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28th February 2021

The 2nd Sunday of Lent

First Reading

Genesis 22:1-2,9-13,15-18

God put Abraham to the test. ‘Abraham, Abraham’ he called. ‘Here I am’ he replied. ‘Take your son,’ God said ‘your only child Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah. There you shall offer him as a burnt offering, on a mountain I will point out to you.’  When they arrived at the place God had pointed out to him, Abraham built an altar there, and arranged the wood. Then he bound his son Isaac and put him on the altar on top of the wood. Abraham stretched out his hand and seized the knife to kill his son.  But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven. ‘Abraham, Abraham’ he said. ‘I am here’ he replied. ‘Do not raise your hand against the boy’ the angel said. ‘Do not harm him, for now I know you fear God. You have not refused me your son, your only son.’ Then looking up, Abraham saw a ram caught by its horns in a bush. Abraham took the ram and offered it as a burnt-offering in place of his son.  The angel of the Lord called Abraham a second time from heaven. ‘I swear by my own self – it is the Lord who speaks – because you have done this, because you have not refused me your son, your only son, I will shower blessings on you, I will make your descendants as many as the stars of heaven and the grains of sand on the seashore. Your descendants shall gain possession of the gates of their enemies. All the nations of the earth shall bless themselves by your descendants, as a reward for your obedience.’

Responsorial Psalm

Psalm 115(116):10,15-19

I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living.

I trusted, even when I said:  ‘I am sorely afflicted, ’O precious in the eyes of the Lord  is the death of his faithful.

Your servant, Lord, your servant am I;  you have loosened my bonds. A thanksgiving sacrifice I make;  I will call on the Lord’s name.

My vows to the Lord I will fulfil  before all his people, in the courts of the house of the Lord,  in your midst, O Jerusalem.

Second Reading

Romans 8:31-34

With God on our side who can be against us? Since God did not spare his own Son, but gave him up to benefit us all, we may be certain, after such a gift, that he will not refuse anything he can give. Could anyone accuse those that God has chosen? When God acquits, could anyone condemn? Could Christ Jesus? No! He not only died for us – he rose from the dead, and there at God’s right hand he stands and pleads for us.


Mark 9:2-10

Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone by themselves. There in their presence he was transfigured: his clothes became dazzlingly white, whiter than any earthly bleacher could make them. Elijah appeared to them with Moses; and they were talking with Jesus. Then Peter spoke to Jesus: ‘Rabbi,’ he said ‘it is wonderful for us to be here; so let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ He did not know what to say; they were so frightened. And a cloud came, covering them in shadow; and there came a voice from the cloud, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.’ Then suddenly, when they looked round, they saw no one with them any more but only Jesus.  As they came down from the mountain he warned them to tell no one what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. They observed the warning faithfully, though among themselves they discussed what ‘rising from the dead’ could mean.

Weekly prayer intentions

Prayer is a time to reflect on one's own life, but also to think of others.

Please pray for:

all those who are sick or housebound in our Parishes and also for all those who have recently died and for their families.

Prayer for the End of the Virus

Almighty and merciful Father, who show your love to all your children. We come before you asking for a quick control of the Coronavirus currently ravaging our world. Hear graciously the prayers we make for those affected by the virus in various parts of the world. Grant healing to the sick, eternal life to the dead and consolation to the bereaved families. We pray that an effective medicine to combat the sickness be speedily found. We pray for the relevant governments and health authorities that they take appropriate steps for the good of the people. Look upon us in your mercy and forgive us our failings.


Our Parish Prayer

Father, pour out Your Spirit on the people of this Parish and grant us
a new vision of your Glory,
a new experience of your Power,
a new faithfulness to your Word
and a new consecration to your Service,
that your Love may grow among us and your Kingdom come, through Christ our Lord.

Prayer to St. Michael

Holy Michael Archangel,
defend us in our conflict.
Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil;
may God rebuke him, we humbly pray.
And do thou Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God,
thrust down to hell,
Satan and all the wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls.

Act of Spiritual Communion

(To be said when one cannot receive communion in person)

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in this Holy Sacrament of the altar.

I love you above all things and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come spiritually into my soul so that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever.

The Rosary

Please spare a moment to Pray the Rosary every day

Try this link for help on saying the rosary and reflecting on it's mysteries

Pope Francis – Prayer to Mary for Protection during the COVID–19 Pandemic.

O Mary,
you always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman People,
know what we need,
and we are sure you will provide
so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who has taken upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows
to lead us, through the cross,
to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.

Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

Second week of Lent 2021:

What’s in your heart?

Death hangs over every human life. Yet each of today’s readings is a reminder of how God preserves life and continues it for the sake of fulfilling the divine promise. God saves Isaac and accepts a sacrifice in his stead. Paul writes to the Romans that not even death will end our lives. But the disciples of Jesus struggle to understand what rising from the dead means. Perhaps in Lent we can ask ourselves difficult questions—

  1. What does resurrection mean to me?

  2. How has God preserved my life from death?

  3. When it comes time for me to die, what do I think will happen?

Can you help?

I’ve made contact with some international parishes. The pandemic has affected the whole world, and hundreds of millions of people have faced loneliness and isolation. 
I’m asking people to write a letter and say a little about yourself, perhaps about your faith community and family. Include your address or email and social media details, (if you’d prefer to connect in that way).These will be posted to Catholics in an English speaking nation, who have faced isolation, and they will write back to you. (Please note that this may take a few weeks) 
This is a lovely way to connect and help people on the other side of the word. It will also highlight the fact that we all belong to one global family of faith. We may even make a few international friends along the way.
Please see details in the poster above.
Fr Marc

This weeks further news and notices

Please let us know if you would like anything adding to the notices for the coming week.

Please see our main page for any special notices.

Thank you:

Thank you so much for your continued generosity in both churches. Obviously this past ‘financial year’ all parishes have taken a huge financial hit due to closures. So thank you for your continued support.

Saint Day, March 3: St. Katharine Drexel,

Belle of the ball and heiress of millions, asked the Pope for more missionaries… and he told her to become one! She left her life of privilege and founded a religious order, the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. She dedicated her life to becoming a servant of the poor and establishing schools for Native and African American children. Google her to learn more about her life of service.

Feast Days this week:

Pope St. Hilary-------------February 28

Sts. Rimnus and Lupicinus-------------February 28

St. David's Day, Patron of Wales--------------March 1

Bl. Charles the Good--------------March 2

St. Chad--------------March 2

St. Katharine Drexel----------------March 3

St. Cunegundes, Empress--------------March  3

Pope St. Lucius I, Martyr--------------March 4

St. Francis of Assisi---------------March 4

St. Casimir--------------March 4

St. John Joseph of the Cross--------------March 5

St. Phocas--------------March 5

St. Fridolin----------March 6

St. John of the Cross------------March 5

Sts. Perpetua and Felicitas--------------March 6

  St.Colette--------------March 6

Thank you:

Many thanks for your continued generosity with food being left in the porch at both churches. All this is taken to help the most vulnerable members of our communities in these difficult days.

The porch will be open again on Tuesday from 10am until 11.30 to receive any donations.

You can leave donations at St. Mary Magdalen’s front door on a Monday and Thursday between  9am and 1pm.


If you would like your child baptised then you must collect a Baptismal Request Form at the end of Mass. This form must then be handed back to the Parish office, or to the priest or deacon. After you have submitted this form you will be contacted by the parish to arrange for you to attend the Parish Baptismal Course. This will be three short sessions with other families, with no pressure. Hopefully this will take place over a period of about a month. When the course is completed, you can book your child’s baptism. Baptisms will resume in both parishes after Easter.

Priest’s retiring:

Please keep the following clergy in your prayers, who are all retiring this year—Fr Kevin Cummins, Fr Paul Hopper, Fr Ian Hoskins, Fr Seamus O’Kane and Fr Michael Purtill. All have served the diocese faithfully for many years.

St Mary Magdalen’s Garden:

I wonder if anyone, or a team of people, would be interested in looking after the gardens in Seaham. By garden I mean the borders around the parish hall and car park. I’m sure we could provide a budget for flowers and plants to keep the place looking beautiful. At the minute the Grotto is kept looking lovely thanks to Dennis, and I’m delighted to see so many people turn up to pray at the grotto when they’re out walking. It would be good to have nice flowers and plants around the borders too. If you have green fingers, please contact Fr Marc.

Two Churches

Please remember that people from St. Mary Magdalen’s are welcome in St. Michael’s and people from St. Michael’s are welcome in St. Mary Magdalen’s. We remain two strong independent parishes, but are very much linked with shared resources, so please feel welcome in both churches.

Financial Support

Thank you for your continued support in this difficult time. If you would like to set up a Direct Debit or Standing Order for;

St. Mary Magdalen’s:
Sort Code is: 40-34-18 and our Account Number is: 61164457
St. Michael’s:
Sort Code is: 40-34-18 and our Account number is: 41164171

You can also drop your donations and envelopes in the basket as you leave church. Thank you for your continued help and support to help us pay our bills!

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