Sunday, 10 May 2015

6th Sunday of Easter

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"

 

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Nan Ganley,

Lately Dead: Fr John Dugdale, Fr Peter Samuels  

Anniversaries: Robert Austin, Gerard Kehoe, Mary Walsh, Margaret Catlow

 

Masses this week:

Mon – No Mass                   Tues – 9.30 am Mass

Wed – 6.30pm Mass followed by Exposition

Thurs – 12noon Mass followed by Packed Lunch

Fri – 07.30am Mass followed by breakfast

 

We remember, this weekend, the 70th anniversary of VE day and therefore will pray for Peace in Europe.

 

Fr Dugdale's body will be received into St Joseph's church, Audley Range, Blackburn, on Thursday, 14th May for concelebrated Mass at 7.00pm. Bishop John will celebrate the Requiem Mass on Friday, 15th May at 11.00am at St Joseph's followed by burial in the cemetery at Pleasington Priory.

 

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Prayer to Our Lady  Hail, holy Queen, mother of mercy; hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope! To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To you do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy towards us; and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus.

O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

 

Next Week  or children, and others, will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Pease keep them in your prayers each day this week. The following is a traditional prayer to the Holy Spirit:

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, and enkindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth. Let us pray: O God, who has taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that by the gift of the same Spirit, we may be always truly wise and ever rejoice in his consolation. Amen.

 

Prayer is an essential part of the Christian life, and used to be very much the part of our Catholic homes. Families used to regularly pray the Rosary together, especially in May and October. How many families actually pray together today? Sometimes people say that we do not know any of the prayers and todays modern prayers we do not know. Traditional prayers are just as important, and if we know prayers by heart, it can mean that we are able to pray them when we are alone and especially if we have no books with us. In today's world, with access to the internet via our computers, phones etc, we are just as able to access the prayers on the internet. It is quite common now to see priests looking at their mobile phone as they read the Office of the Day from the internet. This is accessible to everyone. The readings and the prayers of the day can also be accessed by various apps all free! So in a way, there is no excuse for us to say that we do not have prayers any more. We do, but they are in a different place. They may not be in books, but they are even more easy to get hold of on the internet.

So if you see someone looking at their phone or ipad in Church, it could well be that they are following the Mass or offering prayers! Remember the old record form years ago about the pack of cards acting as a soldier's prayer book and bible? Well it is the same today. So please encourage our young people to use the internet for prayer and meditation as well. On the internet you can also access the bible where it can also be read. And do not forget the Pope App!

                                                                                                                        Fr John