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READINGS & HYMNS FOR EASTER VIGIL
Saturday 11th April
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EASTER VIGIL
The Easter Proclamation (Exsultet)
 
Exult, let them exult, the hosts of heaven, exult, let Angel ministers of God exult,
let the trumpet of salvation
sound aloud our mighty King's triumph!
CHRIST OUR LIGHT IS RISEN
 
Be glad, let earth be glad, as glory floods her,
ablaze with light from her eternal King, let all corners of the earth be glad, knowing an end to gloom and darkness.
CHRIST OUR LIGHT IS RISEN
 
Rejoice, let Mother Church also rejoice, arrayed with the lightning of his glory,
let this holy building shake with joy,
filled with the mighty voices of the peoples.
 
The Lord be with you,
And with your Spirit
Lift up your hearts
We lift them up to the Lord
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
It is right and just.
 
It is truly right and just,
with ardent love of mind and heart
and with devoted service of our voice,
to acclaim our God invisible, the almighty Father,
and Jesus Christ, our Lord, his Son, his Only Begotten.
CHRIST OUR LIGHT IS RISEN
 
Who for our sake paid Adam's debt to the eternal Father, and, pouring out his own dear Blood,
wiped clean the record of our ancient sinfulness.
CHRIST OUR LIGHT IS RISEN

These then are the feasts of Passover,
in which is slain the Lamb, the one true Lamb, whose Blood anoints the doorposts of believers.
 
This is the night,
when once you led our forebears, Israel's children,
from slavery in Egypt
and made them pass dry-shod through the Red Sea.
 
This is the night
that with a pillar of fire
banished the darkness of sin.
 
This is the night
that even now, throughout the world,
 sets Christian believers apart from worldly vices
and from the gloom of sin, leading them to grace
and joining them to his holy ones.
 
This is the night,
when Christ broke the prison-bars of death and rose victorious from the underworld.
CHRIST OUR LIGHT IS RISEN

O  wonder of your humble care for us!
O  love, O  charity beyond all telling,
to ransom a slave you gave away your Son!
 
O  truly necessary  sin of Adam,
destroyed completely  by the Death of Christ!
 
O happy fault
that earned so great, so glorious a Redeemer!
 
The sanctifying power of this night dispels wickedness, washes faults away,
restores innocence to the fallen, and joy to mourners,
 
O  truly blessed night,
when things of heaven are wed to those of earth, and divine to the human.
CHRIST OUR LIGHT IS RISEN
 
On this, your night of grace, O  holy Father, accept this candle, a solemn offering,
the work of bees and of your servants' hands
an evening sacrifice of praise,
this gift from your most holy Church.
CHRIST OUR LIGHT IS RISEN
 
Therefore, O Lord,
we pray you that this candle,
hallowed to the honour of your name, may persevere undimmed,
to overcome the darkness of this night.
CHRIST OUR LIGHT IS RISEN
 
Receive it as a pleasing fragrance,
and let it mingle with the lights of heaven. May this flame be found still burning
by the Morning  Star:
the one Morning  Star who never sets, Christ your Son,
who, coming back from death's domain, has shed his peaceful light on humanity,
and lives and reigns for ever and ever.
CHRIST OUR LIGHT IS RISEN
Amen, AMEN
 
Second  Part
 
The Liturgy  of the Word
 
Dear brethren (brothers  and sisters),
now that we have begun our solemn Vigil,
let us listen with quiet hearts to the Word of God.
Let us meditate on how God in times past saved his people
and in these, the last days, has sent us his Son as our Redeemer.
Let us pray that our God may complete this paschal work of salvation by the fullness of redemption.
 
First Reading 

A reading from the book of Genesis     Shorter Version                             1 : 1   - 2:2

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. God  said,  'Let  us  make  man  in  our  own  image,  in  the  likeness ourselves, and let them be masters of the fish of the sea, the birds of heaven cattle, all the wild beasts and all the reptiles that crawl upon the earth.' God created man in the image of himself, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them. God  blessed them, saying to them, 'Be fruitful,  multiply, fill  the earth conquer it. Be masters of the fish of the sea, the birds of heaven and all  living animals on the earth.' God said, 'See, I give you all the seed-bearing plants are upon the whole earth, and all the trees with seed-bearing fruit; this shall be your food.  To all wild beasts, all birds of heaven and all living reptiles on the earth I give all the foliage of plants for food.' And so it was.  God saw all he had made and indeed it was very good.
The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

 
R) Send forth  your spirit,  O Lord, and renew the face of the earth.
 
Bless the Lord, my soul!
Lord God, how great you are,
clothed in majesty and   glory,
wrapped  in light as in a robe! ®
 
You founded the earth on its base,
to stand firm from age to age.
You wrapped  it with the ocean like a cloak:
the waters stood higher than the mountains. ®
 
You make springs gush forth in the valleys:
they flow in between the hills.
On their banks dwell the birds of heaven;
from the branches they sing their song. ®
 
From your dwelling you water the hills;
earth drinks its fill of your gift.
You make the grass grow for the cattle
and the plants to serve man's needs. ®
 
How many are your works, O Lord!
In wisdom you have made them all.
The earth is full of your riches.
Bless the Lord, my soul! ®
 
Prayer
 
Second Reading

A reading from the book of Genesis                                                  22:1-18
God put Abraham to the test. 'Abraham, Abraham,' he called. 'Here I  am'
he replied. 'Take your son,' God said 'your only child Isaac, whom you love,
and go to the land of Moriah. There you shall offer him as a burnt offering, on a mountain I will point out to you.' When they arrived at the place God had pointed out to him, Abraham built an altar there, and arranged the wood. Then he bound his son Isaac and put him on the altar on top of the wood. Then he stretched out his hand and seized the knife to kill his son. But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, 'Abraham, Abraham' he said. 'I am here' he replied. 'Do not raise your hand against the boy' the angel said. 'Do not harm him, for now I know you fear God. You have not refused me your son, your only son.' Then looking up, Abraham saw a ram caught by its horns in a bush. Abraham took the ram and offered it as a burnt-offering in place of his son. The angel of the  Lord called  Abraham  a second  time from  heave swear by my own self -  it is the Lord who speaks -  because you have this, because you have not refused me your son, your only son, I  will shower blessings  on you, I will  make  your  descendants  as  many  as  the  stars heaven and the grains of sand on the seashore.  Your descendants  shall possession of the gates of their enemies.  All the nations of the earth shall themselves by your descendants, as a reward for your obedience.'
The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

 
R)    Preserve me, God, I  take refuge in you.
 
O Lord, it is you who are my portion and cup;
it is you yourself who are my prize.
I   keep the Lord ever in my sight:
since he is at my right hand, I   shall stand firm. (R)
 
And so my heart rejoices, my soul is glad;
even my body shall rest in safety.
For you will not leave my soul among the dead,
nor let your beloved know decay. (R)
 
 
You will show me the path of life,
the fullness of joy in your presence,
at your right hand happiness for ever. ®
 
Prayer
 
Third Reading

A reading from the book of Exodus
The Lord said to Moses, 'Why do you cry to me so?  Tell the sons of Israel to march on.   For yourself, raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea and part it for the sons of Israel to walk through the sea on dry ground.  I  for my  part  will  make  the  heart  of  the  Egyptians  so  stubborn  that  they  will follow them.  So shall I win myself glory at the expense of Pharaoh, of all his army, his chariots,  his horsemen.  And when I  have won glory for myself, at the expense of  Pharaoh and  his chariots and  his army, the Egyptians will learn that I am the Lord.' Then the angel of the Lord, who marched at the front of the army of Israel, changed station and moved to their rear.  The pillar of cloud changed station from the front to the rear of them, and remained there. It came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel.  The cloud was dark, and the night  passed  without  the  armies  drawing  any  closer  the  whole  night  long. Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The Lord drove back the sea with a strong easterly wind all night, and he made dry land of the sea. The waters parted and the sons of Israel went on dry ground  right into the sea, walls of water to right and to left of them. The Egyptians gave chase: after them they went, right into the sea, all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. In the morning watch, the Lord looked down on the army of the Egyptians from the pillar of fire and of cloud, and threw the army into confusion.  He so clogged their chariot wheels that they could scarcely make headway.  'Let us flee from the  Israelites,' the  Egyptians  cried 'the  Lord is fighting  for them  against  the Egyptians!' 'Stretch out your hand over the sea,' the Lord said to Moses 'that the waters   may  flow   back  on  the   Egyptians   and   their   chariots   and   their horsemen.'  Moses stretched out his hand over the sea and, as day broke, the sea returned to its bed. The fleeing Egyptians marched right into it, and the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the very middle of the sea.  The  returning waters overwhelmed the chariots and the horsemen of Pharaoh's whole army, which had followed the Israelites into the sea; not a single one of them was left.  But the sons of Israel had marched through the sea on dry ground, walls of water to right and to left of them. That day, the Lord rescued Israel from the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the shore. Israel witnessed  the great act that the Lord had performed against the Egyptians, and the people venerated the Lord; they put their faith in the Lord and in Moses, his servant. It was then that Moses and the sons of Israel sang this song in honour of the Lord:

 
R) I will sing to the Lord, glorious his triumph!


I   will sing to the Lord, glorious his triumph!
Horse and rider he has thrown into the sea!
The Lord is my strength, my song, my salvation.
This is my God and I extol him,
 
my father's God and I give him praise. (R)
 
The Lord is a warrior!  The Lord is his name.
The chariots of Pharaoh he hurled into the sea,
the flower of his army is drowned in the sea.
The deeps hide them; they sank like a stone. (R)
 
Your right hand, Lord, glorious  in its power,
your right hand, Lord, has shattered the enemy.
In the greatness of your glory you crushed the foe. (R)
 
You will lead them and plant them on your mountain,
the place, O  Lord, where you have made your home,
the sanctuary, Lord, which your hands have made.
The Lord will reign for ever and ever. (R)
 
Prayer
 
Fifth Reading

A reading from the prophet Isaiah     
Thus says the Lord:
Oh, come to the water all you who are thirsty;
though you have no money, come!
Buy corn without money, and eat, and, at no cost, wine and milk.
Why spend money on what is not bread,
your wages on what fails to satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and you will have good things to eat and rich food to enjoy.
Pay attention, come to me; listen, and your soul will live.
With you I  will make an everlasting covenant out of the favours promised to David.
See, I   have made of you a witness to the peoples, a leader and a master of the nations.
See, you will summon a nation you never knew, those unknown will come hurrying to you, for the sake of the Lord your God, of the Holy One of Israel who will glorify you.
Seek the Lord while he is still to be found, call to him while he is still near.
Let the wicked man abandon his way, the evil man his thoughts.
Let him turn back to the Lord who will take pity on him, to our God who is rich in forgiving; for my thoughts  are not your thoughts, my ways not your ways - it is the Lord who speaks.
Yes, the heavens are as high above earth as my ways are above your ways,
my thoughts above your thoughts.
Yes, as the rain and the snow come down from the heavens and do not return without watering the earth,  making it yield and giving growth to provide seed for the sower and bread for the eating, so the word that goes from my mouth does not return to me empty, without carrying  out my will and succeeding  in what it was sent to do.
The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

 
R)   With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
 
Truly God is my salvation,
I trust, I  shall not fear.
For the Lord is my strength,  my song,
he became my saviour.
With joy you will draw water
from the wells of salvation. (R)
 
Give thanks to the Lord, give praise to his name!
Make his mighty deeds known to the peoples,
declare the greatness of his name. (R)
 
Sing a psalm to the Lord
for he has done glorious deeds,
make them known to all the earth!
People of Zion, sing and shout for joy
for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel. ®
 
Prayer
 
Seventh Reading

A reading from the prophet Ezekiel    
The word of the Lord was addressed to me as follows: 'Son of man, the members of the House of Israel used to live in their own land, but they defiled it by their conduct and actions. I then discharged my fury at them because of the blood they shed in their land and the idols with which they defiled it. I scattered them among the nations and dispersed them in foreign countries I sentenced them as their conduct and actions deserved. And now they have profaned my holy name among the nations where they have gone, so that people say of them, "These are the people of the Lord; they have been exiled from his land." But I have been concerned about my holy name, which the House of Israel has profaned among the nations where you have gone. And so, say to the House of Israel, "The Lord says this: I am not doing this for my sake,  House  of  Israel,  but for the  sake  of my holy name, which  you have profaned  among  the  nations  where  you  have gone. I mean to display the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations which you have profaned among them. And the nations will learn that I am the Lord – it is the Lord who speaks – when I display my holiness for your sake before their eyes. Then I am going to take you from among the nations and gather you together from all the foreign countries and bring you home to your own land. I shall pour clean water over you and you cleansed; I shall cleanse you of all your defilement and all your idols, I shall give you a new heart, and put a new spirit in you; I shall remove the heart of stone from your bodies and give you a heart of flesh instead. I   shall put my spirit in you, and make you keep my laws and sincerely respect my observances. You will live in the land which I gave your ancestors. You shall be my people and I will your God.”’
The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God


R) Like the deer that yearns for running streams so my soul is yearning for you, my God.
 
My soul is thirsting for God,
the God of my life;
when can I enter and see
the face of God? (R)
 
These things will I remember
as I  pour out my soul:
how I would lead the rejoicing crowd
into the house of God,
amid cries of gladness and thanksgiving,
the throng wild with joy. (R)

O send forth your light and your truth;
let these be my guide.
Let them bring me to your holy mountain
to the place where you dwell. (R)
 
And I will come to the altar of God,
the God of my joy.
My redeemer, I will thank you on the harp,
O God, my God. (R)
 

Prayer

 Glory to God in the highest,and on earth peace to people of good will.We praise you,we bless you,we adore you,we glorify you,we give you thanks for your great glory,Lord God, heavenly King,O God, almighty Father. Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,you take away the sins of the world,have mercy on us;  you take away the sins of the world,receive our prayer;you are seated at the right hand of the Father,have mercy on us.For you alone are the Holy One,you alone are the Lord,you alone are the Most High,Jesus Christ,  with the Holy Spirit,in the glory of God the Father. Amen.
 

Collect
Epistle

A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans                               6:3
When we were baptised in Christ Jesus we were baptised in his death other words, when we were baptised we went into the tomb with him a joined him in death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the Father's glory, we too might live a new life. If in union with Christ we have imitated his death, we shall also imitate h in  his  resurrection.  We  must  realise that  our former  selves  have be crucified with him to destroy this sinful body and to free us from the slavery sin. When a man dies, of course, he has finished with sin. But we believe that having died with Christ we shall return to life with him: Christ, as we know, having been raised from the dead will  never die again. Death has no power over him any more. When he died, he died, once for all to sin, so his life now is life with God; and in that way, you too must consider yourselves to be dead to sin but alive for God in Christ Jesus.
The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

 

Fr Eugene will intone the Alleluia

R) Alleluia, alleluia,  alleluia!
 
Give thanks to the Lord for he is good,
for his love has no end.
Let the sons of Israel say:
'His love has no end.' (R)
 
The Lord's right hand has triumphed;
his right hand raised me up.
I   shall not die,  I   shall live
and recount his deeds. (R)

The stone which the builders rejected
has become the corner stone.
This is the work of the Lord,
a marvel in our eyes. (R)
 

Gospel:

The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew.
Glory to you, O Lord.

After the sabbath, and towards dawn on the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala and the other Mary went to visit the sepulchre.  And all at once there was a violent earthquake, for the angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled away the stone and sat on it. His face was like lightening, his robe white as snow.  The guards were so shaken, so frightened of him, that they were like dead men. But the angel spoke; and he said to the women, 'There is no need for you to be afraid. I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said he would.  Come and see the place where he lay, then go quickly and tell his disciples, "He has risen from the dead and now he is going before you in Galilee; it is there you will see him."  Now I  have told you.'  Filled with awe and great joy the women came quickly away from the tomb and ran to tell the disciples. And there, coming to meet them, was Jesus.  'Greetings' he said.  And the women came up to him and, falling down before him, clasped his feet. Then Jesus said to them, 'Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers that they must leave for Galilee; they will see me there.'
The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.


Renewal of Baptismal Promises
 

Dear brethren (brothers and sisters), through the Paschal Mystery we have been buried with Christ in Baptism,
so that we may walk with him in newness of life.
And so, now that our Lenten observance  is concluded, let us renew the promises of Holy Baptism,
by which we once renounced  Satan and his works
and promised to serve God in the holy Catholic Church.
 
And so I   ask you:


Priest:Do you renounce Satan
All: I do
Priest: And all is works
All: I do
Priest: And all his empty show?
All: I do
Priest:             Do you believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth?
All: I do
  Priest: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered death and was buried, rose again from the dead
and is seated at the right hand of the Father?
All: I do
Priest: Do you believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting?
All: I do

Priest: And may almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has given us new birth by water and the Holy Spirit
and bestowed on us forgiveness of our sins, keep us by his grace,
in Christ Jesus our Lord, for eternal life.
All: Amen.

Prayers of the Faithful

1 Thine be the glory, risen, conqu'ring Son:
endless is the vict'ry thou o’er death hast won;
angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
kept the folded grave-clothes where thy body lay.

Thine be the glory, risen, conqu'ring Son;
endless is the vict'ry thou o’er death hast won.

2 Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
lovingly he greets us, scatters fear and gloom;
let the church with gladness, hymns of triumph sing,
for her Lord now liveth, death hath lost its sting.

3 No more we doubt thee, glorious Prince of life;
life is naught without thee: aid us in our strife;
make us more than conqu'rors, thro' thy deathless love:
bring us safe thro' Jordan to thy home above.

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SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

My Jesus,
I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament.
I love You above all things and
I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there,
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Amen.

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This is my body broken for you
bringing you wholeness, making you free
Take it and eat it and when you do
Do it in love for me.

This is my blood poured out for you
bringing forgiveness, making you free
Take it and eat it and when you do
do it in love for me.

Back to my Father soon I shall go
Do not forget me, then you will see
I am still with you, and you will know
you're very close to me.

Filled wit my Spirit, how you will grow
You are my branches, I am the tree
If you are faithful, others will know
you are alive in me.

Love one another, I have loved you
and I have shown you how to be free
serve one another, and when you do
do it in love for me.



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  Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia,
our triumphant holy day; alleluia,
who did once upon the cross; alleluia,
suffer to redeem our loss; alleluia!

Hymns of praise then let us sing; Alleluia,
unto Christ our heavenly king; alleluia,
who endured the cross and grave; alleluia,
sinners to redeem and save: alleluia!

But the pains which he endured; Alleluia,
our salvation have procured; alleluia,
now above the sky he's King; alleluia,
where the angels ever sing: alleluia!


HAPPY EASTER

EASTER SUNDAY ~ 10am Mass

TUESDAY 7th APRIL 2020

LIVE EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT ~ EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE ~ ACT OF CONTRITION ~ BENEDICTION



Dear Parishioners,


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.


Fr Eugene

 

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.

 
Opening Prayer
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.
 
First Reading:
 

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.”
 
Our Father….
 
Tantum ergo Sacramentum
Veneremur cernui:
Et antiquum documentum
Novo cedat ritui:
Praestet fides supplementum
Sensuum defectui.

Genitori, Genitoque
Laus et iubilatio,
Salus, honor, virtus quoque
Sit et benedictio:
Procedenti ab utroque
Compar sit laudatio.
Amen.
 
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.
 
BENEDICTION
 
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

Dear Parishioners,


I hope you are coping with the restrictions which are imposed to help hamper the spread of the Covid 19 Corona Virus, and to support all those working to deal with the pandemic.

I hope you are finding the Mass, if you have access useful to help your prayer life. there were 94+ people viewed Mass this morning! Funnily some were late joining the viewing, just like on Sundays! Can I point out that was a comment from one of the viewers ~ not me :-)

My intention is to celebrate Mass each day at 10am for the coming week, please pass the word among those who are not part of the email network.

If you have internet access you will be able to view the Mass at www.pscp.tv/holyfamilybs345/follow ( 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 Mass at your leisure, from the Parish Website: www.holyfamilyrcchurchpatchway.co.uk

I am so going to celebrate the Stations of the Cross during the week also, and I will let you know when that will be at a later date.

NEXT Sunday is Palm Sunday ~ Mass will be at 10am Live, and I have added a page to the website, where your will find links and times of all the live broadcasts for the Holy Week Services.
Including Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament / Benediction with an examination of conscience and Act of Contrition. Obviously we cannot have our usual Penitential Service and we are not permitted to Give General Absolution at this time, so it will be time for us to acknowledge our faults and sins as part of our preparations for Easter.

We are in very strange times, and it is not over yet. It is going to take a lot of prayer, will power and good will to get through this. But for the good of those parishioners, family and friends who work for the NHS ~ Emergency Services ~ Food Distribution ~ Delivery personnel  ~ Teaching Profession and staff ~ Funeral Directors and Staff ~ our sick and elderly ~ those I have forgotten and OURSELVES,  it is our duty to listen and abide by the rules of the Medical Profession and Government and not feel we are above the law or 'know better', and to do what we are told to do. If we do, please God ALL of us will be able to be united in person at the altar of the Lord once more.

You are in my prayers,
God Bless you


STAY SAFE AND INDOORS.


Fr Eugene

General Information:

If you need assistance because you are self isolating and need someone to collect prescriptions / shopping / or would like a phone call, email me and I can pass your details to the SVP who have set up a Whats App group to pass information among their members to reach out to those in need. Also, some parishioners have also given me their names, if anyone needs errands run.

As you can imagine, the parish is suffering from lack of income at this time, there is no bailout package for Charities or self-employed priests, together with all of us, if we are Staying Home.

  • I know some of our parishioners pay by Standing Order / Direct Debit as they also Gift Aid their donations, it is also possible to pay by this method using the form that was attached to the Newsletter a few weeks ago and sending / scanning it to me.
  • This form can also be used if you would like to contribute to the parish without adding Gift Aid. I have added the Parish Bank details below, if you wish to give a donation that way.
  • Shortly on our parish website there will be a PAYPAL button for donations also. In fact there will be two, one will be to the Parish Offertory Collection and the second button will be for your donations to the HOLY PLACES collection normally taken on Good Friday. 
  • Now we also have contactless payment, we can take donations over the phone, you just need to phone the presbytery 0117 9081247 as give me your card details and how much and I can process the payment. (there is a fee of 2.5% for donations made by this method).

www.holyfamilyrcchurchpatchway.co.uk

IF YOU WISH TO GIVE A DONATION TO THE PARISH AS YOUR SUNDAY OFFERING, HERE ARE THE PARISH BANK DETAILS:


Bank: NAT WEST
Sort Code: 52-10-03
Account Number: 66286530
Account Name: Clifton Diocese Re Parish of Holy Family, Bristol
Address: Bristol, Queen's Road (A) Branch
PO Box 188, 40 Queen's Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1BF


Fr Eugene Campbell VF
Parish Priest
Holy Family Presbytery,
Southsea Road,
Patchway,
Bristol,
BS34 5DP

Tel: 0117 9081247
Email: bristol.holyfamily@cliftondiocese.com

 

 

Sunday  29th March 2020

READINGS FOR SUNDAY MASS BELOW 
LIVE MASS 10am ON SUNDAY
https://www.pscp.tc/holyfamilybs345/follow
Free to sign up.

Dear Parishioners,
Just another message from the parish to bring you up-to-date with the latest events.

Due to current legislation set by the government, the Vatican and the Bishops of England and Wales, we are restricted in the following activities:-

In their letter of 18th March 2020, the President and the Vice-President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales said “in these emergency circumstances, and for as long as they last, the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is removed. This is, without doubt, the teaching of the Church (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2181). This pandemic is the 'serious reason' why this obligation does not apply at this time.”

Many of the faithful will be aware of their Easter Duties; that is to receive Holy Communion during the Easter Season and by custom, to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation beforehand. The Code of Canon Law (CIC 920) says each of the faithful is obliged to receive holy communion at least once a year. This precept must be fulfilled during the Easter season unless it is fulfilled for a just cause at another time during the year. The requirement for the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation comes from the need to be in a state of grace to receive Holy Communion (CIC 916).

As it is not possible for the faithful to receive Holy Communion at this time, and into the future, the Bishops of England and Wales have dispensed the Easter Duties for the year 2020.

The Bishops have asked that all should make a Perfect Act of Contrition at this time. Perfect contrition (or a Contrition of Charity) is true and real sorrow for our sins which is created when we realise the immense love of God for each one of us. We express this contrition when we realise how we offend God by our sinful words, deeds and omissions in contrast to the immeasurable love and mercy that he continually shows us. This requires us to be contrite of heart for what we have done, know and be overwhelmed by the love and mercy of God for his children, and to approach this grace with humility and resolution not to sin again.

An 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. Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy.

This replaces the Sacrament of Reconciliation at this time.

Anointing of the Sick is only in 'extremis' circumstances and we have very strict protocols to follow. In fact we are no longer to administer to the Sick and Dying in Southmead Hospital as all external visits are banned. It may be possible to pray with the person over the phone or Facetime, but again in extreme circumstances. This is for the safety of both patient and priest.

 

Funerals – developments

  • Guidance issued last week remains: no church services, graveside and cremation services only. The local guidance of crematorium and cemetery authorities must be followed.
  • In conducting such prayers, priests must follow guidelines on social distancing.
  • Coffins must not be taken to our churches for resting overnight before a committal
  • After the pandemic, Masses in memoriam will be permitted in the presence of the ashes for those committed during this time.

Every crematorium has restrictions on the numbers allowed to attend ~ most restricting to very close family only (less than 10). Graveside Services are also restricted in the number attending due to Social Distancing and gatherings of more than two and people meeting not from the same household. Be aware if you have to attend a funeral, you should have WRITTEN confirmation of the date time and place of the funeral from the Funeral Director as your permit to travel, in case you are stopped by the police.

When we get to Holy week, I will publish what will happen, I have to celebrate the Easter Triduum Services and I will do my best to stream them live to you. I will also next Sunday bless Palms that you will be able to have once we are released from the present regulations.

Sorry again for the long email, but I wanted to include the Mass Hymns and Readings as well as the Re-dedication of England to Mary and the Prayer for a Spiritual Communion. Remember if you help there is now a Paypal button on the parish website if you wish to give a donation to the Sunday Offertory Collection.

Be safe and you are in my prayers.


God Bless

Fr Eugene

                       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

  • Adventure
  • Science Fiction
  • Comedy

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

competition@cliftondiocese.com

You must include on a cover sheet

your name

your age

your school

Winning entries will be published online.

Application Form to complete - APPLICATION FORM

 

Good luck :)

Tuesday 24th March 2020

My dear parishioners and friends,
 

I have now uploaded the Mass for Tuesday of the 4th Week of Lent ~ it is in two videos as I got to the offertory and realised I didn't have any wine!

Part one:
https://vimeo.com/400365471 

Part Two
https://vimeo.com/400373735

Copy & Paste into your browser of click on the links on the parish website www.holyfamilyrcchurchpatchway.co.uk


Also, Pope Francis has asked all Christian people to Pray the Lord's Prayer at 11am (GMT) on WEDNESDAY 25th MARCH 2020 

 

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. 

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 victims and medical profession and all of us.

I am also 'on call' for you, but I can only visit 'in danger of death' and there are strict protocols for my protection and yours in these circumstances. If you need to have a chat, just give me a call. 0117 9081247 - when asked just say your name and wait for me to answer or for the answer phone to kick in. Leave your number and name and I will call you back.

If you know anyone who would like to be included in the parish notifications, just email me their email address.

I apologise if this email has given you concerns, that is not my intention, but it is to give you as much information as I can, so you are aware of what is happening in the Church. Working one day a week is still not happening :-)
 
God Bless and be safe.


Fr Eugene

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Tuesday 24th March 2020

My dear parishioners and friends,


As you may have just heard from the Prime Minister of the UK, Boris Johnson, that we have to STAY IN DOORS and only go out for essential, and certain reasons. He also mentioned that Churches are to be closed. We already know that we have been closed for Public Worship, now the government has gone on to say we must close. You cannot leave you homes to come to the Church even for private prayer. The Church will be open as I recently published and will remain closed until this terrible situation changes.

He made is clear that Weddings and Baptisms are also not permitted understandably. All those who have booked dates for Baptisms with Deacon Don have been contacted and informed that all dates have been cancelled until further notice. If anything happens and a baptism is needed for grave circumstances when a child is in hospital, then contact me and we can arrange for a 'Conditional Baptism' to take place in an emergency. This would only happen in extreme circumstances.

FUNERALS: Please be aware should a loved one die, the government regulations ~ cremation regulations and Church regulations state that a Requiem Mass / Church Service of any type is not permitted at this time. We are only permitted to conduct a 'Short' (less than 15mins) Committal Service at the graveside or crematorium to lay the person to rest. Attendance of relatives are extremely limited to close relatives ( spouse, children, brother / sister) but even these are very limited in numbers to single figures in most cases. Once things get back to 'normally' we can arrange a Memorial Mass. I know these arrangements are very upsetting, but safety of the living has to be paramount. Funerals will be celebrated as soon as time permits, as there is concern that demands will seriously increase. If the person dies of Corona-virus, then it will be cremation only and no relatives will be permitted to attend, so as to stop the spread of the virus. This is going to be very upsetting, especially as once a person is diagnosed with the virus, they will be quarrantined and relatives will not be allowed access at all. I know this to be the procedure as I have alreadyu been involved in such a case!


I think the Lent in a Bag, you received on the First Sunday of Lent should be a focus for your prayer life. In fact with enforced confinement, there are no excuses! (Please be sure - I did not have a premonition) that this was going to happen!

We have also started to get information of what is expected of Parish Priests and the Holy Week Services! The Catholic Bishops Conference have received a Decree on Easter from Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments at the Vatican. It says that Parish Priests should celebrate the Lord's Supper / The Lord's Passion Liturgy and a Form of Easter Vigil without a Congregation! It gives some details but also stresses that these services should be streamed live. I am waiting to hear what will come from the Bishop on this decree, but it could mean I will have to pay to have a streaming service brought into the Church. The cost of which is horrendous (£2950+vat for installation and then £150+vat a month). I am looking at a cheaper service which should do the trick. if not I will record the Services as I have been and email them to you so you can watch them at the times, we would normally have them in Holy Week. The reason for streaming is so we can be a live community, celebrating together. Interesting that the Mass last Sunday, I recorded was viewed 127 times which shows there is definitely a need. Be assured, if I can find a cheaper sound way to do it - I will.

Also, Pope Francis has asked all Christian people to Pray the Lord's Prayer at 11am (GMT) on WEDNESDAY 25th MARCH 2020 

 

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

Plenary Indulgence

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.


I am also 'on call' for you, but I can only visit 'in danger of death' and there are strict protocols for my protection and yours in these circumstances. If you need to have a chat, just give me a call. 0117 9081247 - when asked just say your name and wait for me to answer or for the answer phone to kick in. Leave your number and name and I will call you back.

If you know anyone who would like to be included in the parish notifications, just email me their email address.

I apologise if this email has given you concerns, that is not my intention, but it is to give you as much information as I can, so you are aware of what is happening in the Church. Working one day a week is still not happening :-)
 
God Bless and be safe.


Fr Eugene


 

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