22 May 2022

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Acts 15:1-2.22-29
Psalm 67 (66)
Revelation 21:10-14.22-23
Gospel: John 13:31-33a.34-35

Jesus said to his disciples:

‘If anyone loves me he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him and make our home with him. Those who do not love me do not keep my words.

And my word is not my own: it is the word of the one who sent me.

I have said these things to you while still with you; but the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all I have said to you.

Peace I bequeath to you, my own peace I give you, a peace the world cannot give, this is my gift to you.

Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. You heard me say: I am going away, and shall return. If you loved me you would have been glad to know that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.

I have told you this now before it happens, so that when it does happen you may believe.’

Collect prayer: Grant, almighty God, that we may celebrate with heartfelt devotion these days of joy, which we keep in honour of the risen Lord, and that what we relive in remembrance we may always hold to in what we do.

Readings 26th May (Ascension)

  1. Acts 1:1-11
  2. Psalm 47 (46)      
  3. Hebrews 9:24-28.10,19-23
  4. Luke 24:46-53

Readings 29th May (7th Easter Sunday)

  1. Acts 7:55-60
  2. Psalm 97 (96)      
  3. Revelation 22:12-14.16-17.20
  4. John 17:20-26

Saints of the week

  • Wed 25 St Bede the Venerable.
  • Thu 26 St Philip Neri
  • Fri 27 St Augustine of Canterbury

Mary’s presence among the disciples is a living memory of the Lord Jesus and a pledge of the gift of his Spirit

May is a month beloved and welcomed for many reasons. In our hemisphere, spring comes with a wealth of colourful flowers and normally, the climate is conducive to walks and excursions. For the Liturgy, May is always part of the Easter Season, the time of the “Alleluia”, of the revelation of Christ’s mystery in the light of the Resurrection and of our Paschal faith; and it is the time of awaiting the Holy Spirit who came down on the nascent Church powerfully at Pentecost. The Church’s tradition of dedicating the month of May to the Virgin Mary harmonizes very well with both these contexts, the natural and the liturgical. Indeed, she is the most beautiful flower to have unfolded since the Creation, the “rose” that appeared in the fullness of time when God, by sending his Son, gave the world a new springtime. At the same time she is the humble and discreet protagonist of the first steps taken by the Christian community: Mary is its spiritual heart since her very presence among the disciples is a living memory of the Lord Jesus and a pledge of the gift of his Spirit.

This Sunday’s Gospel, taken from Chapter 14 of the Gospel according to St John, gives us an implicit spiritual portrait of the Virgin Mary when Jesus says: “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him” (cf. Jn 14: 23). These words are addressed to the disciples but can be applied to a maximum degree precisely to the One who was the first and perfect disciple of Jesus. Mary, in fact, observed first and fully the words of her Son, showing that she loved him not only as a mother, but first of all as a humble and obedient handmaid. For this reason God the Father loved her and the Most Holy Trinity made its dwelling place in her. Furthermore, when Jesus promises his friends that the Holy Spirit will come to their aid to help them remember and deeply understand his every word (cf. Jn 14: 26), how can we not think of Mary who, in her heart, the temple of the Holy Spirit, pondered and interpreted faithfully all that her Son said and did? Thus already before Easter but especially after it the Mother of Jesus also became the Mother and model of the Church. (cf. Em. Pope Benedict XVI, 09/05/2010).

Saint Augustine of Canterbury, bishop (✝︎ 605)

Augustine was prior of the monastery of St. Andrew on the Cœlian when St. Gregory appointed him leader of the missionaries sent to England. St. Augustine and his companions, hearing reports of barbarism and ferocity, wished to turn back. St. Gregory replied, “Go on in God’s name. The greater your hardships, the greater your crown. If I cannot share your toil, I shall yet share the harvest, for God knows that it is not good-will which is wanting.” Obediently, the band pushed forward.

Landing at Ebbsfleet, between Sandwich and Ramsgate, they met King Ethelbert and his thanes under a great oak-tree at Minster, and announced to him the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Instant and complete success attended their preaching. On Whit-Sunday, 596, King Ethelbert was baptized, and his example was followed by the greater number of his nobles and people.

By degrees, the Faith spread far and wide, and Augustine, as Papal Legate, set out on a visitation of Britain. He failed in his attempt to enlist the Britons of the west, but his success was triumphant from south to north.

St. Augustine passed away after eight years of evangelical labours. The Anglo-Saxon Church he founded is renowned for its learning, zeal, and devotion to the Holy See, while its calendar commemorates no less than 300 Saints.


The Regina Caeli

Queen of heaven, rejoice, alleluia!
for he whom you were worthy to bear, alleluia!
has risen as he said, alleluia!
Pray for us to God, alleluia!

Rejoice and be glad o Virgin Mary, alleluia!

For the Lord is truly risen, alleluia!

Let us pray: O God, who through the resurrection of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, did vouchsafe to give joy to the world; grant, we beseech you, that through his Mother, the Virgin Mary, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Weekly News

– Solemnity of the Ascension (26th May)

Masses: 9AM (AK); 12PM (AK); 6PM (AK); 6PM (Polis).

Congratulations, Father Jim!

We’d like to congratulate our dear Father Jim on his 41st Anniversary of Priestly Ordination last Tuesday 28th of May. We wish him God’s blessing and may he keep ministering in our parish for many years to come!

– Caritas

Thank you for your generous donations! We are in need of non-perishable food, clothing, household goods, baby items, etc. Drop off at AK or priest house.

For more information, please, contact Richard (99282385) or Fr. Fernando.

AMH Fundraiser

FITZGERALD’S and VIVAFM are hosting a free coffee morning for the AMH at Fitzgerald’s office ( 10am to 1pm on Saturday 4th June.

All donations go to AMH! All welcome!

Dress code: Please remember to dress modestly also during the summer.

– Shop (Open Sun – Fri, 9am – 1pm)

Books, clothes, bric-a-brac, tea, coffee and more. You can bring your donations to the shop from Sunday to Friday.

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