5th Sunday of Easter

Sunday 2nd May 2021 - The Feast of St Joseph the Worker.

This Sunday’s Scripture

Jesus is the vine, we are the branches. We are grafted on to Jesus so that we may receive His grace to make us bear fruit in good works, just as the vine branches take in the sap from the root to make the sweet grapes. It is His love and grace that enables us to be the presence of Christ in this world today.

Keeping Faith

The Year of St Joseph (Thought 2), St Joseph the Worker:

Pope Francis says

  • “…. Saint Joseph was a carpenter who earned an honest living to provide for his family.

  • From him, Jesus learned the value, the dignity and the joy of what it means to eat bread that is the fruit of one’s own labour.

  • Let us implore Saint Joseph the Worker to help us find ways to express our firm conviction that no young person, no person at all, no family should be without work!”

To honour St. Joseph and ask his help we:

  • Say the prayer to St Joseph each Wednesday.

  • Honour him with devotions at the beginning of Mass on this Sunday.

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.

Rosary for an end to Covid:

  • Pope Francis invites Marian Shrines and Catholics around the world to dedicate the month of May to a marathon of prayer for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • The theme is “The whole Church was fervently praying to God,” which recalls a verse in the Book of Acts (12:5).

  • We will recite rosary after the weekday Mass in May for the Pope’s intentions - at Grange Tuesdays and Arnside Thursdays.

Keeping Contact

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.

Keeping Charity

Death, Arnside: Please pray for the soul of Rose Best of Arnside who died on 26th April aged 99 years. Her funeral has yet to be arranged. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.

Please pray for the sick of our parishes:

Geoff Critchley, Michael Carter, Pam Gee, Stella Naylon, Josie Buckley, Margaret Vincent, Brian Mills, Eileen Parker, Christine McIvor, Philip Barry, Chris Browne, Libby Stretton, Jenny Hodkinson, Kathleen Lavin, Angela Nottingham, Alan Wild, Gerry Gibbons, Pat Duckett, Pam Clarke.

Also please pray for those whose anniversaries occur about this time.

Notices and Adverts:

DID YOU KNOW … The Catholic Church is now the biggest purchaser of green energy in England and Wales, bishops have revealed. The Church purchases its energy through an organisation called Interdiocesan Fuel Management, with 78 per cent of its gas coming through a Scottish gin distillery and 22 per cent derives from carbon offset projects. It also helps funds water production projects in developing world countries.

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