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We are sad to report that Fr. Roger Davison, former Vicar of the parish,  died on 24th April, at the age of 95.

Funeral to be held at the College of St Barnabas,
Blackberry Lane, Lingfield RH7 6NJ on Mon 22nd May at 11 am
   

SERVICES THIS WEEK

Sunday, 21st May
Easter 6
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9.00 a.m. Family Mass  Chelveston
9.00 a.m. Morning Worship Higham Ferrers
10.15 a.m. Family Mass   Higham Ferrers​



During the week at St. Mary's ​​

Monday 7 p.m. Celtic Mass and meditation

Wednesday 9.30 a.m. Mass
                                    2.00 p.m. Tiny Tots

Thursday  Ascension Day
9.30 a.m. Mass 
(Note time change)
Sunday, 27th May
Ascension 1

​9.00 a.m. Family Mass  Chelveston
9.00 a.m. Morning Worship Higham Ferrers
10.15 a.m. Family Mass   
Higham Ferrers

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This week
 
      
      
OUR PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ASKED FOR:

Tim Maguire, Madge Boxall, Cynthia Hobson, Ettie Green, Daniel Boxall, Eve Lyons, George Wagstaff, Derek Brawn, Emily Morris, Cyril Sturgen, Andrew Britchford, Russel Charles Ewan, Michael Paynton, Paul Paynton (priest), Darren Robinson, Lynn Wesby, Pat Ellis, Stephen Pack, Noreen Holmes, Terry Broughton, Gerald Sanders. Chelveston: Jo Emerson, Michael Smith, Diana Wright, Tony Spicer, Janet Morris, Geoff and Muriel Palmer, Michael Stephenson.

IN MEMORIAM: Margaret Elldred,
Vicki Robins (funeral Friday 2nd June, 11 am, at St Mary’s),
Richard Felce (funeral Friday 2nd June, 2 pm, at St Mary’s),
Ralph Brook (funeral 25th May, 12 noon at Kettering Crematorium),

Roger Davison (priest) (funeral Mon 22nd May, 11 am, at the College of St Barnabas, Blackberry Lane, Lingfield RH7 6NJ)

YEAR’S MIND ANNIVERSARIES:
Geoffrey Martin, Doris Stimpson, Lucy Elizabeth Skeeles, Florence Lilian Coker, Arthur Charles Alfred Colton, Sidney Miller, Louisa Dines, Edward Jennings, Brian Vickers, George William Danby, Edwin Sanders, George Edward Hogston, Ethel Annis, Derrick Douglas Cole, Albert William (Bill) Martin, Annie Stimpson, Gertrude Emily Pack, Charlotte Wood, Mary Jane Parker, Alice Powell
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   

 
 COLLECT OF THE DAY
God our redeemer, you have delivered us from the power of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of your Son, grant, that as by his death he has recalled us to life, so by his continual presence in us he may raise us to eternal joy, through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

FIRST READING Acts 17.22-31
Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, “Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things. From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him—though indeed he is not far from each one of us. For ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we too are his offspring.’ Since we are God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals. While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”
   
      
SECOND READING
1 Peter 3.13-22
Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good? But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defence to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence. Keep your conscience clear, so that, when you  are maligned, those who abuse you for your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if suffering should be God's will, than to suffer for doing evil. For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water. And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you-- not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
I am the first and the last, says the Lord, and the living one; I was dead, and behold I am alive for evermore.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

GOSPEL John 14.15-21
Jesus said, ”If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.
I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”

POST COMMUNION PRAYER
God our Father, whose Son Jesus Christ gives the water of eternal life, may we thirst for you, the spring of life and source of goodness, through him who is alive and reigns, now and for ever. Amen