25th April 2021
This Sunday’s Scripture
God lavishes His love upon us, and wants to call us His children. God’s love is summed up in Jesus, the Good Shepherd, who lays down His life for us, His sheep.
Good Shepherd Sunday. Each year on this Fourth Sunday of Eastertide the Church prays for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life. Please pray that young people will have the courage to listen to what God is saying in their hearts, and to follow God’s call to the priesthood or religious life. Please note that following such a call is exciting, fulfilling and joyous. There will be a retiring collection for Ecclesiastical Education Fund.
Solemn Exposition Grange 2nd May:
We honour Jesus present in the Eucharist. We believe in the presence of the risen Jesus in the Eucharist. Jesus said “this is my body… this is my blood …”, meaning ‘I am here in the Eucharist’.
Grange: Sunday 2nd May from after Mass to 1.00pm.
Milnthorpe: Sunday 6 June, times to be arranged
We celebrate the Year of St Joseph, marking 150 years since Joseph was declared Patron of the Universal Church
Please say the prayer each Wednesday.
3 Sunday celebrations: first one Saturday/Sunday 2nd May, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker
The Year of St Joseph (Thought 1)
Pope Francis writes to us: “The aim of this Apostolic Letter is to increase our love for this great saint, to encourage us to implore his intercession and to imitate his virtues and his zeal”.
He invites all of us to “ … discover in Joseph – the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence – an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble”.
Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. To you God entrusted His only Son; In you Mary placed her trust; With you Christ became man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too, Show yourself a father And guide us in the path of life. Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage, And defend us from every evil. Amen.
Website & Parish Groups:
For Leaders of Church volunteer helpers, devotional and prayer groups, ministries and the like
We are drawing up the ‘Parish Life’ Directory heading, but need your responses.
This will be the reference point for all enquiring about parish activities in our three churches. Please: Complete the short form sent in e-mail or found at the back of church.
It can be returned by e-mail, post or by putting it on the collection plate.
In time of isolation, we offer the following personal prayer support:
Fr Alf Parker will talk or pray with you on this number 015395 33145
Or you can leave a prayer request as an answerphone message on this number 01524 734816
Or leave your name and number if you would like someone to phone you back later that day
Please pray for this year’s clergy Jubilarians
60 years: John Baron and Harry Holden
50 years: Dunstan Cooper, Ed Gannon, John Gibson, Peter Sayer, Norman Johnston.
40 years: Thomas Butler, Bernard Partington, Adrian Towers, Paul Harrison
25 years: Deacon Tom Butler
Please pray for the soul of Jean Entwistle of Grange who died on the 18th April. Her requiem Mass will take place on Friday 30 April at 12noon at St. Charles followed by a burial at Grange Cemetery.
May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.
KENT ESTUARY YOUTH PROJECT (KEY)
We have continued to support young people during lockdown, mainly via online sessions. We are now able to start to deliver face to face activities again -initially in outside spaces with Covid regulations in place. Milnthorpe Youth Cafe restarted on 14th April, with others to follow soon. We need some help to run our sessions so if you are interested in volunteering we would love to hear from you. Emma Banks 07960451542 or Mary Salter 07540603378
£3 a month …. Winner takes half the pot. Proceeds to Castlerigg. castleriggmanor.co.uk/lottery
Please find below the full newsletter and the recent pastoral letter from the Bishop: