“In old age they will still bear fruit” (Ps 92:15)

On Sunday, July 24, 2022, the Second World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly will be celebrated throughout the universal Church.

The theme chosen by the Holy Father for the occasion is “In old age they will still bear fruit” (Psalm 92:15) and intends to emphasize how grandparents and the elderly are a value and a gift both for society and for ecclesial communities.

The Holy Father’s letter for today can be found here: Pope’s Letter

There is also a lovely prayer for grandparents and the elderly which can be found here: Prayer for Grandparents and the Elderly

We too remember all of our grandparents and those wise heads who have guided and supported us.

Holy Week Schedule 2022

Palm Sunday: Vigil Mass at 5 pm and Sunday Mass at 9 am (With the blessing of Palms at all Masses)

Maundy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7 pm

Good Friday: Oecumenical Service at 12:30 pm, Celebration of the Passion of the Lord at 3 pm

Holy Saturday: No Mass at Westhill

Easter Sunday: Mass of the Ressurection at 9 am

Lenten Station Masses

This year our Lenten Station Masses continue on Fridays as usual. 

 

They will kick off with Confessions from 6 -7 pm

Stations of the Cross will be from 6:30 pm to 7 pm and Mass will follow these.

After Mass, we will have light refreshments of Tea, Coffee, and Biscuits.

The Station Masses are as follows:

Friday 8th April St. Joseph’s, 2 Tanfield Walk, Woodside. (Map Location)

Do come along if you can.

Synod Update

The Holy Father has convoked a ‘Synod on Synodality’ to be held in 2023.

As part of this, there will be a phase of parish consultations and conversations to be held from mid-January till Pentecost 2022.

When exactly this will happen in Trinity has yet to be agreed.

You can find more information on the whole Synodal process here on the Diocesan Website: Synod 2021-2023

Bishop Hugh has written a letter on Synodality and has asked that we make it available.

It’s a lovely reflection on the whole process and well worth a read. Here is a link to the letter: Pastoral Letter on Synodality

In the meantime, I would commend the whole process to you in your prayers.

Below is a modified version of a prayer, recommended to us by the Church, which has been used at Councils, Synods, and other Church gatherings for centuries which you may find helpful:

 

Happy Christmas

May God Bless you in this Christmas season, and I wish you every blessing for the year of Our Lord 2022

For a child has been born for us,
    a son given to us;
authority rests upon his shoulders;
    and he is named
Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Is 9:6)

 

 

Solemnity of St Joseph

Today, the 19th of March, is the Solemnity of St Joseph.

It also marks one year since the suspension of Public Masses and of the suspension of the obligation to attend. We look forward to returning to Mass on the 27th of this month.

 

Here is a beautiful Prayer by Pope Francis for this Solemnity:

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.

Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage,
and defend us from every evil.  Amen.

 

The Holy Father’s letter for the Year of St Joseph can be found here on the Vatican Website: Patris Corde