FEASTS & MASS TIMES
May 07
4th Sunday of Easter
10.30 am - Derreck & M. Williams (RIP)

May 08
9.30 am - Eucharistic Service

May 09
9.30 am - Briggs Family Intention
2:00 pm - Adoration of the B Sacrament

May 10
9:30 am - Mathew Joseph (RIP)
6:30 pm - First Confession

May 11
9:30 am - Vocations to Priesthood

May 12
7:00 pm - Mrs Bekalo Birthday Intention

May 13
5:45 am - Hall Family

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NOTICES
RIP: please pray for the repose of the soul of Brian Cope who died recently. Brian was Beverly Alaimo's uncle. We also pray for the Cope family at this sad time. May he rest in peace.
Parish Council Meeting: on Sat 21st May at 6.00pm in St Catherine Room. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Crowning of Our Lady: on Sun 14th May. As you all know it is the centenary of the Apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima. Pope Francis will be in Fatima to celebrate...
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CONTACT US
Parish Priest : Fr. Michael Miners
Tel: 01782 844308
Email: michaelminersodcs@icloud.com
Parish Deacon: Rev Tony Bradshaw
Tel: 01782 614749
Email: a.bradshaw555@ntlworld.com
Priory House,
106 Hartshill Road,
Stoke on Trent,
ST4 7LT.
SUNDAY READINGS AND HOMILY
1 st Reading: Acts 2:14, 36-41 – God has made him both Lord and Christ.
2 nd Reading: 1 Peter 2:20-25 – You have come back to the shepherd of your souls.
Gospel: John 10:1-10 – I am the gate of the sheepfold.
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
The Musical evening last Saturday was a great success. We were delighted that over 60 people came and enjoyed a fun evening of music. Our M.C. for the event was Mr Paul Brown, and he linked the pieces together with humour and skill. Ian Riddle and his sister Jane, performed a number of popular works...
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'The Breakthrough of Easter'
What would it mean if Easter, the Resurrection of Jesus, had not taken place?...Well, if there were no Resurrection, the story of Jesus would have ended with Good Friday. His body would have decayed, and he would have become a has-been. But that would mean that God does not take initiatives in history, that He is either unable or unwilling to touch this world of ours, our human living and dying. And that turn would mean that love is futile, an empty and vain promise. It would mean that there is no judgment and no justice. It would mean that the moment is all that counts and that right belongs to the cunning, the crafty and those without consciences. There would be no judgment. Many people, and by no means only wicked people, would welcome that because they confuse judgment with petty calculation and give more room to fear than to a trusting love.

All this makes clear what Easter does mean: God has acted. History does not go on aimlessly. Justice, love, truth – these are realities, genuine reality. God loves us; he comes to meet us. The more we go along His path and live in His way, the less we need to fear justice and truth, the more our hearts will be full of Easter joy.

Easter is not only a story to be told: it is a signpost on life's way. It is not an account of a miracle that happened a very long time ago: it is the breakthrough which has determined that meaning of all history. If we grasp this, we too, today, can utter the Easter greeting with undiminished joy: Christ is rise; yes He is risen indeed!

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI