Sunday May 2nd, 2021
5th SUNDAY OF EASTER
Readings: Acts; 9:26-31 Psalm 21, 1 John 3:18:24, John 15:1-8
08.30 For the Parish
Web – available anytime
Pat & David Latimer (Connolly)
08.30 Iris Keefe (Frake)
Web – available anytime For the Parish
SUNDAY MASS ON THE WEBSITE
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LET US DREAM:
The Pope has written ‘Let us Dream’, a marvellous book, to encourage us all to think about how we want to emerge from this Pandemic. He writes:
“Sometimes, when you think globally, you can be paralyzed: there are so many places of apparently ceaseless conflict, there’s so much suffering and need. I find it helps to focus on concrete situations. You see faces looking for life and love in the reality of each person, of each people. You see hope written in the story of every nation, glorious because it’s a story of sacrifice, of daily struggle, of lives broken in self-sacrifice. So rather than overwhelm you, it invites you to ponder and to respond with hope.” Our bishops have built it into a major resource. So…
Is this crisis just about Covid or is it about what Covid has uncovered in our society, our world? Where is God inviting me to see need and respond with hope?
The full resource is here: https://www.ssg.org.uk/let-us-dream/
God Bless Fr Doug
FREE ITEMS FOR CARE OF THE HOUSEBOUND
A parishioner is happy to donate a Stairlift Chair (330 cm run) and also a 4-wheeled rollator with 2 trays for indoor use. Please contact Fr Doug if you’d like one or other or both!
God of endless love, ever caring, ever strong, always present, always just:
You gave your only Son to save us by the blood of his cross.
Hear the cries of our brothers and sisters who have been harmed, and of those who love them. Soothe their restless hearts with hope, steady their shaken spirits with faith.
Grant them justice for their cause, enlightened by your truth. Amen
Our parish, like every other, has a safeguarding Officer whom you should feel free to contact when you need to. There are details in the church porch.
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 our usual 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 – a generous parishioner has offered to buy the first round!
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
LES CONNOR RIP
We are sorry to announce also the death of Rob (“Les”) Connor. Funeral details to be announced.