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20th June 2021

The 12th Sunday of the year

First Reading

Job 38:1,8-11

From the heart of the tempest the Lord gave Job his answer. He said: Who pent up the sea behind closed doors  when it leapt tumultuous out of the womb, when I wrapped it in a robe of mist  and made black clouds its swaddling bands; when I marked the bounds it was not to cross  and made it fast with a bolted gate? Come thus far, I said, and no farther:  here your proud waves shall break.

Responsorial Psalm

Psalm 106(107):23-26,28-32

O give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures for ever.

Some sailed to the sea in ships  to trade on the mighty waters. These men have seen the Lord’s deeds,  the wonders he does in the deep.

For he spoke; he summoned the gale,  tossing the waves of the sea up to heaven and back into the deep;  their souls melted away in their distress.

Then they cried to the Lord in their need  and he rescued them from their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper:  all the waves of the sea were hushed.

They rejoiced because of the calm  and he led them to the haven they desired. Let them thank the Lord for his love,  for the wonders he does for men.

Second Reading

2 Corinthians 5:14-17

The love of Christ overwhelms us when we reflect that if one man has died for all, then all men should be dead; and the reason he died for all was so that living men should live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised to life for them.  From now onwards, therefore, we do not judge anyone by the standards of the flesh. Even if we did once know Christ in the flesh, that is not how we know him now. And for anyone who is in Christ, there is a new creation; the old creation has gone, and now the new one is here.


Mark 4:35-41

With the coming of evening, Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Let us cross over to the other side.’ And leaving the crowd behind they took him, just as he was, in the boat; and there were other boats with him. Then it began to blow a gale and the waves were breaking into the boat so that it was almost swamped. But he was in the stern, his head on the cushion, asleep. They woke him and said to him, ‘Master, do you not care? We are going down!’ And he woke up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, ‘Quiet now! Be calm!’ And the wind dropped, and all was calm again. Then he said to them, ‘Why are you so frightened? How is it that you have no faith?’ They were filled with awe and said to one another, ‘Who can this be? Even the wind and the sea obey him.’

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.

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.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and renkindle in them the fire of Thy love. Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created. ... grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise, and ever to rejoice in His consolation, through Christ, our Lord.

Blessed Sacrament before Mass:

This week before Mass on Tuesday and Thursday, Paul will expose the Blessed Sacrament and offer some reflections between 9.00am – 9.45am. Please come and join him.


The funeral Mass of Thomas Shippen will take place in St Michael’s on Thursday 24th June at 1.30pm Mass Intentions: Please remember that Mass is celebrated in both parishes every single day although we are still not allowed to open fully for public Masses. This week Masses in private will be offered for Joan Ward, and Andreas Yiannouzis in Mary Magdalen’s. If you would like to have a Mass celebrated, then please fill in an envelope at the back of church.

Feast Days this week:

St. Anthony of Padua--------June 13
St. Basil the Great--------June 14
St. Germaine--------June 15

Sts. Vitus, Modestus, and Crescentia, Martyrs--------June 15
St. John Francis Regis--------June 16
St. Botolph--------June 17

St. Ranier--------June 17
St. Gregory Barbarigo--------June 17
St. Ephrem--------June 18
Sts. Mark and Marcellianus, Martyrs
--------June 18
St. Juliana Falconieri--------June 19
Sts. Gervase and Protase--------June 19
Pope St. Silverius, Martyr--------June 20

Holy Hour

at St Michael’s Our seminarian, Paul, will lead a Holy Hour with the Blessed Sacrament in Church from 11.30am – 12.30pm on Tuesday 22nd June, which is the feast of St John Fisher and St Thomas More. Remember the Church is open for private prayer on Tuesday mornings from 10.30am – 12.30pm. Please do join Paul for the Holy Hour.

Congratulations First Holy Communion Children

Well done to our First Holy Communion children who received Jesus for the first time yesterday at a special Mass. Thank you to the staff at St Mary Magdalen’s school who prepared them. Please keep them all in your prayers.


We do not have a set time for confessions yet, but we will when restrictions are lifted. However, anyone wishing to go to confession can still do so. Simply request it before or after midweek Masses, and the priest will only be too happy to celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation with you.

St Cuthbert’s:

Fr Marc will be talking over as Parish Priest of St Cuthbert’s, New Seaham, in mid-September in addition to his role at St Michael’s and St Mary Magdalen’s.

Jubilarians, an Ordination …..and a move:

Please pray for Fr James Dunn and Mgr Philip Carroll who are celebrating 50 years of priesthood this year. Please pray for Fr Ian Hoskins, Canon Chris Jackson, Fr Barrie McKenzie and Fr Shaun O’Neill who are celebrating 25 years of priesthood this week! Please also keep Deacon Luke Wilkinson in your prayers, as he will be ordained a priest for our Diocese on June 29th. You may remember Fr William Nicol who joined us for Christmas Eve Masses in our parish, while visiting the area from Westminster. Fr William has decided to join our Diocese and has been appointed to the Cathedral where he will start in September. Please keep him in your prayers as he begins his move ‘up North’!

Food Bank:

Thank you again for your incredible support for local food banks and families in need. Your generosity is amazing as food is left at the back of church every single week.

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