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SUNDAY 25th OCTOBER – Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Sunday 25th October 9:00 am
11:00 am 3.00pm
Barton Woodlane
Holy Mass
Holy Mass
Holy Mass
Monday 26th10am
10am to 11am
WoodlaneHoly Mass Adoration
Tuesday 27th7:30amBartonHoly Mass
Weds. 28th9:30 amBartonHoly Mass
Thursday 29th 6:00 pm
7 pm to 8 pm
WoodlaneHoly Mass
Friday 30th11:00 amHauntonHoly Mass
Saturday 31st 10:00 amBartonHoly Mass
Sunday 1st November9:00 am
11:00 am
Holy Mass
Holy Mass

‘Be joyful always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in every circumstance.’ 1 Thess 5:17

Dear Parishioners,

Greetings on this Thirtieth Sunday of the Church year! The Gospel teaches us the core dispositions of the Christian life and the pathway to living life in the Spirit. Section One, Faith in God of the Catechism of Christian doctrine poses the question: Why did God make you? The answer given: God made me to know him, love him and serve him in this world, and to be happy with him for ever in the next.

Saints of the week: The feast of the apostles St Simon and Jude takes place on Wednesday: Their relics were translated to Rome on this date. One tradition dating to the 6th century refers to their martyrdom at Sufian, Persia (modern day Iran). Simon, known as the Zealot was from Cana in Galilee, a former member of a strict Jewish sect. Because the name Jude is akin to Judas Iscariot (Jude was formerly known as Judas, son of James, Lk 6:13) few would implore his help and the overlooked apostle would thus become patron of desperate situations or hopeless (or seemingly so!) cases. ‘But you beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit; keep yourselves in the love of God; wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.’ 1 Jude 21                 As we are not bound by the obligation to attend Sunday Mass, parishioners may prefer to attend a weekday Mass where numbers are fewer – family / households should try to keep at least a metre apart from others, gel hands on entering and exiting and please wear a face covering, mandatory in enclosed places, there are plenty of free face masks in the porch and entrance areas of our churches.

 Baptism: Congratulations to the recently baptised. To arrange please ring parish Marriages: Please contact parish ideally six months before the big day! Coffee Morning: Last Tuesdays of month. Church flowers from Kluz family– Thank you!

To assist NHS Track and Trace we are keeping a record of those who come to Church, with your consent we record 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 our families: to be places of prayer and love. For the people living in areas of conflict and famine. Please continue to pray for the safety and protection of our unborn brothers and sisters in the womb (at conception a genetically complete, biologically distinct human being is created) and the health of their parent’s, those effected by Covid-19, the dying and incapacitated, travelling community, migrants, the unemployed and the homeless. We pray for young people, the 40 Days for Life witness, Holy Souls, persecuted Christians and more vocations to matrimony, priesthood, and religious life. Pray too for a deeper love of Christ’s Eucharistic presence in our churches. God Bless us all! Fr Eamonn

25th OCTOBER 2020 –  THIRTIETH SUNDAY of year A
‘ the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ (Matthew 22:35)
Entrance Antiphon/Introit: Let the heart that seek the Lord rejoice; turn to the Lord and his strength; constantly seek his face.
Collect: Almighty ever-living God, increase our faith, hope and charity, and make us love what you command, so that we may merit what you promise. 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 Response: I love you, Lord, my strength. Ps. 95:2
Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! Open our heart, O Lord,
to accept the words of your Son. Alleluia!
Communion Antiphon: Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, as a fragrant offering to God.
Readings: Exodus 22:20-26., Psalm 17:2-4,47,51., 1 Thessalonians 1:5-10., Gospel: Matthew 22: 34-40.
Sacrament of Reconciliation / Confession: Before Masses at Woodlane, at Barton before Saturday morning Mass in the Sacred Heart Chapel.
Baptism: Congratulations to the recently baptised, to arrange please ring parish. Marriages: Please contact parish ideally six months before the big day! Coffee Morning: our meetings usually last Tuesdays – thanks to helpers, next gathering to be announced. Church flowers this week from Kluz family – Thank you!




Prayer for this time of pandemic

     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.


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. 

Message from Right To Life UK:  

Help protect babies with cleft lip, cleft palate and club foot Sadly abortion is currently available in the UK, right up to birth, for babies with cleft lip, cleft plate and club foot, all of these conditions can be corrected. A cross-party group of MP’s from the three largest parties in the UK Parliament have come together to bring forward the Abortion (cleft lip, cleft palate and club foot) Bill. The Bill will change the law to clarify that cleft palate, cleft lip, and club foot are not grounds for abortion in the UK.  Can you help with getting your MP to support the Bill? Please visit to email your MP asking them to support the Bill. Message from the SPUC: Pro-abortion MP’s in Parliament want to stop pregnant women getting help outside abortion clinics by calling for buffer zones. Please consider signing the SPUC petition calling upon the Home Secretary to uphold the right of peaceful pro-life vigils. Hundreds of children are alive today because their mother met a loving pro-life person just before they walked into the abortion clinic.

Message from the SPUC: During the Coronavirus pandemic unborn babies and their mothers have been at even greater risk of abortion. The Government’s “pills through the post”, brought in as a Covid measure, means that over 23,000 women in England and Wales aborted their baby at home during lockdown. Please go to our website to learn more and order some leaflets, or ring SPUC: 020 7091 7091. Pro-abortion MP’s in Parliament want to stop pregnant women getting help outside abortion clinics by calling for buffer zones. SPUC is campaigning to save the right for peaceful pro-life vigils to take place. Hundreds of children are alive today in this country because their mother met a loving pro-life person just before they walked into the abortion clinic.

Petition to the Home Secretary:  Please consider signing the SPUC petition to uphold the right of peaceful, law-abiding pro-life citizens to offer help outside abortion clinics and to save the lives of unborn children (40 Days for Life now on, Station Rd, Kings Norton,8am to 8pm until 1st Nov., more details ring Barton: 01283 713104).  

Our Lady’s, Barton is open Mon. and Thurs.: 1pm to 7pm and Tues., Weds., Fri., and Saturday: 9am to 7pm, Sunday 25th October: 9am to 11am and 2pm to 8pm.  All Masses as listed at Barton, Woodlane and Haunton are with a public congregation. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament shall take place at Woodlane, Monday 26th Oct., 10am-11am and Thursday, 29th Oct., 7pm to 8pm. 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).

The Church porch at Barton is collecting food items to be donated to the YMCA food bank in Burton. Thank you for your generosity to date.