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In accordance with the direction of the Bishop,
public worship is currently suspended
for reasons of public health.





Sunday 29th March, 2020


Abridged version for on-line publication


Father Robert Norbury (Vicar) 01273 727362

Father Richard Tuset (Assistant Curate) 01273 203056


Tony Potter                            Adrian Girvan

Churchwarden (01273 501588)            Churchwarden (07733 278289)

John Burdett

Parish Administrator (01273 203231)


Hon. Assistant Priests

Father Simon Hobbs                          Father Bill Wilson

Father Kevin Humphrys


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5th Sunday of Lent


Priest:          In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
The Lord be with you.

People:       And also with you.

An introduction to the Mass that leads into the Penitential Act:

Priest:          Lord, you were sent to heal the contrite heart. Lord have mercy.

People:       Lord have mercy.

Priest:          Lord, you came to call sinners. Christ have mercy.

People:       Christ have mercy.

Priest:          You plead for us at the right hand of the Father. Lord have mercy.

People:       Lord have mercy

Priest:          May Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins and bring us to everlasting life. 

People:       Amen.


By your help, we beseech you, Lord our God, may we walk eagerly in that same charity with which, out of love for the world, your Son handed himself over to death.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


First Reading (Ezekiel 37:12-14)

The Lord says this: I am now going to open your graves; I mean to raise you from your graves, my people, and lead you back to the soil of Israel. And you will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and raise you from your graves, my people. And I shall put my spirit in you, and you will live, and I shall resettle you on your own soil; and you will know that I, the Lord, have said and done this it is the Lord who speaks.

Priest:          The Word of the Lord.

People:       Thank be to God.

Second Reading (Romans 8:8-11)

People who are interested only in unspiritual things can never be pleasing to God. Your interests, however, are not in the unspiritual, but in the spiritual, since the Spirit of God has made his home in you. In fact, unless you possessed the Spirit of Christ you would not belong to him. Though your body may be dead it is because of sin, but if Christ is in you then your spirit is life itself because you have been justified; and if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, then he who raised Jesus from the dead will give life to your own mortal bodies through his Spirit living in you.

Priest:          The Word of the Lord.

People:       Thank be to God.

GOSPEL (John 11:3-7, 17, 20-27, 33-45)

Priest:     Praise to you, O Christ. King of Eternal Glory!
              I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord;
              whoever believes in me will never die.

People:  Praise to you, O Christ. King of Eternal Glory!

Priest:     The Lord be with you.

People:  And also with you.

Priest:     A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John.
People:  Glory to you, O Lord.

Mary and Martha sent this message to Jesus, ‘Lord, the man you love is ill.’ On receiving the message, Jesus said, ‘This sickness will end not in death but in God’s glory, and through it the Son of God will be glorified.’

Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, yet when he heard that Lazarus was ill he stayed where he was for two more days before saying to the disciples, ‘Let us go to Judaea.’

On arriving, Jesus found that Lazarus had been in the tomb for four days already. When Martha heard that Jesus had come she went to meet him. Mary remained sitting in the house. Martha said to Jesus, ‘If you had been here, my brother would not have died, but I know that, even now, whatever you ask of God, he will grant you.’ ‘Your brother’ said Jesus to her ‘will rise again.’ Martha said, ‘I know he will rise again at the resurrection on the last day.’ Jesus said:

‘I am the resurrection and the life.

If anyone believes in me, even though he dies he will live,

and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.

Do you believe this?’

‘Yes, Lord,’ she said ‘I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who was to come into this world.’

Jesus said in great distress, with a sigh that came straight from the heart, ‘Where have you put him?’ They said, ‘Lord, come and see.’ Jesus wept; and the Jews said, ‘See how much he loved him!’ But there were some who remarked, ‘He opened the eyes of the blind man, could he not have prevented this man’s death?’ Still sighing, Jesus reached the tomb: it was a cave with a stone to close the opening. Jesus said, ‘Take the stone away.’ Martha said to him, ‘Lord, by now he will smell; this is the fourth day.’ Jesus replied, ‘Have I not told you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?’ So they took away the stone. Then Jesus lifted up his eyes and said:

‘Father, I thank you for hearing my prayer.

I knew indeed that you always hear me,

but I speak for the sake of all these who stand round me,

so that they may believe it was you who sent me.’

When he had said this, he cried in a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, here! Come out!’ The dead man came out, his feet and hands bound with bands of stuff and a cloth round his face. Jesus said to them, ‘Unbind him, let him go free.’

Many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary and had seen what he did believed in him.

Priest: This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.





We stand to sing our profession of faith.

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty, the maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made,

of one Being with the Father.

Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation

he came down from heaven:

(All bow)     was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary,

and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate.
He suffered death and was buried:
On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.

With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.

He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.



At the end of each petition:

       Priest:       Lord, hear us.

       People:     Lord, graciously hear us.

Priest:       Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord. 

       People:     And let light perpetual shine upon them.

       Priest: May they rest in peace.                 People:         And rise in glory.

After the intercessions, we ask the Blessed Virgin Mary to intercede for us, saying:

All:                  Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.

Blessed art thou among women,

and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,

pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Priest :             Merciful Father accept these prayers for the sake of your son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

All:                  Amen.

Priest :             … The peace of the Lord be always with you.

All:                  And also with you.



The Priest offers the bread and then the wine:

Priest :             Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation,
for through your goodness we have received
the bread we offer you:
fruit of the earth and work of human hands,
it will become for us the bread of life.

People:            Blessed be God for ever.

Priest :             Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation,
for through your goodness we have received
the wine we offer you:
fruit of the vine and work of human hands,
it will become our spiritual drink.

People:            Blessed be God for ever.

Priest :             Pray that this sacrifice which is both yours and mine
may be acceptable to God the Father Almighty.

People:            May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands,
for the praise and glory of his name,
for our good, and the good of all His Holy Church.



The priest says the Prayer over the Gifts, to which all respond Amen.



Priest:              The Lord be with you

People:            And also with you.

Priest :             Lift up your hearts

People:            We lift them up to the Lord.

Priest :             Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

People:            It is right to give him thanks and praise.


The priest says the Preface, thanking God for His mighty works in creation and redemption.  Everyone says the Sanctus and Benedictus:

People:            Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of power and might.

Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

The priest says the words of Consecration.

Priest:              The mystery of faith.

People:            Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

At the end of the Eucharistic Prayer, all join in with Amen.


Priest:              At the Saviour’s command and formed by divine teaching, we dare to say:

                        Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come;
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

Priest:              Deliver us, Lord, we pray … Our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

People:            For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now
and forever.

Priest:              Lord Jesus Christ,
who said to your Apostles:
Peace I leave you, my peace I give you,
look not on our sins,
but on the faith of your Church,
and graciously grant her peace and unity
in accordance with your will.
Who live and reign for ever and ever.

People:            Amen.

Priest:              The Peace of the Lord be always with you.

Priest:              Lamb of God,

People:            you take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.

                        Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
Grant us peace.

Priest :             Behold!
Behold the Lamb of God!
Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
Blessed are those who are called to the supper of the Lamb.

All:                  Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,
but only say the word and I shall be healed.


The priest says the prayer and all respond Amen.



Priest:              The Lord be with you.

People:            And also with you.

Priest :             May Almighty God bless you, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

People:            Amen.

Priest:              Go forth; the Mass is ended.

People:            Thanks be to God.

After the Mass, if it is mid-day, all say the Angelus,

the promise of the Archangel Gabriel to Mary:

Priest:              The Angel of the Lord brought tidings to Mary;

People:            And she conceived by the Holy Ghost.

                        Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee:
blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

                        Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,
now and at
the hour of our death. Amen.

Priest:              Behold the handmaid of the Lord.

People:            Be it unto me according to thy Word.   Hail, Mary…

Priest:              And the Word was made flesh;

People:            And dwelt among us.   Hail, Mary...

Priest:              Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God:

People:            That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Priest:              Pour forth, we beseech thee... through the same Christ our Lord.

People:            Amen.



Fr Beaumont Brandie; Roger Brasier; Fr Michael Bryant; Nicholas Clayton; Helena Cope; Martin Curwain-Broad; John & Ruth Daniels; Dennis Davis; Joseph Garcia; Amy Gobey; Yvonne Harman; Caroline Jarvis; Malcolm Kemp; Christine Laurent; Sophie Layard; Stephen Milton; Lisa Newlyn; Emma & Janette Pritchett; Rupert Radcliffe-Genge; Keith Sharpe; Elizabeth Smith; Harry Speller; Hilary Thomas; George Walter; Joan Watts; Lena Williams


Matthew Charlesworth; Ivan Codrington; John Cole; Theresa de Giorgio; John Fagan; Gordon; Derek, Dominic & Jonathan Harman; Jeanne Harvey; Adrian Haughton; Hazel Hickman; Dagmar Huggett; Pamela James; Ann Jarrold; Alice Kelly-Purnell; Swee Kim; Corinne Milner; Ann Norbury; Jackie Tilson; Fr Brian Tyler



Robert Joyce ................................................... (29th)

Harry Vernon Watts

Violet Grace Ide

Seumas Finn ................................................... (30th)

Augusta Florence Koe ..................................... (31st)

Thomas Howard Birley, Bishop

Ethel Randell-Hoile

Sister Cecil Mary ............................................... (1st)

Elizabeth Cunningham

Louisa Cook

Caroline Cowling ........................................ (1st cont.)

Arthur Halford

Phyllis Grace Walker

Tony Otterwell, Priest

Edith Herbert .................................................... (2nd)

Phoebe Olive Morgan

Kate Turner

William Bainbridge-Reynolds ........................... (4th)

Selina Best


CALENDAR: 29th March – 5th April

Sunday 29th                       LENT 5 (Our Parish)

Monday 30th                  of Lent (Parish Priests)

Tuesday 31st                       of Lent (First Base)

Wednesday 1st               of Lent (Those suffering from Coronavirus)

Thursday 2nd                  of Lent (Religious Orders)

Friday 3rd                       of Lent (the Emergency Services)

Saturday 4th                   of Lent (the NHS)

Sunday 5th                         PALM SUNDAY (Our Parish)






Dear Friends,


I am writing to you at this extremely difficult time for our community, country and indeed for the whole world.


As the challenge of the Coronavirus grips the world, last week we needed to cease public worship and now in the light of H. M. Government’s instruction, churches now need to close their doors for the foreseeable future.


But please be assured that daily prayers and the Mass will continue to be said privately each day. I am hoping that I will be able to stream and record a Sunday Benefice Mass at 10.30am, available live on Facebook and later in the day on YouTube.


I commend to you the use of a booklet ‘Praying at Home’ which includes making an act of spiritual communion, this can be obtained via this link:


If you need pastoral care (prayer, telephone call etc.) please contact one of the clergy:


In these much-changed times, we remain a community of faith, hope, love and service. These words from the Letter to the Romans can resonate for us at this time:

‘For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord’.


You will be in my prayers each day and please pray for me.


Father Robert

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THE ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING was due to take place following Mass on Sunday, 5thApril. 
It is postponed until further notice.

SUNDAY 19th APRIL – Wagner Group Easter Celebration:  This event has been cancelled.

THANK YOU to those who contributed towards the cost of Easter flowers.  The money raised will be put to use once the church is open again.

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Praying at Home

A resource for those praying at home

as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic

Click the picture for the booklet: