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We are sad to report that Fr. Roger Davison, former Vicar of the parish, has died today, 24th April, at the age of 95 just four weeks short of his 96th birthday.
Further details here when available.

SERVICES THIS WEEK

Sunday, 23rd April
Easter 2
9.00 a.m. Family Mass  Chelveston
9.00 a.m. Morning Worship Higham Ferrers
10.15 a.m. Family Mass   Higham Ferrers​ 










Sunday, 30th April
Easter 3
​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 7.00 p.m. Celtic Mass and Meditation
Wednesday 9.30 a.m. Mass
                                    2.00 p.m. Tiny Tots
Thursday 10.30 a.m. Mass 
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COLLECT OF THE DAY
Almighty Father, you have given your only Son to die for our sins and to rise again for our justification, grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness that we may always serve you in pureness of living and truth, through the merits of your Son Jesus Christ 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 2:14a, 22-32
Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd, “You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know - this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law. But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power. For David says concerning him, ‘I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken; therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; moreover my flesh will live in hope. For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One experience corruption. You have made known to me the ways of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’
“Fellow Israelites, I may say to you confidently of our ancestor David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would put one of his descendants on his throne. Foreseeing this, David spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, saying, ‘He was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh experience corruption.’ This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses.”
SECOND READING 1 Peter 1:3-9
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith - being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire - may be found to result in praise and glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed. Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in
him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
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 20.19-31
When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."
But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe."
A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe." Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe."
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.
POST COMMUNION PRAYER
Lord God our Father, through our Saviour Jesus Christ you have assured your children of eternal life and in baptism have made us one with him, deliver us from the death of sin and raise us to new life in your love, in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
   

   
 
 
This week
 
OUR PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ASKED FOR:
      
OUR PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ASKED FOR:
Tim Maguire, Madge Boxall, Cynthia Hobson, Ettie Green, Daniel Boxall, George Wagstaff, Eve Lyons, Derek Brawn, Emily Morris, Cyril Sturgen, Ralph Brook, Andrew Britchford, Russel Charles Ewan, Michael Paynton, Paul Paynton (priest), Darren Robinson, Lynn Wesby, Pat Ellis, Stephen Pack, Noreen Holmes.
Chelveston: Jo Emerson, Michael and Karel Smith, Diana Wright, Tony Spicer, Geoff and Muriel Palmer, Michael Stephenson, Janet Morris.

IN MEMORIAM: David Bettles (funeral service at Chelveston, 1pm, Tuesday 2nd May)
Lynn Gurney

YEAR’S MIND ANNIVERSARIES:
Alice Muriel Odell, Rosa Ethel Lawman, Beatrice Lily Maud Dowsett, Agnes Dickenson, Peter Cripps, Henrietta Burdett, Albert Owen Lloyd, Thomas Shaw, Howard Alexander McCattine, Reginald Wellesley Britten, Edith Gladys Lewis, Raymond Burton, Elsie Irene Walker,
Thomas Harold Blackwell, Alma Webb, Irene Mary Grieve, John Anthony Kirk, Malcolm Wright, Annie Lovell, Annie Marguerite Cherry, Ray Mary Hegarty