Thursday of the 5th Week of Lent
Today is the 15th Anniversary of the death of Pope Saint John Paul 11
Fifteen years ago today, the world bid farewell to Pope Saint John Paul 11, a tenacious world leader whose life and words have much to offer us today. Even though he did not live through a global pandemic, he was renowned for his fighting spirit and his ability to find hope in troubled times. He found that hope in the Cross of Jesus Christ.
As a young man, he survived the Nazi occupation of his homeland, before serving the church in Poland as a priest and bishop during the communist occupation of Eastern Europe – until he eventually helped to engineer its downfall.
Until he died on 2nd April 2005, aged 84, the Polish Pope guided the Catholic Church for more than 26 years, his life and his death spoke of his unfading hope in God’s providence and his mercy on all who turned their hearts heavenward.
What would Saint John Paul say to today’s world, filled with so much uncertainty amid this global pandemic? There is no way to know for sure, but when he spoke to global leaders at the United Nations in 1995, he told them to “be not afraid”, the mantra he repeated often throughout his Pontificate.
- First Reading = Genesis 17: 3-9
- Responsorial Psalm = Psalm 104 (105): 4-9
- Gospel Acclamation = John 6: 63, 68
- Gospel Reading = John 8: 51-59
Today’s Mass will be live streamed from Saint Mary’s, Hexham across our Partnership and beyond, from 6:00pm. Today’s Mass is offered for the Intentions of Dorothy.
Written by C. S. Lewis in 1942: -
Satan – “I will cause anxiety, fear and panic. I will shut down business, schools, places of worship, and sports events. I will cause economic turmoil.”
Jesus – “I will bring together neighbours, restore the family unit, I will bring dinner back to the kitchen table. I will help people slow down their lives and appreciate what really matters. I will teach my children to rely on me and not the world. I will teach my children to trust me and not their money and material resources.”
Pope Francis – Prayer to Mary for Protection during the Covid19 pandemic
you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick. At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain, with steadfast faith. You, Salvation of the Roman people, know what we need. We are certain that you will provide, so that, as you did at Cana of Galilee, joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial. Help us, Mother of Divine Love,to conform ourselves to the Father’s will and to do what Jesus tells us: He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God. Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.
Reading Matthew in Lent
The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have released this series of simple podcasts for the Lenten season offering a daily reading from St Matthew's Gospel from Ash Wednesday to Easter Monday. A different reading is uploaded Monday to Friday during Lent, and can be accessed at https://www.cbcew.org.uk/series/reading-matthew-in-lent/
Important Message for Saint Elizabeth’s Parishioners
It has been decided to cease publication of the weekly newsletter for Saint Elizabeth's, Minsteracres until normal service is resumed.
For the time being the Daily Update feature on our website will be the prime source of communication this will be backed up by e-mails to parishioners where appropriate.