Message from Fr Bill – 6th Sunday of Easter
Dear friends at St. Aelred’s,
Thursday is the feast of the Ascension. This would have been a Holy Day of Obligation, however the obligation like Sundays is still suspended. I have non-the-less opened the Church for Wednesday evening and Thursday morning for Mass. Although the newsletter says that there is no need to book there is still a need to take contact details. To make the Steward’s life a bit easier can I ask that you do in fact ring Joe Stead to book a place if you wish to attend one of these Masses. You can do this at the same time as you book your Saturday or Sunday Mass.
I will be back for Mass on Tuesday, after what I am sure will have been a relaxing couple of weeks. Thank you to everyone who has made this time away possible.
Once again a big thank you to Canon Ryan, for stepping in to cover Mass for us. What would we do without our retired priests?
Please, as always, keep our schools in your prayers at the beginning of the new Summer Term. Once again this has been a challenging year, in so many ways, for all our staff and pupils. They are all doing a wonderful job despite the great challenges and difficulties.
PUBLIC MASS-If you wish to attend Mass and it is safe for you to do so, please ring Joe Stead, Parish Council Secretary, 01904 424361; bookings; Monday, Wednesday and Fridays 9.30-11.00am ONLY. If Joe is in, he will take the booking and if not leave a message and he will get back to you asap. You must give your contact details, these will be kept securely for 21days purely for track and trace purposes. Please do not turn up if you have not booked, as entry will be refused. All Masses will also be on Zoom.
ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION PRAYER-My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
SVP –Please remember that SVP offers help to anyone in need, not just Catholics. If you know anyone who could use our help please give them our number. This is also the number to call if you wish to become a member. SVP mobile: 07340011619 or email Pat on email@example.com
God Bless & stay safe.
ROSARY DURING MONTH OF MAY
The Rosary will be said each day before Mass on Zoom.
For this coming Tuesday 11th May it will be said at 8:30am using the Zoom Mtg. ID code 744 8694 5936.
You will also need the Passcode 0Wt6w5. That starts with a zero and not the letter o.
The times for future rosaries will be made clear once Fr Bill returns.
.Sun 9th May 9:30am Mass 6th Sunday of Easter
.Mon 10th No Mass
.Tues 11th 11:30 Mass on Zoom Of Eastertide
.Wed 12th 9:00 Mass on Zoom Of Eastertide
. 7:00pm Mass Ascension of Our Lord
.Thurs 13th 9:00 Mass Ascension of Our Lord
.Fri 14th 9:00 Mass on Zoom St Matthias
.Sat 15th 10:00 Mass on Zoom Dedication of the Cathedral
. 6:00 Mass 7th Sunday of Easter
.Sun 16th 9:30 Mass 7th Sunday of Easter
.Mon 17th 9:00 Mass on Zoom Of Eastertide
All Masses received for those who have died will be on next week’s newsletter.
There is no love without hope, no hope without love, and neither hope nor love without faith.
FUNDRAISING FOR ALZHEIMER’S – Parishioners Becky Hargreaves and Claire Stead have signed up to a challenge walk of 100k (approx 63 miles) across 2 days in The Lake District to support the vital services The Alzheimer’s Society provide to people with dementia – a cause close to both their hearts. The walk will take place across 12/13th June taking in a circular route from Kendal past Windermere to Lakeside on Day 1, all the way back to Kendal on Day 2. If anyone would like to donate then a fund raising page has been set up at
https://www.gofundme.com/becky-and-clares-fund-for-alzheimers-society or speak to Becky or Clare directly. There is no pressure to contribute but any donations will be gratefully received, as will thoughts and prayers sent their way when the challenge takes place.
THE LADIES OF THE PARISH – will continue with their book club review of chapter 7 of Fratelli tutti on Tuesday 4th May. New readers and the unprepared welcome.
Healing Service: Thank you to those parishioners who expressed an interest in attending a Healing Service, in person. As we are so close to being able to use the Community centre again Fr Bill and SVP have decided to hold the next service on Sunday 27th June 4.p.m. Government guidance permitting there should be no need to book for that date
“PRIVATE PRAYER” – not this coming Wed 12th, due to Vigil Mass but on Friday 14th for one hour with Exposition.
UCM– The UCM will resume meetings on Tuesday 18th May after 7 pm Mass with a talk by Mark Rochester about the rescue boat operation on the River Ouse.
FOODBANK DONATIONS-If you would like to support the food-bank providing basic food parcels, please post any cash donations in a clearly marked envelope through Fr Bill’s presbytery letter-box. The SVP will then co-ordinate delivery. Fr Bill will take in some food donations at the presbytery door too.
200 Club – There are still a number of 2020/21 annual subscriptions outstanding. Cheques for £26 (full year) or £13 (half year) should be made out to ‘PCC of St. Aelred’s’ and can be posted in the presbytery letter box or placed in the Mass collection basket.
MASS ON ZOOM-If you wish to join in at St Aelred’s you need to download the Zoom App and enter meeting id 2147102040, there is a “Waiting Room” in place so do not worry if there is a delay joining. If you wish to join St Aelred’s WhatsApp group I need your mobile number. This has been a source of great encouragement, joy and support for all its members. For general information look at our website, staelreds-york.org.uk Notice-board.
YORK HOSPITAL-The on-call Catholic priest must be accessed through the hospital. Please ask the nursing staff on the ward to do this if a loved one needs anointing. Alternatively, Sue Ellis is the, temporary, Roman Catholic lay chaplain. If anyone has a relative who would like a visit please contact her 07748 108253 or the Chaplains’ office number 01904 725579 People can ring either number to inform her about people already in hospital or will be shortly going into hospital. Visits cannot be guaranteed however as it will depend on the advice of the medics.
SACRAMENTS -Baptisms & Weddings are once again allowed but strictly under government guidelines.
FUNERALS -can take place in church with limited numbers and further restrictions, followed by a graveside or crematorium committal, subject to the conditions laid down by the cemetery or crematorium authorities.
PARISH QUIZ – Paused until Wednesday, 19th May at 7.00pm.
SCHOOL-We are hoping to make the garden in nursery and reception colourful and a bit more inviting. I was wondering if any Parishioners would have any spare bulbs/flowers to donate to our project. Could these be dropped off at the nursery entrance gate after Easter, or 82 Constantine Ave. during the Easter fortnight? Anything to help would be fantastic and very much appreciated. Many thanks and God bless. Shelley.
‘And now, Lord, … help your servants, here at St Aelred’s, to proclaim your message with all fearlessness, by stretching out your hand to heal and to work miracles and marvels through the name of your Holy servant Jesus.
PANDEMIC PRAYER TO OUR LADY
O Mary you shine continuously along our journey as a sign of salvation and hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the Cross were near to the pain of Jesus, keeping firm faith. You, Salvation of the Roman people, know what we need and we trust that you will provide for those needs so that as at Cana of Galilee, joy and celebration may return after this moment of trial. Help us Mother of Divine Love to conform ourselves to the will of the Father and to do what Jesus tells us, He who took our sufferings upon Himself and took up our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. We seek refuge under your protection O Holy Mother of God, do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin. Amen.
ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION PRAYER
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot, at this moment, receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
PRAYER FOR THOSE APPROACHING END OF LIFE AND THEIR FAMILIES
God of strength in weakness and hope in despair, we are yours in life and death. Sustain us for the journey of walking home to you. Give us the gifts and graces you gave those who walked with your Son in his final moments on Earth. Steady our hands, gentle our hearts, sustain our spirits and grant us faith and hope in life eternal.
AN ACT OF CONTRITION
My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against You whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy.
PRAYER FOR THE UNEMPLOYED
O God, the Creator of all things, you have made us in your own image so that we may find joy in creative work: have mercy on all those who are unemployed, and those who find their work dull.
Help us to build a society where all may have work and find joy in doing it, for the good of our world and the glory of your name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen