Message from Fr Bill – 6th Sunday of Easter
Dear friends at St. Aelred’s,
This week we had our Confirmations at St Wilfrid’s Church and I have never been more proud of our young people and how they carried themselves before, during and after the celebration of the sacrament. They were a real credit to their parish, schools and families. A special note of thanks to the Bishop who put everyone at ease as they came forward and I would also like to thank our catechist who supported me in preparing our young people so well. But thank you most of all to our young people and their families for their commitment and faithfulness. May the Spirit continue to work in their lives and be a constant source of strength, power, inspiration and help!
Please pray for the family of Dave Husband who passed away last week. His funeral will be here on Thursday 9th June, 10.30am, he will be brought into church the evening before at 5.00pm. Please do come along and support the family if you are able.
ROSARY IN MAY-May is the month of Our Lady. Please join us in church and on Zoom to recite the Rosary every weekday morning, except Tuesdays, at 8.30am or if you are unable why not say it privately or as a family. If you need a focus for these prayers we have a statue of Our Lady of Fatima which you can take home for a week which has special prayers to guide you.
COVID-due to the amount of space at mid-week Mass we have decided to suspend the use of masks Monday to Saturday morning. If you wish, of course, please wear one at your own discretion. Any people displaying symptoms of Covid-19 should stay at home and not participate in acts of worship in church. This is good practice for any transmissible illness. We need to care for each other, especially our most vulnerable.
MASS FOR HEALING-Bar Convent Chapel, Nunnery Lane, York on Tuesday 24th May at 11:45 am
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.
Sun 22nd May 9:30 Mass 6th Sunday of Easter
Mon 23rd 9:00 Mass Of Eastertide
Tues 24th 7:00pm Mass Of Eastertide
Wed 25th 9:00 Mass St Bede the Venerable
7:00pm Mass Ascension of Our Lord
Thurs 26th 9:00 Mass Ascension of Our Lord
Fri 27th 9:00 Mass St Augustine of Canterbury
Sat 28th 9:00 Exposition
10:00 Mass Of Eastertide
6:00pm Mass 7th Sunday of Easter
Sun 29th 9:30 Mass 7th Sunday of Easter
Mon 30th 9:00 Mass Of Eastertide
Special Intentions-Golden Anniversary, Healing, St Padro Pio.
RIP- Dave Husband, Isabella Ellison Johnson, Jeanette Popely.
Sunday’s teas & coffees are in aid of UCM. They have stepped in last minute so please come along for a drink and a chat and support our volunteers.
Collection for 08/05/22:
Loose Plate 128.55
Standing Orders 585.00 pw
CAFOD UKRAINE APPEAL-Given the terrible situation evolving in the Ukraine and the humanitarian consequences, CAFOD have opened an appeal: https://cafod.org.uk/News/Emergencies-news/Ukraine-crisis
We pray for all our servicemen and women serving in conflicts. May the Lord keep them safe.
SYNODAL DIOCESAN REPORT-copies of the Diocesan Report are available at the back of church or can be viewed on-line at https://filemot.sharefile.com/d-se1617061c25f413582e989fc81f0c074 Upon reading it I think the synthesis represents what we sent into the Diocese as a church community.
UCM NEWS-A very big thank you to everyone who helped to make our day on the Gospel of St Matthew last Saturday such a success. We had an inspirational talk on St. Matthew by Canon Ryan and explored new, more personal ways of praying. It was lovely to catch up with friends from across York and the Diocese and the day was enjoyed by all. Our next meeting is on Tuesday 24th May following 7:00 p.m. Mass. We shall be spending a short time catching up on the Synod report, following the Diocesan meeting to be held on Saturday, 21st May. After that our speaker for the evening is Tony Baker who will entertain us with some Tales from the Taxi Rank. All very welcome, please come along, especially if you are new to the Parish.
CONCERT FOR UKRAINE-we are arranging a concert to raise funds to support the people of Ukraine on Saturday 9th July, 7.00pm in school. We have Celtic Blend and members of the Music group volunteering to play and dance and would like to invite anyone else to show their talents by volunteering. Please see myself, Catherine McGlinchey or Debbie Feehan if you would like to be included. Details later. Start practicing!!
ICON WORKSHOP-learn to paint an icon, five days of creative learning and prayer. Saturday 18th, 25th June 2nd, 9th, 16th July, 10am-4pm, Holy Trinity Church, Micklegate. All equipment and materials included, £185. Contact Canon Ian Holdsworth – email@example.com or write to Yorkshire Icon School, 62 Cardigan Rd, Bridlington, YO15 3JT for further details.
HELP WANTED-An 84 year old lady parishioner is seeking some companionship for a few hours a week to get out and about to garden centres or places of interest, or just to have a meal together and a chat. Wanted for a couple of days a week, 1-2 hours at a time. Standard caring rates of pay will be offered. If you are interested please phone Rachel (her daughter) on 07877410569
GIFT AID STATEMENTS: If anyone requires a statement of their Gift Aid Contributions for the tax year just ended, please contact John Ormerod by email – firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01904 421469.Those who received one last year will have automatically been sent one.
ST AELRED’S SCHOOL-We have been blessed with wonderful weather recently, which has been the icing on the cake for some of the great sporting experiences we have had this week. Great fun was had by some of our Year 3 and 4 children practising their rugby skills with York City Knights Foundation, who were treated to a personal session with England International Grace Field. An amazing display of swimming, cycling (or scooting) and running was shown on Wednesday by the Year 5 and 6 children who participated in the Brownlee Foundation Triathlon; a huge well done to all and thank you to the people who made the day such a fantastic experience. Well done to Year 4 tennis players who won five out of their six matches in the York Schools Network Tennis festival.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION-Next meeting for children wishing to make their First Holy Communion will take place Sunday, 4th June, after 9.30am Mass. Please keep all our young people making their First Holy Communion this year in your prayers including those who were prepared pre-pandemic and will join this year’s group over the Sundays 19th and 26th June.
200 CLUB– Subscriptions are now overdue, cheques for £26 (full year) or £13 (half year ), should be made out to ‘PCC of St. Aelreds ‘ and can be placed in the collection basket or posted through the presbytery letter box.
FOODBANK DONATIONS-If you would like to support the food-bank providing basic food parcels, please leave them in the box in the narthex/porch or if you would prefer 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 food donations at the presbytery door too.
SVP- We ask you to join our mission to tackle poverty in all its forms through a million gestures of kindness, as the need has never been greater. The online application can be found by going to www.svp.org.uk and clicking on the words ‘Get involved’ on the top of the page then click on ‘Become a member’ on the next page. If you would like to know more about St Aelred’s SVP please call 07340011619 or email:email@example.com
PARISH QUIZ-7.30pm Wednesday same meeting id 2147102040
MASS ON ZOOM-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.
Here is a link to the Synodal Report which will be submitted to the Diocese:
A PRAYER FOR THOSE IN WORK
O God, the creator of all things, you framed the law of labour for the human race. Graciously grant, by the example and patronage of St. Joseph, that we may do the work you provide us and earn the reward you promise. Sustain us with your grace to live up to our duties in charity and justice. Amen.
A PRAYER FOR THE SYNOD
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.
A PRAYER FOR AFGHANISTAN
We hold in your presence the people of Afghanistan.
Be a shelter for those who have been displaced.
Be a comforter for those who are mourning.
Be the peace for those who are afraid,
Be near to those who are hungry.
Be healing for those who are sick.
Be the strength of those working to bring hope.
Open our eyes and hearts,
so we may stand in solidarity,
and reach out in love,
to our brothers and sisters.
May they know they are not forgotten
and that we hold them in our hearts
whilst they search for the path to peace. Amen.
A PRAYER FOR HELP
Almighty God, in our distress and grief help us to remember that you love us.
We do not understand why this great disaster has happened but help us to trust you.
Loving Lord, for those who have died, give them eternal rest, for those who are bereaved, comfort and console them, for those who are hurt, heal and strengthen them.
Lord God, enable us to help our suffering brothers and sisters in whatever way we can.
Heavenly Father, be with us now and always.
Diana Ng-Sutherland, CAFOD
We pray for all our servicemen and women serving in conflicts abroad especially in this time of increased anxiety for many families.
‘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.