We are marking this Sunday – CORPUS CHRISTI – with a Eucharistic Procession beginning from the Assumption Church in Warwick Street (behind Regents Street) back to Saint James’s for Benediction. The Procession starts at 5.30pm. Details of how to find Warwick Street etc. will be found on separate leaflets. The children who made First Holy Communion this year and last are invited to lead the Procession dressed once more in their First Communion clothes
Please pray for Cardinal George Pell who was to be with us this weekend but has been detained in Rome through ill-health.
The priestly ordination of John Warnaby is planned for Westminster Cathedral on Saturday (24th June) at 10.30am (not 11am as previously advertised), and the new priest will sing his First Mass here at 10.30am on Sunday 25th. Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor is hoping to be with us for the First Mass. Please keep John in your prayers and make sure you are here to receive his first blessing: a great time for him and his family but also for us as a parish as we have been privileged to support his vocation.
The Good Counsel Network remind us that on Wednesday 21st June, the vigil of SS John Fisher & Thomas More, everyone is invited to pray and fast for the end to abortion in this country. For more details about their pro-life work contact www.goodcounselnetwork.com
Father Hugh Mackenzie hopes to move into the rectory in the last week of June: we look forward to his being with us.
Thursday 29th June is the Solemnity of Saint Peter & Saint Paul and one of the few Holy Days of Obligation have not been transferred to the nearest Sunday. A Vigil Mass will be offered at 6pm on the Wednesday and on the feast itself there will be Masses at 7.15am, 11am (in the Extraordinary Form), 12.30pm, 6pm and 7pm (sung with the choir).
“Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament is one of the simplest rites of the Church. It is our Lord’s solemn benediction of his people, as when he lifted up his hands over the children, or when he blessed his chosen ones when he ascended from Mount Olivet. As children might come before a parent before going to bed at night, so the great Catholic family comes before the Eternal Father, after the toil or bustle of the day, and he smiles on them, and sheds on them the light of his countenance. It is a full accomplishment of what was invoked upon the Israelites: ‘the Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord show his face to you and have mercy on you; the Lord turn his countenance to you and give you his peace’‘” (Bl. John Henry Newman).
“When communicating with Christ in your heart – the partaking of the Living Bread – remember what Our Lady must have felt when the Spirit filled her and she, who was full of grace, became full with the body of Jesus. The Spirit in her was so strong that she immediately rose in haste to go to serve. Each Holy Communion, each breaking of the Bread of Life, each sharing, should produce in us the same, for it is the same Jesus who came to Mary and was made flesh. We, too, should be in haste to give this life of Jesus to one another” (Saint Teresa of Calcutta).
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