We have a pastoral letter from the Archbishop which will be read out at all our Masses this weekend. The text of the letter can be found by clicking here. The bulletin is now ready to download from the Online activities and Bulletin page.
We begin a great week this weekend with the celebration of Corpus Christi where we give thanks for the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist. Blessed Carlo Acutis used to remind people how lucky they are because in the time of Jesus, the only people who could come close to him were his disciples and the individuals he met in his ministry. Today, however, any of can come close to him, juts by visiting the nearest Catholic Church where Jesus Christ its truly present in the tabernacle. Moreover, when we receive Holy Communion he enters into our deepest being because he is passionate to be close to us. We are reminded of the passion of the love of Jesus in this Friday's Feast of the Sacred Heart. Nothing can come between us and the love of God poured out in Christ Jesus our Lord!
Next Sunday we are going to hear a pastoral letter from the Archbishop where he lays out the plan for our Archdiocese over the net few years. This is an exciting time of renewal as we come out of lockdown and begin to share our faith once more with each other and with the world around us.
The bulletin is now ready to download with all the events of the coming week.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Rosary will not be online this evening (3rd June). It is hoped that it will take place next Thursday instead.
"We are sorry to share the sad news, regarding the passing of Alice Mary Stevens (nee Loydon), formerly of Bilston, but resident in Castlecroft, Wolverhampton, for the past ~40 years. She passed peacefully on the 3rd May 2021, in the care of Highcroft Hall, Bushbury. The arrangements for the funeral are:
Alice received into St Peter & St Paul’s on Monday 14th June 2021 at 4:30pm.
Requiem Mass to take place at 1:30pm on Tuesday 15th June 2021
Followed by committal service at Bushbury Crematorium at approx. 3pm
Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions, the family are having to restrict numbers and track attendees at the funeral. To that end, if anyone would like to enquire if they might be able to attend, then please contact Alice's nephew, Neil at either email@example.com or 07985 735639, who would be very pleased to hear from you.
Additionally, please note, it is requested that it is family flowers only, but if anyone wanted to make a donation, the family have asked that these go to the Brothers of the Good Shepherd, Wolverhampton (https://www.gsmwolverhampton.org.uk/about-us/), which was a cause dear to Alice, where she put in many hours of valuable volunteering, over the years."
EWTN are showing a film about Blessed Carlo Acutus. You can watch it for free if you do so before the end of May. Follow the link below to access their website.
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The Bulletin is now ready to download. This Sunday we have a Pastoral Letter from the Bishops of England and Wales praying for the renewal of our earthly home. The full text of this letter is given below:
CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF ENGLAND AND WALES
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The Solemnity of Pentecost reminds us that everything which exists, every person and the whole of creation, is a gift of “God the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.” God our loving Father creates and continues to give life to the world through His Word, Jesus Christ, in the power of His Holy Spirit. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Church, which we celebrate at Pentecost, is not something separate from Creation. God’s revelation of himself in Creation is inseparable from the revelation of his love for us in Christ and in his desire to live in us through his Holy Spirit.
‘God’s Spirit is always and everywhere “the Lord, the Giver of Life”, and the voice of Pentecost is echoed in the voice of creation being transformed into the glorious liberty of God’s children.’ In this liberty, as God’s children, we call on the Spirit to ‘renew the face of the Earth’, and as his children, we are called, in turn, to use this liberty for the good of creation and for the good of all that brings life. Our world, God’s creation, is a precious gift to us. It is our common home entrusted to each generation. But how have we used that glorious liberty? How do we honour this precious gift? Are we really demonstrating love, care and respect for our common home?
As we celebrate Pentecost this year, we are acutely aware of the damage that continues to be inflicted on the Earth, and the repercussions for the well-being of our brothers and sisters, both here in our own countries and, more especially, in the poorest countries of our world. Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis have both taught us that everything is interconnected and interdependent. The way we live our everyday lives has an impact on everyone and on the earth.
The urgency of the situation, and the enormity of the challenges we face, have spurred us to speak out together this Pentecost Sunday, as bishops of England, Wales and Scotland, about the role that the Catholic Church and our faith must play in our shared care for God’s gift to us.
For all too long we have either been ignorant of, or ignored, the systematic exploitation of our planet and the unsustainable consumption of its resources. While accepting the crucial need and demand for energy for the benefit of the poorest of our brothers and sisters, the provision of our energy must, nonetheless, be by means which radically reduce the use of carbon-based fuels.
In our political thinking, there must be a new global understanding of our world, where nations recognise our common responsibility for the dignity of all people and their rights to sustainable livelihoods, in authentic freedom. Pope Francis speaks of a global politics that looks beyond our own needs to the needs of all, most especially the poor and the marginalised.
But we cannot leave the healing of our common home and the wellbeing and care of our brothers and sisters merely to a response from industry and governments. Our own local concern and action is necessary and has far-reaching consequences. We all have a part to play, each and every one of us, in the routines, choices and decisions of our everyday lives and our aspirations for the future. The actions of parishes, families, schools, and individuals will have a significant impact on our efforts to restore our common home. There are now many resources, freely available, to advise us on our choice of food, saving of water and electricity, suggestions about travel, waste, and re-use. These are measures that everyone can employ, in some degree, with minimal inconvenience and change. They are effective ways in which we can each reaffirm our personal vocation to be stewards of creation.
This Pentecost comes at a time of remarkable challenge and opportunity. We are gradually emerging from the tragedies and restrictions of the pandemic. We have the ability to make changes. Our countries are also hosting two most important meetings this year, the G7 in June and COP26 in November. These meetings will gather together men and women who have the power to make defining choices and policies which will help us build back better, provide for our brothers and sisters, and take care of our common home.
In all our human endeavours, we need the presence of the Holy Spirit, “the Lord, the Giver of Life”, whose gift to the Church and the world we celebrate again at Pentecost. Let us keep this Feast with that enduring hope that we can begin to repair the damage we have done and provide a healthy home for future generations. Our hope will be strengthened by our prayer. May our constant request be that the Holy Spirit guide us, strengthen our resolve and ‘renew the face of the earth’.
Apologies for the lack of sound at the Online Mass today. This was due to a technical glitch in the computer. This has now been sorted so it all should be working tomorrow.
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