Welcome to the St Paul's RC Church Cantley website. We hope you enjoy browsing our site and invite you to contact us or to join us at any of our masses.
Rowena and Colin Ball, Laraine and Bill Henderson, Christine Hornsby, Tricia Herring, Bernie & Eugene Fox, Veronica Whittington, Sheila Lynch, Yvonne Sewell, Ellen Newbitt, George Cooper, Tina George, Lisa Thompson, Elsie Murphy, Sioned Harper, Benjamin Bates, Alice Whitehouse, Deacon Derek & Suzanne Wynne & Ryan Chilvers.
Please pray for the repose of the souls of:
Mrs Patricia Johnson and Mrs Aileen Martin, who died recently and their grieving families, at this difficult time.
And for Steven Massocchi, who died recently and his grieving famiy, at this difficult time.
Steven was the organist at Holy Family Church, Finningley for many, many years.
Saints of God, come to their aid. Come to meet them, Angels of the Lord.
May they Rest in Peace.
At the end of their Spring meeting, the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have issued a reflection on post-pandemic recovery and the challenges faced by the Church, in encouraging people back to the Church and her Sacraments.
In a reflection titled 'The Day of the Lord', the Bishops also praise families, parish communities and those who have worked tirelessly in hospitals, care homes, schools and prisons during these challenging times of ill health, grief and isolation.
The Bishops salute and express gratitude for the 'immense efforts' of those who have provided food for those most in need:
"The generosity shown in the distribution of so very many meals has given eloquent expression to the mercy, love and compassion which are at the very heart of God. Many have been touched by the joy of meeting Christ in the poor; and many of the poor by the joy of meeting Christ in selfless parishioners."
The Bishops recognise that it is impossible to predict the pace at which we will emerge from the pandemic but state "what is clear is the challenge we face of bringing our communities and the practice of the faith to a still greater expression and strength."
They identify the groups of people they are seeking to reach:
- Those who have lost the habit of coming to church and who may be anxious about doing so
- Those who may not want to re-establish a pattern of Catholic worship - who may have seen a gap widen between the spiritual dimension of their lives and any communal expression of that spiritual quest.
- The 'Covid curious' who may have encountered the Catholic Church for the first time during the pandemic
The Bishops highlight the greatest treasures of the Catholic Church is, of course, the sacramental life of the Church and at its heart, the Eucharist.
"It is the Eucharist, the celebration of the Mass, that makes the Church; and it is the Church, in the gift of the Holy Spirit, which makes the Eucharist. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the lifeblood of the Church. It requires our active participation and, to be fully celebrated, our physical presence.
"At this moment, then, we need to have in our sights the need to restore to its rightful centrality in our lives the Sunday Mass, encouraging each to take his or her place once again in the assembly of our brothers and sisters. We face the task of seeking to nurture the sense of Sunday as 'a weekly gift from God to his people', and something we cannot do without; to see Sunday as the soul of the week, as giving light and meaning to all the responsibilities we live out each day; to see the Sunday Eucharist as food for the unique mission with which we have been endowed."
This new system.is now installed and we at the test stage which we anticipate will take a couple of weeks whilst we get used to the system and fine tune it.
You are able to watch Mass via You Tube on your computer, mobile phone, tablet, smart tv or even an ordinary TV with a Firestick attachment.
Just search for You Tube in your browser or click onto the You Tube app. In search box, type “St Paul’s Cantley” or “stpaulscantley”, hopefully a picture of the outside of the church or the stain glass window will appear, click on the picture.
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Simply select the Mass you would like to watch from the Stills listed. If you want to watch full screen, look to the bottom right hand corner of the stream and click on the icon that looks like a broken square (Full Screen).
All parishioners are warmly encouraged to spiritually join in with these celebrations.
God is love, and He revealed that love in sending His only Son to be a sacrificial offering for our sins.
In these words, from today’s Epistle, we should hear an echo of the story of Abraham’s offering of Isaac at the dawn of salvation history. Because Abraham obeyed God’s command and did not withhold his only beloved son, God promised that Abraham’s descendants, the children of Israel, would be the source of blessing for all nations. We see that promise coming to fulfilment in today’s First Reading.
God pours out His Spirit upon the Gentiles, the non-Israelites, as they listen to the word of Peter’s preaching. Notice they receive the same gifts received by the devout Jews who heard Peter’s preaching at Pentecost—the Spirit comes to rest upon them and they speak in tongues, glorifying God.
In His love today, God reveals that His salvation embraces the house of Israel and peoples of all nations. Not by circumcision or blood relation to Abraham but by faith in the Word of Christ, sealed in the Sacrament of Baptism, people are to be made children of Abraham, heirs to God’s covenants of promise. This is the wondrous work of God that we sing of in today’s Psalm. It is the work of the Church, the good fruit that Jesus chooses and appoints His Apostles for in today’s Gospel. As Peter raises up Cornelius today, the Church continues to lift all eyes to Christ, the only one in whose name they can find salvation.
In the Church, each of us has been begotten by the love of God. But the Scriptures today reveal that this divine gift brings with it a command and a duty.
We are to love one another as we have been loved.
We are to lay down our lives in giving ourselves to others—that they too might find friendship with Christ and new life through Him.
The 3 introductory articles and the 6 Steps to Prayer using the words spoken by Mary, are available in the Prayer Life section of the Web page.
Just click on the article required.
The Lenten, Palm Sunday and Easter Reflections has been circulated as attachments to the newsletters circulation. The reflections are also available on the website.
The running costs of the parish have increased during the lockdown period with the extra expenditure on hand sanitising gel, cleaning materials, etc.
Please remember to leave your Offertory gift in one of the baskets available in the church entrance porch or near to the exit fire doors as you leave the church.
Alternatively, you can donate on line via DONA using either a debit or credit card.
Any amount can be donated via a link on the parish website:
or click here to go straight to the donation page:
Divine Mercy Service on Friday at 3pm
Thank you for your support last weekend.
The foodbank sugar, long life milk, tinned spaghetti and tinned meat and fish are currently running low.
If you need help or support and you think that the Neighbourhood Centre can help then telephone:
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have genuine concern for someone struggling with isolation, please contact Doncaster Council Contact:
Liza Hunter, Stronger Communities Officer – Bessacarr & Cantley
Tel: 01302 736930,
Mobile: 07770 620709,
Citizens Advice Helpline: 0344994137