Parish Newsletter, week beginning 11th December 2022.

Third Sunday
of Advent, 11th December
Haunton Barton Holy Mass Holy Mass
Monday 12th 12noon

Woodlane Holy Mass
Tuesday 13th 9:00am Barton Holy Mass
Wednesday 14th9:30am Barton HauntonHoly Mass Holy Mass
Thursday 15th
6:00pm WoodlaneHoly Mass Holy Mass

Friday 16th 11:00am Haunton Holy Mass
Saturday 17th December 9:00am


Holy Mass

Fourth Sunday of Advent, 18th December 9.00am 11:00pm Haunton Barton Holy Mass
Holy Mass
     SUNDAY 11th DECEMBER 2022  –  Third Sunday of Advent – YEAR A      
‘Courage! Do not be afraid.’  Isaiah 35:4                               
Entrance Ant.:  Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Indeed, the Lord is near.  Ph. 4: 4-5
Collect:  O God, who see how your people faithfully await the feast of the Lord’s Nativity, enable us, we pray, to attain the joys of so great a salvation and to celebrate them always with solemn worship and glad rejoicing. Through our Lord Jesus  . Who lives and Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
Psalm Response:,  Come, Lord, and save us.  Cf. Isaiah 35:4
Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia!  The Spirit of the Lord has been
given to me. He has sent me to bring good news to the poor. Alleluia!
Communion Antiphon: Say to the faint of heart: Be strong and do not fear. Behold, our God will come, and he will save us. Cf. Isaiah 35:4.
Mass readings: First Reading: Isaiah 35: 1-6, 10 Psalm: 145: 6-10 R. Cf. Is 35: 4. Second Reading: James 5: 7-10  Gospel: Matthew 11: 2-11    

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 SS. Michael & James, Our Lady’s and St Francis de Sales,

Welcome to our newsletter for the Third Sunday of Advent!

“Gaudete in Domino semper – Rejoice in the Lord always” (Philippians 4:4). Holy Mass of the Third Sunday of Advent opens with these words of St Paul and is therefore called “Gaudete” Sunday. The Apostle urges Christians to rejoice because the Lord’s coming, that is, his glorious return, is certain and will not be delayed. The Church makes this invitation her own while she prepares to celebrate Christmas and her gaze is focused ever more intently on Bethlehem. Indeed, we wait with hope, certain of Christ’s second coming because we have experienced his first. (Pope Benedict XVI)

Dom Henry Wansborough O.S.B. has reflected on our Sundays Gospel (Matthew 11: 2-11) with the theme:  Can it be He? St John the Baptist was expecting the Messiah to be an avenging judge. So when he heard that Jesus was not doing this he had his doubts: was Jesus, whom he baptised as the centre of the messianic community, was he after all the expected Messiah? Jesus replies by referring to the prophecy of Isaiah through the way he describes the miracles. To the conception of the Messiah as an avenging judge he opposes his own, a Messiah who heals and brings the world the joy which Isaiah promised.  Was John the Baptist wrong, or can these two conceptions of the Messiah be reconciled? The answer lies perhaps in the theology of judgement found in the gospel of John: the encounter with Jesus itself constitutes a judgement. We make our own judgement by the way we react to him; if we respond, then we enter into the joy of the kingdom; but if we fail to respond to his demands, then we judge ourselves, for if we are unfit for the kingdom.

Prayer intentions for December: Pope Francis has asked us to pray this month that volunteer not-for-profit organisations who are committed to human development find people dedicated to the common good and ceaselessly seek out new paths to international cooperation We pray for those who live alone. We pray for places of conflict and tension with particular prayers for an end to the war in the Ukraine.  We pray for an end to gang-land crime and hate-filled feuding. We pray for those on faith journeys. We pray for families struggling to pay bills. 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.  Our vision: Eucharistic hearted missionary parishes proclaiming the Gospel of life. We pray for a deeper love of Christ’s real presence in the Blessed Sacrament in our churches.  May you and your family have a joy-filled Third week of Advent.  fr eamonn

In the 1200’s the prayer, ‘Come Holy Spirit’ or Veni Sancte Spiritus became a common prayer in the Western Church. A parishioner made the very good suggestion of saying the prayer before every Mass whether individually (quietly) or together:  Come, Holy Spirit fill the hearts of your faithful, and enkindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your spirit and they shall be created. And thou shall renew the face of the earth. Let us pray:

O God, who taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that by the gift of the same Spirit we may be always truly wise and ever rejoice in his consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

We are pleased to welcome again Fr John Hancock to our parishes for Sunday Masses.

Our Lady’s hall, Barton, COFFEE MORNING, Tuesday 13th December, from 10:30am 

Carols outside the Middle Bell pub, Barton-under-Needwood, Saturday 17th December from 10am Carols at Barton Methodist Church, 6:30pm, Christmas Eve.

Alongside places of welcome and warmth on Fridays, Our Lady’s Church hall, Wales Lane shall  be open 2pm to 6pm. Barton village hall is open Tuesdays 9:30am to 3:30pm and Barton Library: Mon., Weds., Thurs.: 9:30am-3:30pm, (until 2pm Fridays).

CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES: Christmas Eve: Saturday 24th December, 3pm, St Francis de Sales, Woodlane. Christmas Day: 9am, SS Michael and James, Haunton, 10:30am, Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Barton. Seventh Day of Christmas, Saturday 31st Dec.,  Midnight Mass starting 11:30pm, St Francis de Sales, Woodlane.

The LIFE charity (website: offers free counselling and practical help to women.  Thank you for the Baby welcome packs. Ann Ward is our local representative 07732483530., Abortion Recovery Care & Helpline (ARCH) is dedicated to helping people who struggle after abortion by offering real understanding, counselling and support, helpline: 0345 603 8501.  Rachel’s Vineyard charity retreat weekends, contact Rachel in confidence: 07734059080 See,  

Haunton News: Friday 16th December: Carols at village Christmas Tree, 7pm. Church carol service, 7:30pm in SS Michael and James Church.  

Homemade soup, cake and roll, Fridays, 12noon to 2pm in Haunton Church hall.

Help for the Ukraine: guidance on how Catholic households can help is available from Caritas Social Action Network The Teams4u charity is serving in Ukraine and supporting the Magdale Orphanage, 128 boxes have been collected from Barton to be sent out before Christmas.

Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament: at St Francis de Sales, Woodlane. Monday and Thursday after Mass, and Our Lady’s, Barton: Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday before Mass (Barton Church open all week, 8am-8pm) and SS. Michael and James, Haunton, Wednesday (with service of the word and Holy Communion) and Friday, 10am to 11am. The Church porches at Barton, Woodlane and Haunton continue to be a Churches Together in Barton collection point for YMCA food bank and items for LIFE charity.


 Thank you for your regular giving, Gift aided donations, Standing Orders and Direct Debits. Thank you for donations to Teams4U, St Giles Hospice, LIFE, Missio, Friends of the Holy Land, ACN, Mary’s Meals.

Blessed Robert Sutton Catholic school, Stapenhill, Burton-on-Trent, DE15 9SD, 01283 749450 was founded in 1964 and named after the Sixteenth century Burton born priest and martyr. The Catholic faith is at the centre school life, every day starts with prayers: staff briefing, assemblies and at registration is led by the form tutors and pupils. Mass is celebrated weekly and on Holy Days; confessions are available in Advent and Lent..

Alpha prayer: Eternal Wisdom, source of life and grace, bless all who are seeking the meaning of life. Endow us with courage to risk the unknown. Bless us with wonder to be still and rejoice. Help us to see the purpose of our lives. Amen.




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


 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