Parish Newsletter, week beginning 23rd JANUARY 2022

Sunday 23rd January 2022 9:00am
Haunton Barton Holy Mass
Holy Mass
Monday 24th 10am
Woodlane Holy Mass
Tuesday 25th 9:30am Barton Holy Mass
Wednesday 26th 9:30amBartonHoly Mass
Thursday 27th
6:00pm 6:45pm to 7:45pm WoodlaneHoly Mass Holy Hour
Friday 28th 11:00am Haunton Holy Mass
Saturday 29th 10amBartonHoly Mass
Sunday 30th January, 9.00am 11.00am 6:00pm Haunton Barton Woodlane Holy Mass Holy Mass Holy Mass

Mission centre for the Travelling Community in the Archdiocese of Birmingham

23rd JANUARY 2022 –  THIRD SUNDAY of Year cycle C   
‘The Spirit of the Lord has been given to me’  Luke 1: 18                                        
Entrance Antiphon.: O sing a new song to the Lord; sing to the Lord, all the earth. In his presence are majesty and splendour, strength and honour in his holy place.
Collect: Almighty ever-living God, direct our actions according to your good pleasure, that in the name of your beloved Son we may bound in good works. Through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with you…
Psalm Response from John 6: 63: Your words are spirit, Lord, and they are life.
Gospel Acclamation:  Alleluia, alleluia! The Lord has sent me to bring the
good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives. Alleluia! Lk 4:18
Communion Antiphon: I am the light of the world, says the Lord; whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. John 8:12
Readings for Mass: First Reading: Nehemiah 8:2-6, 8-10 Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 18: 8-10, 15 Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 12: 12 – 30, Gospel: Luke 1:1-4, 4:14-21

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

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

‘In the one Spirit we were all  baptised’ and ‘you together are Christ’s body; but each of you is a different part of it.’ The extract from St. Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth this weekend is an appropriate scripture to launch our reflections on the movement of the Holy Spirit in our parishes. Pope Francis wants to hear from the whole Church about what is happening in local parishes. Pope Francis and Archbishop Bernard Longley would like to know what individuals think we should all be doing to help make our parishes more vibrant and missionary. I shall be talking about our journey together at Masses this weekend and handing out some prompts for your prayerful responses by way of questions relating to communion, participation and mission. Our reflections on communion may help to deepen our commitment and conversion to Christ and active participation in the life of the Church and the mission given by Christ. Feel free to discuss the questions together in small groups or at home with your family or make an individual response, whatever works best for you. Please return your responses to me either by email or hand in to the presbytery at Haunton or post to Barton by Sunday 6th February. 

Prayer intentions for January: Pope Francis has asked us to pray for all those suffering from religious discrimination and persecution; may their own rights and dignity be recognised, which originate from being brothers and sisters in the human family. Let us pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our Catholic Church. We pray for our Diocesan vision to be faithful to the mission and encourage others to know God’s love for them through Evangelisation. We pray for the other priorities of our Diocese on formation, liturgy and worship and social outreach. For expectant mothers, migrants, seekers of asylum, members of the travelling community, the homeless on our streets, Christians facing persecution and people of the Holy Land. May we continue to be a people for life, remembering the sick, the incapacitated and the dying, and our little unborn brothers and sisters in the womb. We pray for our young people: may they be protected from dangerous tainted experimental gene therapy injections. We pray for the work of the Society of Unborn Children and our future meetings at Barton discussing the dangers of at-home DIY abortion, the impact of abortion on the mental health of women and the threat of assisted suicide. Rachel’s Vineyard charity, healing abortion trauma – contact Rachel: 07734059080. We pray that our parishes shall continue to be Eucharistic hearted and missionary, always proclaiming the Gospel of Life. We pray for a deeper love of Christ’s real presence in the Blessed Sacrament in our chapels.  May you and your family experience every blessing from the Lord in the forthcoming week!  fr eamonn

Prayer for the Vision of the Archdiocese of Birmingham:

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

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 used at Councils, Synods and other Church gatherings for hundreds of years, being attributed to St Isidore of Seville (c.560AD – 4 April 636AD). As we are called to embrace this synodal path of the Synod 2021 – 2023, this prayer invites the Holy Spirit to operate within us so that we may be a community and a people of grace. For the Synod 2021 – 2023, we (the Archdiocese of Birmingham) propose to use this simpler 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.

Christian Unity service: Sunday 30th January St Peter’s, Elford, 4pm with the theme: We saw His Star in the East. The text has been chosen by the Churches of the Middle East, the history of which has, and still is, characterised by conflict and strife. The mission of the Church is to be a star that lights the way to Christ who is the light of the world. By word and through action the Christian people are called to light the way so that Christ might be revealed, once again, to the nations.

LIFE (website: Thank you for the Baby welcome packs to our Church porches. collected regularly by Ann Ward 07732483530, our local representative.

The SPUC are holding a campaign meeting at Our Lady’s Church hall, Barton-Under-Needwood, Tuesday 8th February from 7:30pm. In these meetings we are focussing on current SPUC work including the threat to unborn children and to women’s health from abortion pills at home.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament before weekday Masses at Our Lady’s, Barton (Church open all week, 8:30am-7pm), St Francis de Sales, Woodlane, Monday and Thursday after Mass and SS. Michael and James, Haunton: Friday: 10am to 11am, and Wednesday: 10am-11am

The Church porch at Barton, Woodlane and Haunton continue to be a Churches together initiative collection point for food items for the YMCA food bank in Burton.


On behalf of the parishes thank you for your regular giving  Gift Aided donations and payments by standing order and direct debit. Thank you for the donations and support to many charities including Aid to the Church in Need, Friends of the Holy Land FHL (our crib appeal which runs until 2nd February, has so far generated £120), Collection for SPUC last weekend, £52.  Fr Eamonn

JOURNEYING TOGETHER by Communion, Participation and Mission, synod 2021-2023        Please write or share your thoughts on how we, together can be more faithful to the mission given to us by Jesus Christ and more ready to work together as disciples building communities of faith.   

The Church porch at Barton, Woodlane and Haunton continue to be a Churches together initiative collection point for food items for the YMCA food bank in Burton.

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

Clergy Training Fund CTF (previously known as the Priests Training Fund) We all need priests, shepherds after the heart of Jesus to heal, feed and forgive us (John 20:22) in the power of the Holy Spirit. Our 21st century fragile world needs this ministry of Jesus as much as ever. The Lord is still calling men young and not so young to serve in this sacred office, a ministry instituted on Holy Thursday night (Mk. 14: 22-26, Lk. 22: 14-20, Mtt. 26:26-30, 1 Cor. 11: 23-25). Such a demanding calling requires considerable prayer, discernment and training. Our nearest seminary is the Diocesan and national college of St Mary’s, New Oscott, Sutton Coldfield. A local Burton man, Fr Alex Taylor ordained September last year spent some of his Diaconate year with us at Woodlane, Barton and Haunton reflected on his time of priesthood preparation at St Mary’s college: “It has been a real joy to train with so many different people and become comfortable in myself that this is what God calls me to do, not for me, but for God and others.”  The CTF exists primarily to support our seminarians – men in formation to be our future priests of the Archdiocese of Birmingham. The CTF also supports the permanent diaconate for our diocese – providing for the training of men who serve as deacons in our parishes. There are also men in the seminaries in Valladolid (Spain) and in Rome. In seminary, men are formed to be more like Jesus, the Good Shepherd, in order to bring Jesus to us in the sacraments and through their service. There are four aspects of seminary formation: Intellectual, Spiritual, Human and Pastoral formation.  There are financial support requirements for the students, approximately £30,000 a year to cover the seminarians college fees, living costs, essential study materials, travel and pastoral placements. Your vital giving also helps provide discernment opportunities, permanent diaconate formation, vocation promotion in our schools and parishes and ongoing formation of priests.