Tuesday of Holy Week
- First Reading = Isaiah 49: 1-6
- Responsorial Psalm = Psalm 70 (71): 1-6, 15, 17
- Gospel Acclamation =
Glory and praise to you, o Christ!
Hail to you, our King!
Obedient to the Father, you were led to your crucifixion
as a mere lamb is led to the slaughter.
Glory and praise to you, O Christ!
- Gospel Reading = John 13: 21-33, 36-38
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 Deceased Members of the Parker and Hall Families.
At 8:00pm today, A Time of Penance and Preparation for Easter will be streamed live from Saint Mary’s, Hexham across our Partnership and beyond.
This Penitential Service will give us all a time to stop and think, and prepare for Easter. We will consider our lives, think of the sorrow which surrounds us and ask for God’s help during these unprecedented times.
To help you during this time of Penance, here is a Perfect Act of Contrition: -
Oh, my God,
I am heartily sorry for
having offended Thee,
and I detest all my sins,
because I dread the loss of heaven,
and the pains of hell;
but most of all because
they offend Thee, my God,
Who are all good and
deserving of all my love.
I firmly resolve,
with the help of Thy grace,
to confess my sins,
to do penance,
and to amend my life.
Pope’s Holy Week Message:
Pope Francis sends a video message as Christians around the world prepare to celebrate Holy Week in an unusual manner due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. During this message, he tells us how “creativity of love can overcome isolation”.
His message can be viewed by following the link:
The Pope opens his Holy Week message, sent last Friday, 3rd April, by saying “This evening I have the chance to enter your homes in a different way than usual.”
He noted how difficult and full of suffering these weeks have been for the many people whose lives have been affected by Covid-19. “I can imagine you in your families, living an unusual life to avoid contagion.”
The Pope said he was thinking about children and young people stuck at home, those who have to face these difficult moments alone, and the elderly.
“I have in my heart all the families,” he said, “especially those who have a loved one who is sick or who have unfortunately experienced mourning due to the coronavirus or other causes.”
Pope Francis expressed his appreciation for the “generosity of those who put themselves at risk for the treatment of this pandemic or to guarantee the essential services to society.” He called them “heroes.”
The Pope said he is also thinking about those facing financial difficulties, those in prison worried about themselves and their families, and the homeless, who have no home to protect them. “It is a difficult time for everyone. For many, very difficult.”
The Pope said he is aware of all the suffering in the world right now. He sought to tell everyone of his closeness and affection, and offered a word of advice. “Let us try, if we can, to make the best use of this time: let us be generous. Let us help those in need in our neighbourhood. Let us look out for the loneliest people, perhaps by telephone or social networks. Let us pray to the Lord for those who are in difficulty in Italy and in the world.”
Despite the isolation imposed by social distancing measures, “thought and spirit can go far with the creativity of love,” said Pope Francis.
He acknowledged that Christians will celebrate Holy Week “in a truly unusual way” and added that this week sums of the message of the Gospel: “God’s boundless love.”
“And in the silence of our cities, the Easter Gospel will resound,” he said. “In the risen Jesus, life conquered death.”
Hope, said the Pope, is nourished by our Paschal faith. “It is the hope of a better time, in which we can be better, finally freed from evil and from this pandemic,” he said. “It is a hope: hope does not disappoint. It is not an illusion; it is a hope.”
He urged everyone to prepare a better time “in love and patience” with the extra time alone that has been given us.
Closing his message, the Pope asked everyone watching to make “a gesture of tenderness towards those who suffer, towards children, and towards the elderly.”
“Tell them that the Pope is close,” he said, “and pray that the Lord will soon deliver us all from evil.”
Catholic Charities: Covid-19 Appeals
The Bishops of England and Wales are urgently calling for Catholics to continue supporting our charities and the people they serve during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The crisis is leaving people even more vulnerable and increasing demand on Catholic charities. At the same time many charities are facing a loss of income from parish collections or fundraising events.
Please pray for the work our charities and offer support however you can.