Newsletter – Fourth Sunday of Lent A – 19th March 2023

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Laetare Sunday

Our First Reading this Sunday is from 1 Samuel 16:1b,6-7,10-13a; Samuel is sent to anoint David as king. Our Responsorial Psalm is Psalm 23: The Lord is our shepherd. The Second Reading is taken from Ephesians 5:8-14: The Ephesians are told to live as children of light. Our Gospel Reading this Sunday is John 9:1-41; Jesus heals the man born blind and reveals himself to him as the Son of Man.

Solemnity of St Joseph

Tomorrow Monday 20th is the Solemnity of St Joseph. As well as the usual morning masses at 7:45am and 10am we will also have a 7:30pm mass. In an Apostolic Letter two years ago marking the Year of St Joseph, entitled Patris Corde (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis describes Saint Joseph as a beloved father, a tender and loving father, an obedient father, an accepting father; a father who is creatively courageous, a working father, a father in the shadows. We ask St Joseph to watch over all our
families with his paternal care and protection.

Prayer to Saint Joseph (Pope Leo XIII)

To you, O blessed Joseph, do we come in our tribulation, and having implored the help of your most holy Spouse, we confidently invoke your patronage also. Through that charity which bound you to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through the paternal love with which you embraced the Child Jesus, we humbly beg you graciously to regard the inheritance which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood, and with your power and strength to aid us in our necessities.
O most watchful guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ;
O most loving father, ward off from us every contagion of error and corrupting influence; O our most mighty protector, be kind to us and from heaven assist us in our struggle with the power of darkness.
As once you rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril, so now protect God’s Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; shield, too, each one of us by your constant protection, so that, supported by your example and your aid, we may be able to live piously, to die in holiness, and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven. Amen.

Happy Mothers Day

On this Mother’s Day, we pray for all mothers, especially our own, that they would be powerful guardians, advocates, and carers of their children and receive from them love, respect, and gratitude they deserve. May our Blessed Mother and St Joseph pour upon them the Blessings of the Holy Family to give them the strength, compassion and grace they need.

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