MASS INTENTIONS THIS WEEK
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WELCOME TO THE WEBSITE FOR SS PETER & PAUL, MAWDELSEY!
Church is now open for public Masses / Service. Please ring or email to book places on Friday 16 April, 10.30am to 3.00pm. Thank you.
THIS WEEK’S NOTICES & MASS READINGS / REFLECTIONS
OPENING CHURCH FOR PUBLIC WORSHIP
The same Covid-secure measures still need to be in place for some time yet, in order to protect everyone, so please bear with us by…
- Booking a place(s) on Fridays, between 10.30am and 3pm ONLY. No other time / day.
- Minimal speaking and making responses quietly
- Remembering to dress warmly – the church doors have to remain open throughout the service – regardless of the weather.
- Remembering not to block the doors on leaving church after receiving Holy Communion and avoid congregating in groups to talk outside church. Please remember to say a prayer of thanksgiving following your reception of Holy Communion.
READINGS FOR 11 APRIL – Faith: How we can rise above the trials and tribulations of this world and become closer to God
1st Reading: Acts of the Apostles 4:32-35, United heart and soul
Psalm 117: Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love has no end
2nd Reading: 1st Letter of St John 5:1-6, Anyone who had been begotten by God has already overcome the world
Gospel: John 20:19-31, Eight days later, Jesus came
Gospel acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! Jesus said, ‘You believe because you can see me. Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe. Alleluia!
Communion antiphon: bring your hand and feel the place of the nails, and do not be unbelieving but believing, alleluia.
REFLECTION FOR THIS SUNDAY OF DIVINE MERCY – 11 APRIL
O Jesus, eternal Truth and our Life, I call upon you and I beg your mercy for poor sinners. O sweetest heart of my Lord, full of pity and unfathomable mercy, I plead with you for poor sinners.
O Most Sacred Heart, fount of mercy from which gush forth rays of inconceivable graces upon the entire human race, I beg of you light for poor sinners.
O Jesus, be mindful of your own bitter Passion and do not permit the loss of souls redeemed at so dear a price of your most precious blood. O Jesus, when I consider the great price of your blood, I rejoice at its immensity, for one drop alone would have been enough for the salvation of all sinners.
Although sin is an abyss of wickedness and ingratitude, the price paid for us can never be equalled. Therefore, let every should trust in the Passion of the Lord and place its hope in his mercy. God will not deny his mercy to anyone. Heaven and earth may change but God’s mercy will never be exhausted.
Oh, what immense joy burns in my heart when I contemplate your incomprehensible goodness, O Jesus! I desire to bring all sinners to your feet that they may glorify your mercy throughout endless ages.
O my Jesus, despite the deep night that is all around me and the dark clouds which hide the horizon, I know that the sun never goes out. O Lord, though I cannot comprehend you and do not understand your ways, I nonetheless trust in your mercy. If it is your will, Lord, that I live always in such darkness, may you be blessed. I ask only one thing, Jesus: do not allow me to offend you in any way.
O Jesus, you alone know the longings and sufferings of my heart. I am glad I can suffer for you, however little.
When I feel that the suffering is more than I can bear, I take refuge in the Lord in the Blessed sacrament, and I speak to him with profound silence.
St Maria Faustina Kowalska (d.1938) – a Polish Sister of Our Lady of Mercy, whose mystical visions of Jesus inspired the Divine Mercy devotion
PRAYER INTENTIONS THIS WEEK
Archbishop Malcolm has asked us to pray the following at this time of crisis:
God Our Father, each person is precious to You.
You are the Giver of life.
Have mercy on us and protect us at this time, as the coronavirus threatens health and life.
You are an ever-present Helper in time of trouble.
Watch over those who are suffering, give strength to those who are aiding the sick and give courage to all in this time of anxiety.
We ask this of you in the name of your Son. Jesus Christ.
We join Pope Francis in his prayer intention for April:
We pray for those who risk their lives while fighting for fundamental rights under dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and even in democracies in crisis.
Let us pray…
That all Christians may strive for holiness by repenting of past sins;
That all who doubt or distrust the Gospel message may recognise the risen Christ in the goodness and kindness of others and learn to turn to God in faith and love;
That the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ for all people may teach us that there is no such thing as a worthless life, or a person God does not love;
That as Covid restrictions are lifted and more people receive their vaccinations, may the bonds of our relationships be renewed and strengthened
We pray now in the words Jesus gave us:
Our Father, who art in heaven…
SPECIAL FEASTS THIS WEEK
11 April – 2nd Sunday of Easter & Day of Divine Mercy
13 April – St Martin 1 – Pope and martyr
MILL HILL ‘RED’ BOXES
A very big THANK YOU to generous parishioners who, regardless of lockdowns, still collected cash in their Red Boxes for the Mill Hill Missions during the last year. You have raised an impressive total of £326.47, which is wonderful. Thanks to Sandra Cobham for organising the collection – and if anyone has a Red Box that they’d like to hand in for counting, please can you contact Sandra on 01704 821609 and she will arrange delivery.
GIFT AID SCHEME
A Gift Aid tax reclaim will be submitted shortly to HMRC. Please notify us if you are no longer a taxpayer or you paid insufficient tax during 2020/21 to cover the tax that will be reclaimed on all your donations given under Gift Aid to all charities during the tax year.
At the present standard rate of tax of 20%, 25p is reclaimed for every £1 donated, so it’s well-worth considering. Please contact the office for the relevant form if you wish to take advantage of this.
Also, if you have moved house during the tax year please let us have your new address.
MAKING OFFERTORY DONATIONS
If you’re unable to attend every Mass but wish to continue to make offertory donations, please consider the following options:-
- Write a cheque to cover all the weeks missed and end in the cheque with one envelope only
- There is no need to use all the envelopes for each week missed. It’s quite alright to use just one envelope for multiple weeks.
- Consider taking out a standing order mandate with your bank. We can provide you with the necessary form and bank details
GIFT AID ENVELOPES: The 2021-22 Gift Aid envelopes are now available in the narthex, for use from 10th/11th April. If you use envelopes, please collect yours when you come to Mass – or if you’re unable to come to Mass, please contact the office and we’ll post it to you.
CAFOD & CLIMATE CHANGE 2021 – POPE FRANCIS’ PLEA TO THE WORLD
This year, two very important world conferences will be taking place, against the backdrop of the pandemic and the spiralling crisis of our global environment that is struggling to survive the demands imposed on it by us.
CAFOD is pledging to help us make our voices heard at these conferences, both conferences are being hosted by the UK:
11 – 13 June – the G7 Summit, when heads of government from seven of the world’s richest countries will meet to discuss plans for a global recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
The G7 meeting will be a key moment for world leaders to cancel unjust debts and tackle the climate crisis.
1 – 12 November – The UN Climate Conference or COP26. A ‘COP’ means ‘conference of parties’.
Governments and negotiators from across the world will travel to the meeting to discuss how to keep temperature rises below dangerous levels and prevent the climate crisis from causing even worse catastrophes for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.
What can we do?
Go to the CAFOD website and click on the Latest News links which will take to on-line petitions / letters, urging Boris Johnson and his government to speak up for the world’s poorest and most disadvantaged.
The Pope has urged us not to forget the plight of the poor in our rush to get back to ‘normal’ life after the pandemic. He wants us to remain focussed on helping our spiritual brothers and sisters in Christ, wherever they may be. We have a duty of care for all of God’s creation.
Why 2021 is a huge year for a green recovery from coronavirus | CAFOD
“THE CHOSEN” – FILM SERIES
Highly recommended dramatization of the ministry of Christ. Also available on Google Play and the Apple Store
The Chosen TV Series (angelstudios.com)
BBC4: ‘BROTHERHOOD – THE INNER LIFE OF MONKS’
Available on iPlayer, this one-off programme on the Cistercian brothers of Mount St Bernard in Leicestershire. A really beautiful and uplifting visit to this unique monastery.
BBC Four – Brotherhood: The Inner Life of Monks
WEEK 31 – ARMCHAIR RETREATS DURING LOCKDOWN
Denis Blackledge SJ, Jesuit Parish Priest of Saint Francis Xavier’s Church in Liverpool delivers a series of armchair retreats.
Each week Fr Denis chooses a couple of scripture passages to break open the living word in a homely way to give fresh encouragement, and deepen the daily living of folk as friends and followers of Jesus.
Please use this link: Armchair Retreats | Liverpoolcatholic (liverpoolcatholicresources.com)
MUSICAL TREATS FOR THE WEEK
Two versions of the same uplifting Easter hymn: This Joyful Eastertide. The melody comes from Joachim Oudaen’s David’s Psalmen (1685) and was harmonised by Charles Wood in the 19th century.
This first version is a clever piece of technical skills plus a very musical rendition by Josh Turner
This Joyful Eastertide – YouTube
Followed by a more traditional choral version from this talented virtual choir that was filmed last Easter
This Joyful Eastertide (arr Charles Wood) [Virtual Choir] – YouTube
REGULAR WEEKLY NOTICES
MASS ON SUNDAYS
As you may be aware, our Bishops have lifted the obligation to attend Sunday Mass.
To keep Sundays holy, it might be helpful to spend some time reading the Scriptures. Besides your Bible, the Magnificat publication can be a wonderful aid to prayer and of course, you also get the readings for Mass for every day of the week! At a cost of less than £1 a week, you may be interested in subscribing now: tel. 020 7448 3618; email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website: www.catholic-herald.myshopify.com
Masses will continue to be live-streamed and televised for many months yet, so you can still take part in Sunday worship and the Act of Spiritual Communion will continue to be an important part of people’s worship for the foreseeable future.
If you have any queries or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
THE ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you.
Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.
Locally, there is St Clare’s, Sharoe Green Lane, Fulwood: www.saintclares.co.uk which streams Mass daily at 9.30am. Please follow the easy links on the website.
https://www.churchservices.tv/whats-on-now/ Great selection of Masses and other Church serviceshttps://www.lourdes-france.org/en/tv-lourdes/ Mass and daily at 2pm, the Rosary in English
https://www.livemass.org Extraordinary Form (1962 Missal)
Use the website links to EWTN (Sky Channel 588)) or the Archdiocese to access daily Masses
On the radio: Catholic Radio Sky Channel 0147
Also, you may wish to try the Pray as you Go phone app:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=pl.foxcode.prayasyougo&hl=en
PRAYERS from the Archdiocese, for Stations of the Cross etc: https://www.liverpoolcatholicresources.com/
Please email the Parish Office with details of any other online services you know of that may help parishioners at this very difficult time. We will try to include them in next week’s Newsletter.
YEAR OF ST JOSEPH
With his apostolic letter, ‘Patris Corde’ (‘With a Father’s heart’), Pope Francis has proclaimed a ‘Year of St Joseph’ running from 8 December 2020 (Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception) to December 2021.
At the end of the letter, he asks us to pray the following prayer to St Joseph:
Hail Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you, God entrusted his only Son,
In you, Mary placed her trust,
With you, Christ became man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too,
Show yourself a father
And guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage
And defend us from every evil.
PRAYER CARDS FOR THE YEAR OF ST JOSEPH: Prayer cards are available – please notify the Parish Office and we will send one out to you so that you can say the prayer to St Joseph during the week. We know we can rely on his guidance and protection in every difficulty and challenge. And his intercessions are certainly much-needed by us all at the moment!
CATHOLIC NEWSPAPERS: These are available to order directly from the publisher (www.thecatholicuniverse.com or 0161 820 5722). It can be posted to you each week. Introductory offers: printed copies for three months – £25; twelve months – £99; or digital copy £55 for twelve months.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY – SEE THIS NEW INITIATIVE! ‘The Mark 10 Mission’
Please click on the link below and identify this Sunday’s video.
The Mark 10 Mission team is passionate to see the Gospel shared with children and to help them grow in their relationship with Christ. The website is updated each Friday morning with a new episode, so happy viewing!
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OFFERTORY DONATIONS DURING THE LOCKDOWN
Many thanks to generous parishioners who continue to support the parish during this extremely challenging year.
Instead of putting money in offertory envelopes each week, those who are able to make an offering are asked to either:
- Write a monthly cheque (payable to ‘Ss Peter & Paul Church’) and post to the presbytery with a covering letter and one offertory envelope for gift aid purposes.
- Contact the office (by phone or email) to request a Standing Order mandate for your bank –
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like to discuss this further.
HELP DURING THE PANDEMIC
Check out the government website https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home to find out what the restrictions (and exceptions) are, and to keep abreast of changes in the future
Many residents have now received their first dose of the vaccine, but it is important to note that protection doesn’t kick in for a number of weeks after the vaccine, so it is vital that everyone remains vigilant and ensures that they follow all the rules to keep themselves and everyone else safe.
The number of positive cases in the NW has increased in recent weeks.
Residents can book an appointment if they are experiencing symptoms of Covid19 via www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
COVID VACCINES – IMPORTANT
Many parishioners have already received notification about their vaccine – or have received the first dose.
Please contact your local surgery if you are over 50 and have not yet been given a date for your vaccination.
Please also note that the Catholic Church has given its full support to the vaccine (all three of them) and is keen to assure Catholics that there are no moral issues linked to the science of the vaccines, whatsoever. The vaccines are safe. The Archbishop of Liverpool is anxious to dispel any myths and urges Catholics to have the vaccines. Cardinal Vin Nichols has had his first vaccine. So has the Pope – and hospital chaplains have also received their first doses.
Unfortunately some people are trying to exploit the fears of others, so be on the alert for so-called vaccine scammers, who will try and charge you for a vaccine.
There is NO CHARGE.
The vaccines are free.
GP surgeries are not paid. The government is paying for the whole programme.
Please also note that there are some scammers pretending to be the NHS. There is only one official NHS email address, which is www.nhs.uk
The NHS will never ask for details like family maiden names of bank accounts / credit & debit cards. Nor will they require you to pay anything for the vaccines. If you are contacted by a group claiming to be the NHS and they’ve asked for these details, it is a scam and you must ignore it. Then report it!
It is essential to continue to observe the ‘basics’: hand hygiene, face masks, social-distancing – and lots of good ventilation – at all times
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUERIES OR NEED ANY HELP, PLEASE CONTACT FR ANDERS AT THE PRESBYTERY IN TARLETON ON 01772 812242, OR EMAIL THE MAWDESLEY OFFICE (email@example.com)
WISHING ALL PARISHIONERS AND THEIR FAMILIES EVERY BLESSING FOR THE COMING WEEK