FEASTS & MASS TIMES
June 04
Pentecost
10.30 am - Margaret Ingram (operation)

June 05
St Boniface
9.30 am - Gladys M. Harding (RIP)

June 06
9.30 am - P. J. John (RIP)

June 07
9:30 am - Ray Buxton Anniversary

June 08
7:00 pm - For Life

June 09
7:00 pm - Sister Andrew Intention

June 10
5:45 am - People of the Parish

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NOTICES
Tony Hesler RIP: Tony died in Hospital on Thursday. He was a devoted parishioner and husband to Kate. As we pray for him, we remember Kate and his relatives Jean and Patrick Breslin. He would have celebrated his 90th Birthday on 2nd July. May he rest in peace.
Our Parish Day of Prayer for Vocations: on Tue 6th June. We pray for Vocations to the Priesthood, Permanent Deaconate, Religious and Consecrated Life. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will begin after the 9:30 Mass, and continue until 4.00pm...
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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 2:1-11 – They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak.
2 nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13 – In the one Spirit we were all Baptised.
Gospel: John 20:19-23 – As the Father sent me, so am I sending you: receive the Holy Spirit.
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
At Pentecost, we celebrate the Birthday of the Church – the coming of the Holy Spirit. So Happy Birthday to one and all!
Today is the First Anniversary of Mary Barker. As we remember her, and give thanks to God for her life of service to the Church and the community, we welcome her family and remember them specially in our prayers.
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'Pentecost Reflection'
The Feast of Pentecost is the commemoration of the descending, indwelling and transforming act of the Holy Spirit. Jesus had promised to send the Holy Spirit, whom he termed as the advocate, the Helper, the Teacher and the Comforter. This promise was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost. The Consequence of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit was indeed indescribable and dramatic. Each one was able to understand the discourse of the apostles in his/her own language. This means that the Holy Spirit brings people of all times, races and nations together under his wing.

The Holy Spirit binds everyone together in perfect unity. It is in "one Spirit that we are all Baptised in one body", says St Paul.

Secondly, the Spirit has brought the Apostles out from behind closed doors, making them bold and courageous to speak out in the open about Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of courage and zeal of God. St Paul tells us in today's second reading that no one can say that Jesus is Lord except through the Spirit.

Thirdly, it is through the working of the Holy Spirit that we can receive the gift of forgiveness and healing, as Jesus says in today's Gospel: "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained." Am I aware of the presence and working of the Holy Spirit in myself and in the Church?

Fr. Joe S.S.P.