MASS DURING THE PANDEMIC
Please visit the Mass Times page for more information on how to book for Mass, or click here.
Please remember to book for Mass every Monday for the following week.
PARISH OFFICE OPENING HOURS
Please note that until further notice, the Parish Office opening hours will be from Tuesdays to Fridays from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Outside of these times, Fr Jamie will respond to urgent phone messages as soon as he can.
On Monday 19th April you can book for Masses from Sunday 25th April to Saturday 1st May.
It was wonderful to gather together at the Easter Vigil to celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation with three new members, Roxy, Duncan and Veronica. The atmosphere was so peaceful and, as we all renewed our Baptismal promises together, it felt so very special to everyone. Even if you were not able to attend any of the Easter services in person, hopefully you too experienced the joy and wonder in remembering the Risen Christ. It was certainly a joyful and memorable celebration that Roxy, Duncan and Veronica will treasure forever. Please keep them in your prayers.
We are fortunate that our church has remained open – what a contrast to last year! As lockdown restrictions are gradually eased, we are still opening in accordance with the government rules and guidelines for places of worship and ‘meeting indoors’. As such, our church capacity has not increased, but it is wonderful that more of us are returning through our booking system. However, please note that it may not be possible to allocate a place for you if you only give one option for dates when you can attend. It may help to remind you that the ‘Sunday obligation’ still extends to other days in the week during this pandemic period.
Christ calls us to “come back to Him with all our heart” (cf. Joel 2:12). Receiving the Eucharist sacramentally strengthens us to do this. Let us not forget the Easter promise that the joy of the presence of the Risen Christ is all around, and let us all allow the love of God to be reborn, resurrected and renewed in all of our hearts.
Friends of the Holy Land are organising a Pentecost Challenge which consists of walking, cycling, running or swimming the 84-mile pilgrimage route from Bethlehem to Nazareth. The aim is to enable children to stay in Christian schools. If you aren’t sporty, you can just make a donation online (please don’t put it into the church collection). For more information, please click on the image above or here.
"URBI ET ORBI" - POPE'S EASTER MESSAGE
Here are extracts from Pope Francis’s Easter message:
The Easter message does not offer us a mirage or reveal a magic formula. It does not point to an escape from the difficult situation we are experiencing. The pandemic is still spreading, while the social and economic crisis remains severe, especially for the poor. Nonetheless – and this is scandalous – armed conflicts have not ended and military arsenals are being strengthened. That is today’s scandal.
In the face of, or better, in the midst of this complex reality, the Easter message speaks concisely of the event that gives us the hope that does not disappoint: “Jesus who was crucified has risen”.
The risen Christ is hope for all who continue to suffer from the pandemic, both the sick and those who have lost a loved one…. The crucified and risen Lord is comfort for those who have lost their jobs or experience serious economic difficulties and lack adequate social protection…. The risen Jesus is also hope for all those young people forced to go long periods without attending school or university, or spending time with their friends…. May the light of the risen Jesus be a source of rebirth for migrants fleeing from war and extreme poverty…. There are still too many wars and too much violence in the world! May the Lord, who is our peace, help us to overcome the mindset of war.
Amid the many hardships we are enduring, let us never forget that we have been healed by the wounds of Christ (cf. 1 Pet 2:24). In the light of the Risen Lord, our sufferings are now transfigured. Where there was death, now there is life. Where there was mourning, now there is consolation. In embracing the cross, Jesus bestowed meaning on our sufferings and now we pray that the benefits of that healing will spread throughout the world.
You can read the full message from Pope Francis here, and you can also view the message on the video above.
FORMATION FOR MISSION COURSES
There are a number of courses on offer. To find out all the initiatives currently offered by the Team for adult formation, visit their new website here or clicking on the image above.
CONTINUE TO PRAY DURING THIS PANDEMIC
Almighty and eternal God, our refuge in every danger, to whom we turn in our distress; in faith we pray, look with compassion on the afflicted, grant eternal rest to the dead, comfort to mourners, healing to the sick, peace to the dying, strength to healthcare workers, wisdom to our leaders and the courage to reach out to all in love, so that together we may give glory to your holy name. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen
ANOTHER BIG THANK YOU
The sum raised for our two Lenten projects has totalled £5,744.90, with a small amount still to come through gift aid. Although not as good an amount as we customarily raise, in the circumstances, this is excellent! A huge thank you to all who contributed towards these two worthy causes.
CAFOD THANKS YOU
Thank you for your generous donations to CAFOD’s Family Fast Day during Lent. CAFOD featured Marian and her son Svondo in Zimbabwe in Lent 2018. The community vegetable garden that your donations helped provide is growing well and during the pandemic the family has survived on the vegetables. Your support has also helped to provide soap and handwashing stations in the garden and in family homes. This is just one of many long-term development projects that CAFOD has funded with the money from that Fast Day. Thank you for your steadfast support.
Fr Jamie thanks you all for your generous support in the Easter Offerings.
SUPPORTING MISSIO (RED BOXES)
During 2020, £2,873.03 was raised in support of missionaries. Thank you for your generosity and thanks also to our parish reps (Clare, Wendy and Gerard) for all their hard work.
POPE'S PRAYER INTENTION FOR APRIL
Pope Francis asks us to pray this month to defend fundamental human rights. Let us pray for those who risk their lives while fighting for fundamental rights under dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and even in democracies in crisis, that they may see their sacrifice and their work bear abundant fruit.
This is by appointment only for now. Please contact the parish office during opening hours to book an appointment. Tel: 01235 520375 or email the office: .
LAUDATO SI' AND THE PANDEMIC
Five years ago, Pope Francis unveiled his great encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si' - On Care for our Common Home, which is addressed not just to the Catholic Church but the whole of humanity as we face to global climate emergency. The lessons of the encyclical are particularly relevant in the context of the coronavirus pandemic which has brought many parts of the world to a halt. Pope Francis reminded us in one of his recent weekly addresses, "As the tragic coronavirus pandemic has taught us we can overcome global challenges only by showing solidarity with one another and embracing the most vulnerable in our midst". He went on to say, "As a single interdependent family, we require a common plan in order to avert the threats to our common home." Laudato Si' offers a vision for building a more just and sustainable world. There is a reflection on Laudato Si' and prayer by Sr Margaret Atkins, in the News section on our website on the parish blog page here.
DONATIONS TO THE FOODBANK
Still urgently needed are:
Long life cow's milk - semi skimmed or whole
Tinned meat for hot meals (mince, stews, meatballs)
Dried chick peas and couscous
Bottles of squash
Small (500g) bags of sugar
J cloths (other brands are available)
Donations can be dropped off at the Foodbank on Northcourt Road
CALLED AND GIFTED - NOW ONLINE
The Called and Gifted Team is very pleased to announce that the Called and Gifted discernment process is now available ONLINE. With the support of Bishop Philip and the Catherine of Siena Institute in the US, the team has created a new C&G website with links to both the Diocesan website and the Institute's high quality teaching videos. The new website not only explains the benefits of discerning your spiritual gifts (charisms) it also includes personal testimonies for each charism and an easy-to-use booking process that enables participants to purchase access to the videos (stage 1), book their online personal discernment conversation (stage 2) and book a place on a small discernment group (stage 3). See the new website here.
For more information or to discuss what Called and Gifted could mean for you, please contact one of the C&G Core Team:
Gerry Penfold -
Anne-Marie Fletcher -
Geoff and Gina Poulter -