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S e p t e m b e r 2 0 1 5 Issue No. 316 A p r i l 2 0 1 7 I s s u e N o . 3 3 4 P o p e F r a n c i s e n j o y s h i s f i r s t v i s i t t o a n A n g l i c a n c h u r c h . T h e f i r s t p o p e t o e n t e r a n A n g l i c a n c h u r c h w h i c h i s n o t a c a t h e d r a l , h e a t t e n d e d E v e n s o n g a t t h e A n g l i c a n C e n t r e n e a r R o m e ’ s S p a n i s h S t e p s o n N o v e m b e r 1 . E v a n g e l i s a t i o n D a y P a g e 3 C a l l e d & c h o s e n P a g e s 6 / 7 M i r a c l e f o r C a m b r i d g e P a g e 8 M o t h e r i n g S u n d a y P a g e 1 1 T h e f i r s t P o p e t o e n t e r a A n g l i c a n c h u r c h On a hill far away stood an old wooden cross, the emblem of suffering and shame. Rosary gathering to worship the most Sacred Heart of Jesus and to thank Him for His most Holy Death. Meditating on Our Lord`s passion the Sorrowful Mysteries: 1. The agony in the garden 2. The scourging at the pillar 3. The crowning with thorns 4. The carrying of the cross 5. The crucifixion Spy Wednesday, 12th April 2017 around 1pm after holy Mass Meeting at Christ the Cornerstone church 300 Saxon Gate West Central Milton Keynes MK9 2ES O ur Lady of Sorrows pray for us. For more information please phone Monica on 07401 366 330 # ### # ### # # # ## # # # # # # # ## # # # # ## # ## # # # # # ### # ## # # # # # # # ! #### # ! ##### ! #### ! ##### ! ## # $$$$$$$$$$ ## $$ ## #### ## # ## # $$$ $$$$ $ ## # # # ## ###

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P a g e 2 T h e V i n e A p r i l 2 0 1 7 G e t t i n g i n t o p r i n t W E W O U L D L I K E T O T H A N K T H E S C H O O L S O N T H I S P A G E F O R S U P P O R T I N G T H E P A P E R S e n d n e w s r e p o r t s , p h o t o s a n d o t h e r m a t e r i a l t o t h e e d i t o r , F r . P a u l H a r d y , S t . E d w a r d ’ s , B u r c h a r d C r e s c e n t , S h e n ­ l e y C h u r c h E n d , M i l t o n K e y n e s M K 5 6 D X ( v i n e 0 1 @ b t o p e n w o r l d . c o m ) . W e p r o m i s e t o p r i n t y o u r n e w s a s s o o n a s w e c a n f i n d s p a c e f o r i t . M a t e r i a l s h o u l d b e e m a i l e d w h e n e v e r p o s s i b l e . I f t h i s c a n n o t b e d o n e f o r d i g i t a l p i c t u r e s t h e y s h o u l d b e s e n t t o u s o n d i s c . S e n d p h o t o g r a p h s i n j p g f o r m a t , a s s e p a r a t e a t t a c h m e n t s , a n d n o t e m b e d d e d i n W o r d d o c u m e n t s . U r g e n t a n d d a t e d i t e m s s h o u l d r e a c h u s b y t h e f i r s t S u n ­ d a y o f t h e m o n t h b e f o r e p u b l i c a t i o n . A b o o k l e t o f a d v i c e o n w r i t i n g n e w s r e ­ p o r t s f o r T h e V i n e i s a v a i l a b l e o n r e ­ q u e s t . P a r e n t a l p e r m i s s i o n m u s t b e s o u g h t b e ­ f o r e p h o t o g r a p h s o f c h i l d r e n a r e s e n t f o r p u b l i c a t i o n . W h i l e w e a c c e p t u n s o ­ l i c i t e d f e a t u r e a r t i c l e s , w e r e s e r v e t h e r i g h t t o e d i t t h e t e x t o r n o t t o p u b l i s h . L e t t e r s f o r p u b l i c a t i o n m u s t i n c l u d e a n a m e a n d a d d r e s s , w h i c h w i l l b e o m i t ­ t e d o n r e q u e s t . T h e c o n t e n t o f e a c h i s s u e i s d e c i d e d b y t h e e d i t o r . V i e w s e x p r e s s e d i n T h e V i n e a r e n o t n e c e s s a r i l y t h o s e o f t h e e d i t o r o r o f t h e d i o c e s e . T h e p u b l i s h e r o f T h e V i n e d e a l s w i t h a l l a d v e r t i s i n g . T o p l a c e a n a d v e r t r i n g o 1 4 4 0 ­ 7 3 0 3 9 9 . F o r d i f f i c u l ­ t i e s w i t h d i s t r i b u t i o n c o n t a c t t h e e d i t o r .

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P a g e 3 T h e V i n e A p r i l 2 0 1 7 E v a n g e l i s a t i o n t e a m s , p o t e n t i a l t e a m s a n d B i b l e T i m e l i n e L e a d e r s g a t h e r e d f r o m a l l o v e r t h e D i o c e s e f o r a n E v a n g e l i s a t i o n D a y o n S a t u r d a y 4 t h F e b r u a r y a t S t M a r y M a g ­ d a l e n e C h u r c h , S t o n y S t r a t f o r d . T h e d a y w a s l e d b y A l e x H e a t h a n d m e m ­ b e r s o f t h e D i o c e s a n E v a n g e l i s a t i o n T e a m . W e b e g a n w i t h M a s s i n t h e C h u r c h a f t e r w h i c h w e h e a r d a r e a d i n g f r o m L u k e 4 : 1 6 ­ 2 1 , w h i c h s h o w e d u s t h e n e e d t o b e i n g o p e n t o t h e H o l y S p i r i t ’ s a n o i n t i n g w h e n w e e v a n ­ g e l i s e . M a r i a H e a t h , a P a s t o r a l W o r k e r i n t h e d i o ­ c e s e , g a v e a t a l k o n e v a n g e l i s i n g i n o u r e v e r y d a y l i f e . S h e u s e d M o s e s a s a n e x a m ­ p l e a s o n e w h o w a s c a l l e d b y G o d b u t d i d n o t w a n t t o g o a n d m a d e e x c u s e s . B u t G o d s a i d h e w o u l d b e w i t h h i m , a n d i f w e s t e p i n o u t i n f a i t h t h e H o l y S p i r i t w i l l b e w i t h u s t o g u i d e a n d i n s p i r e u s . W e d i s c u s s e d a m o n g s t o u r s e l v e s w h a t o u r e x c u s e s w e r e ! M a r i a p o i n t e d o u t t h a t w e a r e q u a l i f i e d b e c a u s e o f o u r b a p t i s m , t h a t w e d o n o t n e e d t o k n o w i t e v e r y t h i n g b e f o r e w e b e g i n , a n d t h a t w e a l l h a v e a s t o r y t o s h a r e o f w h a t J e s u s h a s d o n e f o r u s . M a r i a m a d e t h e p o i n t t h a t m a n y C a t h o l i c s c a n b e u n ­ c o m f o r t a b l e s p e a k i n g a b o u t t h e i r f a i t h i n G o d , b u t t h a t o u r f a i t h i s n o t a p r i v a t e a f f a i r . S h e g a v e v e r y p r a c t i c a l e x a m p l e s f r o m h e r o w n l i f e o n h o w t o s p e a k t o o t h e r s a b o u t o u r f a i t h . S h e e n c o u r a g e d u s t o a s k p e o p l e , w h e n t h e o p p o r t u n i t y a r i s e s , s i m p l e q u e s ­ t i o n s p r o m p t i n g p e o p l e t o t h i n k a b o u t G o d . T h e a f t e r n o o n w a s f o c u s e d o n p r a c t i c a l i d e a s f r o m p a r i s h e s i n t h e d i o c e s e a n d w a y s t o g o f o r w a r d i n o u r o w n p a r i s h . I t w a s s t r e s s e d w h a t e v e r w e d o w e m u s t d i s c u s s a n d h a v e t h e a p p r o v a l o f o u r p a r i s h p r i e s t . T e r e s a C a r v a l h o t a l k e d a b o u t h e r n e w r o l e a t t h e H o m e M i s s i o n D e s k , w h i c h i s t o s u p ­ p o r t a n d r e s o u r c e e v a n g e l i s a t i o n . K e v i n D r e w f r o m L u t o n s p o k e a b o u t h o w h i s p a r i s h h a d s e t u p a n e v a n g e l i s a t i o n t e a m a f t e r t h e P r o c l a i m ‘ 1 5 C o n f e r e n c e i n J u l y 2 0 1 5 a n d s o m e o f t h e i n i t i a t i v e s t h e y h a d u n d e r t a k e n s i n c e . W e h e a r d f r o m H i g h W y c o m b e a b o u t t h e ‘ T r y P r a y i n g ‘ i n i t i a t i v e . T h i s i s a s i m p l e r e ­ s o u r c e f o r c h u r c h e s o r a n y o n e w h o w a n t s t o s h a r e t h e i r f a i t h . A s i m p l e b o o k l e t i s r e a d a n d p a s s e d o n . I t h a s b e e n v e r y s u c c e s s f u l i n t o w n s a n d c i t i e s w h e r e c h u r c h e s o f d i f ­ f e r e n t d e n o m i n a t i o n s h a v e t o g e t h e r u s e d i t a n d p a i d f o r b a n n e r s o n b u s e s a n d o u t s i d e c h u r c h e s w i t h t h e l o g o t r y p r a y i n g . ( w w w . t r y p r a y i n g . c o . u k ) J e a n M e r r i m a n f r o m S a ­ c r e d H e a r t P a r i s h i n N o r t h a m p t o n s p o k e o f h o w t h e y p u t o n , w i t h o t h e r C h r i s t i a n c h u r c h e s , a ‘ f l a s h m o b ’ i n t h e s h o p p i n g c e n t r e a t C h r i s t m a s . T h e y a c t e d o u t t h e N a t i v i t y a n d c a r ­ o l s w e r e s u n g , m a n y j o i n e d i n , a n d b a u b l e s w e r e g i v e n o u t w i t h i n ­ v i t e s t o a C h r i s t m a s C a r o l S e r v i c e . A l s o , t h e y r a n a f r e e g i f t w r a p p i n g s e r v i c e t o h i g h l i g h t t h e t r u t h t h a t J e s u s i s t h e f r e e g i f t o f G o d t o u s a l l . W e a l s o h e a r d S r . D y m p n a f r o m B e d f o r d w h o s h a r e d a b o u t t h e B i b l e T i m e l i n e G r o u p s t h e y h a v e b e e n r u n n i n g v e r y s u c c e s s f u l l y , a n d h o w t h i s h a s g r o w n . B e r n i e G a r f i t t f r o m B u r n h a m , S l o u g h s h a r e d h o w s h e i s u s i n g ‘ L a n d i n g s ’ i n h e r p a r i s h , h a v i n g e x p e r i e n c e d t h e c o u r s e h e r ­ s e l f . I t i s a l i s t e n i n g a n d s h a r i n g p r o ­ g r a m m e , w h i c h o f f e r s r e t u r n i n g C a t h o l i c s a s a f e e n v i r o n m e n t t o r e f l e c t u p o n , e x p l o r e a n d g r o w t h e i r f a i t h . I t p r o m o t e s f e l l o w s h i p i n C h r i s t a n d a s e n s e o f b e l o n g i n g . T h e d a y e n d e d w i t h s c r i p t u r e a n d p r a y e r t o g o o u t a n d s h a r e t h e G o o d N e w s . T w o o f u s w h o a t t e n d e d f r o m T o w c e s t e r a n d r e t u r n e d f u l l o f r e n e w e d e n t h u s i a s m a n d i d e a s o f w h a t w e c a n i m p l e m e n t i n o u r p a r i s h a n d i n o u r e v e r y d a y l i f e . 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P a g e 4 T h e V i n e A p r i l 2 0 1 7 I n h i s P a s t o r a l L e t t e r f o r L e n t 2 0 1 7 B i s h o p P e t e r s t r e s s e d t h e m e r c y o f G o d . ‘ G o d n e v e r f o r ­ g e t s u s , a n d G o d n e v e r s t o p s l o v i n g u s . B u t d o w e r e a l l y b e l i e v e t h a t ? W e c a n b e a l l t o o c o n ­ s c i o u s o f f a i l u r e , o f w e a k n e s s a n d o f s i n f u l n e s s . W e f e e l u n w o r t h y t o b e C h r i s t ’ s s e r v a n t s , a n d u n a b l e t o o p e n o u r s e l v e s u p t o G o d ’ s l o v i n g a n d f o r g i v i n g e m b r a c e . Y e t , t h e G o o d N e w s w e a r e c a l l e d t o b e l i e v e i s t h a t o u r G o d i s a G o d o f m e r c y a n d c o m p a s ­ s i o n . T h a t i s o u r f a i t h , a n d t h a t i s w h a t w e s h o u l d b e r e f l e c t i n g i n a l l t h a t w e d o a n d s a y i n o u r p a r i s h e s t h i s L e n t . S i n n e r s , l i k e y o u a n d m e , s h o u l d f e e l w e l c o m e a n d g i v e n t h e c o n f i ­ d e n c e t o t u r n b a c k t o G o d . T h e n w e c a n c e l e b r a t e h a p p i l y t h e S a c r a m e n t o f P e n a n c e a n d f u l f i l o u r E a s t e r d u t i e s . P o p e F r a n c i s s p e a k s o f g e n e r a t i n g ‘ a c u l t u r e o f m e r c y ’ . N o n e o f u s l i k e s t o b e a f a i l u r e . Y e t h o w m a n y o f u s f e e l t h a t w e a r e f a i l u r e s e v e n t h o u g h w e a p p e a r a b l e t o c o p e > T h a t i s w h y a c u l t u r e o f m e r c y i s s o i m p o r t a n t i n y o u r p a r i s h o r s c h o o l . T h e n w e c a n a c c o m p a n y o n e a n ­ o t h e r i n t u r n i n g b a c k t o C h r i s t . W e c a n b e c o n f i d e n t i n i n v i t i n g p e o p l e o n t h e e d g e o f o u r f a m i l y o r o f o u r c o m m u n i t y t o j o i n u s o n t h e c o n s t a n t j o u r n e y o f r e p e n t i n g a n d b e i n g c o n ­ v e r t e d ’ . B i s h o p P e t e r e n c o u r a g e d u s t o a c c o m p a n y o n e a n o t h e r ; n e w m e m b e r s o f t h e C h u r c h a n d p r i e s t s t a k i n g o n e x t r a r e s p o n s i b i l i t i e s . ‘ B e p o s i t i v e i n y o u r o u t l o o k t h i s L e n t a n d g i v e t h e m t o p r a y w i t h r e a l f a i t h a n d w i t h r e a l b e l i e f ’ . T h e B i s h o p r e m i n d s u s t h a t w e s e e a n d h e a r b a d n e w s a b o u t t h e C h u r c h i n t h e m e d i a . ‘ W r o n g s d o n e i n t h e n a m e o f t h e C h u r c h m u s t b e p u t r i g h t . B u t t h a t n e c e s s a r y p r o c e s s c a n u n d e r m i n e f a i t h a n d o b s c u r e a l l t h e g o o d t h a t y o u , t h e p r i e s t s a n d p e o p l e , d o i n t h e s e r v i c e o f C h r i s t . K e e p g o i n g , t r u s t i n g i n t h e G o d w h o n e v e r f o r g e t s u s ’ . T h i r t y t w o s i s t e r s a n d p r i e s t s a t t e n d e d t h e a n n u a l M a s s f o r R e l i g i o u s i n N o r t h a m p t o n C a t h e d r a l . H e l d o n t h e s e c o n d o f F e b r u a r y e a c h y e a r , i t w a s a r r a n g e d b y V i c a r F o r R e l i g i o u s , S i s t e r Y v o n n e P i l a r s k i o f M i l t o n K e y n e s . ‘ T o d a y w e g i v e t h a n k s t o G o d f o r t h o s e w h o l i v e o u t t h e c a l l t o h o l i n e s s i n a s p e ­ c i a l w a y i n t h e c o n s e c r a t e d l i f e , o u r r e l i ­ g i o u s s i s t e r s , b r o t h e r s a n d p r i e s t s ’ s a i d B i s h o p P e t e r i n h i s h o m i l y . H e w e n t o n t o r e f l e c t o n t h e p r e s e n t a t i o n o f J e s u s i n t h e t e m p l e . . ‘ L a s t w e e k I w a s i n L o n d o n f o r m e e t i n g s a t A r c h b i s h o p ’ s H o u s e , a n d t h e r e o n t h e m a i n s t a i r c a s e a n d i n t h e C a r d i n a l ’ s c h a p e l w e r e C h r i s t m a s c r i b s w h i c h w i l l o n l y b e t a k e n d o w n a f t e r t o d a y ’ s f e a s t , t h i s f e a s t w h i c h c o m p l e t e s t h e C h r i s t ­ m a s f e s t i v a l o f l i g h t . I f y o u r e m e m b e r , w e b e g a n M i d n i g h t M a s s w i t h t h e w o r d s o f I s a i a h ­ – “ T h e p e o p l e t h a t w a l k e d i n d a r k n e s s h a s s e e n a g r e a t l i g h t . O n t h o s e w h o l i v e i n a l a n d o f d e e p s h a d o w a l i g h t h a s s h o n e . ” T h e C h r i s t c h i l d b o r n i n B e t h l e h e m a n d l a i d i n a m a n g e r , v i s i t e d b y s h e p h e r d s a n d w i s e m e n f r o m t h e E a s t w h o k n e l t b e ­ f o r e h i m , t h e l i g h t o f t h e w o r l d t o w h o m t h e w i s e m e n g a v e e v e r y t h i n g o n w h i c h t h e y h a d t o l i v e a s t h e y c a m e o n p i l ­ g r i m a g e t o s e e k G o d ’ s w i l l f o r t h e m , i s n o w c a r r i e d b y M a r y a n d J o s e p h i n t o t h e T e m p l e , i n a c c o r d a n c e w i t h t h e l a w o f t h e L o r d , a s a f i r s t ­ b o r n t o b e p r e ­ s e n t e d a n d c o n s e c r a t e d t o a l m i g h t y G o d . T h e p l a c e s o f t h e s h e p h e r d s a n d t h e w i s e m e n a r e t a k e n b y t w o e l d e r l y a n d f a i t h f u l p e o p l e , S i m e o n a n d A n n a . T h e y w e r e f a i t h f u l t o G o d ’ s p r o m i s e s a n d , t h e r e f o r e , w e r e o p e n t o t h e f u l f i l m e n t o f t h o s e p r o m i s e s . T h e G o s p e l s p e a k s o f t h e H o l y S p i r i t r e s t i n g o n S i m e o n a n d t h a t , p r o m p t e d b y t h e S p i r i t , h e w e n t u p t o t h e t e m p l e . S o m e h o w h e k n e w t h a t t h e c h i l d h e t o o k f r o m M a r y ’ s a r m s w a s t h e f u l f i l m e n t o f G o d ’ s p r o m i s e , “ a l i g h t t o e n l i g h t e n t h e p a g a n s a n d t h e g l o r y o f G o d ’ s p e o p l e , I s r a e l . ” B u t h e a l s o p r o p h e s i e d t h a t t h e f u l f i l l i n g o f G o d ’ s p r o m i s e w o u l d b e a h a r d r o a d . T h e s h a d o w o f t h e c r o s s f a l l s a c r o s s t h e s c e n e – “ Y o u s e e t h i s c h i l d : h e i s d e s ­ t i n e d f o r t h e f a l l a n d f o r t h e r i s i n g o f m a n y i n I s r a e l ” – a b o v e a l l , t h e d y i n g a n d t h e r i s i n g o f J e s u s h i m s e l f , a n d t h e s u f f e r i n g t h a t w o u l d a l s o b e e n d u r e d b y h i s m o t h e r , M a r y . T h e e i g h t y ­ f o u r y e a r o l d w i d o w , A n n a , w h o s e r v e d G o d d a y a n d n i g h t i n t h e t e m p l e w i t h f a s t i n g a n d p r a y e r , r e c o g ­ n i s e s J e s u s , t o o , a s S a v i o u r . I n a w a y t h i s e p i s o d e i n t h e G o s p e l o f L u k e c h a m p i o n s t h e r o l e o f t h e e l d e r l y w i t h i n t h e C h u r c h i n t h e i r w i t n e s s t o C h r i s t t h r o u g h t h e i r p r a y e r f u l n e s s , t h e i r w i s d o m a n d t h e i r p e r c e p t i o n . B u t , w h a t e v e r o u r a g e , e a c h o f u s h a s a p a r t t o p l a y i n r e f l e c t i n g t h e l i g h t o f C h r i s t a n d t h e h o p e h e b r i n g s . R e f l e c t i n g t h a t l i g h t a n d h o p e i s a c h a l ­ l e n g e a s w e c a n w a l k i n d a r k n e s s w h e n t h e i n n e r s o u l o f o u r b e i n g i s d a r k e n e d b y o u r p e r s o n a l s i n a n d a d d i c t i o n . I t c a n t a k e a l o n g t i m e a n d o f t e n s o m e ­ t h i n g s h a t t e r i n g n e e d s t o h a p p e n b e f o r e w e r e c o g n i s e t h e d a r k n e s s i n w h i c h w e a r e w a l k i n g a n d o u r n e e d f o r h e l p . L i k e ­ w i s e , I s a i a h a l s o s p e a k s o f p e o p l e l i v i n g i n a l a n d o f d e e p s h a d o w . I t s e e m s t h a t i t i s n o t j u s t a p e o p l e l i v i n g i n d e e p s h a d o w , b u t t h e w h o l e w o r l d . T h e r e i s f e a r a n d u n c e r t a i n t y l i k e n e v e r b e f o r e e v e n a b o u t o u r i d e n t i t y , a b o u t o u r g e n ­ d e r , a n d a b o u t t r u t h . P e o p l e a r e f e e l i n g i n s e c u r e a n d w e c a n r e a c t d e f e n s i v e l y a n d a g g r e s s i v e l y . t h e l i g h t o f C h r i s t T h a t i s w h y i t i s s o i m p o r t a n t t o h o l d o n t o t h e l i g h t o f C h r i s t , t o p r a y f o r a d e e p e n i n g o f f a i t h t h a t J e s u s i s t h e t r u t h , t h e w a y a n d t h e l i f e . T h a t i s w h a t g i v e s u s h o p e , a n d , i f w e a r e p e o p l e o f h o p e , t h e l i g h t o f d C h r i a t w i l l s h i n e o u t o f u s . T h a t w i t n e s s t o C h r i s t , t h a t l i v i n g o u t o f h o l i n e s s i s a c a l l c o m m o n t o u s a l l w h o a r e b a p t i s e d . T o d a y w e g i v e t h a n k s t o G o d f o r t h o s e w h o l i v e o u t t h a t c a l l t o h o l i n e s s i n a s p e c i a l w a y i n t h e c o n s e ­ c r a t e d l i f e , o u r r e l i g i o u s s i s t e r s , b r o t h ­ e r s a n d p r i e s t s . A t t h e e n d o f t h e Y e a r o f C o n s e c r a t e d L i f e t h i s t i m e l a s t y e a r , P o p e F r a n c i s u r g e d t h e r e l i g i o u s t o b e f a i t h f u l t o t h e c a l l t h e y h a d r e c e i v e d , a n d t o g r o w i n l o v e , i n g i v i n g , a n d i n c r e a t i v i t y . T h e H o l y F a t h e r o f f e r e d t h r e e w o r d s – p r o p h e c y , p r o x i m i t y a n d h o p e . H e a s k e d t h a t y o u b e p r o p h e t i c , t h a t i n y o u r l i f e a n d i n y o u r w o r d s y o u s p e a k G o d , y o u s p e a k t h e r e a l i t y o f G o d , a n d t h a t y o u r s p e a k i n g i s r o o t e d i n p r a y e r . H e a s k e d t h a t , l i k e J e s u s , y o u m a y b e c l o s e t o p e o p l e , s h a r i n g w i t h t h e m t h e i r j o y s a n d t h e i r s o r r o w s , s h o w i n g w i t h y o u r l o v e t h e p a t e r n a l f a c e o f G o d a n d t h e m a t e r n a l c a r e s s o f t h e C h u r c h . T h e n , b y y o u r s p e a k i n g o f t h e r e a l i t y o f G o d a n d b y b e i n g c l o s e t o p e o p l e , y o u w i l l i n s t i l h o p e , r e f l e c t i n g C h r i s t o u r l i g h t i n y o u r h o n e s t y a n d c o m p a s s i o n , i n y o u r g o o d n e s s a n d i n l i v i n g a s i m p l e , e s s e n t i a l a n d m e a n i n g f u l l i f e . O n t h i s f e a s t o f t h e P r e s e n t a t i o n o f t h e L o r d w h e n s o m a n y o f y o u t o o k i m p o r ­ t a n t s t e p s i n e m b r a c i n g t h e c o n s e c r a t e d l i f e , I w a n t t o s a l u t e y o u a n d t h a n k y o u , d e a r s i s t e r s a n d b r o t h e r s , f o r a l l y o u a r e a n d a l l y o u d o a n d h a v e d o n e i n t h e D i o c e s e . I a m s o g r a t e f u l t h a t y o u h a v e c o m e t o g e t h e r f o r t h i s M a s s . L e t u s a s k t h e p r a y e r s o f M a r y , w h o p r e ­ s e n t e d J e s u s i n t h e t e m p l e , m a y , b y t h e p o w e r o f t h e H o l y S p i r i t , b e b e a r e r s o f C h r i s t i n s i m p l e a n d p r o f o u n d w a y s t o o u r f a m i l i e s a n d f r i e n d s a n d t o a l l a m o n g w h o m w e l i v e . P a s t o r a l L e t t e r f o r L e n t A n n u a l M a s s f o r R e l i g i o u s

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P a g e 6 T h e V i n e A p r i l 2 0 1 7 C a l l e d a n d c h o s e n f o r E a s t e r N o r t h a m p t o n C a t h e d r a l s a w i t s u s u a l e x c i t e m e n t o n t h e f i r s t S u n d a y o f L e n t . C a n d i d a t e s f o r b a p ­ t i s m , a n d t h o s e p r e p a r i n g f o r f u l l m e m b e r s h i p o f t h e C h u r c h w e r e c l e a r l y t o u c h e d b y t h e f o r m a l i t y , a n d t h e i n f o r m a l i t y , o f t h e o c c a s i o n . T h e y s a w b i s h o p a n d d e a c o n s v e s t e d i n L e n t e n s p l e n d o u r . T h e y w e r e f o r m a l l y r e c o m m e n d e d t o B i s h o p P d e ­ t e r b y g o d p a r e n t s a n d s p o n s o r s . T h e y q u e u e d i n t h e c a t h e d r a l a i s l e t o s i g n t h e B o o k o f t h e E l e c t . A n d t h e n t h o s e p r e c i o u s m o m e n t s o f c o n v e r s a t i o n w i t h t h e B i s h o p . T o d a y I w i l l b e g i v i n g t h e t h u m b s u p t o t h o s e o f y o u w h o a r e g o i n g t o b e b a p t i s e d a n d t h o s e o f y o u w h o a r e b e i n g r e c e i v e d i n t o t h e C h u r c h . T h i s i s o n l y p o s s i b l e b e c a u s e o f a l l t h o s e w h o h a v e s u p ­ p o r t e d y o u . I t s s o m e t h i n g o f a m y s t e r y h o w w e c o m e t o t h i s p o i n t . S o m e t i m e s i t ’ s a m y s t e r y t o m e w h y I ’ m s t a n d i n g h e r e . W e l l , t h e w h o l e o f t h e C h r i s t i a n l i f e i s a m y s t d e r y . B u t w e k n o w t h a t G o d i s w i t h u s . W e n d e e d t o a s k s w h e t h e r w e a r e l i s t e n ­ i n g t o G o d ’ s c a l l , a n d l i s t e n i n g a t t e n t i v e l y . T h a t i s w h a t t h e w o r d o b e d i e n t m e a n s : t o l i s t e n a t t e n ­ t i v e l y . A f t e r w a r d s t h e y p r o u d l y s h o w e d f a m i l y a n d f r i e n d s t h e i r n a m e s i n s c r i b e d i n t h e B o o k o f t h e E l e c t . T h e y m a y h a v e h o p e d t h a t o u r p h o t o g r a ­ p h e r , S t e v e H a r r i s , h a d c a u g h t t h e m i n h i s l e n s . A n d h o p e b e y o n d h o p e t h e y m a y e v e n h a v e w o n ­ d e r e d i f t h e e d i t o r T h e V i n e w o u l d p u t t h e m o n h i s c e n t r e p a g e s . P i c t u r e s b y S t e v e H a r r i s o f N y m o

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P r o f e s s i o n a l d e s i g n a n d i n s t a l l a t i o n o f y o u r c h u r c h s o u n d s y s t e m b y C o m t e c S e r v i c e s . S y s t e m s t o s u i t a l l r e q u i r e m e n t s a n d b u d g e t s b a c k e d b y f a s t f r i e n d l y s e r v i c e a n d a d v i c e . 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T h e s e m e e t i n g s a r e w o n d e r f u l o p p o r t u n i t i e s f o r p e o p l e t o m e e t o t h e r s f r o m t h e i r p a r i s h a n d p a s t o r a l a r e a s a n d g i v e s t h e m a c h a n c e t o b u i l d f r i e n d s h i p s a n d a s k f o r / o f f e r s u p p o r t t o o t h e r s . M o n i c a f r o m t h e S E B u c k s P a s ­ t o r a l A r e a s a i d , “ I f e e l s o m u c h m o r e s u p p o r t e d h a v i n g n o w m e t v o l u n t e e r s f r o m m y p a s t o r a l a r e a ” . T h e d a y s t a r t e d w i t h a n o p e n i n g r e f l e c t i o n o n t h e B e a t i ­ t u d e s w h i c h i n c l u d e d t h e s i x “ a d d i t i o n a l ” B e a t i t u d e s , p u t f o r w a r d b y P o p e F r a n c i s o n A l l S a i n t s D a y i n 2 0 1 6 , t o “ r e c o g n i z e a n d r e s p o n d t o n e w s i t u a t i o n s w i t h f r e s h s p i r i ­ t u a l e n e r g y ” . M a n y f o u n d t h i s s o i n s p i r i n g a n d a s k e d t o s h a r e i t i n t h e i r p a r i s h e s . T h e r e w a s a t h a n k y o u v i d e o m e s s a g e f r o m B i s h o p P e t e r , f o l l o w e d b y a s p e a k e r f o r e a c h d a y f r o m C A F O D ’ s p r o ­ g r a m m e w o r k i n S o u t h e r n A f r i c a n a n d C o l o m b i a . A l l w e r e i n v i t e d t o l e a v e m e s s a g e s o f s o l i d a r i t y t o b e s e n t t o o u r f r i e n d s i n C o l o m b i a . D e b o r a h P u r f i e l d ( C A F O D C o o r d i n a t o r f o r t h e N o r t h a m p t o n D i o c e s e ) g a v e a n u p d a t e o n d o n a t i o n s r e ­ c e i v e d f r o m H a r v e s t 2 0 1 6 . N a t i o n a l l y p a r i s h e s , s c h o o l s a n d i n d i v i d u a l s r a i s e d a p p r o x i m a t e l y £ 1 . 4 m , £ 1 0 3 k a n d £ 2 5 2 k r e s p e c t i v e l y . I n t h e N o r t h a m p t o n D i o c e s e w e r a i s e d £ 4 8 k , £ 6 k a n d £ 9 k r e s p e c t i v e l y . T h a n k y o u t o a l l w h o s u p p o r t e d t h e F a s t D a y . W e c o u l d n ’ t d o o u r g r e a t w o r k w i t h o u t y o u r a m a z i n g g e n e r o s i t y a n d h e l p ! T h r o u g h o u t t h e d a y p e o p l e h a d o p p o r t u n i t i e s t o c h a t a n d s h a r e i d e a s . S h e i l a , a n e w v o l u n t e e r f r o m S t A u g u s t i n e ’ s H i g h W y c o m b e s a i d , “ I g o t t o m e e t o t h e r s f r o m m y p a r i s h f o r t h e f i r s t t i m e w h i c h i s g r e a t . W e w e r e a b l e t o d i s c u s s h o w b e s t t o p r o m o t e C A F O D i n t h e p a r i s h a n d I f e l t a l l g e a r e d u p t o g o ! ” D e b o r a h s p o k e a b o u t C A F O D ’ s v i s i o n o f a w o r l d t r a n s ­ f o r m e d t o r e f l e c t t h e K i n g d o m o f G o d w h e r e t h e r i g h t s a n d d i g n i t y o f e v e r y p e r s o n a r e r e s p e c t e d , w h e r e a l l h a v e a c c e s s t o b a s i c n e e d s a n d w h e r e t h e g i f t s o f c r e a t i o n a r e s h a r e d b y a l l f o r t h e c o m m o n g o o d . S h e s p o k e o f C A F O D ’ s w o r k i n Z a m b i a ( t h e L e n t f a s t d a y f o c u s c o u n ­ t r y ) w h i c h h e l p s p e o p l e b e c o m e s e l f ­ s u f f i c i e n t b y r u n n i n g t h e i r o w n a r t i s a n a l b u s i n e s s e s s u c h a s f i s h f a r m i n g a n d b e e k e e p i n g . T h e s e p r o j e c t s h a v e t r a n s f o r m e d t h e l i v e s o f p e o p l e i n s o m e t h e w o r l d ’ s p o o r e s t c o m m u n i t i e s . T h e d a y c o n c l u d e d w i t h a s h a r e d l u n c h w h e r e m o r e d i s ­ c u s s i o n s t o o k p l a c e . D i n a h ’ s ( O u r L a d y ­ K e m p s t o n ) f e e d b a c k s e e m e d t o r e f l e c t t h e g e n e r a l f e e l i n g f r o m b o t h d a y s , “ i t w a s a r e a l l y t e r r i f i c a n d w o r t h w h i l e d a y . I f e l t s o i n s p i r e d a n d w a n t t o d o s o m u c h m o r e n o w ! T h a n k s s o m u c h ” I f y o u a r e i n t e r e s t e d i n C A F O D ’ s w o r k o r w o u l d l i k e t o v o l u n t e e r i n s c h o o l s o r i n y o u r p a r i s h p l e a s e g e t i n t o u c h w i t h D e b o r a h P u r f i e l d n o r t h a m p t o n @ c a f o d o r g . u k o r c a l l 0 1 8 4 4 2 7 4 7 2 3 . 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W e k n o w w e a r e a l l “ B e l o v e d D i s c i p l e s o f O u r L o r d ” , b u t i t c a n b e e a s y t o f o r g e t a s w e m o v e o n i n l i f e ­ i n t o t h e T h i r d A g e a n d b e ­ y o n d ! P o p e F r a n c i s h a s b e e n r e m i n d i n g u s a l l t h a t ` o l d e r p e o p l e a r e a t r e a s u r e ` . A n d t h i s s h o r t c o u r s e c o n f i r m s t h a t a n d a f f i r m s a n d e n c o u r a g e s t h o s e w h o m i g h t b e d o u b t ­ i n g t h e i r i n f i n i t e w o r t h a n d v a l u e . P a r i s h P r i e s t F r P a u l H a r d y a t S t E d w a r d t h e C o n f e s s o r M i l t o n K e y n e s a g r e e d t o r u n t h i s p r o f o u n d a n d e n j o y a b l e c o u r s e w h i c h c o m p r i s e d f o u r 1 . 5 h o u r s e s s i o n s o v e r f o u r w e e k s . P a u l i n e G r a y a n d h e r t e a m l e d 1 5 o f o u r ‘ m a t u r e ’ p a r i s h i o n e r s w h o f e l t i t w o u l d h e l p t h e m t o f e e l n e w v a l u e a n d s e r v e w i t h f r e s h c o n f i d e n c e . T h e c o u r s e i n v o l v e s a D V D w i t h K e y s p e a k ­ e r s D a v i d W e l l s a n d D a v i d P a y n e p l u s e n ­ g a g i n g t e s t i m o n i a l s f r o m o l d e r p e o p l e a r o u n d t h e U K . O p p o r t u n i t i e s t o s h a r e t h e i m p a c t o f t h e m e s s a g e s a n d p e r s o n a l e x p e r i ­ e n c e s a r e b u i l t i n t o t h e s e s s i o n s w h i c h h e l p e d p a r i s h i o n e r s g r o w c l o s e r a n d l e a r n f r o m e a c h o t h e r . D A V I D W E L L S i s a S c h o o l s ` A d v i s o r i n t h e P l y m o u t h D i o c e s e . A s o u g h t ­ a f t e r s p e a k e r w h o s e c o n t e m p o r a r y t h e o l o g y , h u m o u r a n d s t o r y ­ t e l l i n g r e a c h o u t t o t h e h e a d a n d t o t h e h e a r t . H e h a s w r i t t e n t w o v e r y p o p u l a r b o o k s . D A V I D P A Y N E i s t h e D i r e c t o r o f C a F E h e l p ­ i n g p e o p l e t o g e t m o r e o u t o f t h e i r f a i t h . H e i s a n i n s p i r i n g s p e a k e r , a u t h o r o f f o u r b o o k s a n d r e g u ­ l a r l y l e a d s p a r i s h m i s ­ s i o n s & r e t r e a t s . W h a t p a r t i c i p a n t s s a i d a b o u t t h i s c o u r s e : “ T h e c o m b i n a t i o n o f D V D t o w a t c h a n d q u e s t i o n s f o r d i s c u s ­ s i o n i n a n i n f o r m a l s e t t i n g h e l p e d u s t o s h a r e o p e n l y h o w w e f e l t a b o u t o u r f a i t h a n d o u r r e l a t i o n s h i p s w i t h G o d . ” “ W e f o u n d i t s p i r i t u a l l y e n r i c h i n g , a l s o f u n a n d g o o d t o e x p l o r e f a i t h i n o u r m a t u r e y e a r s w i t h f e l l o w p a r i s h i o n e r s . ” “ A v e r y i l l u m i n a t i n g a n d t h o u g h t p r o v o k i n g s h o r t c o u r s e . I f o u n d D a v i d W e l l s ’ a n d D a v i d P a y n e s ’ n a r r a t i v e s a n d i n s i g h t s v e r y p o s i t i v e r e g a r d i n g t h e p a r t t h a t m e m b e r s o f t h e o l d e r g e n e r a t i o n c a n c o n t r i b u t e t o t h e C h u r c h a n d t h e c o m m u n i t y . T h e g e n t l e h u ­ m o u r u n d e r p i n n i n g t h e v i d e o m a d e i t e a s y t o w a t c h a n d e n j o y a b l e . T h e d r a m a o f t h e “ P h o t o g r a p h e r F a t h e r ” w a s e x t r e m e l y e m o ­ t i o n a l a n d l e f t o u r g r o u p s p e e c h l e s s a s i t w a s s o m o v i n g . I w o u l d r e c o m m e n d t h i s t o a l l p a r i s h i o n e r s . ” I w i l l b e s h o w i n g t h i s t o a n o t h e r t w o g r o u p s . A t h o u g h t p r o v o k i n g s h o r t c o u r s e . T h e d i s ­ c u s s i o n s g e n e r a t e d w e r e i n t e r e s t i n g a n d f a i t h c o n f i r m i n g . “ A l l P a r i s h e s s h o u l d o f f e r t h i s c o u r s e – a n d i t ’ s d e f i n i t e l y w o r t h w a t c h i n g m o r e t h a n o n c e ! ” P a g e 1 0 T h e V i n e A p r i l 2 0 1 7 C a n y o u h e l p ? G r o w i n g o l d e r g r a c e f u l l y Y o u r n e x t d e a d l i n e ? A p r i l 3

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T h e V i n e A p r i l 2 0 1 7 P a g e 1 1 M o t h e r i n g S u n d a y i s a h o l i d a y c e l e ­ b r a t e d b y C a t h o l i c a n d P r o t e s t a n t C h r i s t i a n s i n s o m e p a r t s o f E u r o p e . I t f a l l s o n t h e f o u r t h S u n d a y i n L e n t , e x ­ a c t l y t h r e e w e e k s b e f o r e E a s t e r . O n c e o b s e r v e d a s a d a y o n w h i c h p e o p l e w o u l d v i s i t t h e i r " m o t h e r " c h u r c h , i t h a s b e c o m e a n o c c a s i o n f o r h o n o u r i n g t h e m o t h e r s o f c h i l d r e n a n d g i v i n g t h e m p r e s e n t I t i s i n c r e a s i n g l y b e i n g c a l l e d M o t h e r ` s D a y , a l t h o u g h t h a t h a s a l w a y s b e e n a s e c u l a r e v e n t q u i t e d i f ­ f e r e n t f r o m t h e o r i g i n a l M o t h e r i n g S u n d a y . [ 1 ] I n t h e U K a n d t h e R e p u b l i c o f I r e l a n d , M o t h e r i n g S u n d a y i s c e l e ­ b r a t e d i n t h e s a m e w a y a s M o t h e r ` s D a y i s c e l e b r a t e d e l s e w h e r e . D u r i n g t h e s i x t e e n t h c e n t u r y , p e o p l e r e t u r n e d t o t h e i r m o t h e r c h u r c h , t h e m a i n c h u r c h o r c a t h e d r a l o f t h e a r e a , f o r a s e r v i c e t o b e h e l d o n L a e t a r e S u n ­ d a y . T h i s w a s e i t h e r t h e c h u r c h w h e r e y o u w e r e b a p t i s e d , o r t h e l o c a l p a r i s h c h u r c h , o r m o r e o f t e n t h e n e a r e s t c a t h e d r a l A n y o n e w h o d i d t h i s w a s c o m m o n l y s a i d t o h a v e g o n e " a ­ m o t h ­ e r i n g " , a l t h o u g h w h e t h e r t h i s t e r m p r e ­ c e d e d t h e o b s e r v a n c e o f M o t h e r i n g S u n d a y i s u n c l e a r . I n l a t e r t i m e s , M o t h ­ e r i n g S u n d a y b e c a m e a d a y w h e n d o ­ m e s t i c s e r v a n t s w e r e g i v e n a d a y o f f t o v i s i t t h e i r m o t h e r c h u r c h , u s u a l l y w i t h t h e i r o w n m o t h e r s a n d o t h e r f a m i l y m e m b e r s . I t w a s o f t e n t h e o n l y t i m e t h a t w h o l e f a m i l i e s c o u l d g a t h e r t o ­ g e t h e r , s i n c e o n o t h e r d a y s t h e y w e r e p r e v e n t e d b y c o n f l i c t i n g w o r k i n g h o u r s , a n d s e r v a n t s w e r e n o t g i v e n f r e e d a y s o n o t h e r o c c a s i o n s . [ 3 ] C h i l d r e n a n d y o u n g p e o p l e w h o w e r e " i n s e r v i c e " ( a s h o u s e h o l d s e r v a n t s ) w e r e g i v e n a d a y o f f o n t h a t d a t e s o t h e y c o u l d v i s i t t h e i r f a m i l i e s ( o r , o r i g i ­ n a l l y , r e t u r n t o t h e i r " m o t h e r " c h u r c h ) . T h e c h i l d r e n w o u l d p i c k w i l d f l o w e r s a l o n g t h e w a y t o p l a c e i n t h e c h u r c h o r g i v e t o t h e i r m o t h e r s . E v e n t u a l l y , t h e r e l i g i o u s t r a d i t i o n e v o l v e d i n t o t h e M o t h e r i n g S u n d a y s e c u l a r t r a d i t i o n o f g i v i n g g i f t s t o m o t h e r s . B y t h e 1 9 2 0 s t h e c u s t o m o f k e e p i n g M o t h e r i n g S u n d a y h a d t e n d e d t o l a p s e i n I r e l a n d a n d i n c o n t i n e n t a l E u ­ r o p e . [ 4 ] I n 1 9 1 4 , i n s p i r e d b y A n n a J a r v i s ` s e f f o r t s i n t h e U n i t e d S t a t e s , C o n s t a n c e P e n s w i c k ­ S m i t h c r e a t e d t h e M o t h e r i n g S u n d a y M o v e m e n t a n d i n 1 9 2 1 s h e w r o t e a b o o k a s k i n g f o r t h e r e ­ v i v a l o f t h e f e s t i v a l ; C o n s t a n c e w a s t h e d a u g h t e r o f t h e v i c a r o f C o d d i n g t o n , N o t t i n g h a m s h i r e , a n d t h e r e i s a m e m o ­ r i a l i n C o d d i n g t o n ` s c h u r c h . I t s w i d e s c a l e r e v i v a l w a s t h r o u g h t h e i n f l u ­ e n c e o f A m e r i c a n a n d C a n a d i a n s o l ­ d i e r s s e r v i n g a b r o a d d u r i n g W o r l d W a r I I ; t h e t r a d i t i o n s o f M o t h e r i n g S u n d a y , s t i l l p r a c t i s e d b y t h e C h u r c h o f E n g l a n d a n d C h u r c h o f I r e l a n d w e r e m e r g e d w i t h t h e n e w l y i m p o r t e d t r a d i t i o n s a n d c e l e b r a t e d i n t h e w i d e r C a t h o l i c a n d s e c u l a r s o c i e t y . U K ­ b a s e d m e r c h a n t s s a w t h e c o m m e r c i a l o p p o r t u n i t y i n t h e h o l i d a y a n d r e l e n t l e s s l y p r o m o t e d i t i n t h e U K ; b y t h e 1 9 5 0 s , i t w a s c e l e b r a t e d a c r o s s a l l t h e U K . P e o p l e f r o m I r e l a n d a n d t h e U K s t a r t e d c e l e b r a t i n g M o t h e r ` s D a y o n t h e s a m e d a y t h a t M o t h e r i n g S u n d a y w a s c e l e ­ b r a t e d , t h e f o u r t h S u n d a y i n L e n t . T h e t w o c e l e b r a t i o n s h a v e n o w b e e n m i x e d u p , a n d m a n y p e o p l e t h i n k t h a t t h e y a r e t h e s a m e t h i n g . L a d y D a y f e l l o n t h e v e r n a l e q u i n o x . I n R o m a n T i m e s , t h i s w a s s y m b o l i c a l l y e q u a t e d w i t h t h e m y t h i c a l r e s u r r e c t i o n o f A t t i s . C o n s e q u e n t l y , t h e R o m a n s c e l e b r a t e d t h e f e a s t o f H i l a r i a , a t t h i s t i m e o f y e a r , d e d i c a t e d t o t h e m o t h e r g o d d e s s C y ­ b e l e . I n r e m e m b r a n c e o f t h e m y t h i c a l d e a t h o f A t t i s , H i l a r i a w a s p r e c e d e d b y a p p r o x i m a t e l y t w o w e e k s o f f a s t i n g , l i k e M o t h e r i n g S u n d a y ( i n t h e f o r m o f t h e f i r s t h a l f o f L e n t ) . T h e o t h e r n a m e s a t t r i b u t e d t o t h i s f e s ­ t i v a l i n c l u d e R e f r e s h m e n t S u n d a y , P u d ­ d i n g P i e S u n d a y ( i n S u r r e y , E n g l a n d ) , M i d ­ L e n t S u n d a y . [ 1 0 ] S i m n e l S u n d a y a n d R o s e S u n d a y . S i m n e l S u n d a y i s n a m e d a f t e r t h e p r a c t i c e o f b a k i n g s i m ­ n e l c a k e s t o c e l e b r a t e t h e r e u n i t i n g o f f a m i l i e s d u r i n g t h e a u s t e r i t y o f L e n t . B e c a u s e t h e r e i s t r a d i t i o n a l l y a r e l a x ­ a t i o n o f L e n t e n v o w s o n t h i s p a r t i c u l a r S u n d a y i n c e l e b r a t i o n o f t h e f e l l o w s h i p o f f a m i l y a n d c h u r c h , t h e n a m e R e ­ f r e s h m e n t S u n d a y i s s o m e t i m e s u s e d , a l t h o u g h r a r e l y t o d a y . R o s e S u n d a y i s s o m e t i m e s u s e d a s a n a l t e r n a t i v e t i t l e f o r L a e t a r e S u n d a y , a s i s w i t n e s s e d b y t h e p u r p l e r o b e s o f L e n t b e i n g r e p l a c e d i n s o m e c h u r c h e s b y r o s e ­ c o l o u r e d o n e s . T h e 1 9 1 3 C a t h o l i c E n c y c l o p e d i a a s s e r t s t h a t " t h e G o l d e n R o s e , s e n t b y t h e P o p e s t o C a t h o l i c s o v ­ e r e i g n s , u s e d t o b e b l e s s e d a t t h i s t i m e , a n d f o r t h i s r e a s o n t h e d a y w a s s o m e ­ t i m e s c a l l e d ` D o m i n i c a d e R o s a ` . " T h i s S u n d a y w a s a l s o o n c e k n o w n a s t h e " S u n d a y o f t h e F i v e L o a v e s " , f r o m t h e t r a d i t i o n a l G o s p e l r e a d i n g f o r t h e d a y . P r i o r t o t h e a d o p t i o n o f e r n " c o m m o n " l e c t i o n a r i e s , t h e G o s p e l r e a d i n g f o r t h i s S u n d a y i n t h e A n g l i c a n , R o m a n C a t h o l i c , W e s t e r n ­ R i t e O r t h o d o x , a n d O l d C a t h o l i c c h u r c h e s w a s t h e s t o r y o f t h e f e e d i n g o f t h e f i v e t h o u s a n d ( f o r i n ­ s t a n c e , t h e A n g l i c a n B o o k o f C o m m o n P r a y e r s t i p u l a t e s S t J o h n ` s G o s p e l 6 : 5 – 1 4 ) . 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