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The Word This Week

Both first reading and Gospel today invite us to be “down to earth” about the Law of God. It’s very easy to become an “expert in religion” – knowing all the right answers, remembering all the right quotes, and so on. But for Moses and for Jesus, if God’s Law is to be kept anywhere, it must be in our hearts and in our everyday lives. We are not to be concerned with keeping our eyes fixed on heaven, if it means that we cannot see the poor man at our feet.

Today’s Scripture (Psalter: Week 3)

Deuteronomy 30: 10 –14
The Word is very near to you for your observance.
Response: Psalm 18
The law of the Lord is perfect,
it revives the soul.
The rule of the Lord is to be trusted,
it gives wisdom to the simple.

The precepts of the Lord are right,
they gladden the heart.
The command of the Lord is clear,
it gives light to the eyes.

The fear of the Lord is holy,
abiding forever.
The decrees of the Lord are truth
and all of them just.

They are more to be desired than gold,
than the purest of gold
and sweeter are they than honey,
than honey from the comb.

Colossians 1: 15 – 20
All things were created through Christ and for him.
Acclamation for the Gospel:
Alleluia, Alleluia. Alleluia!
Your words are spirit, Lord,
and they are life:
you have the message of eternal life.
Alleluia, Alleluia. Alleluia!

Luke 10: 25 – 37
Who is my neighbour?

Prayer of the Faithful: R/. Lord, revive our soul.

Read Today’s Readings on Catholic Online.

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Amoris Laetitia – The Joy of Love

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Amoris Laetitia, ‘The Joy of Love’, is the 2016 post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation “on Love in the Family”. It brings together the results of the two Synods on the family convoked by Pope Francis in 2014 and 2015. Below you can read the full document and a helpful summary.

The Vatican has published Pope Francis’ eagerly-awaited Apostolic Exhortation on the family, drawing together almost three years of consultations with Catholics in countries around the world.

Use the links below to download or those to the right of this article.

Amoris Laetitia: The Joy of Love 1.12 MB

Summary: Amoris Laetitia 229.87 kB

Q & A: Amoris Laetitia 441.83 kB

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The Word this Week

This week’s Gospel passage is chosen because it tells what happened today, eight days after Easter: Jesus comes again to his disciples. The story of Thomas’ doubt and faith leads us to think about our doubts and faith but always in the context of being part of the family of the Church. Remember last week and the renewal of our own baptismal promises: this is the faith of the Church, the faith in which we are baptised.

Today’s Scripture: (Psalter: Week 2)

Acts 5: 12 – 16
The numbers of men and women who came to believe in the Lord increased steadily.
Response: Psalm 117
Let the sons of Israel say:/
‘His love has no end.’
Let the sons of Aaron say:/
‘His love has no end.’
Let those who fear the Lord say:
‘His love has no end.’

The stone which the builders rejected/
has become the corner stone.
This is the work of the Lord/
a marvel in our eye.
This day was made by the Lord:
We rejoice and are glad.

O Lord grant us salvation;
O Lord grant success.
Blessed in the name of the Lord/
is he who comes.
We bless you from the house of the Lord;/
the Lord God is our light.

Apocalypse 1: 9 – 13, 17 – 19
I was dead and now I am to live for ever and ever.

Acclamation for the Gospel:
Alleluia, Alleluia. Alleluia!.
Jesus said, ‘You believe because you can see me.
Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe’.
Alleluia, Alleluia. Alleluia!

John 20: 19 – 31
Eight days later, Jesus came.
Prayer of the Faithful: R/. Risen Lord, pour out your Spirit.

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Maundy Thursday

Última_Cena_-_Juan_de_JuanesThe word “Maundy” is from the Latin word for “command”: This night we recall Christ’s command to do what he did at the last supper: He washed the feet of his disciples, as a sign of service. If we wash feet in our liturgy it is not as play-acting or as a welcome diversion from the praying: It is a sign that we want, and are beginning, to serve all our brothers and sisters just as Christ himself did.

The second part of our celebration this night is “Eucharist”, thanksgiving. We remember that Jesus gave us bread and wine to be his Body and Blood this day. Strangely enough, the washing of the feet and the breaking of bread are inseparably linked. Only if we agree to serve each other can we share communion. Attending the Mass of the Lord’s Supper is an invitation to be nourished by the food of life. But it also involves a commitment to become part of a community that grows by loving.

The Mass of Our Lord’s Supper: 7.30 pm
Followed by: Watching with Our Lord ending with Compline: 11.45pm

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Want To Know More About The Catholic Faith? Walk This Way…

Finding Out About the Church As an Adult

Baptised or not, all are welcome to join the ‘Journey of Faith’ – this is a great opportunity to know more about what makes Catholic Christians tick, and love, and celebrate.

Think about joining in; think about who you might invite, or just inform. Our twice-weekly sessions run on Thursday evenings in the Community Hall. We use the excellent Catholicism DVD Series as a vehicle to help explore the faith. So, please let us know if you, a member of your family or friend, would be interested in attending.

And meanwhile why not ask someone along to Mass or any other church celebration or event? We all know someone who is just waiting for an invitation to come along and see.

Our next session will be run on Thursday 7th April, 2016 from 7.30 pm – 8.45pm. We are happy for you to just turn up or alternatively, give Father John a call on 02920 883192.

Here’s a flavour of what the Catholicism series is about:

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It’s a Busy Week at St Helens

893a1cab-ae3b-4838-a1b4-ce13f17ee017It’s certainly going to be a busy week at St Helen’s and we have lots of events taking place in the church and the Community Hall. Not to mention that Tuesday is St David’s day!

On Wednesday we have Lent Study: The Psalms. It starts at  10.30am, in the Church and this week we’ll be looking at Psalm 12 (13).

On Wednesday evening we’ll be continuing with The Gift. this will start at 7.00 pm.

Thursday will see Lent to Pentecost, The Pilgrim Journey: A Celebration and Preparation along the road, with Scripture readings, music, and song to help us all get in step along the Lenten way: 7pm this Thursday in the church. An eggsellent Easter preparation.

On Friday there will be a Lent Lunch this in Wesley Methodist Church (12.00 – 1.00pm).

On Friday  there is also Women’s World Day of Prayer – a quiet service at 11am in Wesley Methodist Church, and main Service at 7pm in Mount Carmel.

Friday  will also see

The Way of the Cross at 7pm will mark the start of Pope Francis’s request for

24 Hours for the Lord

 Following stations we will show ‘Of Gods and Men’, more suitable than ‘The Way’ for in church, then have Exposition + Worship of the Blessed Sacrament till midnight: Please sign in to ‘watch’.

On Saturday the Church opens at 7am. From 9.30am the Blessed Sacrament Exposed for Adoration till 6.15pm: Please sign in to ‘watch’.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated from 10.15 – 11.15am by a visiting confessor, and then as normal from 5.15 – 6.15. The 24 hours will conclude with the Saturday evening Mass.

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