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May Devotions
 
During May, the Rosary will be recited in church half an hour before Mass and the Litany of Loreto will be sung before Benediction on Thursday evenings and after the Latin Mass on Saturday morning.

Bishop Patrick has also asked that we pray for peace, using the following prayer at Mass each day during May

Prayer for Peace

Let us pray, through the intercession of Mary Queen of Peace,
for peace on earth and an end to violence and terrorism in our world,
for a new spirit of trust and collaboration between nations,
for the gift of wisdom for our politicians and leaders,
and for the resolution of long-standing conflicts in Syria, Gaza and the Ukraine, and in other countries around the world. 
 

Pope Francis’ Catechesis on the Mass (28th Feb) (The Offertory continued from last week)

Therefore, in the symbols of the bread and the wine, the faithful place their offering in the hands of the priest who places them on the altar, or the Lord’s Table, “which is the centre of the whole Liturgy of the Eucharist” (girm, 73). Thus, the centre of the Mass is the altar and the altar is Christ. We must always look to the altar which is the centre of the Mass. In the “fruit of the earth and the work of man” the commitment of the faithful to obey the Divine Word is offered as a “sacrifice acceptable to the Almighty Father”, “for the good of all his holy Church”. Thus, “the lives of the faithful, their praise, sufferings, prayer and work, are united with those of Christ and with his total offering, and so acquire a new value” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1368).

Certainly our offering is small but Christ needs this small amount. The Lord asks little of us and he gives us so much. He asks for little. He asks us for good will in our ordinary lives; he asks us for an open heart; he asks us to seek to be better in order to welcome the One who offers himself to us in the Eucharist; he asks us for these symbolic offerings which will become his Body and Blood. An image of this offering of prayer is represented by incense which, consumed by fire, releases a perfumed smoke that rises upwards: incensing the offerings, as is done on feast days, incensing the Cross and the altar, the priest and the priestly people visibly manifest their bond of offering which unites these realities to Christ’s Sacrifice (cf. girm, 75). And do not forget: there is the altar which is Christ, but always in reference to the first altar which is the Cross and, upon the altar which is Christ, we bring our small gifts, the bread and the wine which will become so much: Jesus himself who gives himself to us.

And all of this is also expressed in the prayer over the offerings. In it, the priest asks God to accept the gifts offered by the Church, invoking the fruit of the extraordinary exchange between our poverty and his richness. In the bread and wine, we present to him the offering of our life so that it may be transformed by the Holy Spirit in the Sacrifice of Christ and become with him a single spiritual offering pleasing to the Father. While the offerings conclude the preparation of the gifts, they prepare us for the Eucharistic Prayer (cf. ibid., 77). May the spirituality of self-giving that this moment of Mass teaches us illuminate our days, our relationships with others, the things we do, the suffering we encounter, helping us to build up the earthly city in the light of the Gospel.


Notices  

Please Pray For

Tom Carolan, whose funeral will take place at 10.15am on Friday 18 May.  May he rest in peace.

Holy Day of Obligation – Ascension

Thursday is the Feast of the Ascension and Mass will take place at 10.00am, 12 noon and 6.45pm.

May Devotions

World Communications Day:  The Catholic Church celebrates World Communications Day on 13 May, when we are asked to pray for those who work in the media and when a second collection is taken after Mass to fund this work.  We will, therefore, take this collection at all Masses next week.

Mass Requests

Please note that weekend Mass requests in particular get booked quickly and are currently fully booked until the weekend 30 June / 1 July 2018. Mass intention envelopes are available as you enter church for you to request a Mass to be said, which should be handed to Fr John.

Good News for the East Midlands

This new diocesan book, which gives an account of the background to and the story of the Diocese of Nottingham is now available for you to buy.  The book costs £20 and a copy can be found for you to browse in the piety stall.  If you wish to have a copy of the book, please contact the parish office. 

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Dates For Your Diary  

Parish Readers

The second of our two Readers Meetings will take place on Saturday 12 May 12.45-1.30pm in Church.  Readers who have not yet attended this meeting need to do so this time, in order to remain on the Readers Rota. It is important for us to promote high standards in the celebration of the Liturgy.

Healing Service

At the Rosmini Centre on Friday 11 May starting at 7.00pm with Mass followed by Adoration and prayers for healing.  The service will be led by Father Ted Mullen. Refreshments afterwards.

Gather – Young Adults Day

Saturday 12 May 11.00am – 6.00pm at St Paul’s Church, Lenton Boulevard, Nottingham.  Discipleship, Eucharist, Mission. Please see poster for booking details.

WW2 Themed Afternoon Tea

Sunday 13 May 2.30-4.30pm in the parish hall.  The event will raise money for the charity Combat Stress in support of military veterans.  A limited number of tickets £10 each are available by contacting Berni via the parish office.

Coffee Club Lichfield Outing

Friday 18 May.  Please note there will be no 10.00am Mass on that day, due to a funeral at 10.15am. The coach will depart, as arranged, from St Peter's at 10.45am. Due back 6.30pm approx.

Pre Pentecost Church Cleaning

Saturday 19 May 12.00 – 2.00pm. Many thanks again to the group of parishioners who faithfully clean the church each Friday. New volunteers are always welcome. As before Christmas we invite people to come and help make an extra one off effort before Pentecost.

Weekend Retreat

Friday 1 – Sunday 3 June at The Rosmini Centre.  A weekend of silent prayer and reflection for Corpus Christi.  Please see poster for full details and booking or contact Heather Ward 01773 599982.

 
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