Risen: Easter Film

UNCOVER THE MYSTERYTuesday, April 4th-5Risen is the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection and the weeks that followed, as seen through the eyes of anRise unbelieving Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), a high-ranking Roman Military Tribune. Clavius and his aide Lucius (Tom Felton) are instructed by Pontius Pilate to oversee the execution of Jesus of Nazareth, and to ensure his radical followers don’t steal the body and claim resurrection.

Watch the trailer below:

Join us on Tuesday 5th April for, what promises to be, a great night of entertainment. Teas and coffees will be provided and you might just get some popcorn!

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Ash Wednesday

crossofashesAsh Wednesday will be marked with a Service of The Word and Distribution of Ashes at 10.00am, which the Juniors from Saint Helen’s School will join in, and a Mass with the celebration of the Word and distribution of Ashes at 7.00pm. (There will also be a service of Word and Ashes for the pupils in Cardinal Newman High School and a ‘ket’ service for the Infants in Saint Joseph’s School.) Ash Wednesday is a day of Fasting and Abstinence.

Each Friday of Lent Mass will be at 6.30am (followed by breakfast in the hall), and the Way of the Cross will be at 7.00pm, alternating between Saint Helen and Saint Catherine – we start this week here in Saint Helen’s church. Also: The Ecumenical Lenten lunches 12.00 every Friday – usually at Wesley – please check the list in the porch. Alternatively, there will be a Lent Lunch in the cornerstone (opposite the Cathedral) at 1.30pm each Friday of lent, with a 15 minute meditation from the Archbishop.

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Pope Francis: ‘Nonviolence: A Style of Politics for Peace’

pope-francis-in-prayer_mediumPope Francis is calling on political and religious leaders, on the heads of international institutions, on business and media executives and on all men and women of goodwill to become instruments of reconciliation and adopt nonviolence as a style of politics for peace.

The Pope’s appeal comes in the fiftieth Papal Message for the World Day of Peace, marked on 1 January.

In his message, Pope Francis remarks on the fact that we find ourselves “engaged in a horrifying world war fought piecemeal”, and that “violence is not the cure for our broken world.”

To read the full text, click here.

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The Word This Week

st-john-the-baptist-detail-from-the-annunciation-from-the-isenheim-altarpieceIn many ways the readings this Sunday are simply a continuation of last week. Isaiah gives us more details about the work of the Messiah, and Paul invites us to continue to be patient until the Lord’s Coming. What is slightly different is the voice of John the Baptist this week: last week in Matthew 3 he was proclaiming with utter confidence that someone is coming. Now, in Matthew 11, he asks Jesus from prison: Is it you? For us, as we listen to these scriptures, we are being offered something very particular: the prophecies of Isaiah (and indeed the prophet John the Baptist) are pinned down firmly and securely in the person of Jesus, Son of Mary. In fact, Jesus himself, in his reply to John says as much: “I am the Messiah that Isaiah prophesied.” Again we are invited to hold the images of the prophecies in our minds until Christmas, when we can look on the child in the manger and say: “We know who this is: it is the promised Messiah, God who comes to save us!”

Today’s Scripture (Psalter: Week 3)

Isaiah 35: 1 – 6, 10
God himself is coming to save you.
Response: Psalm 145
It is the Lord who keeps faith for ever,
who is just to those who are oppressed.
It is he who gives bread to the hungry,
the Lord, who sets prisoners free.

It is the Lord who gives sight to the blind,
who raises up those who are bowed down,
The Lord, who protects the stranger
and upholds the widow and orphan.

It is the Lord who loves the just
but thwarts the path of the wicked.
The Lord will reign for ever,
Zion’s God, from age to age.

James 5: 7 – 10
Do not lose heart for the Lord’s coming will be soon.
cclamation for the Gospel:
Alleluia, Alleluia. Alleluia!
The spirit of the Lord has been given to me.
He has sent me to bring good news too the poor.
Alleluia, Alleluia. Alleluia!

Matthew 11: 2 – 11
Are you the one who is to come, or have we got to wait for someone else?
Prayer of the Faithful:    R/. Lord, keep faith.

If you’d like to read today’s readings, you can find them on Catholic Online

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Prayer to St Helen

st-helenSaint Helen,
beloved Patroness of our Parish.
You left these Celtic lands
to become the first Christian
Empress of Rome;
You were cast off by your husband,
and so are the patroness of the Divorced;
and in old age you went as a
pilgrim to the Holy Land,
and there sought out and
recovered the True Cross.
Teach us also to seek and find
the truth of the cross
in our own lives and history,
and through it, renew our faith and hope
in the resurrection of Christ,
our Saviour.

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