THIS WEEK 23rd February 2020
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Mass Times: St Edmund: 9am, 11am & 7pm, St Joseph: 10am
Readings at Mass: 23rd Feb 1st Reading:Leviticus 19:1-2,17-18 Psalm:102(103):1-4,8,10,12-13 2nd Reading:1 Corinthians 3:16-23 Gospel: Matthew 5:38-48
Thoughts for the week: 1. “You must ... be perfect just as your heavenly Father is perfect” Jesus says to His disciples (us!!) in today’s Gospel. He encourages us to ‘go further’ than others in the way we live life! Live ‘ordinary lives in an extraordinary way’ as St Pope John Paul II proclaimed.
2. “Be holy” Moses proclaims (1st reading). What do you ‘need’ to be holy? To be whole? To be as God intended?
3. We are God’s Temple, Paul writes (2nd reading). In what way are you God’s Temple? Your way of life? Your attitude to others? Your prayer ... ?
VOCATIONS -World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life. Are you ready for “a living encounter with the Lord in His people?” Are you being called to proclaim the coming of the kingdom as a priest, deacon, religious sister or brother?”Could it be that you or someone in your family are being called to consider priesthood or consecrated life? Contact Father John Cooke on Tel No 01329 318 869 or email:
MISSION PRAYER -I thank you almighty and ever loving Father for you have created me in such a way that I am able to experience and become a source of your merciful presence to my neighbour.Give me a renewed desire and the courage to be still in your presence. Allow your Holy Spirit to renew my inner-life. As I grow ever more conscious of my vocation to be a Disciple of your Son Jesus, with Mary as my companion on this journey; may your Light shine more brightly within me, your Love be shared more widely through me and my Gospel Witness be profound. Amen
POPE FRANCIS PRAYER INTENTION FOR FEBRUARY -Listen to the Migrants' Cries. We pray that the cries of our migrant brothers and sisters, victims of criminal trafficking, may be heard and considered..
NEXT WEEK 1st March 2020
First Sunday of Lent Mass Times: St Edmund: 9am, 11am & 7pm, St Joseph: 10am
ENGLAND TO BE REDEDICATED AS MARY'S DOWRY. On the 21 February, all Catholics will be invited to begin a 33-day consecration to Jesus through Mary following the method of St Louis de Montfort. On Wednesday 25 March, the Feast of the Annunciation, all who are following the 33-day consecration will consecrate themselves to Jesus through Mary. From the Thursday 26 to Saturday 28 March a 3-day triduum of prayer will begin, in which all will be invited to recite the Litany of Saints and Martyrs of England and pray the Rosary in preparation for the Rededication. On Sunday March 29 everyone is invited to undertake a personal Rededication as the Dowry of Mary. This will be done in Westminster, Walsingham, every Cathedral, every cooperating parish, and as many homes as possible. It is a personal Rededication following the guidelines in the book 'The Angelus Promise', obtainable from the Shrine but will be made available for all by the parish.
ALPHA COURSEwill be starting at 7pm Tuesday 3 March in St Edmund Hall. A 10 week course for those wanting to brush up on the essentials of their Christian faith. It opens the door for those who have lapsed or long
to renew their faith and transform their lives.
Please contact the Parish Office email if you or anyone you know would like to join. Each session includes a meal and covers a key element of the gospel in a way that is easy-to-follow and leaves space for people to explore their questions about life, faith, and God. Sessions include: Is there more to life than this? Who is Jesus? Why did Jesus die? How can we have faith? Why and how do I pray? Why and how do I read the Bible? How does God guide us? Who is the Holy Spirit? What does the Holy Spirit do? How can I be filled with the Holy Spirit? How can I resist evil? Does God heal today? How can I make the most of the rest of my life?
VERBUM DEI QUIET DAY – SPEAK LORD, YOUR SERVANT IS LISTENING. Saturday 21 March 10:30am—4:45pm. Verbum Dei Retreat Centre: Nunnery Lane, Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight, PO30 1YR. Cost is a suggested donation of £10; a simple lunch and tea and coffee is provided. To book a place or more information contact: Patricia Yandell (lay missionary with Verbum Dei Family) on 07835948435 or email: or Sister Margarida 07970 083252 email:
PARISH PILGRIMAGE 2020led by Father Vincent and Godfrey Doyle. Following the successful pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela and last year to Malta a further one is being planned for this year. This will be to Fatima and other religious and historic sites in northern Portugal, finishing in Lisbon. It is being planned for 14—21 October 2020. Details available soon.
SICK AND IN HOSPITAL? If a family member is going into the General Hospital please let your local priest know (in case they require ‘Anointing’ before being admitted); also inform the Hospital Chaplaincy requesting a visit by the Team and, if appropriate, Holy Communion (or to arrange to attend the afternoon Mass in the Hospital)
The Mission Thank you to all who planned, ran and got involved with the Mission held from 30 May - 9 June 2019. A special thanks to Father Des, Tina Quinn, the ‘Welcomers’, ‘Hospitality Teams’ and musicians/singers. Many of us have benefited from the 9 days of prayer, talks, reflections, conversations and Masses. Now what next?
- Consider a deeper involvement in Parish Life? Let us know! - Baptism Team? - Pre-Marriage Team? - Winter shelter scheme? - Reader, Eucharistic Minister? - Welcomer, Hospitality…?
- Maybe ‘Called and Gifted’ (July) or - ‘Open Door Retreats’ (September) or
- ‘Week of Accompanied Prayer’ (November)
See posters/TV in St Ed’s porch/Website for details
Discipleship: To Encounter, To Abide, To Follow, To Evangelise
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