THE CHURCH OF ST. NICHOLAS OF MYRA - WELCOMES YOU

We will open again for public mass on Tuesday 11 May at 10am. There will be mass twice a week: Tues & Thurs at 10am. Weekend masses will be as follows: Saturday at 6pm and Sunday at 11.30am. Attendance will be limited to 50 people. All will have to sanitise hands, wear masks and socially distance both outside and inside the church. Looking forward to meeting up again. There are no baptisms being celebrated and First Communion & Confirmation will not take place until the Autumn.




The Sunday Service 09 May is now available - click image above

 

SUNDAY SERVICE 09 MAY - 6THY SUNDAY OF EASTER (text)

Penitential Rite

As we begin our celebration, let us remember the inclusive love of God.

For our lack of compassion and welcome. Lord have mercy

For our willingness to exclude those who are different.
Christ have mercy

For our failure to see you in the poor and marginalised. Lord have mercy

May our great and gracious Lord, who has conquered selfishness, have mercy on us, forgive us our sin and bring us to life everlasting. Amen


Acts of the Apostles 10:25-26. 34-35. 44-48

As Peter reached the house Cornelius went out to meet him, knelt at his feet and prostrated himself. But Peter helped him up. ‘Stand up,’ he said ‘I am only a man after all!’ Then Peter addressed them: ‘The truth I have now come to realise’ he said ‘is that God does not have favourites, but that anybody of any nationality who fears God and does what is right is acceptable to him.’ While Peter was still speaking the Holy Spirit came down on all the listeners. Jewish believers who had accompanied Peter were all astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit should be poured out on the pagans too, since they could hear them speaking strange languages and proclaiming the greatness of God. Peter himself then said, ‘Could anyone refuse the water of baptism to these people, now they have received the Holy Spirit just as much as we have?’ He then gave orders for them to be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ. Afterwards they begged him to stay on for some days.


1 John 3:1-2

My dear people, let us love one another since love comes from God and everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Anyone who fails to love can never have known God, because God is love. God’s love for us was revealed when God sent into the world his only Son so that we could have life through him; this is the love I mean: not our love for God, but God’s love for us when he sent his Son to be the sacrifice that takes our sins away.


Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, Alleluia
Jesus said: ‘If anyone loves me they will keep my word,
and my Father will love them, and we shall come to them.’
Alleluia


John 3:1-2

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my own joy may be in you and your joy be complete. This is my commandment: love one another, as I have loved you. A person can have no greater love than to lay down their life for their friends. You are my friends, if you do what I command you. I shall not call you servants any more, because a servant does not know his master’s business; I call you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have learnt from my Father. You did not choose me, no, I chose you; and I commissioned you to go out and to bear fruit, fruit that will last; and then the Father will give you anything you ask him in my name. What I command you is to love one another.’


Sermon: here


Prayer of the Faithful

God our Father and Mother, we bless you for your love, which makes us daughters and sons, not your servants. We thank you. Lord hear us

Lord Jesus, as you remain in the Father’s love, so may we remain in your love. Lord hear us

Holy Spirit of God, you guide us to the path of real life; a life of service in true love. We thank you.  Lord hear us

We remember, with joy and thanksgiving, all those who have died and especially those lost to COVID 19. May we be re-united in the Kingdom of God’s Light and Love. Lord hear us

May our Church be a community of welcome, where everyone is accepted, without judgement. Lord hear us

We call to mind in silence, all who need our prayer and support ……..Lord hear us


Reflection

“Blessed be the mind that dreamed
the day the blueprint of your life
would begin to glow on earth,
illuminating all the faces and voices
that would arrive to invite
your soul to growth.

Praised be your father and mother,
who loved you before you were,
and trusted to call you here
with no idea who you would be.

Blessed be those who have loved you
into becoming who you were meant to be,
blessed be those who have crossed your life
with dark gifts of hurt and loss
that have helped to school your mind
in the art of disappointment.

When desolation surrounded you,
blessed be those who looked for you
and found you, their kind hands
urgent to open a blue window
in the gray wall formed around you.

Blessed be the gifts you never notice,
your health, eyes to behold the world,
thoughts to countenance the unknown,
memory to harvest vanished days,
your heart to feel the world’s waves,
your breath to breathe the nourishment
of distance made intimate by earth.

On this echoing-day of your birth,
may you open the gift of solitude
in order to receive your soul;
enter the generosity of silence
to hear your hidden heart;
know the serenity of stillness
to be enfolded anew
by the miracle of your being.”

John O'Donohoe


Those Remembered this weekend

Bobby May (First Anniversary)
George Breadon (First Anniversary)
Maureen Flood (6th Anniversary)
Paul Handibode

 

 






 

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