GospelMark 4:26-34 

The kingdom of God is a mustard seed growing into the biggest shrub of all

Jesus said to the crowds: ‘This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man throws seed on the land. Night and day, while he sleeps, when he is awake, the seed is sprouting and growing; how, he does not know. Of its own accord the land produces first the shoot, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. And when the crop is ready, he loses no time: he starts to reap because the harvest has come.’
  He also said, ‘What can we say the kingdom of God is like? What parable can we find for it? It is like a mustard seed which at the time of its sowing in the soil is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet once it is sown it grows into the biggest shrub of them all and puts out big branches so that the birds of the air can shelter in its shade.’
  Using many parables like these, he spoke the word to them, so far as they were capable of understanding it. He would not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything to his disciples when they were alone.

Public Mass can now take place. Needless to say that we still need to be aware of the need to follow the guidelines that we have in place and to remember to use the hand sanitisers, wear face coverings and maintain the 2 metre social distancing rule. Please remember that you will still need to book to come to Masses using the Diocesan booking system. Details of how to book for Mass can be found on the Diocesan Website by following the link below where you will first need to Sign Up (if
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Mass will be available at The Assumption, Beeston on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and, at St Francis, Long Eaton on Tuesdays, all at 10:00 am. The Sunday obligation continues to be suspended, so if you are unsure about coming along, do not feel under any obligation to do so; and if you or someone in your household, displays symptoms of Covid19, then please do stay at home.

News from Justice & Peace, and Caritas, in the Nottingham DioceseThis edition of Grapevine includes details of 22 May: Kindle the Fire, Pentecost prayer for the launch of Caritas; 2 June: 'Open with Care' - resuming parish life and outreach; 8 June: 'Renewing the face of the Earth' - our first Laudato Si workshop

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The God Who Speaks in this time of Coronavirus - a rich treasury of readings, meditations etc to comfort and enrich

"We should all have the humility of certain elderly people who, in church, perhaps because their hearing is no longer acute, recite quietly the prayers they learned as children, filling the nave with whispers. That prayer does not disturb the silence, but testifies their fidelity to the duty of prayer, practised throughout their lives without fail. These practitioners of humble prayer are often the great intercessors in parishes: they are the oaks that from year to year spread their branches to offer shade to the greatest number of people. Only God knows when and how much their hearts have been united to those prayers they recited: surely these people too had to face nights and moments of emptiness. But one can always remain faithful to vocal prayer. It is like an anchor: one can hold on to the rope and remain, faithful, come what may."
extract from
Pope Francis - GENERAL AUDIENCE Wednesday, 21 April 2021 Catechesis on prayer - 30. The vocal prayer




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