6th – 7th June 2020


Parish Priest – Father David B Barrett – email –

Parish Deacon – Rev Peter Griffin – Tel 07850499414 – email – pfgriffin@hotmail.co.uk

Parish Administrator – Denise Wallinger  Tel 01234 711212

SVP Contact – Tel 07925 125206

Parish Website: www.ourladysolney.co.uk



 Saturday 6th June

6.30pm                Vigil Mass                                         For the people of the parish

Sunday 7th June

Sun 10.30am      Mass                                                   Martin McCarthy Int.

Monday 8th June: 10th Week of Ordinary Time

10.00am              Mass                                                  John Cookham

Tuesday9th June: St Columba, Abbot & Missionary

10.00am              Mass                                                  Timothy Ashford RIP (Anniv.)

Wednesday 10th June: 10th Week of Ordinary Time

10.00am              Mass                                                  Eileen Barrett Int (B’day)

Thursday 11th June: St Barnabas, Apostle

10.00am              Mass                                                  Dr Marion Murphy RIP

Friday 12th June: 10th Week of Ordinary Time

10.00am              Mass                                                  Wogan family Int.

5.00pm                Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Rosary & Benediction

Saturday 13th June: St Anthony of Padua, Priest & Doctor

10.00am              Mass                                                  George & Ann Nutt RIP


Sat 6.30pm         Mass                                                   For the people of the parish


Sun 10.30am      Mass                                                   Jack Doyle RIP

Sun 5.00pm        Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Evening Prayer and Benediction

To watch the parish Liturgy on the internet, either ask Denise to email you the daily link, or go to our parish website and press the link button that reads TAKE ME THERE. Live Masses have the word LIVE printed on the picture on the screen: you click on that and you should be there. Just make sure that it is the correct Mass.

EXPOSITION, ROSARY AND BENEDICTION – every Friday at 5.00pm. We will continue to pray the Rosary after Mass each weekday.

RE-OPENING OUR CHURCH – We do not know yet when this will happen – despite an initial glimmer of hope this past week. The first phase will involve opening the church for people to pop in for private prayer. We will need to ensure the church is compliant with any Government regulations to minimise any transmission of the virus. This will probably involve having some volunteers who would agree to be in the church during the times it is opened – to ensure it is clean and that visitors maintain safety protocols. If you would like to help out with stewarding, please contact either Deacon Peter on pfgriffin@hotmail.co.uk , or Denise.

Initially, we will probably open on Thursdays and Sundays for a couple of hours each time, just to see how things go.

In the meantime, please would you consider ensuring that we have your email on our database? We may have to work out some kind of system for our Masses – for example, we may need to add a Mass on Sundays to fit people in. None of this will be easy, but I am hoping we will be able to work it out. However, we will need contact details for parishioners, possibly to begin working out a system of attendance at Masses.

So: if you are not currently receiving a daily email directly from Denise, then it seems that we do not have your email address. If you are currently passing on the email you receive to other parishioners, please would those parishioners also let us have their email address? Finally, if you are aware of parishioners who do not have internet access or have no email address, please could you let us know so that we can contact them by post. The email to contact us on is: ourladysolney@btconnect.com

LOBBY OUR MPs – Bishop David is encouraging us to lobby our MPs about re-opening churches. It seems absurd that most shops are opening over the next couple of weeks but that the Government still has not made any announcements about opening churches even for private prayer. Please do think about lobbying your local MP (I know the parish covers at least 3 constituencies!).

ANGELUS – Now that we have returned to Ordinary Time after Eastertide, we return to praying the Angelus. Traditionally the prayer is said first thing in the morning, and then at midday and finally at 6.00pm. We will pray it at the end of Mass every day.

SPIRITUAL COMMUNION – Even if you are not attending Mass, you can make a Spiritual Communion every day. It is an expressed heartfelt desire to receive Our Lord even when we are unable. In making the prayer, we receive the Lord spiritually. Here is one prayer to make a Spiritual Communion:

My Jesus, I believe that You are truly present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as being already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

St Alphonsus Liguori

FOODBANK – Many thanks to all of you who have been so generous in supporting the Food Bank I am continuing to take the donations over the Milton Keynes every week. There is a box outside the presbytery door every day which I check often. The Food Bank needs donations of goods such as

  • Long Life Juice
  • Long Life Milk
  • Tinned Rice Pudding / Custard
  • Tinned Meat
  • Tinned Vegetables
  • Tinned Tomatoes
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Spreads

PARISH SUPPORT – If you would like to contribute, you can either put the offering through the door of the Presbytery when you are out for a legitimate trip – if you didn’t collect your new envelopes, just put down your old envelope number on an envelope with your initials. If you would prefer to set up a standing order for donations to your parish using either your on-line bank account or in your branch, please contact Denise for the relevant details. Any cheques should be made payable to Our Lady Help of Christians.

MASS OFFERINGS (STIPENDS) – If you have any Mass intentions to be offered, please contact Fr David, Deacon Peter or Denise. Please do include the full name of the person for whom you want the Mass to be offered, whether they are alive or deceased.


Today’s reflection is taken from the writings of St Athanasius (295-373), the great Bishop of Alexandria who defended the truth of Christ’s Divinity when many were denying it.

It will not be out of place to consider the ancient tradition, teaching and faith of the Catholic Church, which was revealed by the Lord, proclaimed by the apostles and guarded by the fathers. For upon this faith the Church is built, and if anyone were to lapse from it, he would no longer be a Christian either in fact or in name.

We acknowledge the Trinity, holy and perfect, to consist of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. In this Trinity there is no intrusion of any alien element or of anything from outside, nor is the Trinity a blend of creative and created being. It is a wholly creative and energising reality, self-consistent and undivided in its active power, for the Father makes all things through the Word and in the Holy Spirit, and in this way the unity of the holy Trinity is preserved. Accordingly, in the Church, one God is preached, one God who is above all things and through all things and in all things. God is above all things as Father, for he is principle and source; he is through all things through the Word; and he is in all things in the Holy Spirit.

Writing to the Corinthians about spiritual matters, Paul traces all reality back to one God, the Father, saying: Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service but the same Lord; and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in everyone.

Even the gifts that the Spirit dispenses to individuals are given by the Father through the Word. For all that belongs to the Father belongs also to the Son, and so the graces given by the Son in the Spirit are true gifts of the Father. Similarly, when the Spirit dwells in us, the Word who bestows the Spirit is in us too, and the Father is present in the Word. This is the meaning of the text: My Father and I will come to him and make our home with him. For where the light is, there also is the radiance; and where the radiance is, there too are its power and its resplendent grace.

This is also Paul’s teaching in his second letter to the Corinthians: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. For grace and the gift of the Trinity are given by the Father through the Son in the Holy Spirit. Just as grace is given from the Father through the Son, so there could be no communication of the gift to us except in the Holy Spirit. But when we share in the Spirit, we possess the love of the Father, the grace of the Son and the fellowship of the Spirit himself.

May Our Lady, Help of Christians, St Joseph, St Lawrence and St Rita pray for us all.

With my love and prayers,

Fr David B Barrett

Parish Priest