Welcome to the webpages of the Roman Catholic Church of St Anselm and St Cæcilia, Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Here you will find information about us including normal Mass times as well as Parish contacts.

Our postal address is 70 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3JA. The post code for satnav or google maps is WC2B 6DX. We are adjacent to Greggs.
You will find us on the east side of Kingsway, a few steps from Holborn Station (LT).
You can contact us on 020 7405 0376. Our email address is lincolnsinnfields@rcdow.org.uk

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CHURCH OPENING TIMES
8am DAILY (Monday -Friday), (Saturday 12 Noon) and (Sunday: 9am)
CLOSING AFTER EVENING MASS EACH DAY
(This is due to the low numbers of people around at this time)
THE GLASS DOORS WILL REMAIN LOCKED AT OTHER TIMES
LUNCHTIME MASSES: MONDAY, WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY 12:30pm
MONDAY-FRIDAY 6pm Mass,
SATURDAY 6pm Mass and SUNDAYS 10am Mass & 6pm Mass.
ADORATION 5pm, ROSARY 5.20pm, Mass at 6pm
CONFESSIONS: Monday – Saturday 5.30pm-5.50pm, or by appointment, (020 7405 0376)
ALL MASSES WILL BE LIVE STREAMED https://www.churchservices.tv/lincolnsinnfields

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6th SUNDAY OF EASTER SUNDAY EMMAUS MASS SHEET
22nd MAY 2022

THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD  – THURSDAY 26th May

“…HE ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN…” (Creed)

THURSDAY’s celebration of Our Lord’s Ascension gives us much to ponder and treasure in our heart.

Our Lord has completed everything the Father had given Him to do, crowned by the Paschal Mystery, and now He is returning to the Father. His joy is complete, and He invites us to share His joy.

Our true joy is to share His joy!

He goes to prepare a place for us. Heaven is where we truly belong, to be with God for all eternity. Our Lord has prepared a place for us. He is calling us “so that where I am, you may be too”.

Do I live with heaven as my goal and true homeland?

We are never alone: in his Ascension He promises that He will be with us always, “Yes, to the end of time”.

He is always present to us: are we always wanting to make ourselves present to Him?

My Mission and purpose in this world is to share in the Mission Jesus gave the infant Church at His Ascension: “Go out into the whole world and proclaim the Good News…”

Our Lord shares His life fully with us through the Church: do we seek to bring others to share His life through the Church?

“Gladden us with holy joys, Almighty God, and make us rejoice with devout thanksgiving, for the Ascension of Christ your Son in our exaltation, and where the Head has gone before in glory, the Body is called to follow in hope”. (Thursday’s Collect)

THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD – THURSDAY 26th MAY MASS TIMES:
WEDNESDAY 25th MAY – VIGIL MASS: 6:00pm
THURSDAY 26th MAY – 12:30pm Lunchtime Mass and 6:00pm
CONFESSIONS: 12:00 noon -12:20pm and 5:00-5:20pm

MASS INTENTIONS 21st – 28th MAY 2022

Saturday 21st May:
6:00pm Vigil Mass
Patrick Slattery RIP (Anniv)

6th SUNDAY OF EASTER
Sunday 22nd May:

10:00am Mass
William Noble RD
6:00pm Mass
Mass Michael O’Connor (birthday)

Monday 23rd May:
6:00pm Mass
Desolina Costella RIP

Tuesday 24th May:
6:00pm Mass 
Juanito Garcia RIP

Wednesday 25th May:
6:00pm Vigil Mass
Repose of the Soul of Juliana Toussaini

+ THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD
Thursday 26th May:
12:30pm Mass
Special Intention
6:00pm Mass
In Honour of the Holy Face of Jesus

Friday 27th May:
6:00pm Mass
Holy Souls

Saturday 28th May:
6:00pm Vigil Mass
Tony Moriarty (Ints)

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5th SUNDAY OF EASTER EMMAUS MASS SHEET  
15th MAY 2022

RETURNING TO MASS AT PENTECOST

AN INVITATION FROM THE BISHOPS OF ENGLAND AND WALES

This is the bread come down from heaven (John 6:58)

A beautiful hallmark of the Catholic faith is the profound desire to participate in the Holy Mass and share in the Eucharist. We do so with deep gratitude and joy. The Eucharist gives the Church her identity – “The Eucharist makes the Church, and the Church makes the Eucharist.” It enables us to worship Almighty God, to support each other on our journey of faith, and to be a visible sign of faith in the world. This hallmark is supported and strengthened by the precept that our fundamental Christian duty is to worship God by participating in the celebration of Mass. Attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is the greatest of all privileges, sometimes referred to as “the Sunday Obligation.”

There are copies of the full statement at the back of the church, please take a copy home with you or read the Statement online: Returning to Mass at Pentecost 

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NEXT PARISH ASSEMBLY: Monday 16th May, following 6:00pm Mass in the church. Do please come and help us make good decisions for our growth and development as a parish.  Your voice counts!

DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS OF ABUSE –
DAY OF PRAYER 17th MAY.

Please pray:

  • For all survivors of sexual abuse; may they come to know, once again, the compassionate love of God and find healing and hope in the risen Lord.
  • For all who work in safeguarding; may they place the voice of the survivor at the heart of their service and through their care for others help to build up the Body of Christ.

     

    MASS INTENTIONS 14th – 21st MAY 2022

    Saturday 14th May:
    6:00pm Vigil Mass
    In Honour of Jesus Suffering &
    Agony In the Garden of Gethsemane

    5th SUNDAY OF EASTER
    Sunday 15th May:

    10:00am Mass
    Pro Populo
    6:00pm Mass
    Brigid Joy – Successful

    Monday 16th May:
    12:15pm Funeral Mass
    Kathy Reeves RIP
    6:00pm
    Pio Costella RIP (Anniv)

    Tuesday 17th May:
    6:00pm Mass
    Brendan Cullen RIP

    Wednesday 18th May:
    6:00pm Mass
    Felicity Monahan RIP

    Thursday 19th May:
    6:00pm Mass
    Aldo Capitelli RIP
    (pray also for Patrick Slattery RIP)

    Friday 20th May:
    6:00pm
    Martina Cullen (birthday)

    Saturday 21st May:
    6:00pm Vigil Mass
    Patrick Slattery RIP (Anniv)

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4th SUNDAY OF EASTER
Sunday 8th May 2022

PRIEST TRAINING FUND

THIS SUNDAY is GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY and our second collection will support the PRIEST TRAINING FUND. This fund pays for the priestly formation of men for the Catholic priesthood. There are currently 58 men studying at Allen Hall seminary, 17 of whom are from our own Diocese, and two men are studying in Rome, also from our Diocese. Last year four men who studied at Allen Hall were ordained to the priesthood to serve as our future priests. The fund also supports the ongoing enrichment and formation of our ordained priests. Your gift ensures we can provide training for these men responding to Christ’s call to dedicate their lives to serve God’s people. Please be as generous as you can. Please also pray for vocations and for all our priests. If you do not have a donation envelope, plenty are still available at the back of the church. You can use the QR code to make your donation online or visit www.rcdow.org.uk/donations Thank you for your generosity.

OUR BISHOPS’ SYNODAL PATHWAY REPORT: sent to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales on 8th April, and published on the Diocesan website – https://rcdow.org.uk/synod/westminster-diocese-bishops-synod-report/
You will see that the Report captures well the many voices we have heard across the Diocese during the Synodal Pathway. In this way, it has been written by our parishioners young and old, our priests and deacons and religious, our school and university students, and our committed faithful. The story is theirs.

MASS INTENTIONS 7th – 14th May 2022
Saturday 7th May:
6:00pm Vigil Mass
Veronica John Baptiste RIP

4th SUNDAY OF EASTER
VOCATIONS SUNDAY

Sunday 8
th May:
10:00am Mass
Pro Populo
6:00pm Mass
Brigid Joy – Successful
surgery & recovery

Monday 9th May:
6:00pm Mass
Elizabeth O’Sullivan RIP

Tuesday 10th May:
6:00pm Mass
Eileen & Patrick Connole RIP

Wednesday 11th May:
6:00pm Mass
Sheila Hunt bday RIP

Thursday 12th May:
6:00pm Mass
Pat & Teresa O’Sullivan Ints

Friday 13th May:
10:00am Funeral Mass
Sarah Maxwell RIP
6:00pm Holy Souls

Saturday 14th May:
6:00pm Vigil Mass
In Honour of Jesus Suffering &
Agony In the Garden of Gethsemane

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3rd SUNDAY OF EASTER EMMAUS MASS SHEET  
1st MAY 2022

MARY’S MONTH OF MAY

MAY is dedicated to Our Lady. It is a time to get to know and love Our Lady more. At the 10am Mass this weekend we have the Crowning of Our Lady as Queen of the May. This helps us express and understand how the reign of Mary is the reign of “YES- TO-GOD” in our daily life. May we let the spirit of Mary, the spirit of “YES-TO-GOD”, flourish in our day-to-day living.

Our Marian devotions should not be limited to church. Please ensure you honour Our Lady in your home. Do crown a statue or picture of Our Lady at home. Gather around the statue or picture of Our Lady, and recite the Rosary. Let us teach our children (and remind ourselves!) that the reign of Mary, the reign of “YES -TO-GOD”, is the best way to true self-fulfilment and happiness.

DAILY PRAYER is vital for all of us. A new initiative is now available called “Click to Pray” It is the Pope’s App that connects your prayer to the world. Download the App for free www.clicktopray.org on the App store or Google play.

PRIEST TRAINING FUND: NEXT SUNDAY: Next Sunday is Good Shepherd Sunday, the day we pray for priests and for vocations to the priesthood. There will be a retiring collection for Priest Training Fund (PTF) after all masses. This fund pays for the priestly formation of men for the Catholic priesthood. There are currently 58 men studying at Allen Hall seminary, 17 of whom are from our own Diocese, and two men are studying in Rome, also from our Diocese. Last year four men who studied at Allen Hall were ordained to the priesthood to serve as our future priests. This fund also supports the ongoing enrichment and formation of our ordained priests. Your generous donation helps ensure we can support these men who are called to be like Christ the Good Shepherd. Donation envelopes are available in the back of the church. Please take one home, read the information, and bring it back next weekend with your donation. Please continue to pray for vocations and for our priests. You can use the QR code to make your donation online or visit www.rcdow.org.uk/donations
Thank you for your generosity.

OUR BISHOPS’ SYNODAL PATHWAY REPORT: sent to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales on 8th April, and published on the Diocesan website –
https://rcdow.org.uk/synod/westminster-diocese-bishops-synod-report/
Synod Prayer

We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name. With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts; Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it. We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder. Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions. Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and what is right. All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time, in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever. Amen.

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+ 2nd SUNDAY OF EASTER SUNDAY
24th April 2022

 

The Divine Mercy Devotion

From the diary of a young Polish nun, a special devotion began spreading throughout the world in the 1930s. The message is nothing new, but is a reminder of what the Church has always taught through scripture and tradition: that God is merciful and forgiving and that we, too, must show mercy and forgiveness. But in the Divine Mercy devotion, the message takes on a powerful new focus, calling people to a deeper understanding that God’s love is unlimited and available to everyone — especially the greatest sinners.

The message and devotion to Jesus as The Divine Mercy is based on the writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska, an uneducated Polish nun who, in obedience to her spiritual director, wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the revelations she received about God’s mercy. Even before her death in 1938, the devotion to The Divine Mercy had begun to spread.

The message of mercy is that God loves us — all of us — no matter how great our sins. He wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others. Thus, all will come to share His joy. It is a message we can call to mind simply by remembering ABC.

A — Ask for His Mercy. God wants us to approach Him in prayer constantly, repenting of our sins and asking Him to pour His mercy out upon us and upon the whole world.

B — Be merciful. God wants us to receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others. He wants us to extend love and forgiveness to others just as He does to us.

C — Completely trust in Jesus. God wants us to know that the graces of His mercy are dependent upon our trust. The more we trust in Jesus, the more we will receive.

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+ EASTER SUNDAY OF THE RESURRECTION
17th April 2022

THE LORD IS RISEN, Alleluia

HE IS RISEN IN DEED Alleluia

This ancient Christian greeting, said on meeting one another during Eastertide, should surely be recovered and used again – encouraging us to deepen our faith in the Risen Lord.

THE RESURRECTION is a supernatural event, a clear break with the natural order, Jesus is raised from the dead through the power of God, and in sharing this victory we are “saved”. To reduce our understanding of life to the natural order alone is to miss out on the full reality of human existence: life is so much more wonderful, beautiful and exciting when we can see everything in the light of the Risen Lord!

WE ARE WITNESSES to our Risen Lord because we choose to believe and trust the witnesses who saw Him, believing the accounts of the Risen Lord in the Sacred Scriptures, and also believing the Church who has faithfully handed on the message to us.

TRUST and FAITH is at the heart of our believing. The present pandemic, with a virus that can be so destructive of human life, reminds us of our fragility and vulnerability. Just as sin is destructive of our power to love, made in the image of God, so there is a destructive power at work in the natural order. The virus is surely part the armoury of the Evil One. We must fight it with all the resources we have, in the sure faith that it will be vanquished.

Wishing you all a Blessed and joy-filled Easter.

Fr David Barnes, Rector

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PALM SUNDAY – PASSION OF THE LORD 

10th APRIL 2022

Holy Week & Easter

Holy Week is the most important week in the Christian year. Pope Francis says “Holy Week” is a privileged time when we are called to draw near to Jesus: friendship with Him is shown in times of difficulty”. The best way to draw near to Our Lord is to participate as much as possible the liturgies of the Church.

PALM SUNDAY the commemoration of Our Lord’s entry into Jerusalem when he was greeted with praise and thanksgiving, the waving and strewing of palms. We too carry palms, then take them home to put with our household crucifix.

THE SACRED TRIDUUM —the 3 Holy Days of the Paschal Mystery

HOLY THURSDAY The MASS of THE LORD’S SUPPER at 6:00pm commemorates the institution of the Eucharist, the total gift of Himself to us as the Bread of Life. Afterwards, Jesus went to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane. After this mass the consecrated hosts are taken to the “altar of repose”. All are invited to spend some time with Him, learning to be with Him in His suffering. The church is stripped of its candles and linens, all holy water is removed and the sacraments are not celebrated until Easter. It is a time of mourning, but always lived in light of the Resurrection.

GOOD FRIDAY A day of fasting and abstinence. Fasting applies to those 18-60: no meat (abstinence) and only one simple meal and two small ones, and no food in between. Do all you can to be at THE LITURGY OF THE LORD’S PASSION AND DEATH at 3:00pm, the hour at which Christ died on the Cross.

HOLY SATURDAY the Church waits in the Lord’s tomb, reflecting on his Passion and Death, waiting with faith, prayer and fasting the glorious Resurrection. Mary is waiting with us. We gather at 8:00pm to celebrate the Vigil Mass of the Resurrection, to celebrate in readings and song how God prepared His People for the Resurrection and conclude with the First Mass of Easter 

EASTER CARDS: Please do take an Easter card home with you as you leave today, all the Easter Liturgies are inside the card.

Fr David Barnes, Rector

HOLY PLACES: There will be a collection after the Liturgy of The Lord’s Passion on Good Friday. Please continue to pray for the suffering Church in the Middle East. Please place donations in the basket on your way out of the Church. Thank you.

Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal
This year, we celebrate 10 years of Caritas Westminster, the social action agency of the Diocese, working with parishes to restore hope, and enable people to lead a life of dignity. Funds raised in this year’s Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal will be shared between parishes and Caritas Westminster.
You can use the QR code to make your donation online. Thank you for your generosity.

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5th SUNDAY OF LENT EMMAUS MASS SHEET
3rd April 2022

PASSION SUNDAY

TODAY there is a sombre atmosphere: the statues are covered in purple veils to help us focus on our Lord’s suffering and death. It is a time not only to understand better what He went through, out of love for us, but also to understand better the place of suffering and death in our lives.

Above all we can come to appreciate more that love and sacrifice are inextricably bound up with one another. The Cross reveals God’s absolute love for us: the more we love and venerate the Cross, the more we shall understand God’s love.

Passiontide is not a time to be miserable. Last Sunday was “Laetare Sunday” when we celebrated rejoicing that our Lord’s Passion and Death led to the Resurrection. So we move through Passiontide knowing the end — that Our Lord has overcome the power of sin and death and is truly risen.

NEXT SUNDAY is PALM SUNDAY, the beginning of Holy Week. Please ensure you can participate as fully as possible in the Liturgies: the more we put in the more we get out.

Lent has been a time to give alms, and Cardinal Vincent has invited us to consider giving some or all of our Lenten alms to his Lenten Appeal.

TODAY there will be a retiring collection for the Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal. If you would like to give today, please do so at the end of Mass, alternatively please take a donation envelope with you from the back of the church and return in the next two weeks. Thank you for your generosity as always. You can also donate using the QR Code below.

Finally, let us pray for one another — it is a key way to love one another.

Fr David Barnes, Parish Priest

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4th SUNDAY OF LENT EMMAUS MASS SHEET
27th March 2022

“LAETARE” (“Rejoice”) SUNDAY

TODAY we are invited to REJOICE, because the coming celebration of the Passion, Death and Resurrection (the Paschal Mystery)is fast approaching. May our rejoicing energise us to use this second half of Lent as well as we can to prepare for Easter.

Act of Consecration to the Heart of Mary – Basilica of Saint Peter

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3rd SUNDAY OF LENT EMMAUS MASS SHEET
20th March 2022

DON’T BE AFRAID TO SEEK HOLINESS

Take a few minutes to read the following reflection silently or aloud: Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts, was on the New York Times’ bestseller list for over a year. Married to a farmer in rural America, and mother of seven children, she fell into self-pity and depression until she was challenged by a friend to write down in a journal one thousand things to thank God for – not all at once! This simple spiritual practice helped her to centre her life on God rather than herself – the very essence of holiness. On her website (https://annvoskamp.com) she writes:

“I keep writing it out here every day, the words I am seeking to live — about this wondrously messy, everyday-holy life, about finding the beauty and quiet, about slowing to see the sacred in the chaos, the cross in the clothespin, the flame in the bush. Just listening – laundry, liturgy, life, — all of life, holy ground. A holy experience — because God has flaming bushes everywhere.”

It’s now over 50 years since the Second Vatican Council sent out a strong message that all Christians are called to be holy, but still we have not fully taken this message on board. We think of holiness as the preserve of consecrated people – monks, nuns, priests; or we think of it as withdrawing from the world to engage in lots of pious exercises.

Pope Francis in Gaudete et Exsultate sees holiness as a joyful challenge, founded on the Beatitudes, (Mt. 5: 1-12; Lk. 6: 20-26) each of which begins with the word Blessed or Happy, just as the very first psalm begins: ‘Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked…’

Just as Ann Voskamp adopted a particular spiritual practice, in her case that of thanksgiving, to help her move from selfishness to holiness, so it is good for us to look at concrete areas of our life and decide to change our attitudes and behaviour. Pope Francis points to several such “signs of holiness in today’s world”. They are too many to list here, so let us take one particularly relevant and important one: our behaviour online. In no. 115 he writes:

Christians too can be caught up in networks of verbal violence through the internet and the various forums of digital communication. The result is that things can be said there that would be unacceptable in public discourse, and people look to compensate for their own discontent by lashing out at others. It is striking that at times, in claiming to uphold the other commandments, they completely ignore the eighth, which forbids bearing false witness or lying, and ruthlessly vilify others. Here we see how the unguarded tongue, set on fire by hell, sets all things ablaze.” (cf. Jas 3:6)

And in no. 117 he quotes St. John of the Cross as an antidote: “Always prefer to be taught by all, rather than to desire teaching even the least of all. Rejoice in the good of others as if it were your own, and desire that they be given precedence over you in all things; this you should do wholeheartedly. You will thereby overcome evil with good, banish the Devil, and possess a happy heart. Try to practise this all the more with those who least attract you.”

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2nd SUNDAY OF LENT EMMAUS MASS SHEET
13th March 2022

CARDINAL’S LENTEN APPEAL 

ALMSGIVINGis essential to keeping a good Lent. The Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal was set up in 2015 to fund the innovative work of Catholic parishes, schools and charities working within the Diocese, contributing to three fundamental mission areas of the Church:

Marriage and Family Life – enriching and supporting marriages, the essential building block of society and the Church.

Youth and Evangelisation– supporting young people, the future of the Church, as they grow in their relationship with God and deepen their Catholic faith.

And the Church’s Social Outreach within Civil Society – putting our faith into action through projects that serve the poor, the lonely and the marginalised, especially at a time of greater division and inequality in society. 

These mission areas embody how we live out the Gospel and put our Catholic values into action – in service to others through practical programmes.Please take a Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal donation leaflet as you leave Mass today.During Lent, and in the spirit of sacrifice, sharing and almsgiving, please consider designating your Lenten sacrifice to the Cardinal’s Appeal.

There are envelopes at the back of the church containing more information about the Cardinal’s Appeal: please take one and remember to complete the Gift Aid declaration if you are a UK tax payer.

Inspirational Quotes for The Lenten Season

1. “Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy.” — Pope Francis

2. “Are you capable of risking your life for someone? Do it for Christ.” — Pope St John Paul II

3. “As Lent is the time for greater love, listen to Jesus’ thirst…’Repent and believe’ Jesus tells us. What are we to repent? Our indifference, our hardness of heart. What are we to believe? Jesus thirsts even now, in your heart and in the poor — He knows your weakness. He wants only your love, wants only the chance to love you.” — Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

4.  “Prayer is where the action is.” — John Wesley

5. “The proof of love is in the works. Where love exists, it works great things. But when it ceases to act, it ceases to exist.” — Pope St. Gregory the Great

6. “Lent stimulates us to let the Word of God penetrate our life and in this way to know the fundamental truth: who we are, where we come from, where we must go, what path we must take in life…” – Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

7. “Renounce yourself in order to follow Christ; discipline your body; do not pamper yourself, but love fasting.” — Saint Benedict

8. “Lent is like a long ‘retreat’ during which we can turn back into ourselves and listen to the voice of God, in order to defeat the temptations of the Evil One. It is a period of spiritual ‘combat’ which we must experience alongside Jesus, not with pride and presumption, but using the arms of faith: prayer, listening to the word of God and penance. In this way we will be able to celebrate Easter in truth, ready to renew the promises of our Baptism.” — Pope Benedict XVI

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1st SUNDAY OF LENT EMMAUS MASS SHEET
6th March 2022

“IN GOD, NO ACT OF LOVE, NO MATTER HOW SMALL, AND NO ‘GENEROUS EFFORT’ WILL EVER BE LOST.”

Pope Francis’ message for Lent 2022 encourages us: LET US NOT GROW TIRED!”

Lent is a favourable time for personal and community renewal, as it leads us to the paschal mystery of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. For our Lenten journey in 2022, we will do well to reflect on Saint Paul’s exhortation to the Galatians: “Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest, if we do not give up. So then, while we have the opportunity (kairós), let us do good to all” (Gal 6:9-10).

ENCOUNTERING THE SPIRIT:This resource has been produced by the Agency for Evangelisation team, and it is offered to encourage and enable the continuation of “spiritual conversations” begun during the parish listening phase of the diocesan synodal process. Please take a copy of the Week 1 reflections with you as you leave today.

HEAT or EAT? Help those facing this choice. Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal 2022
This year, we celebrate 10 years of Caritas Westminster, the social action agency of the Diocese, working with parishes to restore hope, and enable people to lead a life of dignity. Funds raised in this year’s Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal will be shared between parishes and Caritas Westminster. The effects of the pandemic are making daily life harder for all. Price rises mean many families face an impossible choice: HEAT or EAT? The Church is responding, with thousands of people putting their faith into action by serving those in need. Cardinal Nichols has expressed his gratitude to everyone who supports the Appeal, with whatever they can afford. Just as a mosaic is made up of many different coloured pieces, each one unique, each person’s contribution to this mosaic of hope will bring light into the lives of people across our Diocese. Please take a donation envelope. You can use the QR code to make your donation online. Thank you for your generosity.

FAMILY FAST DAY: FRIDAY 11TH MARCH 2022:  we remember that there are many people who need our love and support all around the world as we are seeing now in Ukraine, families affected by conflict. Donations to CAFOD this Lent will reach families around the world, enabling local experts to provide support to families in times of need or conflict. You can donate in church using a CAFOD envelope or by visiting the CAFOD website: cafod.org.uk/lent

#HELPUKRAINE EMERGENCY APPEAL: How to donate – Direct to the central appeal fund. AUGB Ltd, 80038237, 20-65-89, with reference HelpUkraine. Through our fundraising page on GoFundMe by following the link https://rb.gy/dcqgcc or by scanning the QR code
         

MASS INTENTIONS ARE USUALLY BOOKED AT LEAST 6 WEEKS AHEAD

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8th SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME EMMAUS MASS SHEET
27th February 2022 

PASTORAL LETTER FOR THE EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Jesus Christ,

Today I want to take a moment, first of all, to thank you for your faithfulness and for your presence here at Mass. These last two years have been very difficult and I thank God for the gift of faith which you have received, which you have nurtured and from which, I know, you receive great grace and strength. I know this to be true because it is true for me too.

Now I would like to ask your assistance.

During these last two years there were times when our way of life was severely curtailed. We were in ‘lockdown’. At one time, for three months, even the doors of our churches were firmly closed. Being unable to enter the House of God and to take part fully in the celebration of the Mass was, for many, an experience of real dismay and pain.

But that is no longer the case. We are again able to fashion the way of life that we choose. The doors of our churches can stay wide open. Yet, as you know, many have not resumed the pattern of coming to church, week by week.Other activities have filled that space. For some, the thirst for being at Mass, for celebrating life-giving sacraments, has diminished.

This is where I ask for your help. I would like you to be ready to approach those whom you know, and who are not present here today, with a word of invitation for them to join us. I know this is not easy. You may well feel it is an intrusive thing to do. Also, taking the step across the threshold of the church can be daunting for someone who has been away for a long time. So I ask you to exercise great deference and kindness when approaching them, perhaps offering to accompany them on this return journey.

I make this request now not simply because fear and restrictions are eased, but because we are approaching Lent, the traditional and powerful season of our renewal in faith. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, this coming week, we respond to the Lord’s invitation to come forward and meet him afresh. He invites us to come through the doors of the church to stand before him and receive his blessing, his mark of mercy.

Lent is the time to reset our patterns so that there is time for God in our hearts and in our weekly routines. You know well that the highest form of prayer is the celebration of the Eucharist. It is here, above all other places, that the Lord wishes to fill us with his gifts, so that we, in turn, can offer those gifts to others. And then, when we give that which we have received, we bring this precious light of Christ into our world. He is the best antidote to the darkness of the pandemic, to the loneliness it has brought, to the lack of clear hope for the future, to the deep weariness and unexpressed resentment that has entered into the souls of so many.

So, please, do what you can to invite those who are missing to come with you to be part of this great family of faith at prayer. If each of you can give a word of encouragement to one other person, to one other family, then the reward will be great. Then we can journey together to Easter. There we proclaim again that Jesus alone has mastered death, that he alone is the Lord of life, that he is now among us and calling us to come to meet him here, in this House of God, in this Gate of Heaven.

I thank you again for your presence here today. I thank you for all that you will do in response to this request and I ask God’s blessing on the words that you will speak. Remember the words of St Paul that we have just heard: ‘Keep on working at the Lord’s work always, knowing that, in the Lord, you cannot be labouring in vain’ (1Cor. 15:58).

Pease continue in your prayer for peace in Ukraine.We cry out: No more war, no more violence!

And remember me in your prayers as I will remember you, the faithful people of God!

Yours devotedly,

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster

Pupils in our Catholic schools are going to watch a short video. The link to the video is:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtnIGHmQwww the video, is addressed primarily to your Catholic pupils and students but anyone is welcome to watch.

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7th SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME EMMAUS MASS SHEET 
20th February 2022 

THE ST BARNABAS SOCIETY – Formerly The Converts’ Aid Society

To fund its work, the Society has always relied solely on generous personal donations from the Catholic community nationwide, both during lifetimes and as legacies. Mass is offered weekly for all our benefactors.
If you feel able to support their work please contact the Director, Father Paul Martin, on 01865 513377.
Or visit the website at https://stbarnabassociety.org.uk/

THE SOCIETY’S PRAYER

Father in heaven, we thank you for the life and work of your servant Barnabas.
Through his intercession may all who work for the St Barnabas Society
be strengthened to follow his example of joyful encouragement.
Help them to extend a warm and generous welcome to those who have left home
and livelihood to be united with Christ’s One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the
unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.
Amen

Fr David Barnes, Rector

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6th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME EMMAUS MASS SHEET
13th February 2022

RACIAL JUSTICE SUNDAY

TODAY is RACIAL JUSTICE SUNDAY. The theme builds on that of the previous year’s Racial Justice Sunday ‘A Time to Act’, which reflected on the importance of everyone recognising themselves, their race, their culture and their history in the life of the Church. Our aim, in 2022, is to continue these conversations about how we see others in the “Image and Likeness of God”.

We’re encouraging Catholics to mark the day by praying the words of Pope Francis taken from his encyclical letter Fratelli Tutti – on fraternity and social friendship:

For more information please visit: https://www.cbcew.org.uk/rjs22/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Newsletter+2022 where you can find more information and prayers in many languages.

POPE FRANCIS PRAYER FOR RACIAL JUSTICE SUNDAY

Come, Holy Spirit, show us your beauty,
reflected in all the peoples of the earth,
so that we may discover anew
that all are important and all are necessary,
different faces of the one humanity
that God so loves.
Amen

Fr David Barnes, Rector

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5th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
EMMAUS MASS SHEET 

6th February 2022

THE SYNODAL PATH
“We embark on a journey, seeking together the way forward for the Church. We speak and listen with the conviction that each one has something to contribute to the search and something to learn from others. We share openly and honestly, not ideas or theories, but our lived experience of Church life and mission – the joys and sorrows, the hopes and fears, the successes and failures.

We do this in the context of a global pandemic crisis which has exposed and amplified fault lines running through humanity and is challenging all to seek new ways of living together. Reflecting together on our experiences, we hope to discover processes which help the Church live in communion, achieve participation, and open itself to mission.

Attentive listening is more important than speaking. Pope Francis speaks of the “dynamism of mutual listening” which drives the synodal process. We listen to one another in the Church, including those on the margins and those who have drifted away from the Church. We listen to voices outside the Church, paying special attention to the cry of the poor and excluded ones in our world and the cry of the exploited earth.

Ultimately, all our listening leads to discernment, a sifting through what we are hearing to detect the voice of the Spirit indicating the way forward. This calls for periods of silent reflection and prayer. With the help of the Spirit, we hope for consensus or a harmony in which diversity is not divisive but enriching as we respond to our common baptismal call to be missionary disciples of Jesus.

As we reflect together on our lived experiences at a time of change, we listen to the living Word of God in the context of the Church’s faith tradition. In recent talks on the synodal process, Pope Francis has been reflecting on the Acts of the Apostles which he calls “the first and most important manual of ecclesiology.” In the story of Acts we get many glimpses of the early Church striving to remain open to the guidance of the Spirit in its internal life and external mission. A good example is the Council of Jerusalem (Acts 15), the event which for centuries is taken as the model for synods celebrated by the Church”. For more information visit: https://columbans.ie/the-synodal-path-new-series-in-the-far-east-magazine/

The Synodal Path should continue within our parish: a process whereby we continue to listen to one another, seeking together the way forward for the Church. Our next Parish Assembly is Monday 21st March. Do come!

Fr David Barnes, Rector

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4th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Sunday 30th January 2022

FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION – CANDLEMAS
THE FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION, (Wednesday 2nd Feb 2022) often called CANDLEMAS, commemorates the purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the presentation of Christ in the Temple, which occurred 40 days after his birth as prescribed by the Jewish law. According to Mosaic Law, a mother who had given birth to a boy was considered unclean for seven days. Also, she was to remain 33 days “in the blood of her purification. “Luke tells us, quoting (Exodus: 2, 12) that Mary and Joseph took Jesus to Jerusalem because every firstborn child was to be dedicated to the Lord. They also went to sacrifice a pair of doves or two young pigeons. This lowly offering showed that Mary and Joseph were most likely poor. Once in the Temple, Jesus was purified by the prayer of Simeon, in the presence of Anna the prophetess. Simeon, upon seeing the Messiah, gave thanks to the Lord, singing a hymn now called the Nunc Dimittis:

“Lord, now you let your servant go in peace, your word has been fulfilled: My own eyes have seen the salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of every people: a light to reveal you to the nations and the glory of your people Israel.

Simeon told Mary, “Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against, (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed.” Simeon thus foreshadowed the crucifixion and the sorrows of Mary at seeing the death of her Son.

The name CANDLEMAS is derived from the activities associated with the Feast. It came to be known as “the Candle Mass”. In the Western Church, a procession with lighted candles is the distinctive rite.
(Compiled by David Bennett: for more information visit: https://prayerist.com/candlemasprayers.html )

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR CONSECRATED LIFE: Wednesday 2nd February 2022
In 1997, Pope John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This celebration is normally attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2nd.

Today the Universal Church unites in prayer for all men and women in consecrated life and asks the Lord of the harvest to inspire and call our present generation of young Catholics to consider following Jesus in religious life. Today you are invited to pray for someone you know who is living the consecrated life or presently discerning a vocation as a religious brother, sister or priest.Keep them all in your prayers today!

Fr David Barnes, Rector

MASS INTENTIONS 29th JANUARY – 5th FEBRUARY 2022
Saturday 29th January:
6:00pm Mass
Cynthia Moise(Thanksgiving)

Sunday 30th January:
10:00am Mass
Pro Populo
6:00pm Mass
Margaret Wilson’s Ints

Monday 31st January:
6:00pm Mass
In honour of Jesus’ suffering& agony in the Garden of Gethsemane

Tuesday 1st February:
6:00pm Mass
Carlos Recinos RIP

Wednesday 2nd February:
THE PRESENTATION OF THE LORD
6:00pm Mass
Mariem Maldonado RIP

Thursday 3rd February:
6:00pm Mass
Betty Ogilby RIP

Friday 4th February:
6:00pm Mass
Sue & Dave Morrissey Ints

Saturday 5th February:
6:00pm Mass
Marie & Liam Kirwan

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3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time EMMAUS MASS SHEET
3rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Sunday 23rd January 2022

SUNDAY OF THE WORD OF GOD
POPE FRANCIShas made this Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (today!) an opportunity to deepen our devotion to the celebration, study and spread of the Word of God.

THE SACRED SCRIPTURES (the Bible) are the inspired Word of God. God speaks to us in a particular way when we read them with faith and love. Like Our Lady we need to ponder them and treasure them in our heart.St Paul writes: “All Scripture is inspired by God and can profitably be used for:
1. Teaching
2. Refuting error
3. Guiding people’s lives
4. Teaching them to be holy. This is how the person who is dedicated to God becomes fully equipped and ready for any good work”
(2 Timothy 3:16,17)

READ THE SCRIPTURES therefore every day, even if only a few verses. We should feast on them more than food and drink!

RESOLUTION: decide today to be committed to reading the Sacred Scriptures every day.
1. Give the Bible a special place of prominence in your house. Hold it with reverence. The priest kisses the Gospel after proclaiming it at Mass: we do well also to kiss the Bible as we use it.
2. If we are beginning again, why not start with St Mark’s Gospel, a clear and simple presentation of what Jesus said and did?
Or, the First Letter of John, a beautiful presentation of how to come back to God with all our heart.

WHATEVER WE DECIDE, DO SOMETHING!
Every Blessing,
Fr David Barnes, Rector

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2nd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Sunday 16th January 2022

PEACE SUNDAY
TODAY is PEACE SUNDAY and this year Pope Francis asks us to think about ‘Education, work and dialogue between generations: tools for building lasting peace’.
The need for peace in the world is obvious. People are struggling against violence and conflict, growing inequalities, the effects of climate change and the covid pandemic. How can we harness the gifts and energy of all generations in the work of peacemaking?Which ‘tools for building lasting peace’ do you think Pope Francis might be talking about?
In this country we have an active Catholic peace movement in Pax Christi, which does a great deal of good work to promote peace and nonviolence through parishes, schools and social media.
Their website suggests many ways we can all become better peacemakers. There are activities for families to do at home, including a peace liturgy for young children.https://paxchristi.org.uk/peace-Sunday-2022
Pax Christi needs our support to keep going.If you’d like to make a donation, small or large, here is the link: https://tinyurl.com/yxfcw67x You can also pick up an envelope at the back of the church or if you picked up one last weekend, please return.

PRAYER FOR PEACE – GOD OF LOVE
Show us our place in this world as channels of your love for all the
Creatures of this earth, for not one of them is forgotten in your sight.
Enlighten those who possess power and money, that they may love the common
good, advance the weak, and care for this world in which we live.
The poor and the earth are crying out.
O LORD, seize us with your power and light, help us to protect all life, to
prepare for a better future, for the coming of your Kingdom of justice,
peace, love and beauty.
PRAISE BE TO YOU!
AMEN.

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Baptism of the Lord EMMAUS MASS SHEET 
THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD
Sunday 9th January 2022

TODAY (Sunday) we celebrate Our Lord’s baptism by his cousin John the Baptist…. 

Our Lord is revealed as divine, the Son of God. Our Lord commissions the apostles to go out into the whole world and baptise people everywhere in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. 

To be baptised means we are immersed into the life of the Blessed Trinity, so we can share God’s life. In baptism God places us in His Son and we become a son or daughter of God: when God looks on us He sees us as a son or daughter because we are in God’s Son. This is all pure gift, a grace of God. We could not do this ourselves: God does it for us.

 God wants to share His Life with us, and for us to share our life with Him. Baptism initiates this relationship. Today, thank God for the Sacrament of Baptism, and pray we shall all live our friendship with God more devotedly. 

Fr David Barnes, Rector

POPE FRANCIS ONCE ASKED: “If I were to ask you today, “which of you knows the exact date of your baptism?” I do not think there would be too many hands raised…. Yet, it is the day on which we were saved, it is the day on which we became children of God. Now, those who do not know it should ask their godparents, their dad, their mom, an uncle, an aunt: “When was I baptised”? And that day should be remembered each year: it is the day on which we became children of God”.

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