Message from Fr Bill – 17th Sunday Ordinary Time
Dear friends at St. Aelred’s,
It is with great sadness I bring the news of the death of Clara Mullen. Clara was a star that shone brightly in our parish as she battled illness with a smile that lit up the whole church and affected everyone who met her. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and many friends, especially those who cared for her with such love in our primary school. In God’s loving embrace, her star now shines in heaven. Our thoughts and prayers also go out to the family of Derrick Johnson who recently died. Derrick was an active member of St Aelred’s parish for many years before moving away. May he rest in peace. Amen.
St Aelred’s School Chaplaincy Needs You! After the last two extraordinary years of lockdown and restrictions, we are hoping to reignite our partnership with our fellow parishioners at St Aelred’s. We have really missed you coming into school to help the children with their learning and in the development of their spiritual life. In September, we are hoping to restart the important work of our Chaplaincy Team but we need you! Could you spare some time each week to support our lunchtime prayer groups? It really is a small commitment of time but the benefits to our children would be immeasurable. The pupils need to see our faith in action. If you are able to help, please contact Debbie or Sylvia at school on 01904806075. Thank you, in advance.
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 could 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.
God Bless & stay safe.
Sun 25th Jul 9:30am Mass 17th Sunday Ordinary Time
Mon 26th 9:00 Mass on Zoom Ss Anne & Joachim
Tues 27th 7:00pm Mass Feria
Wed 28th 9:00 Mass on Zoom Feria
Thurs 29th 9:00 Mass on Zoom St Martha
Fri 30th 9:00 Mass on Zoom Feria
Sat 31st 10:00 Mass on Zoom Ignatius of Loyola
6:00pm Mass 18th Sunday Ordinary Time
Sun 1st Aug 9:30 Mass 18th Sunday Ordinary Time
Mon 2nd 9:00 Mass on Zoom Feria
Special Intentions: Padre Pio.
RIP- Derrick Johnson, Fr John Wood, Thomas & Madge Moncur, Terry Thompson.
Mgr. Seamus Kilbane
Fr John Wood
St Aelreds Primary School Weekly Update
On Tuesday we held our Year 6 Leavers mass, Fr Bill came into school to say Mass in the open air for the children, to mark the end of the school year and the leaving of our Year 6s.
Rugby Festival – York Knights players, York School Sport and YCK Foundation have helped us in facilitating our own St Aelred’s Y5/6 rugby festival, with lots of our Y5/6
pupils taking part and really enjoyed the opportunity for after-school sports on a
Ice Creams on our last day of term – thanks to Friends of St Aelreds (FOSTA), who have organised for the ice cream van to visit us in the afternoon!
Please keep our school, children and staff, in your prayers during the summer break.
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP- I was approached by a parishioner who suggested we set up a bereavement group to support and walk with those who have suffered the loss of a loved one. I think this is an excellent idea and one I do not think we need to take through the Parish Council although we will discuss it at our next meeting. This is a very sensitive role and we will be looking at very difficult topics with extremely vulnerable people so there has to be some training involved. The support group members also need to be extremely compassionate and open to facing their own unresolved issues around bereavement that may come up in the course of supporting others. If anyone is interested in being part of such a group, please let me know.
STAGE FOUR LOCKDOWN EASING-I think all the responses we received from the parish asked us to keep the Covidsafe restrictions we now have in place. With this in mind, and the rising number of cases in this area, the Parish Council have decide to do exactly that during the summer and review the situation in late August for early September implementation. Some may be disappointed by this but safety of our most vulnerable parish family members is our overriding priority.
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.
WORLD DAY FOR GRANDPARENTS & THE ELDERLY-Pope Francis has designated this Sunday, World day for Grandparents and the Elderly. It gives the church a chance to celebrate, and give thanks for, all that our grandparents and elderly contribute to society and the Church. Let us recognise and celebrate those who bring wisdom, experience, advice, emotional support and a calming energy into our lives; not to mention child-care, lifts, financial help, and so much more.
UCM-the UCM are starting their fundraising for the Lebanon project, celebrating CAFOD’s 60th birthday, with a car boot, cake sale, after each Mass on the 24th/25th July. Bring plenty of pound coins for a packaged teatime treat. For more on the Lebanon project see https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/NBCWandUCMforLebanon where direct donations by slimmers and others can be accepted.
On Tuesday July 27th, after Mass at 7pm, Kath Stubbs will be giving us and amusing talk on the UCM in Times Past. All are welcome.
LIFE ASCENDING-meetings will resume on 29th September after 12.10 Mass in St. Wilfrid’s Upper Room. We meet for shared lunch, a look at scripture, short prayers and a social catch up. All welcome. For further information please ring Catherine on 07950488685. Thank you.
PARISH QUIZ- Every Wednesday, 7.00pm. All welcome. Zoom ID 2147102040
200 CLUB – Half-year subscriptions are now due. Cheques for £13 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.
There are also still a number of 2020/21 annual subscriptions (due Dec 2020) outstanding .
“PRIVATE PRAYER” – 7.00pm, Wednesday and 3.00pm, Friday for one hour with Exposition.
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
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.
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.