shall sing to your name, O Most High!

Collect: Almighty ever-living God, who govern all things, both in heaven andon earth, mercifully hear the pleading of your people and bestow your peace on our times. 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

GE_EU07Response, Ps.39:8,9: Here I am, Lord! I come to do your will.

Alleluia alleluia! ‘Speak, Lord, your servant is listening: you have

the message of eternal life.’ Alleluia!

Communion Antiphon: We have come to know and to believe in the

love that God has for us. 1 Jn 4:16

Readings: 1 Samuel 3:3-10,19, Psalm 39:2,4,7-10., 1 Corinthians 6:13-15, 17-20.  Gospel: John 1:35-42

To assist NHS Track and Trace we are keeping a record of those who come to Church, for private prayer we record contact details: name and phone number

Sacrament of Reconciliation / Confession: Please phone to arrange Baptism: Congratulations to the recently baptised, to arrange please ring parish. Marriages: Please contact parish ideally six months before the big day! Coffee Morning: our meetings usually last Tuesdays – thanks to helpers, next gathering to be announced.


The week of prayer for Christian Unity begins on Monday 18th January and ends on the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul, 25th January.  Churches Together in Britain and Ireland are delighted the Sisters of the Community of Granchamp in Switzerland have written reflections on the theme Abiding in Christ. Prayer from Day 2: Holy Spirit, may we receive in our hearts the presence of Christ, and cherish it as a secret of love. Nourish our prayer, enlighten our reading of scripture, act through us, so that the fruits of your gifts can patiently grow in us.

A prayer for those who live alone:  
I live alone, dear Lord, stay by my side. In all my daily needs be my guide. Grant me good health, for that indeed, I pray to carry on my work from day to day. Keep pure my mind, my thoughts, my every deed. Let me be kind, unselfish in my neighbours need. Spare me from fire, from flood, malicious tongues from thieves, from fear and evil ones. If sickness or an accident befall then humbly, Lord I pray hear thou my call. And when I’m feeling low, or in despair, lift up my heart and help me in my prayer. I live alone, dear Lord, yet have no fear, because I feel your presence ever near. (author unknown)
 
The Mary’s Meals received a cheque of £90 from a collection at Our Lady’s, Barton, many thanks. The charity which works across the world started in 1983 with the vision that every child receives one daily meal in their place of education.
 
Gospel of Life news: Right To Life have draw our attention to three separate threats to human life in 2021: 1. The abortion lobby (AL) are attempting to further exploit the Covid-19 crisis by making dangerous DIY home abortions available permanently, a Government consultation for England on the matter ends on 26 February 2021, guidance on responding: www.spuc.org.uk/English-Consultation. ‘We cannot stay silent at this critical moment in the fight to protect unborn babies and their mothers from the barbarity of DIY abortions’ Antonia Tully, Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, SPUC.  2. The AL are going to attempt to change the law to allow abortion on demand, for any reason, up to birth. 3. The assisted suicide lobby are expected to change the law to introduce assisted suicide.
 
The Church porch at Barton is collecting food items to be donated to the YMCA food bank in Burton. Items are taken by car every few weeks to the YMCA                                            
 
Shoe-box Joy: Linda Clarke says MANY THANKS to all those supporting Teams4u (T4u) Christmas Appeal 2020. The children are delighted once again with their gifts! 

In their publication themed Stories of Hope at Christmas the lifecharity.org.uk spoke of the 150% rise of meaningful contacts with people during the Covid-19 pandemic. LIFE described the experience of Deepa, a young woman of 18 who did not speak English. Through an interpreter LIFE discovered that Deepa had hidden her pregnancy from her family. With LIFE’s support Deepa moved from wanting to end her pregnancy to wanting to keep her baby accepting that she was not a “bad person” simply because she was pregnant by a man who had abandoned her. She gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, she told LIFE she would help him respect all women.                           
                                 
Pope Francis’s prayer for Our Lady’s help during Coronavirus Pandemic:  O Mary, you always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and of hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm. You know what we need, and we are sure you will provide so that, as in Cana of Galilee, we may return to joy and to feasting after this time of trial. Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who has taken upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows to lead us, through the cross, to the joy of the resurrection. Amen. Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

The abortion lobby are attempting to further exploit the Covid-19 crisis by making dangerous DIY home abortions available permanently, a Government consultation for England on the matter ends on 26 February 2021, guidance on responding: www.spuc.org.uk/English-Consultation. ‘We cannot stay silent at this critical moment in the fight to protect unborn babies and their mothers from the barbarity of DIY abortions’ Antonia Tully, SPUC.  Let us all help build a society which reflects the unconditional love that God has for every one of us.                           
 
Churches open for prayer at the following times: Our Lady’s, Barton is open Monday and Thursday: 1pm to 7pm and Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 9am to 7pm, Sunday 17th January: 8am to 1pm and 3pm to 6pm.  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. 18th Jan., 11am-12noon, Thurs. 21st Jan., 7pm – 8pm 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).
 
The Church porch at Barton is collecting food items to be donated to the YMCA food bank in Burton. Items are taken by car every few weeks to the YMCA, your generosity to date is greatly appreciated.  If you would like to volunteer to transport food bags to the YMCA, James Street, Burton speak to 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. 

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

Dear Parishioners of Haunton, Woodlane and Barton,  

 Every blessing and peace of heart to you on this Second Sunday of the Year! In the Gospel today, Our Lord asks His first followers: What are you looking for or what are you seeking? ‘Jesus’ question to the two young men who are following him – “What are you looking for?” is an indispensably important one. Many people go through life not really knowing what they most fundamentally want, and accordingly, they drift. The correct answer to Jesus’ question is “eternal life” or “friendship with God” or “holiness.” This is the simple, clear, unambiguous articulation of the end goal that any believer should have as he endeavours to lead his life.’ Bishop Barron in Word on Fire Bible, 2020, p.467.

The Guidance for Places of Worship published 4th January 2021 (National Lockdown Guidance) states you can leave home to attend or visit a place of worship, a funeral or event related to a death, a burial ground or a remembrance garden, or attend a wedding ceremony. You should follow the guidance on the safe use of places of worship and must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble when attending a place of worship. Thus our Churches are open for public Mass. The Government rule: social distancing of 1m+ should be strictly maintained between anyone who doesn’t live together or are in a ‘support bubble’. Also gel hands on entering and exiting the Chapel and please wear a face covering whilst inside, mandatory in enclosed places. We shall keep plenty of ventilation in our chapels. 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 General Data Protection Regulation details are kept for 21 days and then disposed by shredding.

Prayer Intentions: For families during this challenging New Year: may homes be  places of prayer, love and joy. For those living in areas of conflict, oppression and famine, grant them hope, justice and peace. May we be a people for life, remembering our unborn brothers and sisters in the womb (at six weeks the tiny human person has the beginnings of eyes, spinal cord, nervous system, lungs, stomach and instentines (Family & Life, Dublin), a heart-beat is detected as early as 16 day’s gestation, British Heart Foundation Press Office, 11th Oct 2016); we pray too for the mental health of their parent’s, we pray for the elderly, incapacitated and the dying, 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 have had their plans and studies disrupted, the volunteers in the Rachel’s Vineyard charity, Holy Souls, the Mary’s Meals charity, persecuted Christians and for more vocations to matrimony, priesthood, and religious life. Pray too for a deeper love of Christ’s Eucharistic presence in our churches. May peace and hope fill your heart on this final day of Christmastime! Fr Eamonn