Prayer for the Diocesan Vision
Spirit of God,
descend on me this day.
Grant me the Spirit of joy, to lift me, the Spirit of hope to inspire me,
the Spirit of love to surround me and the Spirit of truth to enlighten my path.
I pray for a new outpouring of your grace, so that I may grow in worship of your name in love of you in my prayer
and in my actions towards others.
Come Holy Spirit into my life to guide me. Strengthen and defend me,
so that I may be drawn ever closer to you. Help me this day and always
to be a channel of grace
in all I say and do
and invite others into relationship with you.
This Tuesday the church celebrates the Solemnity of St Peter and St Paul which is usually accompanied by a collection for Peter's Pence.
At all masses this weekend we have the traditional second collection for the important work of the Holy Father's charity which distributes funds to those most in need around the world. If you can't contribute financially please pray for the work of Peter's Pence.
Find out more about the charities work or make an online donation click on this link to find out more.
Masses this Tuesday are 10am, 12.30pm and 7pm in Church and will be live-streamed as normal.
The Miracle Maker animation of this weekends gospel of the healing of Jarius' daughter and the woman with the haemorrhage reminds us of how much Jesus wants each of us to experience his saving power which is to reject fear and yield to faith in the promise of his resurrection.
Watch Archbishop Bernard share his Pastoral Letter about Unfolding God's Plan - sharing a vision for the Archdiocese.
Today we celebrate the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ - we give thanks for the gift of the Holy Eucharist in our lives. In a special way we rejoice that ewe are able to gather once again in greater numbers for the celebration of Mass.
The Bishops of England and Wales have invited Catholics to take up again the practice of honouring the Lord's Day by their participation in the celebration of Mass with their local parish communities.
Recognising that some people are unable to come and the limitations because of social distancing and capacity of churches, the Bishops encourage us once again to move forward in our physical and active participation in the celebration of Mass. They write: "It is the Eucharist, the celebration of the Mass, that makes the Church; and it is the Church, in the gift of the Holy Spirit, which makes the Eucharist. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the lifeblood of the Church. It requires our active participation and, to be fully celebrated, our physical presence."
It is great to see many people returning to Sunday Mass at this time. Your presence is truly welcome and encouraged.At this moment we pray for a renewal in the faith in the Blessed Eucharist and the celebration of the Mass in our parish community.
We thank you Lord Jesus, for the gift of yourself in the Mass. Help us always to reverence the mysteries of your Body and Blood and to know the fullness of life that you give us as the living bread come down from heaven. You have sustained us in these difficult times, renew us now by your life giving presence in the Holy Eucharist. May our active participation in the Mass nourish our faith and strengthen us in our service. Amen.