Next week we have two important saints to remember! On Wednesday it will be the Feast of St Patrick, Patron saint of Ireland; and on Friday 19th it will be the solemnity of St Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
St Patrick was born in Roman Britain around the end of the 4th Century, and died in Ireland about the middle of the 5th century. As a missionary bishop, he endured many hardships and faced opposition even from his friends and fellow Christians. Nevertheless, he worked hard to conciliate, to evangelize, and to educate local chieftains and their families. He is remembered for his simplicity and pastoral care, for his humble trust in God, and for his fearless preaching of the gospel to the very people who had enslaved him in his youth.
We pray for Ireland, its leaders and people. For the Church in Ireland and its ongoing ministry of reconciliation and the leaders of the Protestant and Catholic churches. We give thanks and pray for all missionaries and those who teach the faith.
Nothing is known about St Joseph except what is said of him in the Gospels. He was a carpenter; he accepted the will of God; and he supported Mary and brought up Jesus. From the human character of his son we can see that he must have been a good and responsible father. He is widely venerated as a patron of artisans who use their God-given gifts honourably, and of workers in general.
We pray for all carpenters and craftsmen, especially any known to us. For all who exercise the role of adoptive parent, whether formally or informally.
Just a reminder that All Saints’ will be open for private from 10am on Sunday 14th, (Mothering Sunday) and again on Sunday 28th (Palm Sunday). All Saints’ will then be open daily for private prayer from 10.00 throughout Holy week.
We will be back in church on Easter Day, April 4th, with Fr Alan Swanborough presiding and preaching at a Parish mass at All Saints’ at 11.00. During this mass, the Sacrament of Baptism will be conferred on Albert Jack Peter Squibb. Please pray for him and his parents, Charlotte and Jack, and all Albert’s family.
The following Sunday, April 11th, there will be a mass at St Alban’s at 9.30 and one at All Saints’ at 11.0, at which Gregory Clifton-Smith will be presiding and preaching.
With my love and prayers,
This enamelled terracotta of the Madonna with Child, the Holy Spirit and two cherubims, is to be found in the Louvre in Paris. It is from the workshop of the Della Robbia and dates back to the early 16th century Creative Commons CC0 License