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SUNDAY 9th AUGUST – NINETEENTH SUNDAY OF YEAR A

DateTimeChurch
Sunday 9th August9:00 am
11:00 am
Haunton
Barton
Holy Mass
Holy Mass
Monday 10th9:00 am
10 am to Noon
WoodlaneHoly Mass
Adoration
Tuesday 11th9:30 amBartonHoly Mass
Weds. 12th9:30 amBartonHoly Mass
Thursday 13th6:00 pm
7 pm to 8 pm
WoodlaneHoly Mass
Adoration
Friday 14th11:00 amHauntonHoly Mass
Saturday 15th AUG10:00 amBartonHoly Mass
Sunday 16th AUG9:00 am
11:00 am
Haunton
Barton
Holy Mass
Holy Mass

PARISH NOTICES:

9th AUGUST 2020 –  NINETEENTH SUNDAY of Year A

‘Courage! It is I! Do not be afraid.’ Matthew 14:26

Entrance Antiphon: ‘Look to your covenant, O Lord, and forget not the life of your poor ones for ever. Arise, O God, and defend your cause, and forget not the cries of those who seek you.’

Collect: Almighty ever-living God, whom, taught by the Holy Spirit, we dare to call our Father, bring, we pray, to perfection in our hearts the spirit of adoption as your sons and daughters, that we may merit to enter into the inheritance which you have promised. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Psalm resp. 84 v.8: Let us see, O Lord, your mercy and give us your saving help.

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! Blessings on the King who comes, in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest heavens! Alleluia!

Communion Antiphon: ‘The bread that I give, says the Lord, is my flesh for the life of the world.’

Readings: 1 Kings 19:9.11-13, Psalm 84:9-14., Romans 9: 1-5, Gospel: Matthew 14: 22-33

Sacrament of Reconciliation / Confession: Before Masses at Woodlane, at Barton before Saturday morning Mass in the Sacred Heart Chapel beneath gallery.

Parish representatives: Barton and Woodlane: Safeguarding: Marcella Henley. Health and Safety: Laurie Hopkins and Sean Stanley Haunton: Safeguarding: Jackie Butcher. Health and Safety: Colin O’Carroll and Michael Hession      

 Baptism: Congratulations to the recently baptised. To arrange please ring parish Marriages: Please contact parish ideally six months before the big day! Coffee Morning: To be organised soon. Church flowers this weekend Quinn family, Wolverhampton – Thank you!

‘Be joyful always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in every circumstance.’ I Thess 5:17

Every good wish on this Nineteenth Sunday of the year! I hope this second weekend of August newsletter finds you with faith, hope and love in your hearts. We are travelling through difficult times, for nearly five months, great swathes of humanity have, for the first time in history been deprived of access to Holy Mass. Thank the Lord the return has begun. In the special collect of the traditional Votive Mass for deliverance is the prayer: “O God, who does not want the death of the sinner but that he should repent: welcome with pardon Thy people’s return to Thee: and so long as they are faithful in thy service, do thou in Thy clemency withdraw the scourge of thy wrath. Through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Now more than ever we are urged to heed the words of Jesus from today’s Gospel: ‘Courage! It is I! Do not be afraid.’ (Matt. 14:26). 

As you are well aware we are not bound by the obligation to attend Sunday Mass and Holy Days; with that in mind parishioners may feel more at ease with attending a weekday Mass where numbers are fewer. Please be aware family / household groups should try to keep at least a metre apart from others, gel hands on entering and exiting and please wear a face covering, essential and mandatory in enclosed places (I shall wear a face mask before and after Mass and during distribution of Holy Communion), there are plenty of free face masks in the porch and entrance areas of Barton and Haunton Church. At Our Lady’s there are extra chairs in the Church, porch, hall, gallery and the Sacred Heart chapel; arrangements to aid social distancing. Government guidance for the safe use of places of worship states that churches should assist NHS Track and Trace by keeping a record of those who come to Church, thus the Archdiocese of Birmingham recommends we capture contact details: name and phone number of those attending (individuals and families are free to decline) and in line with GDPR, kept for 21 days and then disposed of.

I realise some parishioners will wish to remain at home especially if they are either feeling ill, suspect they are ill, have been exposed to Covid 19, have a pre-existing condition, are immuno-compromised, or have a sick family member in their household.

Prayer Intentions: For families: to be places of prayer and love. For the people of Lebanon following the Beirut port explosion. Please continue to pray for the safety and protection of our unborn brothers and sisters in the womb (there are no medical circumstances justifying direct abortion, that is circumstances in which the life of a mother may only be saved by directly terminating the life of her unborn child ‘Statement by Obstetricians’ 1992), those effected by Covid-19, the dying and incapacitated, travellers, migrants, the unemployed and the homeless. We pray for young people, Holy Souls, persecuted Christians and more vocations to matrimony, priesthood, and religious life. Pray too for a deeper love in Christ’s Eucharistic presence in our Churches. God Bless you all! Fr Eamonn

     Almighty and eternal God, from whom the whole universe receives energy, existence and life, we come to you to invoke your mercy, because today we are still living the fragility of the human condition in the experience of a new viral epidemic.

     We believe that it is you who guides the course of human history and that your love can change our destiny for the better, whatever our human condition may be. This is why we entrust the sick and their families to you: for the paschal Mystery of your Son gives salvation and relief to their body and spirit.

     Help each member of society do their job by strengthening the spirit of mutual solidarity. Support doctors and health workers, educators and social workers in the performance of their duties.

     You who are comfort in fatigue and support in weakness, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of all the holy doctors and healers, keep all evil away from us.

      Free us from the epidemic that is affecting us so that we can calmly resume our usual occupations and praise you and thank you with a heart renewed.

      We trust you and address our plea to you, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

CHURCH OPENING TIMES

Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Church, BARTON is open for private prayer: Monday 1pm to 9pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 8am to 8pm, Thursday 4pm to 9pm, Sunday 8am to 8pm. The Barton Church porch shall be open every day from 8am. If you are passing Our Lady’s, Barton do know you are most welcome into Church during those times. All Masses as listed at Barton and Woodlane and Haunton are with a public congregation. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament shall take place at WOODLANE (all welcome) Monday, 10th AUG: (9am Mass) 10am to 12noon and Thursday, 13th AUG: 7pm to 8pm. Please wear a face covering, observe social distancing; alcohol-gel hand sanitisers are available. SS. Michael and James, HAUNTON shall be open for TWO hours on Fridays, 10:30am to 12:30 (Holy Mass: 11am) and Sundays, 8:30am to 10:30am (Holy Mass: 9am). For the three Churches guidance has been followed, a risk assessment completed, and information circulated, thank you to our Health and Safety and Safeguarding teams. The Church porch at Barton is collecting food items to be donated to the YMCA food bank in Burton. Thanks for items donated to date, gratefully received!  

                                                OFFERINGS

Many thanks for your regular giving to the parishes. I am very grateful for all your church contributions, cheques, Gift Aid envelopes, direct debits and standing orders. I appreciate your ongoing generosity. Thank you for your kindness to the parishes, to several charities and those near, dear and far in these demanding times, Fr Eamonn.

Our Lady of Perpetual help prayer: Mother of Perpetual Help, with the greatest confidence we come before you to be inspired by the example of your life. We think of you at that moment when, full of faith and trust, you accepted God’s call to be the mother of His Son. Help us, your children, to accept with joy our own calling in life. When you learned that your cousin Elizabeth was in need you immediately went to serve her and offer your help. Help us, like you, to be concerned for others. We think of you, Mother, at the foot of the cross. Your heart must have bled to see your Son in agony. But your joy was great when he rose from the dead, victorious over the powers of evil. Mother of Sorrows, help us through the trials and disappointments of life. Help us not to lose heart. May we share with you and your Son the joy of having courageously faced up to all the challenges of life. Amen. 

Extract from message of Archbishops:

“As I have loved you”, said the Lord Jesus, “so you must love each other.” (John 13:34). The lockdown has brought forth remarkable acts of charity, of loving kindness, from Catholics across our communities as they have cared for the needy and vulnerable. As we prepare to gather again to worship, let us, respectful of each other, come together in thanksgiving to God for the immense gift of the Holy Eucharist.

Saints celebrated in the forthcoming week.

     On Monday, 10th August we keep the feast of St Lawrence who was martyred in 258AD. His existence is attested by an ancient writing Depositio Martyrum. St Lawrence was a Deacon in Rome closely associated with Pope Sixtus II, who was martyred a few days before him in the persecution of Emperor Valerian. St Lawrence was arrested by the prefect and called on to deliver up the property of the Church, his answer was to point to a crowd of poor people and utter these words: “Here are the true treasures of the Church.” 

     Tuesday is the memorial of St Clare (1194 – 1253AD), founder of the Order of Poor Clares. St Clare was inspired by the preaching of St Francis. For the last twenty-seven years of her life Clare suffered from various illnesses but remained devoted to her convent sisters and to the town of Assisi. Twice Assisi was in danger of being sacked by the armies of Emperor Frederick II but St Clare, although ill, was carried to the wall with a pyx containing the Blessed Sacrament, at which, according to her biographers, the armies fled.

      This Friday we reflect on the life of the priest, St Maximilian Kolbe. As a child he accepted a white and red crown from Our Lady representing purity and martyrdom respectively.  St Maximilian founded the Militia of the Immaculate Mary and undertook a mission across Europe and Asia including Japan. During his imprisonment at Auschitz he offered himself in exchange for the father of a large family due to be executed. St Maximilian led others in prayer in the starvation bunker.