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Easter is the most important time in the Church’s year. If you’d like to find out how you can get more involved click on the ‘Mass and Service Times‘ tab below. Here you will find some of the live stream links that are available from some of our local Parish Churches throughout Holy Week.

Everyday check the Be Inspirational website for prayer, scripture and activities to take part in on each of the days in holy Week by clicking on the tabs below!

Take this opportunity to prepare yourself for the joy of Easter and to deepen your faith.

Have a happy and safe Holy Week!

 

Holy Spirit Catholic Church, West Bridgford: https://www.holyspiritwb.org/live/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTbklEiu8J0cKGKCWnyYgSw

Palm Sunday: 10:30am Mass

Monday 6th April: 19:30 Mass

Tuesday 7th April: 19:30 Mass

Wednesday 8th April: 19:30 Mass

Thursday 9th April: 19:30 Mass

 

Corpus Christi, Clifton, Nottingham:

Masses and services of the Holy Week,  shall live stream from Corpus Christi from this Saturday onward on the time advertised in the newsletter It is through an application called Periscope which can be downloaded from the App Store for iPhone/iPad and from google play for android phones/Tablets. Please click the link provided it shall take you to the app https://www.pscp.tv/#share  Or
We have created an account where you will be able to follow live stream. Please find below the link to follow. https://www.pscp.tv/CCOLSP/Thanks. Or Search CCOLSP in the search button in Periscope

  • Sunday 5th April Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord: 9.30 am Mass: Maura Durkin & Family

  • Monday 6th April Monday of Holy Week: 7.00 pm Mass: Brian Harvey RIP

  • Tuesday 7th April, Tuesday of Holy Week: 9.00 am Mass: Health Workers

  • Wednesday 8th April, Wednesday of Holy Week: 9.30 am Mass: C. D John Chennoth

  • Thursday 9th April, Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday) :7.00 pm Mass: People of the Parish

  • Friday 10th April, Friday of the Passion of the Lord (Good Friday) 3.00 pm : The Passion of the Lord 7.00 pm : Maria Desolata Devotion

  • Saturday 11th April Holy Saturday Easter Day of the Resurrection of the Lord (Solemnity) Acts 10:34a, 37-43; Col 3:1-4; John 20:1-9 or Matthew 28:1-10 8.00 pm Easter Vigil: Lillian Lester RIP

  • Sunday 12th April Easter Day of the Resurrection of the Lord (Solemnity) Acts 10:34a, 37-43; Col 3:1-4; John 20:1-9 or Matthew 28:1-10 9.30 am Mass: Easter Blessings : Mary Jacques 11.00 am Mass: Easter Blessings -McMillan & Gaten Families

 

St Albans Catholic Church, Derby: www.derbycatholiclive.co.uk:

Monday 6th April9:30am Exposition & 10am Mass

Wednesday 8th April: 9:30am Exposition & 10am Mass

Thursday 9th April7pm Maundy Thursday Mass

Friday 10th April3pm Good Friday Service & 7pm Stations of the Cross

Saturday 11th April10am Blessing of Easter Baskets Service & 7pm Easter Vigil Mass

Sunday 12th April9:30am Exposition & 10am Mass

 

Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Carlton and Sneinton: http://sacredheartcarlton.com/no-on-line-mass/

The live stream of Mass from Sacred Heart Church is suspended until further notice. Fr Joe has developed flu-like symptoms and in the absence of any testing regime for those exposed to COVID-19 positive people, he has to presume that he has the virus. This means that for the next 7 days (until Friday 10th) he is confined to barracks! All emails and calls to Fr Joe’s mobile will continue to be responded to, but the parish office answering machine will not be checked during this period.

 

 

It’s Holy week! The final week of our Lenten Journey before we enter into Easter-tide. During Holy Week we reenact, relive, and participate in the journey Jesus makes in the final week of his life on earth.

Like many Christians around the world we are disappointed that we cannot visit our Churches and be with our Church community in person as we journey through Holy Week. However, this does not have to stop us from worshiping and celebrating in unity in our homes and connecting with each other online!

We will be making a note of the different websites and YouTube channels where you can live stream Mass in your very own homes. To access these click on the ‘Mass and Service Times’ tab. This week make a note on your family calendar or stick a note on the fridge of all the different Mass times that you and your family can celebrate together!

It might be a nice idea to create a space in your homes for prayer…you could create your own prayer focus with resources from around your house (it would be good to include a Bible, candle and crucifix) and/or you can make resources to decorate your prayer focus with and to use in your prayer this week. There is loads of inspiration online!

As we prepare to begin our journey in Holy Week let us remind ourselves what Holy Week is all about…

 

 

    We start with the Sign of the Cross.
    On the Sunday before his death, Jesus began his trip to Jerusalem, knowing that soon he would lay down his life for our sins. Nearing the village of Bethphage, he sent two of his disciples ahead, telling them to look for a donkey and its unbroken colt. The disciples were instructed to untie the animals and bring them to him.
    Then Jesus sat on the young donkey and slowly, humbly, made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, fulfilling the ancient prophecy in Zechariah 9:9:

    “Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

    The crowds welcomed him by waving palm branches in the air and shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”

    On Palm Sunday, Jesus and his disciples spent the night in Bethany, a town about two miles east of Jerusalem. This is where Lazarus, whom Jesus had raised from the dead, and his two sisters, Mary and Martha, lived. They were close friends of Jesus, and probably hosted Him and His disciples during their final days in Jerusalem.

    Jesus’ triumphal entry is recorded in Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44, and John 12:12-19.

    What is the significance of Jesus’ triumphant entrance to Jerusalem?

    Why did the people put palm branches before Jesus during his triumphant entrance?

     

    Lord, help us to walk with you on your journey and understand the love you have for us.

    Amen.

    We end by making the Sign of the Cross.
    We start our prayer with the Sign of the Cross.

    Today’s Gospel reading explains what Jesus was doing 6 days before the Passover (The Last Supper).

    Jesus is visiting a man called Lazarus and his sisters Mary and Martha. Earlier in the Gospels we hear about how Jesus rose Lazarus from the dead. We also hear about Lazarus’ sisters – Mary and Martha, Jesus tells Martha that she should follow her sister’s example by focusing on the important things, such as faith, instead of worrying about lots of other things.

    Read the Gospel reading below carefully to see what happens when Jesus visits Lazarus, Mary and Martha for the last time before his death…

    THE WORD

    A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John,                         

    Glory to you O Lord

    Six days before the Passover, Jesus went to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, the man he had raised from death. They prepared a dinner for him there, which Martha helped serve; Lazarus was one of those who were sitting at the table with Jesus. Then Mary took a whole pint of a very expensive perfume made of pure nard, poured it on Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The sweet smell of the perfume filled the whole house. One of Jesus’ disciples, Judas Iscariot—the one who was going to betray him—said, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold for three hundred silver coins and the money given to the poor?” He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief. He carried the money bag and would help himself from it.

    But Jesus said, “Leave her alone! Let her keep what she has for the day of my burial. You will always have poor people with you, but you will not always have me.”

    A large number of people heard that Jesus was in Bethany, so they went there, not only because of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom Jesus had raised from death. So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus too, because on his account many Jews were rejecting them and believing in Jesus.

    The Gospel of the Lord

    Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

    If you have seen Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ you may recognise the song below! The clip is taken from a chat show (The Jonathan Ross Show) and Melanie C (from the Spice Girls) is playing Mary, Tim Minchin (the one with the long hair) is Judas and the man in the suit, Ben Forster, is playing Jesus.

    Think about the different feelings and emotions in the scripture and how you might have felt if you were there.

    We don’t always appreciate what God has given to us and we may not always be grateful for our faith and the love and protection that Jesus gives us.

    Take some time to think about the blessings that you have and take some time to thank God for these things.

    This week try to make your attitude more like Mary’s and try to appreciate Jesus and the great sacrifice that He made for each one of us.

    We end with the Sign of the Cross.

     

    We start our prayer with the Sign of the Cross.

    THE WORD

    A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John,

    Glory to you O Lord

    After Jesus had said this, he was deeply troubled and declared openly, “I am telling you the truth: one of you is going to betray me.”

    The disciples looked at one another, completely puzzled about whom he meant. One of the disciples, the one whom Jesus loved, was sitting next to Jesus. Simon Peter motioned to him and said, “Ask him whom he is talking about.”

    So that disciple moved closer to Jesus’ side and asked, “Who is it, Lord?”

    Jesus answered, “I will dip some bread in the sauce and give it to him; he is the man.” So he took a piece of bread, dipped it, and gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “Hurry and do what you must!” None of the others at the table understood why Jesus said this to him. Since Judas was in charge of the money bag, some of the disciples thought that Jesus had told him to go and buy what they needed for the festival, or to give something to the poor.

    Judas accepted the bread and went out at once. It was night.

    After Judas had left, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man’s glory is revealed; now God’s glory is revealed through him. And if God’s glory is revealed through him, then God will reveal the glory of the Son of Man in himself, and he will do so at once. My children, I shall not be with you very much longer. You will look for me; but I tell you now what I told the Jewish authorities, ‘You cannot go where I am going.’

    The Gospel of the Lord

    Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

    We end with the Sign of the Cross.
    We start with the Sign of the Cross.

    GATHER

    We start our prayer with the Sign of the Cross.

    In this scripture reading from Matthew’s Gospel we will hear how the disciples prepared to celebrate the Passover.

    Read the Gospel carefully and think about the sort of preparations that you would make for a big event.

    THE WORD

    A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew,                         

    Glory to you O Lord

    Then one of the twelve disciples—the one named Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and asked, “What will you give me if I betray Jesus to you?” They counted out thirty silver coins and gave them to him. From then on Judas was looking for a good chance to hand Jesus over to them.

    On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus and asked him, “Where do you want us to get the Passover meal ready for you?”

    “Go to a certain man in the city,” he said to them, “and tell him: ‘The Teacher says, My hour has come; my disciples and I will celebrate the Passover at your house.’”

    The disciples did as Jesus had told them and prepared the Passover meal.

    When it was evening, Jesus and the twelve disciples sat down to eat. During the meal Jesus said, “I tell you, one of you will betray me.”

    The disciples were very upset and began to ask him, one after the other, “Surely, Lord, you don’t mean me?”

    Jesus answered, “One who dips his bread in the dish with me will betray me. The Son of Man will die as the Scriptures say he will, but how terrible for that man who will betray the Son of Man! It would have been better for that man if he had never been born!”

    Judas, the traitor, spoke up. “Surely, Teacher, you don’t mean me?” he asked.

    Jesus answered, “So you say.”

    The Gospel of the Lord

    Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

     

    We end with the Sign of the Cross.

    We start with the Sign of the Cross.

    THE WORD

    A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John,                         

    Glory to you O Lord

    It was now the day before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. He had always loved those in the world who were his own, and he loved them to the very end.

    Jesus and his disciples were at supper. The Devil had already put into the heart of Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, the thought of betraying Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had given him complete power; he knew that he had come from God and was going to God. So he rose from the table, took off his outer garment, and tied a towel around his waist. Then he poured some water into a washbasin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel around his waist. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Are you going to wash my feet, Lord?”

    Jesus answered him, “You do not understand now what I am doing, but you will understand later.”

    Peter declared, “Never at any time will you wash my feet!”

    “If I do not wash your feet,” Jesus answered, “you will no longer be my disciple.”

    Simon Peter answered, “Lord, do not wash only my feet, then! Wash my hands and head, too!”

    Jesus said, “Those who have taken a bath are completely clean and do not have to wash themselves, except for their feet. All of you are clean—all except one.” (Jesus already knew who was going to betray him; that is why he said, “All of you, except one, are clean.”)

    After Jesus had washed their feet, he put his outer garment back on and returned to his place at the table. “Do you understand what I have just done to you?” he asked. “You call me Teacher and Lord, and it is right that you do so, because that is what I am. I, your Lord and Teacher, have just washed your feet. You, then, should wash one another’s feet. I have set an example for you, so that you will do just what I have done for you.

    The Gospel of the Lord

    Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

     

    Dear Lord,

    Help us to serve others and not think of others any better than ourselves. 

    Help us to spread the love and kindness we know from Jesus with everyone we meet.

    Amen. 

    We end with the Sign of the Cross.

    We start with the Sign of the Cross

    On Good Friday we commemorate the death of Jesus and the great sacrifice that he made out of love for each one of us.

    On this day there are no Masses celebrated, only services at 3pm, the time that Jesus died. The tabernacle is emptied and the altar is stripped bare to remind us of how deserted and confused the disciples must have felt when Jesus left them.

    It is tradition that on Good Friday we pray the Stations of the Cross; these are 14 stops (or stations) on Jesus’ journey from Pilate, to the cross, and then to the tomb. This liturgy involves images, Bible readings, reflections and prayers helping us to imagine we are walking with Jesus.

    At 12 noon on Good Friday we will be inviting everyone in the Diocese of Nottingham to join us in a shared liturgy with all four CMATs and the Nottingham Diocesan Catholic Youth Service praying the Stations of the Cross streamed on: www.youtube.com/NDCYSLive.

     

    Learn a song with Issie!

    It’s our second week of learning a song at home and this week Issie is teaching us the song ‘At the Foot of the Cross’, which is a beautiful song and very apt during Holy Week.

    Take some time today to learn the song on your own or with your families in preparation for the Stations of the Cross tomorrow.

     

    We end with the Sign of the Cross.

     

    GATHER

    We start with the Sign of the Cross

    Holy Saturday is a day of waiting because we know that Jesus resurrect the next day.

    What can you do in your homes to prepare the way for Jesus and our Easter celebration tomorrow?

    Why not join us celebrating the Easter Vigil Mass today? Have a look at the Mass and Service Live Stream post on the home screen and see where you can live stream Mass today!

    There is an Easter Vigil Mass at Nottingham Cathedral with Bishop Patrick McKinney at 7pm!

     

    THE WORD

    A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew,

    Glory to you O Lord

    After the Sabbath, as Sunday morning was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. Suddenly there was a violent earthquake; an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled the stone away, and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid that they trembled and became like dead men.

    The angel spoke to the women. “You must not be afraid,” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has been raised, just as he said. Come here and see the place where he was lying. Go quickly now, and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from death, and now he is going to Galilee ahead of you; there you will see him!’ Remember what I have told you.”

    So they left the tomb in a hurry, afraid and yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.

    Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Peace be with you.” They came up to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. “Do not be afraid,” Jesus said to them. “Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”

    The Gospel of the Lord

    Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

    MISSION

    As we wait for Jesus like the women at the tomb, light a candle in your homes as a symbol of hope that Jesus will join us again.

     

    Dear Lord,

    As we wait today, help us to know you are near us and that there is hope as we put our faith in you.

    Amen

    We end with the Sign of the Cross

     

    GATHER

    We start with the Sign of the Cross

    THE WORD

    A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew,

    Glory to you O Lord

    Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been taken away from the entrance. She went running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

    Then Peter and the other disciple went to the tomb. The two of them were running, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and saw the linen cloths, but he did not go in. Behind him came Simon Peter, and he went straight into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there and the cloth which had been around Jesus’ head. It was not lying with the linen cloths but was rolled up by itself. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in; he saw and believed. (They still did not understand the scripture which said that he must rise from death.)

    The Gospel of the Lord

    Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

    RESPONSE

    This day was made by the Lord; we rejoice and are glad!

    Easter Sunday is the most joyful day for Christians around the world because Jesus has risen from the dead. This shows us that God loves us unconditionally and will never leave us! We rejoice!

    There are loads of great songs that we can sing on Easter Sunday to celebrate this day. Here are some of our favourites….

    Play the songs in your homes, sing them loud and proud and celebrate that Jesus has risen!

    MISSION

    Your mission today is to spread joy in your homes and share the Good News that Jesus is risen!

     

    Risen Jesus,

    Bless our family today as we celebrate.

    You are the resurrection, our hope and our life. 

    You brought us life and the greatest love and we are thankful.

    Lord we thank you

    Response: Lord we thank you 

     

    We end with the Sign of the Cross

     

     

    Happy Easter!

    Be joyful, be kind and keep smiling because Jesus is risen and Jesus loves you!

     

     

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