Our latest message May 2019

Dear Friends,

During a recent Sermon at St Paul’s Church I mentioned the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, a beautiful, short prayer, that may be learned and said as easily as the Jesus Prayer and Hail Mary. When the disciples asked Jesus how to pray, he gave them what has become perhaps the most well known and often recited prayer in the world, the Our Father, or Lord’s Prayer.

Prayer isn’t always easy, especially when life gets tough. If Christians can learn a few prayers then we will all have a resource to draw on when in greatest need - and the simpler the prayer the easier it is to say. Learning prayers is as important as learning other basic skills, like our times-tables at school, because we never know when we will need them.

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy can be recited in a variety of ways - it is often said using the Rosary to help keep count, but it need not be. There are three basic sentences that can be prayed together to form a whole, or  just learn one of them and use that:  I tend to use the middle one:

1) Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

2) For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world. 

3) Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

The Jesus Prayer is:"Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner."  This is much shorter and also much older, having first been used, we think, by 4th century hermits in the Egyptian desert. It is centred on the individual doing the praying, whereas the Divine Mercy Chaplet, coming out of 1930’s Poland, carries a concern for humanity as a whole. There may be other prayers we could recommend to one another. Whichever we learn, if through repetition they become a part of us, we will always feel close to God and will have something to say when we  most need it.

Fr Stephen

Some Dates for your diaries

  • 7 May, 7pm, Benefice Joint PCC at St Thomas’s Gawber
  • 11 May, 10am Table Top Sale, Parish hall. Please come along and support us.
  • 14 May, 7.30pm, Fr Needham licensed as new Priest at St Helen’s Athersley NEW
  • 23 May, 7pm, Archdeacon’s Visitation at Wakefield Cathedral - all churchwardens are commissioned.  Please come and support ours! NEW
  • 27 May, National Pilgrimage to Walsingham - see Fr Stephen for details
  • 2 June, 2pm, a Procession and short service marking the centenary of the Laying up of the Barnsley Pals Colours. With Bishop Tony in St Mary’s 
  • 9 June, 3:30pm, Pentecost celebration with Bishop Tony in Wakefield Cathedral
  • 13 June, 6:30pm, Civic Service in St Mary’s NEW
  • 14 June, 7pm Ilesha Choir concert in St Paul’s NEW
  • 22 June, Parish Summer Fair, Parish Hall at St Paul’s
  • 23 June,  11am, Benefice Confirmation Mass in St Mary’s with Bishop Tony NEW
  • 29 June,  11am, Ordination as Deacon of Jay Hewitt, our new curate, in Wakefield Cathedral. NEW
  • 30 June, 10am, Benefice Mass at St Edward’s NEW


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