MASS TIMES FOR FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT

SUNDAY:    PARISH MASS at 10.00am
                            Stations of the Cross at 12.45pm

MONDAY:        Service of Word and Communion at 9.00am

TUESDAY:    Adoration at 5.30pm   Evening Mass at 6.00pm followed by Scripture Group

WEDNESDAY:   Adoration at 6.30pm   Evening Mass at 7.00pm

 THURSDAY:   Mass at 12.00noon     Adoration  until 1.30pm

 FRIDAY:      Adoration at 8.15am Morning Prayer at 8.45am   Mass at 9.00am
                      Lenten Fast Lunch in solidarity with the poorest 12 noon to 1.30pm (Hall)
                                Taizé Prayer around the Cross at 7.30pm

SATURDAY:     Adoration at 11.30am Mass at 12 noon
                                    Sacrament of Reconciliation: after Mass & 4.30-5.00pm

TODAY   [1]   The Fourth Sunday of Lent (‘Laetare’ or ‘Joyful’ Sunday) celebrates that our baptism brings the joy of Enlightenment - we begin see the world and each other in a radically different Way and we shine with the Light of Christ on the world in witness to Him and in service of the Kingdom. The man born blind (a symbol of humanity without Christ) is healed in the waters and then witnesses to the Lord. Lent is a time to recognise our inner blindness, seek the Light of God’s love and mercy, and proclaim the Gospel of Joy.
[2]   Stations of the Cross after Mass at 2.00pm (approx because of Mothers’ Day in Hall). We will be praying especially for the persecuted Church of Pakistan.
[3]   It is ‘Mothering Sunday’, the traditional day (following the feast of the Annunciation often known in the past as ‘Lady Day’ in honour of Mary who welcomed the Angel) to make our mothers feel very special. We give thanks for the gift of Life and Love that they have given us. We pray also for all women who for whatever reason have not known the joy of motherhood. There will be special cakes food etc in the Hall after Mass - please come. 
[4]   SPECIAL RETIRING COLLECTION FOR AFRICA FAMINE - CAFOD: over 20 million of our brothers and sisters are on the edge of starvation and this combined with the 65 million displaced people (refugees) world-wide present the world with the worst humanitarian crisis the world has seen! So many children (the first victims of famine) have died and those who are dying cry out to us for help. WE MUST NOT FAIL THEM! PLEASE GIVE AS GENEROUSLY AS POSSIBLE - THE RETIRING COLLECTION WILL BE TAKEN NEXT WEEK

NEXT SUNDAY   [1]   The Fifth Sunday of Lent celebrates Jesus who reveals himself as ‘the Resurrection and the Life’, as he raises Lazarus from the dead, calling him out of the tomb and asking the disciples to ‘unbind him and set him free’. The mission of the Church, the Body of Christ in the 21st century, is to unbind and set free our sisters and brothers from everything that diminishes or destroys human freedom and dignity, human life and its quality. And we prepare most directly today for the great celebration of the Easter event that transforms all of human history, indeed the very evolution of creation itself.
[2]   We are celebrating at the 10am Mass the Rite of Child Catechumen with those children preparing for baptism at Easter. Please pray for them and their families.
[3]   Stations of the Cross after Mass at 1.00pm
[4]   Mass for the Catholic Handicapped Fellowship at 3.00pm
[5]   SPECIAL RETIRING COLLECTION FOR AFRICA FAMINE - CAFOD: over 20 million of our brothers and sisters are on the edge of starvation and this combined with the 65 million displaced people (refugees) world-wide present the world with the worst humanitarian crisis the world has seen! So many children (the first victims of famine) have died and those who are dying cry out to us for help. WE MUST NOT FAIL THEM! PLEASE GIVE AS GENEROUSLY AS POSSIBLE - THIS IS THE LAST WEEK.

DIOCESAN PRAYER  The Diocese prays for the Parish in Communion for Mission of Holy Rood, Swindon, served by Canon John Cunningham, Fr Dominic Findlay-Wilson, Deacons Jonathan Ager and Dennis Sutton, Parish Administrator Anna Cummins, Parish Sister Sr Cecilia Jennings SMG and all their community. We pray too for the religious community of the Poor Servants of the Mother of God.

WORD OF GOD FOR FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT

Sunday         1 Samuel 16: 1, 6-7, 10-13 / Psalm 22 / Ephesians 5: 8-14 / John 9: 1-41

Monday         Isaiah 65: 17-21 / Psalm 29 / John 4: 43-54

Tuesday         Ezechiel 47: 1-9, 12 / Psalm 45 / John 5: 1-3, 5-16

Wednesday   Isaiah 49: 8-15 / Psalm 144 / John 5: 17-30

Thursday       Exodus 32: 7-14 / Psalm 105 / John 5: 31-47

Friday           Wisdom 2: 1, 12-22 / Psalm 33 / John 7: 1-2, 10, 25-30

Saturday       Jeremiah 11: 18-20 / Psalm 7 / John 7: 40-52