APRIL IS THE MONTH OF THE HOLY EUCHARIST
During the month of April, we give special honour to the Holy Eucharist. The Eucharist,the Second Vatican Council taught us, is “the source and summit of Christian life”(Lumen Gentium, 11). What does it mean? It means that our participation in the Eucharist is the source from which we draw our strength to live as Jesus taught and to serve in his name. It is also the summit, the high point of our communal life. We use the word Eucharist to describe our celebration of the Mass. We use the same word whenwe speak of the Sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood. In this month of the Holy Eucharist, let us participate more fully and actively in the Church’s liturgy, our celebration of the Eucharist. And let us take time, too, for quiet adoration in the presence of the Blessèd Sacrament, and become more aware of the wondrous way Christ comes to us in the Eucharist.
Please pray for the sick and homebound of our parish community and all those who are in need of our prayers especially: Elizabeth Bain, Marie Bartlett, Mary Belston, Harry Carter, Joan Chapman, Rose Duddigan, Filomena Echlin, Mavis Francis, Daphne Gibson, Mary Gilburt, May Gregory, Frances Hawker, Jean Lobb, Josie Mursell, Tony Obeysekere, Mary Porter, Olive Roch, Peggy Ryan, Stephanie Shortt, Pat Sinclair, Peter Trafford, Liz Watling and Ross Young.
For those who have died especially Reverend Edwin Butcher and Leo Harrison and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
BOOK OF INTERCESSORY PRAYER In each of our churches, near the Lady Altar, is placed a book in which we are invited to write any intentions we may have. Each week the parish will pray for the intentions recorded in these books.
READINGS AT MASS Fourth Sunday of Easter B: Acts 4:8-12; 1Jn 3:1-2; Jn 10:11-18 Fifth Sunday of Easter B: Acts 9:26-31; 1Jn 3:18-24; Jn 15:1-8
SECOND COLLECTION: CLERGY TRAINING FUND A retiring collection will be taken after all Masses this weekend to help towards the training of future priests in our diocese.
LENTEN ALMS Thank you for kindness and charity in the Almsgiving for Lent. The final figure is £1952.22 which will be divided between Open Arms and the Aspire Centre.
EASTER DUTY The Church recommends that the faithful, if they have the required dispositions, receive Holy Communion whenever they participate at Holy Mass. However, the Church obliges them to receive Holy Communion at least once during the Easter season. (Compendium of the Catechism, n. 290)
REGINA CAELI During Eastertide the Regina Caeli replaces the Angelus at the start of Mass.
V. Queen of Heaven, rejoice, Alleluia!
R. For he whom you did merit to bear, Alleluia!
V. Has risen, as He said, Alleluia!
R. Pray for us to God, Alleluia!
V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, Alleluia!
R. For the Lord is truly risen, Alleluia!
O God, who gave joy to the world through the resurrection of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ,
grant we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother,
we may obtain the joys of everlasting life, through the same Christ, Our Lord. Amen.
FIRST COMMUNION PARENTS’ MEETING The next meeting for parents of the children enrolled in this year’s course is on Tuesday24 April at 1900 in St Thérèse Hall.
FUNERALS Reverend Edwin Butcher RIP Funeral Mass Friday 27 April, St Mary’s, 1200.
ROSARY ON THE COAST Sunday 29 April 2018, Appley Beach, 1500. This is an initiative of the Lay Faithful across the British Isles inviting the faithful of our nations, with the support of our clergy and Bishops, to a Day of Prayer for Faith, Life and Peace.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION PREPARATION The next session is on Saturday 5 May at 0900 sharp in St Thérèse Hall, Presentation
FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTION - commences Saturday 5 May The Requirements are: On the First Saturdays of Five consecutive months to make a good confession; to receive Holy Communion; to pray five decades of the Holy Rosary and to keep Our Lady company for 15 minutes while meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary. The four requirements must be done with the intention of making reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Please take a guide leaflet from the back of the church.
CAR PARKING AT ST MARY’S Parking on St Mary’s site, outside of Mass times, without a parking permit will result ina fine. If you would like to arrange for a daily permit (£5 per day) or discuss longer-term parking, please contact Ron Stanbrook in the parish office on Monday, Wednesday or Friday mornings.
THANK YOU FOR LAST SUNDAY’S COLLECTION: £1,055.24 (including SO/DD).
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