For Catholics, the month of February is especially dedicated to the Passion of Our Lord, probably because Lent usually begins in this month. Throughout the centuries, many devotions have developed to help us focus on the Passion of Christ. These help to lead us from sorrow to wonder; sorrow for our sins, wonder at the unbounded love of Christ for us.


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, Mavis Francis, Daphne Gibson, Mary Gilburt, May Gregory, Derek Hammond, Leo Harrison, Frances Hawker, Jean Lobb, Josie Mursell, Tony Obeysekere, Mary Porter, Yvonne Rampton, Olive Roch, Peggy Ryan, Stephanie Shortt, Pat Sinclair, Peter Trafford, Liz Watling and Ross Young.


For those who have died especially Patrick White and Enid Eastwood 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.


CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES RETREAT DAY  Please remember in your prayers our Island Confimation candidates who are attending a Retreat Day this Sunday, 18 February, at the Verbum Dei Centre, Carisbrooke.


READINGS AT MASS  First Sunday of Lent Year B - Gen 9:8-15; 1Pt 3:18-22; Mk 1:12-15.
Second Sunday of Lent Year B – Gen 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18; Rom 8:31-34; Mk 9:2-10


FUNERALS. Patrick White RIP Funeral Mass, Thursday 22 February, 1430, St Mary’s (Fr Emmanuel) and Enid Eastwood RIP Funeral Mass, Monday 26 February, 1200, St Mary’s, Ryde.


VOUCHERS FOR SCHOOLS. At this time of year many grocers issue vouchers for schools. To support our parish school of St Mary’s please bring your vouchers to mass and place them in the collection baskets at the offertory.


WW1 COMMEMORATIONS. Bembridge Parish Council is looking for help to knit or crochet red poppies for the end of WW1 commemorations in November 2018. Poppy patterns are available from the Parish Office.


FIRST HOLY COMMUNION PREPARATION A reminder that the next session for those children enrolled in this year’s course is on Saturday 24 February at 0900 sharp in St Thérèse Hall, Presentation House.


EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT Every Tuesday St Michael’s, Bembridge 0900-1000 and Every Friday St Mary’s, Ryde 1000-1200


VOUCHERS FOR SCHOOLS At this time of year many grocers issue vouchers for schools. To support our parish school of St Mary’s please bring your vouchers to Mass and place them in the collection baskets at the offertory.




"We should strive to keep our hearts open to the sufferings and wretchedness of other people, and pray continually that God may grant us that spirit of compassion which is truly the spirit of God." St Vincent de Paul


ASH WEDNESDAY and GOOD FRIDAY are days of fasting and abstinence.
Abstinence is to be observed by all over the age of 14. The law of fast binds those between the ages of 18 and 59.


STATIONS OF THE CROSS  1000 Friday St Michael’s, Bembridge: 1800 Friday St Mary’s, Ryde


LENTEN ALMS.  This year we are going to support two local charities ASPIRE and OPEN ARMS. Please take a cardboard collection box home. If you wish to give alms on a weekly basis then please use the purple bucket at the front of the church.


SILENCE AT MASS. As part of the discipline of prayer in Lent it would be good to observe the times of silence during the liturgy, especially the five minutes before Mass begins. Let’s try to make this a time of quiet and reflection, not only for ourselves, but also for others in our community.


PROFESSION OF FAITH. During the Season of Lent we will be saying the Apostles’ Creed when we make our profession of faith.


PRAYING THE SCRIPTURES. Gathering to pray and reflect on the Sunday Gospels for the Season of Lent every Friday at St Michael’s Church, Bembridge, 1500.




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