Message from Fr Bill – 2nd Sunday of Lent
Dear friends at St. Aelred’s,
I hope your Lenten Journey of deepening your relationship with God through prayer, fasting and alms-giving is bearing fruit in your lives. I am really pleased with the effects of spending time walking around the local area every morning building my steps to 10,000. It has helped me recall the many people for whom I have celebrated funerals as I pass their former homes and offer a little prayer for them and their families. It has helped me, as I have struggled a little to keep going, to recall many in the world who do not have a choice but to make a lengthy walk for water every day regardless of how they were feeling. It has also helped me to appreciate what an incredible parish we have in this area of York and to start to contemplate how we can further reach out to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to more people in this area. As I passed the other local Christian churches I also realised how much I have missed working, praying and gathering socially with them. Have a think about what thoughts and reflections your Lenten Journey is bringing to the fore.
PUBLIC MASS-If you wish to attend, Saturday 6.00pm or Sunday 9.30am, and it is safe for you to do so, please ring Joe Stead, Parish Council Secretary, 01904 424361; bookings; Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 9.30-11.00am or you can ring at any reasonable time. If Joe is in, he will take the booking and if not you can 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.
LADIES OF THE PARISH-During Lent you are invited to remain on Zoom after the Tuesday Mass for an informal book club style discussion of papal writings including Fratelli tutti. On Saturday 6th of March at 11am after the 10 o’clock Mass the Bishop will be joining the ladies of the diocese on our parish Zoom so he can better understand the women of his diocese and our concerns.
God Bless & stay safe.
Here is a link to a Lent Calendar which you may find useful during Lent. If you click on the link it should download as a Word document. Sorry it is a bit compressed but it’s the best we could do on the website.
Sun 28th Feb 9:30am Mass 2nd Sunday of Lent
Mon 1st Mar 9:00 Mass on Zoom St David
Tues 2nd 7:00pm Mass on Zoom Of Lent
Wed 3rd 9:00 Mass on Zoom Of Lent.
Thurs 4th 9:00 Mass on Zoom Of Lent
Fri 5th 9:00 Mass on Zoom Of Lent
Sat 6th 9:00 Rosary on Zoom 1st Saturday 10:00am Mass on Zoom Of Lent
6:00pm Mass 3rd Of Lent
Sun 7th 9:30am Mass 3rd Of Lent
Mon 8th 9:00 am Mass on Zoom Of Lent
Special Intentions- Padre Pio.
R.I.P. Rita Cunningham
Gaudete et exsultate
“I would stress too that the ‘genius of woman’ is seen in feminine styles of holiness, which are an essential means of reflecting God’s holiness in this world. Indeed, in times when women tended to be most ignored or overlooked, the Holy Spirit raised up saints whose attractiveness produced new spiritual vigor and important reforms in the Church. We can mention Saint Hildegard of Bingen, Saint Bridget, Saint Catherine of Siena, Saint Teresa of Avila and Saint Thérèse of Lisieux. But I think too of all those unknown or forgotten women who, each in her own way, sustained and transformed families and communities by the power of their witness.” Pope Francis
SVP Sudan & South Sudan Appeal: St Aelred’s SVP is asking you to consider donating to this fund as part of your Lenten journey. Any donations can be given in an envelope marked SVP Sudan & South Sudan appeal, to any SVP member or Fr Bill. If you are a tax payer and would like to Gift Aid your donation, envelopes are available on the table at the back of church or from the box outside 60 Penyghent Av., you can also post any filled envelopes through the letterbox at this address. Cheques intended for this fund should be made out to SVP England & Wales not St Aelred’s SVP. To donate on line or find out more about this appeal go to www.svp.org.uk and type into the website search box the phrase Sudan & South Sudan can you help bring peace?
WANTED-Has anyone got a spare TV to help a family? If you can help, please ring 07950488685.
DISTRIBUTION OF PARISH OFFERTORY ENVELOPES-The new boxes of envelopes, which commence on the 10th/11th April, are now ready to be distributed. Our suppliers have this year installed new colour printing presses and we are grateful to parishioner Joanna Bowe for painting a very colourful and modern depiction of the church to replace the previous pen and ink drawing. Due to Covid restrictions, the following arrangements will apply: If you prefer and are comfortable to attend church either for Saturday/Sunday Mass (bookable through Joe Stead); or the Stations of the Cross and private prayer sessions on Wednesday 7pm to 8pm and Friday 3pm to 4pm (no booking required), then please contact John Ormerod by telephone on 01904 421469 (you can leave a message if out), or email firstname.lastname@example.org before Monday 8th March. He will then ensure that your envelopes will be available to collect from the windowsills on the left hand side of the church from Wednesday 10th March until 31st March. Any then remaining will be delivered by hand before 10th April. If you are not able or comfortable to attend church as above, then your envelopes will be delivered by hand during March.
If anyone wishes to start using envelopes, or to change to standing order, please contact John as above.
CAFOD’S LENT FAMILY FAST DAY was on Friday 26th February. As many people are not attending Mass in church, if you are able, we would be grateful if you could donate online at https://cafod.org.uk/give or you can easily give by texting LENT to 70460 to donate £10. If you’d like to give but do not want to receive any communications text LENTNOINFO to 70460.
WALKING FOR WATER- I will be doing 10,000 steps a day throughout Lent to raise funds for CAFOD. I have no great expectation in raising large amounts after November’s wonderful total but if you would like to sponsor me; it is through JustGiving at https://walk.cafod.org.uk/fundraising/fr-bill-is-walking-for-water or put an envelope through the presbytery door marked “Walk for Water”. Thank you.
“PRIVATE PRAYER” – 7.00pm, Wednesday and 3.00pm, Friday for one hour with Stations and Exposition.
UCM-With many apologies we are having to cancel our meetings until further notice, due to the latest lockdown but Masses on alternate Tuesdays at 7pm, will continue but only on Zoom and not in church.
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
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.
ARMED FORCES-We pray for all our servicemen and women serving in conflicts abroad especially in this time of increased anxiety for many families.
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 not allowed except under extreme circumstances.
FUNERALS-can still 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.
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.
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.
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