SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (B)
(World Communications Day)
16th May 2021
Today is the Seventh Sunday of Easter. In the Gospel reading from John 17: 20 – 26 Jesus prays at the Last Supper for
all believers, that we may be truly one, in a unity that flows from the divine union of Jesus and the heavenly Father.
Furthermore, his prayer shows his desire to dwell within the heart of each of us.
Our celebration of the Eucharist today makes present the unity and divine indwelling for which Jesus prayed on the
night before he died. There are and have been many ordained priests but actually there is only one Priest – Jesus, the
Great High Priest. We are asked to pray for our priests daily that they be faithful to their vocation of serving God's
O divine Easter, you descend from the heavens to the earth and return from the earth to the heavens. O feast of all things,
praise of the world, joy and honour of the universe, its food and delight: death's shadow has been destroyed and the
gates of heaven have been opened. God has been revealed as man, and man has risen as God. (5th century Easter Homily).
May God bless you all,
DIOCESAN VIRTUAL PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM SAT 29th MAY - Bishop Alan will lead a virtual pilgrimage
from the Basilica of Our Lady of Walsingham. Please join using the Shrine's live-streaming service via their
website www.walsingham.org.uk or their YouTube channel
- NEW ST BON'S ALUMNI NETWORK Open to all former students and staff of St Bonaventure's
School in Forest Gate. Please join and spread the word - news, events and opportunities to give back:
REDUNDANCY COACHING: Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Luton wishes to bring the following to the
attention of parishioners in case it is of use in these difficult times. http://www.vitaeopus.co.uk provides free online information and advice about Job Hunting, Self Employment
and Active Retirement for Parishioners adversely affected workwise by the pandemic. Please pass the link on to anyone
who may find it useful.
ONLINE MASS BOOKINGS:
Go to Ticket Tailor: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/saintaugustineofcanterbury
Full details on parish website under Essentials / Online Booking System http://staugustine-springfield.com/massbooking.html
MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTANT JOB OPPORTUNITY offered by Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy, an established
and expanding trust comprising of five Catholic primary schools: in the London Borough of Newham. Please see full
details at: http://www.ourladyofgraceacademy.org.uk/careers-opportunities/
CHAPLAINCY WORKER IN COLCHESTER for St Benedict's Catholic College. Full details at https://www.stbenedicts.essex.sch.uk/recruitment/vacancies/chaplaincy-worker/ Closing date midday on Mon 7
June, interviews w/c 21 June.
- From Fr Sabu: Special thanks to all those who are being very generous in this special time, with
your regular Sunday collections, special donations and secret offerings for charity. This will help our Church and bring
a smile on some faces. God bless you all for your generosity.
Please remember to pray for:
Daily for the sick clergy of our Diocese
The sick and housebound
Those who have recently died
Sunday: Fr James (Jim) Mc Cormack
Monday: Fr John William Hayes, Fr Paul Dynan
Tuesday: Frederick Wiseman
Wednesday: Canon Thomas Clarke
Thursday: Canon Michael Fitzpatrick, Fr Brendan Sheppard
Friday: Mgr Canon William O'Grady
Saturday: Dory Pearson
NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS - PENTECOST SUNDAY
First Reading: Acts 2:1-11
They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak.
Second Reading: Galatians 5:16-25
The fruit of the Spirit.
Gospel: John 20:19-23
As the Father sent me, so am I sending you: receive the Holy Spirit.