The usual Parish Newsletter will not be produced while public Masses are suspended. This page will display new information coming from the Parish, Diocese or Bishops' Conference and also the requests for prayers which usually appear in our weekly newsletter as prayers for the sick, or the names of those whose anniversaries occur about now.
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Please note: as of Tuesday 24th March, both our churches will remain closed.
This short video from Cardinal Nichols explains why the Catholic Church in England and Wales is supporting this action.
While the churches are closed Fr Henry will say daily Mass privately for all parishioners.
Fr Henry's homily for the Fourth Sunday in Lent:
Hello, and good morning everyone! We live in most unusual times! Very worrying. I never remember a time quite like this in my lifetime! During the week Bishop Alan passed on to us the decision of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales that from the evening of Friday, 20th March, there would be no public Masses in our churches, although our churches would be open for individual prayer.
The Readings this week are:
1) A reading from the first book of Samuel 16:1,6-7,10-13 Samuel goes to Jesse of Bethlehem to choose a new King to replace King Saul.
2) Psalm: The Lord is my shepherd (Ps 22)
3) Ephesians: 5: 8-14
4) Gospel: John: 9: 1-41
Today, 4th Sunday of Lent Year (A) is called: 'Laetare' Sunday. Pronounced: ‘Lay-Tar-Ray’. (To Rejoice). It is taken from the end of the Prophet Isaiah: (Is. 66:10-11) and used to form the Introit of the Old Latin Mass. It now forms the Entrance Antiphon of the New Mass. Mid-way through Lent each year, the sombreness of the Lenten Liturgy is slightly lifted as we catch a glimpse of the Glory and Joy and Hope of Easter to come. The theme of the Mass today is that of Joy and Hope in the midst of great difficulty. (We have a similar celebration midway through Advent called 'Gaudete' Sunday, (pronounced: ‘Gau-Day Tay’) It is taken from St Paul’s Letter to the Philippians: (Phil. 4:4-6). On both these occasions Rose coloured Vestments are used and Rose coloured candles. On both occasions there is a noticeable surge of Joy and Hope in the Liturgy. Certainly needed in our present dire circumstances!
In St. John’s Gospel for this 4th Sunday of Lent, we have the 2nd of those special mini-dramas or plays from St. John, which are proper to him. Last Sunday we had the mini-drama of the Woman at the Well and how Jesus helped the Woman slowly but surely to deepen her faith in God. Today the mini-drama is of the Man Born Blind, near the Pool of Siloam. Jesus, having made a paste on the ground with spittle, puts this on the eyes of the blind man and tells him to go and wash in the Pool of Siloam. He does and he is cured. It was a Sabbath day. The Pharisees seized on this to attack Jesus. Then man’s sufferings begin. He is attacked by the Pharisees and the Blind Man’s parents denounce him and call him a sinner for claiming Jesus cured him. He keeps on repeating how the miracle took place to all who will listen but the crowd abuse him more and more. But the man holds firmly to what he has said and refuses to condemn Jesus, and they drive him away. In St. John’s Gospel we have always a contrast between Light and Darkness. Light represents Love, Mercy, Forgiveness, Repentance, while Darkness represents Disbelief, Sin, Hell. The Blind Man can see again and comes from Darkness into Light. But, even more wonderfully, he comes from ignorance and disbelief into the Light of Faith and Belief in Jesus and experiences salvation. This is the greater miracle, wonderful as was the cure of his physical blindness, his salvation. But notice the difficulty and suffering the man had to undergo on the way. This truly is the Way of Cross, which is the path all of us must follow who wish to follow Christ. So, as we enter this period of isolation we pick up the theme of this Laetare Sunday and seek to express by our prayers for everyone, especially those afflicted with the virus and for the NHS staff caring for them. Also, showing our concern for the elderly and housebound, being conscious at all times of hand washing and keeping our proper distance from those we visit, while all the time Rejoicing and Hopeful. And as Jesus said: 'Pray at all times and never lose heart'. God Bless you all.
Praying with other Christians: At the World Day of Prayer service on March 6th, we committed to praying together for the coming year, using a calendar produced for the purpose. We cannot meet under the present circumstances and so the reading and prayer for each month appear below.
Reading for March: Ps 100:1,2 'shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs'.
Prayer for March: We give thanks for all the joy we have in worship. Help us to take that joy out into the world and to pass it on to all those we meet.
Please pray for those who are sick, especially: Dennis Barter, Madeleine Coughlan, Donna Curtis, Anne Lindley, Hanne MacMahon, Stuart McPherson, Janice Moseley, Hugh Mullarkey, Sharon Parkin, Helen Seaman, Nicky Sugden and Anthony Walsh.
Please pray for the repose of the souls of those whose anniversaries occur about now including: Barbara Hayes, Daphne Mimms, Frederick Scallan, Margaret Joyce Burbolt, Patrick Michael Dunne, Hilda Margaret Hanlon, Catherine Large, Amanda Collins, Joseph Haggarty, Anna Burtenshaw, George Dimmock, Joanna Crowleyand Rosemary Ennis.
The Diocesan newspaper is out now and may be collected from the church porch in Hunstanton. It is also available on-line using this link.
The Pope's Prayer Intention for March: May the Church in China persevere in its faithfulness to the Gospel and grow in unity.