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TUESDAY 7th APRIL 2020
LIVE EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT ~ EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE ~ ACT OF CONTRITION ~ BENEDICTION
Because of the present circumstances we are unable to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation due to Social Distancing and it is not permitted via the phone / internet / Skype / FaceTime etc. We still need an opportunity to recognise our faults and failings before the Lord in the Sacrament of the Altar, and make a good Act of Contrition. And so this service will be a good chance to make a 'Spiritual Contrition.' The text for the Service is below
If you have internet access you will be able to view the Serviceat www.pscp.tv/holyfamilybs345 ( it is free to sign up) or just click 'the play triangle'.
Shortly after the live broadcast I will upload a link so you can watch the Service at your leisure, from the Parish Website: www.holyfamilyrcchurchpatchway.co.uk
You are in my prayers,
God Bless you
STAY SAFE AND INDOORS.
O bread of heaven, beneath this veil
thou dost my very God conceal;
my Jesus, dearest treasure, hail;
I love thee and adoring kneel;
each loving soul by thee is fed
with thine own self in form of bread.
O food of life, thou who dost give
the pledge of immortality;
I live; no, ‘tis not I that live;
God gives me life, God lives in me:
he feeds my soul, he guides my ways,
and every grief with joy repays.
O bond of love, that dost unite
the servant to his living Lord;
could I dare live, and not requite
such love then death were meet reward:
I cannot live unless to prove
some love for such unmeasured love.
Lord Jesus Christ, you give us your body and blood in the eucharist as a sign that even now we share your life. May we come to possess it completely in the kingdom where you live for ever and ever. You live and reigns with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
"'Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. Everyone who asks receives; everyone who searches finds; everyone who knocks will have the door opened. Is there anyone among you who would hand his son a stone when he asked for bread? Or would hand him a snake when he asked for a fish? If you, then, evil as you are, know how to give your children what is good, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him! 'So always treat others as you would like them to treat you; that is the Law and the Prophets. 'Enter by the narrow gate, since the road that leads to destruction is wide and spacious, and many take it; but it is a narrow gate and a hard road that leads to life, and only a few find it. 'Beware of false prophets who come to you disguised as sheep but underneath are ravenous wolves. You will be able to tell them by their fruits. Can people pick grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? In the same way, a sound tree produces good fruit but a rotten tree bad fruit. A sound tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor a rotten tree bear good fruit. Any tree that does not produce good fruit is cut down and thrown on the fire. I repeat, you will be able to tell them by their fruits. 'It is not anyone who says to me, "Lord, Lord," who will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but the person who does the will of my Father in heaven. When the day comes many will say to me, "Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, drive out demons in your name, work many miracles in your name?" Then I shall tell them to their faces: I have never known you; away from me, all evil doers!"
The Word of the Lord
1 Soul of my Saviour, sanctify my breast,
body of Christ, be thou my saving guest,
blood of my Saviour, bathe me in thy tide,
wash me with water flowing from thy side.
2 Strength and protection may thy Passion be,
O blessèd Jesu, hear and answer me;
deep in thy wounds, Lord, hide and shelter me,
so shall I never, never part from thee.
3 Guard and defend me from the foe malign,
in death's dread moments make me only thine;
call me and bid me come to thee on high
where I may praise thee with thy saints for ay.
The Royal Road of the Cross - written by Thomas à Kempis
There will always be many who love Christ’s heavenly kingdom, but few who will bear his cross. Many are eager to be happy with him; few wish to suffer anything for him. Many love Christ as long as they encounter no hardship; many praise and bless him as long as they receive some comfort from him. But if Jesus hides himself and leaves them for a while, they either start complaining or become dejected. Those, on the contrary, who love him for his own sake and not for any comfort of their own, praise him both in trial and anguish of heart as well as in the bliss of consolation. Even if Jesus should never comfort them, they would continue to praise and thank him. What power there is in a pure love for Jesus – love that is free from all self-interest and self-love!
Do not those who always seek consolation prove that they love themselves rather than Christ? Where can we find anyone who is willing to serve God for nothing? Such a person is worth far more than the jewels brought from the most distant lands. Take up your cross and follow Jesus, and you will inherit everlasting life. There is no other way to life and to true inward peace than the way and discipline of the cross. Go where you will, seek what you want, you will not find a higher way, nor a less exalted but safer way, than the way of the cross. Arrange and order everything to suit your desires and you will still have to bear some kind of suffering, willingly or unwillingly. The cross, therefore, is unavoidable. It waits for you everywhere. No matter where you may go, you cannot escape it, for wherever you go you take yourself along. Turn where you will – above, below, without, or within – you will find the cross.
If you willingly carry the cross, it will carry you. It will take you to where suffering comes to an end, a place other than here. If you carry it unwillingly, you create a burden for yourself and increase the load, though still you have to bear it. If you try to do away with one cross, you will find another and perhaps a heavier one. How do you expect to escape what no one else can avoid? Which saint was exempt? Not even Jesus Christ was spared. Why is it that you look for another way other than the royal way of the holy cross? The whole life of Christ was a cross. And the more spiritual progress you strive for, the heavier will your crosses become, for as your love for God increases so will the pain of your exile. When you willingly carry your cross, every pang of tribulation is changed into hope of solace from God. Besides, with every affliction the spirit is strengthened by grace. For it is the grace of Christ, and not our own virtue, that gives us the power to overcome the flesh and the world. You will not even fear your enemy, the devil, if you arm yourself with faith and are signed with the cross of Christ. Decide then, like a good and faithful servant of Christ, to bear bravely the cross of your Lord. It was out of love that he was crucified for you. Drink freely from the Lord’s cup if you wish to be his friend. Leave your need for consolation to God. Let him do as he wills. On your part, be ready to bear sufferings and consider how in these sufferings lies your greatest consolation. The sufferings of this life are not worthy to be compared with the glory to come.
CARDINAL NICHOL ON THE EASTER DUTY.
EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE
We pause for a few moments to bring our faults and failings
before the Lord who gave his life for the forgiveness of our sins.
ACT OF CONTRITION
“My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against You, whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with Your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Amen.”
Tantum ergo Sacramentum
Et antiquum documentum
Novo cedat ritui:
Praestet fides supplementum
Laus et iubilatio,
Salus, honor, virtus quoque
Sit et benedictio:
Procedenti ab utroque
Compar sit laudatio.
Let us pray
Lord our God, you have given us the true bread from heaven. In the strength of this food may we live always by your life and rise in glory on the last day. We ask this through Christ the Lord.
Divine Praises ~ repeat after the Priest
Blessed be God.
Blessed be His Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man.
Blessed be the Name of Jesus.
Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be His Most Precious Blood.
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most Holy.
Blessed be her Holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her Glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the Name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints.
The Blessed sacrament is placed back in the Tabernacle
Holy Virgin, by God’s decree,
You were called eternally;
That he could give his Son to our race.
Mary, we praise you, hail, full of grace.
Ave, ave, ave, Maria.
By your faith and loving accord,
As the handmaid of the Lord,
You undertook God’s plan to embrace.
Mary we thank you, hail, full of grace.
Ave, ave, ave, Maria.
Joy to God you gave and expressed,
Of all women none more blessed,
When in mankind your Son took his place.
Mary, we love you, hail, full of grace.
Refuge for your children so weak,
Sure protection all can seek.
Problems of life you help us to face.
Mary, we trust you, hail, full of grace.
To our needy world of today
Love and beauty you portray,
Showing the path to Christ we must trace.
Mary, our mother, hail, full of grace.
Monday 30th March 2020 - Prayers from home
Please click on the link below for prayer resources for home.
Sunday 29th March 2020 - 8.15pm
Sunday 29th March 2020
Message from the Diocese - Competition Time
To write a short story between 500 and 750 words on the theme of Hope. It can be anything you like
- Science Fiction
You may never have written a short story before but have a go! We are interested in your ideas. Be imaginative.
Closing Date Friday 3rd April 2020. Entries should reach us by 4pm on Friday 3rd April
We are going to run a competition every fortnight - everyone is invited to take part.
There are 3 age categories
- below 8
- 8 to 12
- 12 and above.
There will be a small prize for each group winner and winning entries will be published on line. Each competition will reflect a different skill.
Please send your entries to
You must include on a cover sheet
Winning entries will be published online.
Application Form to complete - APPLICATION FORM
Good luck :)
Tuesday 24th March 2020
My dear parishioners and friends,
Adoration and Urbi et Orbi blessing
Rome), he will pray on the steps of St Peter’s basilica. Although the square will be empty, there will be a period of Adoration and readings from Scripture. (6pm Friday 27 March at 5pm UK time, Having prayed the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis also revealed that on
At the end of the service, the Holy Father will impart his Urbi et Orbi blessing and will offer a Plenary indulgence for the COVID-19 pandemic. He asks that we join together to uphold the universality of prayer, compassion and tenderness. Pope Francis encourages us to “remain united and make our closeness felt – especially with healthcare professionals and those who serve.”
Please say a prayer for the Priest's of the Deanery, we are considered 'Key Workers' and between us are covering the needs of Southmead Hospital, It is only a matter of time before one of us will be called into to administer the Sacrament of Sick to a Corona Virus patient, and all that entails, PPE suit / Face Mask etc.
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