SUNDAY 25th April, 2021,
4th SUNDAY OF EASTER (B)
Readings: Acts; 8:4-12 Psalm 117, 1 John 3:1-2, John 10:11-18
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Tony Speed RIP (Keefe)
08.30 For the Parish
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Many will be looking forward to the May Bank Holiday on Monday 3rd, the first Monday after May Day itself, May 1st. In some countries May Day has very specific political overtones. I thought it was all about the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, but I was mistaken! Google tells me:
“May Day has its roots in astronomy. We’re (about) halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice! It’s one of the Celtic days, which celebrated the midway points between all solstices and equinoxes of the year. As with many early holidays, May Day was significant in agriculture. Springtime celebrations filled with dance and song hailed the sown fields starting to sprout. Cattle were driven to pasture, special bonfires were lit, and doors were decorated with yellow May flowers. Later, celebrations evolved to speak more to the “bringing in the May” with the gathering of wildflowers and green branches, the weaving of floral garlands, the crowning of a May king and queen, and the setting up of a decorated May tree, or Maypole, around which people danced.”
Nevertheless Saturday is May Day, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker and a day of prayer for God’s blessing on human work. Here is a Prayer to St Joseph:
O St Joseph Guardian of Jesus most pure spouse of Mary, who spent your life in the perfect fulfilment of your duties, providing with your own labour for the Holy Family of Nazareth, protect us with favour, who with trust turn to you. You know our desires, our anxieties and our hopes: to you we have recourse, for we are confident in your protection. You too have experienced trial, hard work and fatigue; but your soul, filled with the greatest peace, was full of joy for the Son of God entrusted to you, and with Mary His most sweet Mother. Help us to understand that we are not working alone, to know how to discover Jesus near us, to welcome Him by grace and to keep Him faithfully as you have done. And grant that in our family all may be sanctified in charity, in patience, in justice and through the seeking of what is good. Amen
God Bless Fr Doug
PRIEST TRAINING FUND
Our special collection this week is to support the training of priests (and deacons) to serve our parishes in the future. Envelopes are available for those who don’t have regular planned giving envelopes.
THE PARISH HALL
As Covid restrictions ease we will be able to make more and more use of our marvellous parish hall. Different activities will be permitted but until June at the earliest, we cannot enjoy any social/hospitality functions. We can still hope that Sunday June 26th will be the first day we can enjoy refreshments after mass, and if that is so then we will surely mark the occasion!
Meanwhile, you will be pleased to hear that we have installed a new boiler and upgraded the whole heating system.
FATHER FRANCIS HARTLEY RIP
Fr Francis’ anniversary is on 28th May, and so the mass that morning will be for the repose of his soul, and will have special prayers for the occasion. The web mass that weekend will also be for him so that friends and relations elsewhere can engage. Covid restrictions prevent us from doing much else at this time.
ANNIE GRIFFIN RIP
Annie died on 16th April having received the church’s sacraments. She had suffered a long illness. Her funeral will be in church on Friday 7th May
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