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MAY IS THE MONTH OF MARY/ JUNE IS THE MONTH OF THE SACRED HEART

SEVENTH WEEK OF EASTERTIDE/ ASCENSIONTIDE


Dear parishioners,


Ascension Day and Release of ‘Mass of the Ages’ Part 2.


We joyously celebrated Ascension Day last week which became not only a celebration of Our Lord’s ascension into Heaven and his Kingship over all, but also it was somehow a celebration that we have come through the pandemic and our social life has returned again. The Mass for the Vigil of the Ascension was celebrated at the School on Wednesday and on Thursday our school celebrated the first sports day open to parents and family for three years. The weather was wonderful and families brought picnics or could enjoy the school’s offering of fish and chips in paper to be eaten in the open air. That’s how to do it, although the Keralan curries brought in by some parents also looked very inviting. I can’t remember which team won… was it St Catherine’s, St Theresa’s, St Joseph’s or St Nicholas? My failure of memory might be because I had no vested interest in one team, (I wasn’t allowed), but of course, I wished them all well. It was also a joy to see STM children of the future running a race showing some potential in our two year olds not only in athletics but also for the choir competition in 2028. This Ascension Day also sees the return of obligation to attend mass on Sunday and holy days of obligation, with the usual exceptions of course, and so it was good to see so many of you observing this.


Also on Ascension Day, the second of three instalments of ‘Mass of the Ages’ , two years in the making, was released on YouTube. These are films, each about an hour long, which have been funded by the donations of ordinary catholics and are of a high quality. Each episode of 'Mass of the Ages' is not released on Youtube until it has first been released at cinemas in the USA.


Part 1, which many of you have seen, answers the questions ‘Why are people drawn to the Traditional Latin Mass? Why do families travel miles and miles to get to one? Why and how does it change and enrich people’s spiritual lives? Such questions as these are answered by a variety of people who give moving testimony to the spiritual power of Catholic Tradition and episode 1 has now been watched by millions of people. Mass of the Ages ‘Discover the Traditional Latin Mass’ Episode 1 can be viewed on:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdbwNMYKhw0&t=7s


Part 2, released on Ascension Day, answers such questions as ‘If the Traditional Latin Mass is so powerful, why was it changed? Isn't the new mass just a modernised version of the old mass? Can we see a continuity between the two? Why do some people think the new mass is not in evolutionary line with Catholic tradition but something revolutionary? (this is clearly illustrated with a diagram of a growing tree and the growth of its branches and what it looked like after 1970). Who wrote the new mass? What motivated him/ them to write it and who was it written for? What’s the connection between children’s cartoon music and a certain modern setting of the mass? Some of the answers to these questions may lead you to ask more questions. I’m happy to discuss any points with you. Mass of the Ages Episode 2 ‘A Perfect Storm’ can be viewed on:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XctfSR7SS4



CONFIRMATION 2022

Next meeting: This Sunday 29th May, 4.00 p.m. in the house.


FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2022.


Our children will be making their First Holy Communion at all mass on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June. Please keep pray for them as they prepare for the happy day.


‘Children’s Liturgy’ will be taking a break for half term.


Deaths


For all our brothers and sisters who ate the Body of Christ, the bread of Life, that they may be raised up on the Last Day. (Drawn from the intercession of the Funeral Mass)

Please pray for the soul of:

Christopher Brook who died on Saturday 7th May, aged 45.

Alice Carrasco who died on Sunday 22nd May 2022 aged 85.Her Funeral Requiem is on Tuesday 7th June at 11.30 a.m. with the committal at Hillview Cemetery.


May the divine assistance remain with them always, and may their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.


PRAY FOR THE CONVERSION OF RUSSIA!

PRAY FOR PEACE IN THE WORLD!

&

MAKE REPARATION TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY

with

FIRST SATURDAY FATIMA DEVOTIONS

Saturday 4th June

9.00 a.m. confessions

9.30 a.m. Rosary

10.00 a.m. Holy Mass

10.30 a.m. meditation



MASSES AND INTENTIONS FOR THE SEVENTH WEEK OF EASTERTIDE


Saturday 28th May St Aldhelm, bishop. (TC)

9.30 a.m. The Daily Rosary

+ 10.00 a.m. [Latin 1962] Eileen Budd W.B.

+ 6.30 p.m. SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER Augustinho Fernandes R.I.P.]


Sunday 29th May

8.30 a.m. The Daily Rosary

+ 9.00 a.m. SUNG. No 'Children's liturgy' today. Bonny Periera R.I.P. (1st anniversary)

+ 11.00 a.m. SOLEMN LATIN MASS (with English Readings/ missa de angelis) The people of the parish.


7.00 p.m. Parish Social Evening in the Hall. All welcome.


Monday 30th May feria.

9.30 a.m. The Daily Rosary

+10.00 a.m. Fr Louis Rieunier R.I.P.


Tuesday 31st May The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, feast.

9.30 a.m. The Daily Rosary

+10.00 a.m. Bernie Fernandes W.B. (Appy’s sister –in – law)


Wednesday 1st June St. Justin, martyr, memorial.

The Daily Rosary at home.

NO PUBLIC MASS TODAY.


Thursday 2nd June. Ss. Marcellinus & Peter, martyrs.

9.30 a.m. The Daily Rosary

+10.00 a.m. SAID. Placida D’Souza R.I.P. (1st anniversary)

No Lunch Club today.

Friday 3rd June. St. Charles Lwanga & companions, martyrs.

9.30 a.m. The Daily Rosary

+10.00 a.m. Deacon Fintan Phelan R.I.P (1st anniversary)

6.00 p.m. Choir Practice


Saturday 4th June Vigil of Pentecost. With First Saturday Devotions.

9.00 a.m. Confessions

9.30 a.m. Rosary

+ 10.00 a.m. [Latin 1962] Michael Akhidenor R.I.P. with silent meditation on the mysteries of the Rosary until 11.00 a.m.

+ 12.00 noon. Diamond Jubilee mass of Fr. John O’Donoghue, former parish priest of St. Thomas More, followed by reception in the Church Hall.

[NO SATURDAY EVENING MASS TODAY]


PLATINUM JUBILEE PRAYER FOR HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II


V. O Lord, save Elizabeth, our Queen. R. And hear us on the day we call upon you.

V. O Lord, hear my prayer. R. And let my cry come before you.

V. The Lord be with you. R. And with your spirit.

R. And with your spirit.


Almighty God, we pray, that your servant Elizabeth, our Queen, who, by your providence has received the governance of this realm, may continue to grow in every virtue, that, imbued with your heavenly grace, she may be preserved from all that is harmful and evil and, being blessed with your favour may, with the royal family, come at last into your presence, through Christ who is the way, the truth and the life and who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


The ’Domine, Salvum fac Reginam nostrum Elisabeth’ will be sung after Holy Communion at the 11 o’clock mass on the Sunday of the Queen's Jubilee. Traditionally this was often sung after High Mass. We give thanks to God for the reign of Queen Elizabeth and ask God to continually bless her. Indeed, we thank God for her.


With my Blessings,

Fr Jonathon