Today’s Liturgy The great joy of Easter continues. ‘This is the work of the Lord, a marvel in our eyes’. It seems just too good to be true. For all the excitement the Apostles were fearful. The empty tomb, the suggestion the body had been stolen. They were hiding behind locked doors in the Upper Room. Poor Thomas gets a bad press. He stubbornly refused to believe, but his bluster failed & he was speechless when he saw the Lord. He only managed to whimper, ‘My Lord and my God’. Seeing is not believing, just as believing is not seeing. In rebuking Thomas, Jesus commends us. We are among those ‘who have not seen and yet believe’. But there are times when we, like Thomas, are equally incredulous when we meet the love & mercy of God. At that Upper Room appearance Jesus instituted the Sacrament of Penance & conferred on the Apostles his mission of Sacramental forgiveness. The Apostles were able to exercise Jesus’ power with Jesus’ authority. It became a vivid realisation the risen Lord was with them. We followed Jesus in his suffering & death & rejoice in his Resurrection. Let us remain close to him. Victory over the world & sin is our faith.
Divine Mercy Sunday was designated by Pope St John Paul II in 2000. The devotion spread after the apparitions in the 1930s to a Polish nun, St Faustina. The devotion emphasises God’s infinite love & mercy, despite what we may have done. Most churches, as we do at St Peter’s, have an image of the Sacred Heart. The heart is exposed & aflame with love for us. There are some Novena leaflets at the back of church.
Fr Kevin will continue to dispense the mercy of God by hearing Confessions in the Car Park on Saturdays between 11.30am & 12.15pm & after all Masses on request.
Fr Kevin Writes: I would like to thank those who gave me cards & gifts for Easter. I appreciate your kindness & generosity. Holy Mass will be offered for your intentions. God bless you, Fr Kevin.
St Peter’s School The Local Governing Body of St Peter’s School is looking for 2 volunteers, who would be interested in becoming Foundation Governors. The Foundation Governors must be practising Catholics. Please, pick up a leaflet from the back of church for more details.
Missio APF Thanks for the wonderful generosity of Parishioners, who in the frightful year of 2020, contributed £3,439.95. A special thank you to our leader, Lydia Smart, and all hard working promoters.
Our Cemetery has never looked so good. Sincere thanks to Steve Blakemore, Tim Ryan & Lydia Smart for their weekly work & also to Kathy Hemming who painted the benches. As part of the programme to become ‘Greener Parishes’, 3 bird nesting boxes have been installed in the cemetery grounds. Little areas of wild flowers are also being added.
ACTA online: "Where does our money go?" Rev David Palmer, former Archdiocesan Treasurer speaks on Sunday April 18th at 1.45 p.m. To register for Zoom Meeting and send any questions email: email@example.com
Donations to our Parish Thank you most sincerely for your generous donations to our Parish. If you would like to help, please, write a cheque to R.C. Parish of St Peter, Bromsgrove & post it to The Presbytery, 2A Charford Road, Bromsgrove B60 3LU or pop your cash or cheque donation through the Presbytery letterbox.
200 Club Week 853 £100 for Martin McWalter (No. 148) Easter Never-Won-Before £100 for Angie Johnstone (No 21)
Sick Risen Lord, look lovingly on ‘the people you have made your own’, who are sick: Mgr Graham, Amelia-Rose Arthur, Claire Barrett, Ann Bell, Kay Cardwell, Bernard Chadwick, Betty Evans, Ann Fannon, Charlie Gallagher, Margaret Gwilliam, Andrew Joyce, Patrick Maddox, Ian Mounter, Eileen Murphy, Ellen Paine, Joan Rigney, Betty Swanson, those in hospital, our care homes & all who are housebound & lonely. Give healing to those with the Coronavirus. Bestow on them your saving grace. Support those who lovingly care for them. Lord, those whom you love are sick. Amen.
Deceased Raise to new life, HRH, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh & Winifred Ward who died recently & also Paul Dunstall (1977), Owen McKenna (1984), Rosemary Field(1988), Nora Sutton(1994), May Nolan (1995), Bridie Jordan (2001), John Harrington (2009), Brian Kelly(2011), Kenneth Walsh(2016), John Langley(2018), Derek Bradley (2020), John Gilmurray (2020) Gerald Louch (2020) & John Peake(2020). May those who have died of the Coronavirus be ‘raised up by his right hand’. Lead to the Paschal Feast of heaven those who have died in the Indonesian floods. Amen.
History Corner The 2nd Sunday of Easter is called ‘Low’ Sunday, in contrast to the great feast of Easter. Easter Week was known as ‘white week’, because those who were baptised & received into the Church at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday wore their long white robes (stolae albae) for a week. The robe was the origin of the white baptismal garment or cloth (christening robe) still given to babies & adults at their baptisms. The first Sunday after Easter was the day when the white garments were ‘set aside’ & ‘put away’. Dominica in albis depositis (Sunday in white set aside). The festivities for the newly baptised were over & moved to a more normal ‘low’ key; they had to get ready for work on Monday morning.
Regina Caeli (Instead of the Angelus during Paschaltide) Reader: O Queen of heaven rejoice! Alleluia. All: For he whom you did merit to bear, Alleluia, has risen as he said, Alleluia. Pray for us to God, Alleluia. Reader: Rejoice & be glad, O Virgin Mary. Alleluia. All: For the Lord has risen indeed, Alleluia. Reader: Let us pray. All: God our Father, you give joy to the world by the resurrection of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Through the prayers of his mother, the Virgin Mary, bring us to the happiness of eternal life. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Keep Safe & Keep In Touch If you are in contact with other Parishioners, please encourage them to keep in touch through the Parish Website www.stpetersbromsgrove.co.uk