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Holy Father's Prayer Intentions - June

The Mode of Life of Priests – That priests, through the modesty and humility of their lives, commit themselves actively to a solidarity with those who are most poor.

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Prayerfully preparing for the Sunday Mass and praying in particular for our school families.

The Wednesday Word

Connecting Home, School & Parish through the Word of God. There are currently two versions of The Wednesday Word - one for schools and one for parish churches. The complete parish version contains a commentary on all three Sunday readings.


Parish priests can access next Sunday’s Gospel (for inclusion in the bulletin) by clicking here.

The school version is for you to share with your children. To find out more about the school version of The Wednesday Word please click here.

The Wednesday Word is under the patronage of St Joseph, Patron Saint of Families and Protector of the Church. Within the tradition of the Catholic Church, each Wednesday is dedicated to St Joseph.

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Preparing for the Mass of
Sunday 16th June 2019 -
Feast of the Holy Trinity

Relax & Remember:

Set aside 10 -15 minutes and create a suitable environment by removing any distractions. Make sure that you are comfortable. Perhaps light a candle. Make the sign of the cross † and remain still for a minute of settling silence. Call to mind the love that God has for you. Remember that through this scripture our Lord is truly present. Then read the Gospel, preferably aloud and slowly, and pay attention to any words that stand out. If any do, meditate on them for a few minutes and be invited into a dialogue with God.

Taken from the Gospel for 16th June 2019 (John 16:12-15): Father, Son and Spirit

Jesus said to his disciples: “I still have many things to say to you but they would be too much for you now. But when the Spirit of truth comes he will lead you to the complete truth, since he will not be speaking as from himself but will say only what he has learnt; and he will tell you of the things to come. He will glorify me since all he tells you will be taken from what is mine. Everything the Father has is mine; that is why I said: ‘All he tells you will be taken from what is mine’.”

After spending a few minutes considering this Gospel, continue by reading Fr Henry Wansbrough’s reflection.

We can learn a little about the Trinity from this passage. Think of a perfect relationship between a father and a son: complete understanding between them - loving care from the father, loving obedience from the son; complete support from both sides. As soon as one has an idea, the other expresses it, to the perfect satisfaction of the first. As soon as one starts an action, the other has completed it, to the delight of the first. Then the son sends his own spirit, which is not himself, but represents himself fully, makes him present when he is not there and does his work exactly as he would do it. Two other images, perhaps rather cheeky: three men on a bench outside a pub or three women with supermarket trolleys, all three chatting in perfect harmony and understanding, with complete exchange of ideas and plenty of humour, laughter and warmth. Their friendship is so attractive that you would love to join them but don’t dare. They are so welcoming that they seem to invite you to join them. They are so loving that you feel you have found happiness as never before. These are rather wretched images, straining to express the unity in diversity of the Trinity, but one must at least try to understand. Read the gospel again!

Can you think of an image for the Trinity, three Persons in one Nature?

Respond & Request:
Now slowly and prayerfully read the Gospel once again but this time in silence. Consider how this Gospel could apply to your life in general. Then thank God for any insight you may have received. Conclude by asking God to bless you with one of the following spiritual gifts to help you act on any resolution you have made: love, understanding, wisdom, faithfulness, peace, self control, patience, or joy. Please remember to pray for the Church and particularly our school families. Then conclude by requesting the prayers of Our Lady & St Joseph.