Today is Feast of Corpus Christi- a very special day as Fr David explains below:
SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY BODY and Blood of CHRIST: What used to be known as the celebration of Corpus Christi is marked this weekend. Sadly it is another weekend when we are unable to gather in church as the Body of Christ. The re=opening of some churches from Tuesday (see details on the opposite page) is a sign of hope. The Mass is the very self-giving of Christ himself – so that he is broken and poured out in love and service. The Eucharist demands that, following Christ, we, too, will allow ourselves to be broken for others, to be poured out. A lady said to me recently that she is “hungering for the Eucharist.” There is a void, a gap, a hollow which nothing or nobody else can fill, except gathering as Jesus’ Body, being fed by God’s Word, receiving the nourishment of Holy Communion and being sent out by God to bring that life into all we try to be. Further on in the conversation she said “I hope I won’t take it for granted as much once we gather again for Mass. I think I will have a new appreciation.” Jesus says, “The bread that I shall give is my flesh for the life of the world. Through our Baptismal vocation we are called to be blessed, broken, poured out and shared for the life of the world.
Here is the link for Children's Liturgy for this week: https://youtu.be/_vEzjlBUyLc
CONTACT DETAILS: If you wish to share your details with me, so that I can keep in touch, give help when needed and ensure you receive a newsletter, please send them to the parish e-mail address or telephone the parish office number. MASS: Every day Mass continues to be offered for you and your families. If you have the facilities to follow Mass on-line there are plenty of options such as the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart in Cork, the Catholic Cathedral in Liverpool and the Shrine at Walsingham. Here is the link to Fr Rob Galea's Mass in Australia: https://youtu.be/ATQVj1abUjY
Knowsley Council Helpline: Tel. 0800 073 0043
FIRST HOLY COMMUNIONS: We keep in our prayers and thoughts our First Communion children, their families and catechists. Sadly, we had to postpone all the First Communion Masses that were to take place in the month of May due to the closure of all places of worship because of the coronavirus.
Although some churches will begin to re-open from next week, this will only be for private prayer and no public celebrations of Mass, Funerals, Baptisms, etc are allowed yet. We will have to wait until public celebration of Sacraments is allowed again and ensure the children can complete their final preparations for First Communion. This may not be until late Summer or early Autumn – at this stage we are just not sure. As soon as we have any information we will be in contact with the families. We are sorry for the long wait and the uncertainty.
A Prayer to Start the Day
Loving God, make me know the way I should walk today. May I think what you want me to think. May I say what you want me to say. May I do what you want me to do. Amen.
Prayer to Jesus Who Stilled the Storm
When you appear to be absent in our lives, let us not fear to wake you to come to our rescue, Lord.
When we are engulfed by life, may we remember your words,
“Why are you so frightened? Where is your faith?
With every blessing
Fr David and Monica