Second Sunday after Easter 2020 (Good Shepherd Sunday)

Dominica Secunda post Pascha (Good Shepherd Sunday)

Masses this Week


Sunday 26 April: Dominica Secunda post Pascha (Good Shepherd Sunday) – Solemn Mass at 11.00am (Pro Populi); Rosary for Deliverance from the Coronavirus (Glorious Mysteries) and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 6pm
Monday 27 April: S Peter Canisius, Conf & Doct Eccl – No Mass
Tuesday 28 April: S Paul of the Cross, Conf – No Mass
Wednesday 29 April: S Peter, M – No Mass
Thursday 30 April: S Catherine of Siena, V  – No Mass
Friday 1 May: S Joseph the Worker, Spouse of the BVMFirst Friday: Holy Hour with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary for Deliverance from the Coronavirus (Sorrowful Mysteries) and Mass at 6pm
Saturday 2 May: S Athanasius, Ep, Conf & Doct EcclFirst Saturday: Rosary in Reparation to the Blessed Mother for blasphemies against her, her name and her holy initiatives (Glorious Mysteries) and Mass at 6pm (Private Intention)

All Masses are offered according to the 1962 Missale Romanum.

Mass Intentions may be sent by email to Archbishop Peter

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This Sunday’s Mass Propers:

Introit: Ps 32:5-6

The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord, alleluia: by the word of the Lord were the heavens made, alleluia alleluia – (Ps32:1) Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous: praise is comely for the upright. Glory be… The earth is full…


O God, who, by the humility of Thy Son, didst lift up a fallen world, grant unending happintess to Thy faithful: that those whom Thou has snatched from the perils of endless death, Thu mayest cause to rejoice in everlasting joys. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth…

Epistle: 1 Peter 2:21-25

For unto this are you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving you an example that you should follow his steps. Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth. Who, when he was reviled, did not revile: when he suffered, he threatened not: but delivered himself to him that judged him unjustly. Who his own self bore our sins in his body upon the tree: that we, being dead to sins, should live to justice: by whose stripes you were healed. For you were as sheep going astray; but you are now converted to the shepherd and bishop of your souls.


Alleluia, alleluia. (Luke 24:35) The disciples knew the Lord Jesus in the breaking of bread. Alleluia. (John 10:14) I am the good Shepherd: and I know My sheep, and Mine know Me. Alleluia.

Gospel: John 10:11-16

Bernhard Plockhorst (1825-1907): The Good Shepherd - Public Domain

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd giveth his life for his sheep. But the hireling, and he that is not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and flieth: and the wolf catcheth, and scattereth the sheep: And the hireling flieth, because he is a hireling: and he hath no care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd; and I know mine, and mine know me. As the Father knoweth me, and I know the Father: and I lay down my life for my sheep. And other sheep I have, that are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice, and there shall be one fold and one shepherd.—Creed

Offertory: Ps 62: 2, 5

O God, my God, to Thee do I watch at break of day: and in Thy Name I will lift up my hands, alleluia.


May this holy offering, O LOrd, always bring to us Thy healing blessing: that what it represents in a Mysteriy, it may accomplish with power. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son…

Preface for Easter

It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation at all times to praise Thee, O Lord, but more gloriously at this time above others when Christ our Pasch was sacrificed. For He is the true Lam who hath taken away the sins of the world: Who by dying hath destroyed our death; and by rising again hath restored us to life. And therefore with Angels and Archangels, with Thrones and Dominations, and with all the hosts of the heavenly army, we sing the hymn of Thy glory, evermore saying: —Sanctus

Communion: John 10:14

I am the good Shepherd, alleluia: and I know My sheep, and Mine know Me, alleluia, alleluia.


Grant unto us, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that having received the grace of a new life, we may ever glory in Thy gift. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son…

Meditiation by St John Henry Newman on this Sunday’s Gospel

An extract from a Sermon preached by St John Henry Newman during his Anglican Period, dating from between 1843 and 1869.

“The good Shepherd giveth His life for the sheep.” In those countries of the East where our Lord appeared, the office of a shepherd is not only a lowly and simple office, and an office of trust, as it is with us, but, moreover, an office of great hardship and of peril. Our flocks are exposed to no enemies, such as our Lord describes. The Shepherd here has no need to prove his fidelity to the sheep by encounters with fierce beasts of prey. The hireling shepherd is not tried. But where our Lord dwelt in the days of His flesh it was otherwise. There it was true that the good Shepherd giveth His life for the sheep—”but he that is an hireling, and whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth, and the wolf catcheth them and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.”

St John Henry Newman Cong. Orat. (1801-1890) – Parocial and Plain Sermons Vol VIII


Private Retreat

I am spending Monday to Thursday of this week in private Retreat. There will be no live stream of Mass or Rosary during that time; I ask you all to continue to pray the Rosary each day at 6pm for Deliverance from the Coronavirus and to pray for me and all the Clergy of the Church, for all who are sick from the coronavirus, those who are caring for them, and for those who have died as a result, for their families and their friends.

Live Streaming of Mass and the Holy Rosary

Live Streaming of Mass, the Holy Rosary and other Services will continue on the Church’s Facebook Page after my Retreat, from Friday 1st May. Moving forward, there will be some days when a live stream is not possible, announcements will be made on Facebook. On those days, please pray the Rosary privately for deliverance from the coronavirus pandemic.

With the live streaming of The Holy Sacrifice of The Mass, there is the opportunity to make a daily Spiritual Communion whilst under to the current lockdown and social isolation situations where we are not able to physically be present for the offering of The Holy Sacrifice of The Mass:

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament.
I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there, and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.

We have already had daily views and post engagements into the hundreds – from around the world – without any overt publicity on our part: let us all pray that others will be inspired to join us in what we hope may become the biggest Rosary Circle ever. We would invite you to “Like” and “Follow” our Facebook Page so that you can be updated on Church activities.

Those recently deceased

Of your charity, please remember in your prayers those personally known to me who have died either during the course of, or as a result of, the coronavirus pandemic:

Paul Benjamin Carrington
Jean Seamark
Chris Robinson
Bryan King

Requiem æternam dona ei, Domine
Et lux perpetua luceat ei
Fideliam animæ ei, et fidelis animæ omnium defunctorum
per misericordiam Dei
Requiescant in Pace

Please feel free to advise me of the names of any family members or friends who have sadly died either during or as a result of the coronavirus pandemic (together with their date of death): their names will be added to the list and they will be remembered at Mass, this may be done via the email link towards the top of the post, along with any other Mass intentions or prayer requests.

Please remember:

Stay safe

Stay at home: Help the Health Services: Save Lives

Don’t be a #covidiot

With all blessings

‡ Peter

The First Sunday in Lent 2016

Masses this week

Sunday 14th February – 1st Sunday in Lent (V): Solemn Mass at 6.00pm
Monday 15th February – SS Faustinus and Jovita, Mm (R): Mass at 7.30pm
Tuesday 16th February – Lenten Feria (V): Mass at 7.30pm
Wednesday 17th February – Lenten Feria (V): Mass at 7.30pm
Thursday 18th February – S Simeon, Bp & M (R), S Mary-Bernard Soubrious, V: Mass at 6.00pm
Friday 19th February – Lenten Feria (V): Mass at 7.30pm
Saturday 20th February – Lenten Feria (V): Mass at 6.00pm

All Masses are offered according to the Missale Romanum of 1962

Introit (Ps 90:15-16)

He shall cry to me, and I will hear him: I will deliver him, and I will glorify him: I will fill him with length of days. (Ps 90:1) He that dwelleth in the aid of the Most High: shall abide under the protection of the God of Heaven. Glory be… He shall cry…


O God, who dost purify Thy Church by the yearly observance of Lent: grant to Thy household, that what we strive to obtain from Thee by abstinence, we may achieve by good works. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ…

Epistle (II Corinthians 6: 1-10)

Brethren, we helping do exhort you, that you receive not the grace of God in vain. For he saith: In an accepted time have I heard thee; and in the day of salvation have I helped thee. Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. Giving no offence to any man, that our ministry be not blamed: But in all things let us exhibit ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in tribulation, in necessities, in distresses, In stripes, in prisons, in seditions, in labours, in watchings, in fastings, in chastity, in knowledge, in longsuffering, in sweetness, in the Holy Ghost, in charity unfeigned, in the word of truth, in the power of God; by the armour of justice on the right hand and on the left; By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; as unknown, and yet known; as dying, and behold we live; as chastised, and not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as needy, yet enriching many; as having nothing, and possessing all things.

Gradual (Ps 90: 11-12)

God hath given His Angels charge over thee, to keep the in all thy ways. In their hands they shall bear thee up, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

Tract (Ps 90:1-7, 11-16)

He that dwelleth in the aid of the most High, shall abide under the protection of the God of Jacob. He shall say to the Lord: Thou art my protector, and my refuge: my God, in him will I trust. For he hath delivered me from the snare of the hunters: and from the sharp word. He will overshadow thee with his shoulders: and under his wings thou shalt trust. His truth shall compass thee with a shield: thou shalt not be afraid of the terror of the night. Of the arrow that flieth in the day, of the business that walketh about in the dark: of invasion, or of the noonday devil. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand: but it shall not come nigh thee.

For he hath given his angels charge over thee; to keep thee in all thy ways. In their hands they shall bear thee up: lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt walk upon the asp and the basilisk: and thou shalt trample under foot the lion and the dragon. Because he hoped in me I will deliver him: I will protect him because he hath known my name. He shall cry to me, and I will hear him: I am with him in tribulation, I will deliver him, and I will glorify him. I will fill him with length of days; and I will show him my salvation.

 Gospel (Matthew 4:1-11)

Christ Tempted in the WildernessAt that time, Jesus was led by the spirit into the desert, to be tempted by the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterwards he was hungry. And the tempter coming said to him: If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. Who answered and said: It is written, Not in bread alone doth man live, but in every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God. Then the devil took him up into the holy city, and set him upon the pinnacle of the temple, and said to him: If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down, for it is written: That he hath given his angels charge over thee, and in their hands shall they bear thee up, lest perhaps thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said to him: It is written again: Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Again the devil took him up into a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them, And said to him: All these will I give thee, if falling down thou wilt adore me. Then Jesus saith to him: Begone, Satan: for it is written, The Lord thy God shalt thou adore, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil left him; and behold angels came and ministered to him.Creed

Offertory (Ps 90:4-5)

The Lord will overshadow thee with His shoulders, and under His wings thou shalt trust: His truth shall compass thee with a shield.


We solemnly offer to Thee, O Lord, the sacrifice of the beginning of Lent, beseeching Thee: that while we restrain our carnal feasting, we may abstain also from harmful pleasures. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son…

Preface of Lent

It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to Thee, O Holy Lord, Father almighty, eternal God: Who by this bodily fast dost curb our vices, dost lift up our minds, and bestow upon us strength and rewards; through Christ Our Lord. Through Whom the Angels praise Thy Majesty, the Dominations worship it, the Powers stand in awe. The Heavens and the heavenly hosts together with the blessed Seraphim in triumphant chrous unite to celebrate it. Together with these we entreat Thee that Thou mayest bid our voices also to be admitted while we say with lowly praise:Sanctus

Communion (Ps 90:4-5)

He will overshadow thee with his shoulders: and under his wings thou shalt trust. His truth shall compass thee with a shield: thou shalt not be afraid of the terror of the night.


May the holy reception of Thy Sacrament, O Lord, refresh us, that cleansing us from our old life, it may make us to pass into the fellowship of the saving Mystery.  Through Our Lord Jesus Christ…

Prayers After Mass

Until Maundy Thursday, following the Prayer for the Queen and the recitation three times of the Ave! Maria, the Ave, Regina Caelorum is recited, followed by the Prayer to St Michael:

Ave, Regina caelorum!
Ave, Domina angelorum!
Salve radix, salve porta
Ex qua mundo lux est orta.

Gaude, Virgo gloriosa,
Super omnes speciosa.
Vale, O valde decora!
Et pro nobis Christum exora.

V. Dignare me laudare te, Virgo sacrata.
R. Da mihi virtutem contra hostes tuos.

Concede, misericors Deus, fragilitati nostrae praesidium; ut qui sanctae Dei Genitricis memoriam agimus, intercessionis ejus auxilio a nostris iniquitatibus resurgamus. Per eumdem Christum Dominum nostrum.

R. Amen.

Thought for the Week

Christ willed to be tempted:

That He might assist us against our own temptations. St. Gregory says, ” That our Redeemer, who had come on earth to be killed, should will to be tempted was not unworthy of Him. It was indeed but just that he should overcome our temptations by His own, in the same way that He had come to overcome our death by His death.”

To warn us that no man, however holy he be, should think himself safe and free from temptation. Whence again His choosing to be tempted after His baptism, about which St. Hilary says, “The devil’s wiles are especially directed to trap us at times when we have recently been made holy, because the devil desires no victory so much as a victory over the world of grace.” Whence too, the scripture warns us, Son, when thou comest to the service of God, stand in justice and in fear, and prepare thy soul for temptation (Ecclus. ii. i).

To give us an example how we should over come the temptations of the devil, St. Augustine says, “Christ gave Himself to the devil to be tempted, that in the matter of our overcoming those same temptations He might be of service not only by His help but by His example too.”

To fill and saturate our minds with confidence in His mercy. For we have not a high-priest who cannot have compassion on our infirmities, but one tempted in all things, like as we are, without sin (Heb. iv. 15).

—St Thomas Aquinas, Meditations for the Days of Lent

As we embark on this Holy Season of Lent, let us all remember in our prayers those who are suffering or who have died as a result of terrorist atrocities throughout the world; especially those who are suffering, both Christian and Muslim, in Syria and Iraq at the hands of the D’aesh terrorists and their murderous mediæval ideology.

Let us also pray that through our Lenten observance we may be drawn ever closer to God, His Blessed Mother and all His Holy Saints.

‡ Peter.