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the church will be closed, in line with government guidelines.
MASSES will be live-streamed until further notice:


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Temporarily suspended. (by appointment if deemed necessary).

by arrangement when restrictions permit.



‘His state was Divine, yet He did not cling to His
equality with God but empted Himself to assume
the condition of a slave.’ 
(Philippians 2:6.)


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26th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (A) 27th September 2020

Meekness and majesty manhood and deity
In perfect harmony the Man who is God
Lord of eternity dwells in humanity
Kneels in humility and washes our feet
O what a mystery meekness and majesty
Bow down and worship for this is your God
This is your God

Father's pure radiance perfect in innocence
Yet learns obedience to death on a cross
Suffering to give us life
Conquering through sacrifice
And as they crucify prays Father forgive
O what a mystery meekness and majesty
Bow down and worship for this is your God
This is your God

Wisdom unsearchable God the invisible
Love indestructible in frailty appears
Lord of infinity stooping so tenderly
Lifts our humanity to the heights of His throne
O what a mystery meekness and majesty
Bow down and worship for this is your God
This is your God
This is your God

Entrance Antiphon or a hymn                                                Stand
Dn 3: 31, 29, 30, 43, 42
All that you have done to us, O Lord,
you have done with true judgement,
for we have sinned against you
and not obeyed your commandments.
But give glory to your name
and deal with us according to the bounty of
  your mercy.
All make the Sign of the Cross as the Priest says:
In the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

The Priest greets everyone present.
The people respond:    And with your spirit.
The Mass of the day may be introduced.
Penitential Act
The Priest invites the people to repentance
using one of the Penitential Acts.

Have mercy on us, O Lord.
For we have sinned against you.

Show us, O Lord, your mercy.
And grant us your salvation.

The Priest says the absolution:
May almighty God have mercy on us,
forgive us our sins,
and bring us to everlasting life.

Nzambe yokela biso mawa                            
Yokela biso mawa                                         
Yokela biso mawa a a tozalikolela.

Christo yokela biso mawa
Yokela biso mawa
Yokela biso mawa a a tozalikolela.

The Gloria
Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to people of good will.

We praise you,
we bless you,
we adore you,
we glorify you,
we give you thanks for your great glory,
Lord God, heavenly King,
O God, almighty Father.

Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
 you take away the sins of the word,
have mercy on us;
you take away the sins of the world,
receive our prayer;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father,
have mercy on us.

For you are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father.
The Collect
O God, who manifest your almighty power
above all by pardoning and showing mercy,
bestow, we pray, your grace abundantly upon us
and make those hastening to attain your promises
heirs to the treasures of heaven.
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                                                                                    Sit

First Reading

A reading from the prophet Ezekiel                                                                          18:25-28

The word of the Lord was addressed to me as
follows:  ‘You object, “What the Lord does is
unjust.“  Listen, you House of Israel: is what I do
unjust? Is it not what you do that is unjust? When
the upright man renounces his integrity to commit
sin and dies because of this, he dies because of
the evil that he himself has committed. When the
sinner renounces sin to become law-abiding and
honest, he deserves to live. He has chosen to
renounce all his previous sins; he shall certainly
live; he shall not die.’

The word of the Lord
Thanks be to God.
Psalm                                                                                      Ps 24:4-9. R. V6

R)            Remember your mercy, Lord.

Lord, make me know your ways.
Lord, teach me your paths.
Make me walk in your truth, and teach me:
for you are God my saviour. (R)

Remember your mercy, Lord,
and the love you have shown from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth.
In your love remember me,
because of your goodness, O Lord. (R)

The Lord is good and upright.
He shows the path to those who stray,
he guides the humble in the right path;
he teaches his way to the poor. (R)

R)            The Lord is close to all who call him.

Second Reading
A reading from the letter of St Paul to the
Philippians                                                       2:1-11
(For shorter form, 2:1-5, read between [ ])

[If our life in Christ means anything to you, if love
can persuade at all, or the Spirit that we have in
common, or any tenderness and sympathy, then
be united in your convictions and united in your
love with a common purpose and a common
mind. That is the one thing which would make me
completely happy. There must be no competition
among you, no conceit; but everybody is to be
self-effacing. Always consider the other person to
be better than yourself, so that nobody thinks of
his own interests first but everybody thinks of
other people’s interests instead. In your minds
you must be the same as Christ Jesus:]

  His state was divine,
yet he did not cling
to his equality with God
but emptied himself
to assume the condition of a slave,
and became as men are;
and being as all men are,
he was humbler yet,
even to accepting death,
death on a cross.
But God raised him high
and gave him the name
which is above all other names
so that all beings
in the heavens, on earth and in the underworld,
should bend the knee at the name Jesus
and that every tongue should acclaim
Jesus Christ as Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

The word of the lord.
Thanks be to God.
Gospel Acclamation                                                               Stand
Alleluia, alleluia!                                                                                       Jn 14:23
If anyone loves me he will keep my word
and my Father will love him,
and we shall come to him.

Gospel                                                                Matthew 21:28-32
The Lord be with you.
And with your Spirit.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew.
Glory to you, O Lord.

Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of
the people, ‘What is your opinion? A man had two
sons. He went and said to the first, “My boy, you
go and work in the vineyard today.” He answered,
“I will not go!”, but afterwards thought better of it
and went. The man then went and said the same
thing to the second who answered, “Certainly, sir”,
but did not go. Which of the two did the father’s
will?’ ‘The first’ they said. Jesus said to them, ‘I tell
you solemnly, tax collectors and prostitutes are
making their way into the kingdom of God before
you. For John came to you, a pattern of true
righteousness, but you did not believe him, and
yet the tax collectors and prostitutes did. Even
after seeing that, you refused to think better of it
and believe in him.’

The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

The Homily                                                                             Sit
The Nicene Creed                                                                   Stand
I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.

I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only-begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God of God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten not made,
consubstantial with the Father,
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit                    (all bow)
was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.

For our sake he was crucified under
   Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death, and was buried,
and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead,
and His kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord,
   the Giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son:
Who with the Father and the Son is adored
   and glorified,
Who has spoken through the prophets.

I believe in one holy, Catholic, and
   apostolic Church.
I confess one baptism for the forgiveness
   of sins,
and I look for the resurrection
   of the dead
and life of the world to come. Amen
The Prayer of the Faithful
Response example:     Lord, in your mercy.
Hear our prayer. 

After the concluding prayer all say: Amen.                            Sit

The offerings are brought to the altar.
A hymn may be sung.
If the Priest says the two prayers of offering
aloud the response both times is:

Blessed be God for ever.

Intro:   Eh bata ta bwetukala kilumbu mundza
Beno bayaya a bwetukala kudiku zulue
Eh mfumu ame mfumu ame nhidi ka 
Eh mfumu ame mfumu ame nkidi aka a.

1) Eh e mfumu yamba makabu. (Repeat)
Yamba makabu yange pesa na beto. (Repeat) 
Tala maboko ya muno yokele pamba. (Repeat)
Tala muni kibeni suka tiyanene. (Repeat)
Kikima munukalenda pesa nange e. (Repeat)

Ref:     Mfumu e mfumu, mfumu e mfumu 
Mfumu e mfumu, mfumu e mfumu e e e. 

2) Eh e mfumu yamba mapa. (Repeat)
Yamba mapa yange pesa na beto. (Repeat)

3) Eh e mfumu yamba vinu. (Repeat)
Yamba vinu yange pesa na beto. (Repeat)

4) Eh e mfumu yamba chorale. (Repeat)
Yamba chorale yange pesa na beto. (Repeat)

We are all sinners
But how will it be one day?
How can we gain Heaven?
My God, My God, what more
can we do.

O God accept these offerings that we present to you.

Accept this bread.

Accept this wine.

Accept the fruits of our work

Accept this choir.

What we present is so little but these offerings find
value before you.

What more can we give you?


The Priest completes additional personal pre-
paratory rites, and the people rise as he says:
Pray, brethren (brother and sisters),
that my sacrifice and yours
may be acceptable to God,
the almighty Father. 

The people reply:
May the Lord accept the sacrifice
   at your hands
for the praise and glory of his name,
for our good
and the good of all his holy Church.

Prayer over the Offerings
Grant us, O merciful God,
that this our offering may find acceptance with you
and that through it the wellspring of all blessing
may be laid open before us.
Through Christ our Lord.

The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right and just.

Preface VIII of the Sundays in Ordinary Time
The Church united by the unity of the Trinity
 (The Priest may use a different Preface.)

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, Holy Father, almighty and eternal God.

For, when your children were scattered afar by sin,
through the Blood of your Son and the power
of the Spirit,
you gathered them again to yourself,
that a people, formed as one by the unity
of the Trinity,
made the body of Christ and the temple
of the Holy Spirit,
might, to the praise of your manifold wisdom,
be manifest as the Church.

And so, in company with the choirs of Angels,
we praise you, and with you we proclaim:
we acclaim:
Nso Nso Nso Nso Nso
Oseburuwa chineke nki’igwe ndi agha a a,
Ebube gi juputara n’eligwe n’ala a
Hosanna (x4) n’elu kasi elu.
Odi Ngozi bu o-nye biara a
N’aha Onyenweanyi – Onyenweanyi                                                  


(The Priest may use a different Eucharistic Prayer.)

You are indeed Holy, O Lord,
and all you have created
rightly gives you praise,
for through your on our Lord Jesus Christ,
by the power and working of the Holy Spirit,
you give life to all things and make them holy,
and you never cease to gather a people
to yourself,
so that from the rising of the sun to its setting,
a pure sacrifice may be offered to your name.
Therefore, O Lord, we humbly implore you:
by the same Spirit graciously make holy
these gifts we have brought to you for
that they may become the Body and Blood
of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ,
at whose command we celebrate these mysteries.

For on the night he was betrayed
he himself took bread,
and giving you thanks, he said the blessing,
broke the bread and gave it to his disciples


In a similar way when supper was ended,
he took the chalice,
and giving you thanks, he said the blessing,
and gave the chalice to his disciples saying:



The mystery of faith,

The people continue, acclaiming: 
Save us, Saviour of the world,
for by your Cross and Resurrection
you have set us free.

Therefore, O Lord, as we celebrate the memorial
of the saving Passion of your Son,
his wondrous Resurrection
and Ascension into heaven,
and as we look forward to his second coming,
we offer you in thanksgiving
this holy and living sacrifice.

Look, we pray, upon the oblation of your Church
and, recognizing the sacrificial Victim
by whose death
you willed to reconcile us to yourself,
grant that we, who are nourished
by the Body and Blood of you Son
and filled with his Holy Spirit,
may become one body, one spirit in Christ.

May he make of us
an eternal offering to you,
so that we may obtain an inheritance with you elect,
especially with the most blessed Virgin Mary,
Mother of God,
with blessed Joseph, her Spouse,
with your blessed Apostles and glorious Martyrs,
and with Saints Peter and Paul,
and with all the Saints,
on whose constant intercession in your presence,
we rely for unfailing help.

May this Sacrifice of our reconciliation,
we pray, O Lord,
advance the peace and salvation of all the world.
Be pleased to confirm in faith and charity
your pilgrim Church on earth,
with your Servant Francis our Pope and John our Bishop,
the Order of Bishops, all the clergy,
and the entire people you have gained for
your own.
Listen graciously to the prayers of this family,
whom you have summoned before you:
in your compassion, O merciful Father,
gather to yourself all your children
scattered throughout the world.

To our departed brothers and sisters
and to all who were pleasing to you
at their passing form this life,
give kind admittance to your kingdom.
There we hope to enjoy for ever the fullness
of your glory
through Christ our Lord,
through whom you bestow on the world all
that is good.

Through him, and with and in him,
O God, almighty Father,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory and honour is yours,
for ever and ever.
The people acclaim: Amen.


THE COMMUNION RITE                                                            Stand

The Priest invites all to join in the Lord’s Prayer:
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.

The Priest continues alone:
Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil,
graciously grant peace in our days,
that, by the help of your mercy,
we may be always free from sin
and safe from all distress,
as we await the blessed hope
and the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
For the kingdom,
the power and the glory are yours
now and forever.

The Priest says:
Lord Jesus Christ,
who said to your Apostles,
peace I leave you, my peace I give you,
look not on our sins,
but on the faith of your Church,
and graciously grant her peace and unity
in accordance with your will.
Who live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.

The peace of the Lord be with you always.
And with your spirit.

The Deacon, or the Priest adds:
Let us offer each other the sign of peace.

The Priest takes the host and breaks it.

Meanwhile the people say or sing:
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
grant us peace.                                                                                                 Kneel

The Priest shows the host to the people and says:
Behold the Lamb of God,
Behold him who takes away the sins of the world.
Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.
Lord, I am not worthy 
that you should enter under my roof
but only say the word
and my soul shall be healed.

The Priest or other minister says to each
The Body [Blood] of Christ.
Each communicant answers: Amen

Come and be filled as you sit at my table,
Quenching your thirst as you drink of my wine.
Bringing the memory of my dying and rising
Into your blood stream mingled with mine.
This is the bread that has come down from heaven
This is my blood for the life of the world.
Come and be filled as you sit at my table
Quenching your thirst as you drink of my wine
Bringing the memory of my dying and rising
Into your blood stream mingled with mine.
He leads us out of the power of darkness
and brings us safe to his kingdom of life
Come and be filled as you sit at my table
Quenching your thirst as you drink of my wine
Bringing the memory of my dying and rising
Into your blood stream mingled with mine.
For those in Christ, there is no condemnation
He sets them free through the Spirit, he says
Come and be filled as you sit at my table
Quenching your thirst as you drink of my wine
Bringing the memory of my dying and rising
Into you blood stream mingled with mine.
Thus shall the world know you are my disciples
If you can love and if you can forgive.

Communion 2:
Bread of life, Truth eternal,
Broken now to set us free,
The risen Christ, his saving power,
Is here in bread and wine for me.

Lord, I know I am not worthy to receive you.
You speak the words and I am healed,
Here at your table, loves mystery,
One bread, one cup, one family.

Lord, by your cross you reconciled us to the Father,
We have only to believe.
Your sacrifice, our victory
Now by your blood we are redeemed.

Lord, you gave your people manna in the desert.
Still you fulfil our every need.
Lord when we hunger, Lord, when we thirst,

  We come to you and we receive (the)

Communion Antiphon                                                           1 Jn 3: 16
By this we came to know the love of God:
that Christ laid down his life for us;
so we ought to lay down our lives for one

Prayer after Communion                                                      Stand
May this heavenly mystery, O Lord,
restore us in mind and body,
that we may be coheirs in glory with Christ,
to whose suffering we are united
whenever we proclaim his Death.
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

Announcements may be made.                                                                  Then:

Priest:                   The Lord be with you.
All:                          And with your spirit.

May almighty God bless you,
the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. 

Then the Deacon, or the Priest, says:
Go forth, the Mass is ended.                                                                       Or
Go and announce the Gospel of the lord.                                               Or
Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.                                         Or
Go in peace.

The people reply:
Thanks be to God.

From heaven you came helpless babe
Entered our world, your glory veiled
Not to be served but to serve
And give Your life that we might live

This is our God, The Servant King
He calls us now to follow Him
To bring our lives as a daily offering
Of worship to The Servant King

There in the garden of tears
My heavy load he chose to bear
His heart with sorrow was torn
'Yet not My will but Yours, ' He said

Come see His hands and His feet
The scars that speak of sacrifice
Hands that flung stars into space
To cruel nails surrendered

This Sunday sees the International Day of Migrants and Refugees.  Pope Francis has invited us to consider the theme ‘Forced to flee – Just like Jesus’, reminding us that the Holy Family were also victims of forced displacement.
We now, all too regularly, hear of the desperation that drives people to leave their homelands and risk the terrible dangers of the refugee camps and of drowning in the Mediterranean or the English Channel.  A novel, “The Beekeeper of Aleppo” captures something of the terrors and the effects of the plight of those involved.   A wide range of prayers and other information has been produced, which can be found via their website:

“In the midst of crises and tempests, the Lord calls to us and invites us to reawaken and activate this solidarity capable of giving support and meaning to these hours in which everything seems to be wrecked.
May the creativity of the Holy Spirit encourage us to generate new forms of familiar hospitality, fruitful fraternity and universal solidarity.” 

SMILE AWHILE: A Northern Ireland Protestant married a Catholic and then decided to become a Catholic.  He took instruction and was Received into the Church.  However, he kept forgetting that he was no longer a Protestant.  So, he went to the priest for advice.  The man left the presbytery after further instruction, mumbling: I am a Catholic not a Protestant; I am a Catholic, not a Protestant!  The following Friday, the priest called round to the man’s house to see how he was doing.  The man’s wife said that her husband was in the kitchen preparing lunch.  The priest went in a found the man pouring rich thick gravy over a sizzling joint of beef.  He was mumbling, “You’re a trout, not a cow, you’re a trout not a cow!”

The OBLIGATION to attend Mass on Sunday remains SUSPENDED. Therefore, we ask you to consider the possibility of continuing to follow the Mass online or attend on a weekday.  This will ease the pressure of numbers for the Sunday Masses, and allow a gradual return to the Eucharist for more people.
If you do want to attend Mass on Sunday, numbers are limited, therefore, it is essential that you book a place.  To do this, phone, text or e-mail Fr. Phil, who will make the arrangements.  This is done on a first come, first served basis.
Face coverings in church are now mandatory; however some people are exempt for medical or other reasons.  Social distancing must always be observed where possible.

Tuesday 29th: S.S. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael: The Archangels celebrate God’s constant care for his people and intervention in their lives.
Wednesday, 30th September: St Jerome: was born in Dalmatia in 340 and studied in Rome.  He became secretary to Pope Damasus I.  He made a complete translation of the Bible into Latin . He died aged 80.
Thursday 1st October: St Therese of the Child Jesus: was born in 1873 she entered the Carmelite convent in Liseux at an early age. She died in 1897, aged only 24, and is remembered for her humility, simplicity of life, and faith in God.
Friday 2nd October The Holy Guardian Angels: was made a Feast of the Church by Pope Paul V in 1608, and celebrates God’s constant care for his children.

THE HOLY ANGELS: The Bible tells us:”The Lord will give his angels charge over you, to protect you in all your ways” (Psalm 91.11).  Angels are heavenly beings, who serve as messengers of God and guardians of human beings. They are part of the invisible creation of God which we proclaim in the Creed when we say “Maker of heaven and earth, and of things visible and invisible.”   The Bible plainly teaches that angels exist; there are over 250 mentions of angels in scripture from Genesis to Revelation.  
The Bible also indicates that angels are everywhere: “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by doing so, you may have unwittingly entertained angels in disguise.”  (Hebrews 13.2).  Despite being mentioned so often in the Bible, it’s not clear exactly what they are, and many popular myths have developed, particularly around the hierarchy or ranks of angels.  There are no specific passages in the Bible that lists out the ranks of angels.  It was a late 5th century Christian philosopher known as Pseudo Dionysis (his very name should perhaps give a clue to how much authority we should give to him/her), who drew on the Bible and several other sources to put forth an angelic hierarchy. 
We hear in the liturgy of the Church of Principalities and Powers and such, but our knowledge of the Angelic Host is usually confined to the Archangels (Michael Gabriel and Raphael) but perhaps particularly Gabriel , who was sent to bring the Good News of our Salvation to Mary at the Annunciation. 

“Stay With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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