20 March Palm Sunday : 8am Low Mass, 10am Sung Mass with Procession
Readings: Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalm 21; Philippians 2:6-11; St. Luke 22:1-23:56.
Holy Weekday Mass: Mon 7:30pm; Tues: 7:30pm;
Wednesday: The Mass of Chrism 11:30am at Lichfield Cathedral Bishop Jonathan of Ebbsfleet and his presbyterium.
Maundy Thursday: 8pm Mass of the Last Supper with vigil until midnight
Good Friday: Children’s workshop 10am–Liturgy of the Cross at 7:30pm.
Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil 8pm Renewal of Baptismal Vows.
Intentions for Prayer: Sunday: Candidates for the Sacraments; Mon: penitents; Tues: sick & housebound; Wed: Ebbsfleet Clergy; Thurs: Peace in the Middle East; Fri: Persecuted Christians; Sat: the bereaved and desolate.
Psalm numberings are from the Vulgate.
Next Sunday Easter Day: 8am Low Mass; 10am Sung Mass & judging of decorated egg competition.
Readings: Acts 10:34, 37-43; Psalm 117; Colossians 3:1-4; John 20:1-9.
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In church there are statues with lamps burning by them representing prayers offered. Why not sponsor a lamp before one of the family portraits, i.e. a statue of a saint in church. £2 for a lamp before St Peter, Our Lady of Walsingham, Our Lady with Child Jesus, the Holy Family, the Transfiguration, the Good Shepherd or St Anthony of Padua (patron of young people)?
If you would like to sponsor a lamp before a favourite saint in church, please contact Fr Michael.
Confession: Times advertised in Church
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Marriage Banns……….Contact the Rector
Confession or Reconciliation is part of the Church’s Healing Ministry:
It has always been part of the Church of England’s sacramental life. It is quite clearly laid out in the Book of Common Prayer 1662 under the Visitation of the Sick.
It is a sacrament which liberates and refreshes the penitent; calls for a degree of honesty in that the words have to be spoken and once “out there” can no longer be hidden; it elicites advice which otherwise those struggling with their acknowedged failures before the Lord might not hear, access or heed.
Confessing to one another is encouraged in the letter of St James and Jesus himself in the Gospel gives authority to his apostles to exercise the ministry of forgiveness and healing. The confidential sanctity of the sacrament avoids any misuse of a person’s troubles and perceived weaknesses. Both priest and penitent are bound by this sacramental bond and nothing of what passes between them may ever be repeated to another.
Now the sacrament is known by the more helpful title of Reconciliation. The penitent is reconciled to God by the Lord’s own act of forgiveness, pronounced by the priest; only the Lord can forgive and reconcile us to himself. Only the Lord by the power of his Cross and Resurrection can liberate us from all that wrecks our life.
Here at St Peter’s the sacrament of Reconcilation is available and offered; teaching on how to go about it is also given.
Those desiring to make use of the sacrament can do so by appointment with Fr. Michael.
Rector Rev. Fr. Michael Bartlett S.S.C., M.A.,B.Phil
Tel: 01527 545709
St. Peters House
Littlewoods Crabbs Cross