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St Margaret Clitherow & St Paulinus RC Joint Parishes (York UK)


Celebrating the Assumption of Our Lady  (Sun 16 Aug)

(Diocesan Mini Retreat – get involved – at home)

Nine Days of Prayer: Saturday 8th to Sunday 16th August 2020

Link:  Full details / Day by Day Readings & Prayers (pdf)

Each day is structured in the following way:

Take things at your own pace, take as long as you wish, there’s no rush.

Each day has a theme or intention – summarised below:

  1. Saturday        08 August       St Dominic
  2. Sunday           09 August       19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
  3. Monday          10 August       St Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr
  4. Tuesday         11 August       St Clare, Virgin
  5. Wednesday    12 August       St Jane Frances de Chantal
  6. Thursday        13 August       St Pontian
  7. Friday             14 August       Maximillian Kolbe, Priest and Martyr
  8. Saturday        15 August       Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  9. Sunday           16 August       The Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven

May God’s blessing be with you and on your home.

Learn more about The Assumption: 1) Watch (Catholic Online) 1m22s  2) Watch (Pope Francis) 1m55s  3) Read (busted halo)  4) Watch (Franciscan Friar) 9m18s


Updated daily:

Prayers:  Morning   Mid-morning   Midday   Afternoon   Evening   Night    (Saint of Day)


Updated weekly (09 August 2020):

19th Sunday of Ordinary Time (YrA)   “Calm after the storm”

READINGS – (Universalis)         Reflection – (Sunday Plus)

The Gospel today shows us Jesus’ need to go away by himself to pray and in this we find an echo of the first reading in which Elijah finds the Lord not in the earthquake or the fire but in the gentle breeze.  We encounter God in many situations.  They might not be as perilous as the apostles in the boat in the storm, but if we turn to God for help  he will tell us: ‘Do not be afraid, I am with you.’



Fr Kevin writes (09 August 2020) :

St Margaret Clitherow’s Church:  The Church will continue to be open for prayer before the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays – again from 10am to 12 Noon.  It would be lovely to see more young families making visits to the Blessed Sacrament.  We need to help our children to be able to pray in these situations.

Fr Paul Dowling: has been given a new appointment by the Bishop to minister in Redcar.  Paul will be on holiday from 31st July for 2 weeks and then takes up his appointment in Redcar.  I am so grateful for the help that Paul has given us for the past 12 months during my illness.  Let us wish him health and joy in his new parish. 


Almighty ever-living God, only support of our human weakness, look with compassion upon the sorrowful condition of your children who suffer because of this pandemic; relieve the pain of the sick, give strength to those who care for them, welcome into your peace those who have died and, throughout this time of tribulation, grant that we may all find comfort in your merciful love. Through Christ our Lord.


Eucharist:  May we grow in appreciation of the Eucharist; may those who have lapsed from the practice of their faith return to it with conviction and gratitude.  For our young people, that in a world of entertainment and distraction they may experience moments of reflection in which they can draw closer to God and discern the direction and meaning of their lives. Lord in your mercy hear our prayer.

The Act of Spiritual Communion (please click on the image)



The Pope’s Prayer Intentions for August 2020

The Maritime World: We pray for all those who work and live from the sea, among them sailors, fishermen and their families.

See also Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network)   (See the Pope’s Prayer Intentions for families)


Welcome to the joint website of the twinned parishes of St Paulinus and St Margaret Clitherow (York UK).  Whether you are a visitor or new to our joint parishes, interested in becoming Catholic, seeking to return to the practice of your faith, or an active member of our parish, you are most welcome.  Fr Kevin


Vatican Media Live:  St Peter’s Square – people now present as well as the pigeons, fountain, church bells on the quarter-hour and the occasional Police car. (Italy is 1 hr ahead of UK).