Liturgy, Feasts & solemnities
SAINT JOHN PAUL II, Pope
Karol Józef Wojtyła was born in 1920 in Wadowice, Poland. After his ordination to the priesthood and theological studies in Rome, he returned to his homeland and resumed various pastoral and academic tasks. He became first auxiliary bishop and, in 1964, Archbishop of Kraków and took part in the Second Vatican Council. On 16 October 1978 he was elected pope and took the name John Paul II. His exceptional apostolic zeal, particularly for families, young people and the sick, led him to numerous pastoral visits throughout the world. Among the many fruits which he has left as a heritage to the Church are above all his rich Magisterium and the promulgation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church as well as the Code of Canon Law for the Latin Church and for the Eastern Churches. In Rome on 2 April 2005, the eve of the Second Sunday of Easter (or of Divine Mercy), he departed peacefully in the Lord. He was canonized by Pope Francis on 27 April, the Second Sunday of Easter 2014.
O God, who are rich in mercy
and who willed that Saint John Paul the Second
should preside as Pope over your universal Church,
grant, we pray, that instructed by his teaching,
we may open our hearts to the saving grace of Christ,
the sole Redeemer of mankind,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
‘Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it unto me according to thy word’.
On this eve of the Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham (24 September), we pray for the life and work of the Shrine. Join us for Sung Mass live from the Shrine Church at 9am tomorrow as we rejoice in Mary’s prayers and protection in England’s Nazareth and for our nation.
The service will be streamed on this page and on the Shrine's website: https://www.walsinghamanglican.org.uk/.../solemnity-our.../
The image is of Raphael's Sistine Madonna - one of the greatest paintings of the Renaissance period. The original painting is in the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden.
Sunday 25th October
Parish Mass at 9:30 am. Come and join us!
THE THIRTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Love Your Neighbour as Yourself
God always has a special care for those who are particularly vulnerable: the stranger, the homeless, the sick in mind, body or spirit, the widow, the orphan, the outcast of society. Jesus' instruction is clear - treat others as we would treat ourselves. This is the crux of the Gospel.
The Readings :
1 Thessalonians 1:5-10
Gospel : Matthew 22:34 40
Almighty ever-living God, increase our faith, hope and charity, and make us love what you command, so that we may merit what you promise. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.