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Canon Paul Douthwaite
Parochial Administrator

WELCOME!

As the new Parochial Administrator of Saint Patrick’s Church and Parish Community, I would like to extend a warm welcome to you. All that we do here as a parish community is about living the Gospel of Christ and proclaiming his Good News to those who come here and all whom we encounter through the ordinary lives we lead.

Our Church is a Welcoming Community, and we will be delighted for you to join us as you come to enter into the stillness and tranquillity of the church for worship or a moment of prayer. The website and our Twitter Feed allow you to enter into the life of the Community – albeit digitally and virtually – so as to connect you with the people who use this place regularly and find their sense of peace here, too. Just check on the opening times of the Church through the newsletter.

The website and Twitter posts are not, though, just about offering information; they are about keeping people in touch with the parish community and with one another. This time of COVID-19 has seen parish boundaries stretched not just across a city but across countries. It has been so good to welcome people back to Mass across the Season of Lent and heart-warming to see so many at the Easter Vigil.

Do come and visit. You’ll find the opening times of the church on the weekly newsletter and whilst they may be limited, the Church does offer you the chance to come into the presence of God and know that he is near. As things change week by week nationally, you’ll find we are open to enable you to find something of God’s peace and presence in this beautiful place.

May the God who seeks to reveal the immensity of his love for us remind each of us – always – that he is near.

Yours in Christ

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time                                                       25 July 2021

First reading 2 Kings 4:42-44  ©
They will eat, and have some left over
A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing Elisha, the man of God, bread from the first-fruits, twenty barley loaves and fresh grain in the ear.’ ‘Give it to the people to eat’, Elisha said. But his servant replied, ‘How can I serve this to a hundred men?’ ‘Give it to the people to eat’ he insisted ‘for the Lord says this, “They will eat and have some left over.”’ He served them; they ate and had some left over, as the Lord had said.
 
 
Second reading Ephesians 4:1-6 ©
One Body, one Spirit, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God
I, the prisoner in the Lord, implore you to lead a life worthy of your vocation. Bear with one another charitably, in complete selflessness, gentleness and patience. Do all you can to preserve the unity of the Spirit by the peace that binds you together. There is one Body, one Spirit, just as you were all called into one and the same hope when you were called. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God who is Father of all, over all, through all and within all.   
 
 
Gospel John 6:1-15 ©
The feeding of the five thousand
Jesus went off to the other side of the Sea of Galilee – or of Tiberias – and a large crowd followed him, impressed by the signs he gave by curing the sick. Jesus climbed the hillside, and sat down there with his disciples. It was shortly before the Jewish feast of Passover. Looking up, Jesus saw the crowds approaching and said to Philip, ‘Where can we buy some bread for these people to eat?’ He only said this to test Philip; he himself knew exactly what he was going to do. Philip answered, ‘Two hundred denarii would only buy enough to give them a small piece each.’ One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said, ‘There is a small boy here with five barley loaves and two fish; but what is that between so many?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Make the people sit down.’ There was plenty of grass there, and as many as five thousand men sat down. Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and gave them out to all who were sitting ready; he then did the same with the fish, giving out as much as was wanted. When they had eaten enough he said to the disciples, ‘Pick up the pieces left over, so that nothing gets wasted.’ So they picked them up, and filled twelve hampers with scraps left over from the meal of five barley loaves. The people, seeing this sign that he had given, said, ‘This really is the prophet who is to come into the world.’ Jesus, who could see they were about to come and take him by force and make him king, escaped back to the hills by himself.  
 
Gospel Reflection by Dom Henry Wansbrough OSB
In this Sunday’s Gospel, John’s version of the miraculous feeding reminds us of the Last Supper, when Jesus ‘said the blessing’ over the bread. Since John’s gospel has no account of the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper, this feeding account is particularly significant. The feeding is also described as one of the ‘signs’ which Jesus works. The first part of the Gospel of John is often called ‘the Book of Signs’ because Jesus works a number of signs which show who he truly is. First there is the sign at the marriage-feast of Cana, where the sign of turning the water into wine is a sign of the messianic banquet. Other signs are the raising of the royal official’s son, a sign of Jesus’ gift of life, and the cure of the blind man in the temple, a sign of Jesus’ gift of light and revelation. Several of the signs are followed by an extended discourse, explaining the meaning of the sign, as this feeding sign is followed by the discourse on the Bread of Life, explaining the significance of Jesus’ gift of himself as the Bread of Life, the Wisdom of God received in the Eucharist
 
 
 
 
Bulletin: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Bulletin: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
 
 

 

 
 
 

Mass Schedule:

Saturday 24th July: Vigil 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time , 4-4:30pm Sacrament of Reconciliation, 5:00pm Holy Mass.  

Sunday 25th July: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, No Mass

Monday 26th July: Ss Joachim and Anne ,No Mass

Tuesday 27th  July: No Mass  

Wednesday 28th July: 9.30 am Mass

Thursday 29th July: Ss Martha, Mary and Lazarus , 9:30am Mass

Friday 30thJuly: St Peter Chrysologus, 6:00pm Exposition of the Blessed
Sacrament, 6:30pm Mass 

Saturday 31st July: Vigil 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 4-4:30pm Sacrament of Reconciliation, 5:00pm Holy Mass. 


All Welcome!