EASTER GREETINGS from St Paulinus Parish!

In the darkness of today’s World let us be encouraged by the message of Easter

Catholic Parish of St Paulinus, Guisborough
St Paulinus' Church, The Avenue, Guisborough TS14 8DN - Tel: 01287 638233 - Fax 01287 637173
St. Paulinus is a Faith Based Caring Community that is open and welcoming to all.


In their letter of March 18, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales said: “In these emergency circumstances, and for as long as they last, the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is removed. “This is, without doubt, the teaching of the Church (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2181). This pandemic is the ‘serious reason’ why this obligation does not apply at this time.”
HOLY MASS IN OUR DIOCESE can be seen by the internet [HERE] most days at 10:00 am. MASS AT OTHER TIMES AND PLACES can be found [HERE].
Our parish news is continually updated on our website [HERE] with lots of useful links. It is hoped that we may have the technical ability for our own celebration before the Easter Tridium.

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Easter week

stations of the cross

Holy Week is quickly approaching, as we begin the remembrance of Christ’s crucifixion, death and his glorious resurrection.
We invite you to take the Stations of the Cross into your life and reflect upon them as we prepare to enter a week filled with importance for our faith. You can click the images below to visit each of the stations of the Cross.

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Holy Week day by day

MAUNDY THURSDAY (The Lord’s Supper)

Where a single Mass is offered there is the Blessing of the Oil of the Sick and of Catechumens following the Liturgy of the Word. The ceremony of the Washing of Feet “If I do not wash your feet you will have no share with me” is performed and then the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
“On the same night that He was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread, and thanked God for it and broke it and said, “This is my Body which is for you; do this as a memorial to me. In the same way He took the cup after supper, and said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Whenever you drink it, do this as a memorial to me”. St. Paul to the Corinthians 11:23-26.
Following Mass, the Most Blessed Sacrament is transferred and the Alter stripped and the church closed after a time of private prayer.

GOOD FRIDAY: The Passion of Our Lord
good friday

One of the criminals who hung there heaped abuse on Him. “Are You not the Christ?” he said. “Save Yourself and us!”
But the other one rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same judgment? We are punished justly, for we are receiving what our actions deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom!”
And Jesus said to him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
... ... On this and the following day, until the Vigil Mass, no Sacraments, except for Penance and Anointing of the Sick, are allowed. The Passion of the Lord is Celebrated close to 3 pm by readings from Isaiah and the Gospel.
“In you O Lord, I take refuge.
Let me never be put to shame.
In your Justice, set me free.
Into your hands I commend my spirit.
It is you who will redeem me, Lord.
Father, into your hands I command my spirit.

holy saturday

Now there was a Council member named Joseph, a good and righteous man, who had not consented to their decision or action. He was from the Judean town of Arimathea, and was waiting for the kingdom of God. He went to Pilate to ask for the body of Jesus. Then he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, and placed it in a tomb cut into the rock, where no one had yet been laid. It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was beginning.
The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed, and they saw the tomb and how His body was placed. Then they returned to prepare spices and perfumes. And they rested on the Sabbath, according to the commandment.

In the same way that a seed will stay in the earth until the warmth of the sun falls upon it, Holy Saturday is observed through a day of sombre reflection on the world of darkness that would exist without the hope of Jesus’s resurrection.

The Easter Vigil

Lumen Christi - Deo gratias.

The paschal candle is lit from a blazing fire outside the church and carried in by the priest where it is used to light the candles of the congregation.
“Dear brethren, on this most sacred night in which our Lord Jesus Christ passed from death to life, the church calls upon its sons and daughters to watch and pray”
“Christ yesterday and today. The Beginning and the End. The Alpha and the Omega. All times belongs to Him and all the ages. To Him be glory and power through every age and for ever.
We then have the First Reading from the Book of Genesis, “God saw all he made and indeed it was very good”
Following is the reading from another part of Genesis, Exodus and Isaiah (2 parts).
The Baptismal water is blessed followed by the reciting of the Baptismal Promises.

Let us reflect upon all of these ceremonies, so as to vividly recall and give thanks for the greatest miracle of all, that brought Light back into the world.

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Easter Sunday

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Fr Michael

Letter from Fr Michael

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ in Guisborough

Prayers and greetings to you at this Lenten time. It is sometimes hard to keep our Lord in focus when we are so disturbed and worried about things which threaten us. The threads of friendship are so important. Knowing that we are loved, and reaching out to others in whatever way we can, strengthens the links. Holding a thought for a moment longer than we usually do also helps. We may be slowed down in these times. But it is important not to stop and give up.

We hold before us the Risen Lord. At Holy Week it is customary to concentrate on the Crucified Christ. In terms of impact - the suffering Christ, the crucified one, commands our attention. The drama of Good Friday pulls us much more than the apparently static Christ standing in his glorified body beside his empty Easter sepulchre. Indeed we have heard pleas that we can unite our sufferings with the sufferings of Christ. We may find consolation there, perhaps.

Most of us have no experience of pandemics. They are not as unusual as we may think: many will have read about the Black Death (October 1347) or the Spanish Flu (1918-1920). During the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918/19, over 50 million people died worldwide and a quarter of the British population were affected. The death toll was 228,000 in Britain alone. The global mortality rate is not known, but is estimated to have been between 10% to 20% of those who were infected. It may be a similar scenario for COVID-19.

From our religious education we probably learned about the disasters which befell Egypt. The Bible calls them ‘plagues’. One of them was a pestilence. This was a disease which decimated the pride of Egypt, their horses, which they used in warfare to dominate the world. The present ‘coronovirus’ is not a plague in the Biblical sense. It is an epidemic disease, and it causes widespread affliction. Plague is a word which comes from the Latin word ‘plaga’ for a stripe or wound. The co-called ‘bubonic plague’ was carried by fleas, and caused ‘bubes’ or outbreaks from swollen, infected and burst lymph nodes. So the present affliction is not ‘the Biblical plague’ as some have suggested. The Latin word ‘pestis’ originally described any contagious disease carried by animals. The animals carried a bacterium which was passed to humans. This gave rise to the use of the word ‘pestilence’.

The Latin word “Corona” means crown. Under high magnification microscopes the virus displays a crown of spikes, which we have all seen. Human coronaviruses were first discovered in the late 1960s The earliest ones discovered were an infectious bronchitis virus in chickens and two in human patients with the common cold (later named human coronavirus 229E and human coronavirus OC43). Other members of this family have since been identified, including SARS-CoV in 2003, HCoV NL63 in 2004, HKU1 in 2005, MERS-CoV in 2012, and SARS-CoV-2 (formerly known as 2019-nCoV) in 2019. Most of these have involved serious respiratory tract infections.

None of this brings us any degree of comfort or relief, but we may have a better understanding. Without downplaying the cost that COVID-19 is making, we are not witnessing the massive scale of death that earlier outbreaks in history brought. Those who are trying to identify and find a cure of this latest mutation of the virus deserve our moral, spiritual, practical and prayerful support. The “round of applause” for health workers surely bears testimony to that.

Interestingly, Pope Francis chose the Gospel of Jesus calming the stormy Sea of Galilee as the context for a recent homily. "Let us invite Jesus into the boats of our lives," the pope said. "Let us hand over our fears to him so that he can conquer them."Like the disciples on the stormy Sea of Galilee, he said, "we will experience that, with him on board, there will be no shipwreck, because this is God's strength: turning to the good everything that happens to us, even the bad things."

The Gospel passage began, "When evening had come," and the pope said that with the pandemic and its sickness and death, and with the lockdowns and closures of schools and workplaces, it has felt like "for weeks now it has been evening."

Let the morning come
Bringing the word of unfailing love
For I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way to go
For I put my trust in you
- Psalm 143.

Father Michael
Saturday, 28 March 2020

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