A special page during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic
While our usual newsletter is suspended, this page brings you news and information. Please tell us if there is additional information you would like to have included.
Fr Alistair is continuing to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass privately each weekday, and will offer the Mass for specific intentions. Contact the Parish Office stating the intention. Intentions will be celebrated in order of receipt, as and when there are gaps in the diary.
The intentions for the 18th Week in Ordinary Time are:
Sunday 9 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)
9:30 am (St Theresa's): In thanksgiving for the safe arrival of Louis James Wares
11 am (St George's): People of the Parish
Monday 10 St Lawrence
Ints of Gill Sajnog
Tuesday 11 St Clare
Marie Berry RIP
Wednesday 12 Ints of Fr Charles Briggs
Thursday 13 Ints of Heather Ridley
Friday 14 St Maximilian Kolbe
Catherine Eames RIP
Saturday 15 Vanessa Pires RIP
Sunday 16 The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
9:30 am (St Theresa's): In thanksgiving for the safe arrival of baby Liam Kendrick Neal
11 am (St George's): People of the Parish
There are special prayers for a Mass In Time of Pandemic.
Additional prayers for use in times of 'flu and illness can be found on the Catholic Bishops' Conference website.
... for those of our parishes who have ongoing need of our prayers:
St Theresa’s: Ana, Ann, Cheryl, Harold, Joan, Luis Ellis, Marilyn, Mary B, Mary H, Mary K, Mary L, Nicolo, Olive, Robert, Rosemary, Sheila, Stephen, Tim, Valerie.
St George’s: Balavendra, Bran, Chris, Compton, Florence, Kathleen, Paddy, Maria, Mary, Mark, Nora, Sandra, Terry, Valerie, Vince.
... for the repose of the soul of Ena Dunn, who died recently, and for the comforting of her son Sean and family;
... for the repose of the soul of Patricia Lamb, who has also died recently, and for the comforting of her sister Jean.
Thursday 8pm via video-link: a small group meeting to pray and read the scriptures together. If you'd like to join the group, you'd be very welcome. Just send an email and you will receive the link for the meeting.
As from 8 August, it is a legal requirement to wear a face covering in places of worship and you will need to bring your own if you are attending Mass.
Making face coverings doesn't need a lot of either fabric or skill, and instructions are widely available on the Internet. Face coverings can also be bought ready made.
If you are exempt from wearing a face covering, it is helpful if you advise the parish of this before coming to Mass. This will avoid any embarrassment at the door.
Traidcraft – half-price sale
Mainly due to the Coronavirus, Traidcraft will unfortunately no longer be available in the Parish, at least until things get back to normal. Therefore, as from Sunday 26 July there will be a Half-Price Closing Down Sale, until stocks run out.
On sale will be tea, coffee, hot chocolate, nuts, marmalade, jam, cookies, chocolate, pasta, sultanas, rice, toilet rolls and kitchen rolls.
To place an order, phone Phil on 01273 421990 or 07979 304148 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
A healthy and nourished spiritual life is central to mental health and well being. Some suggestions for how you can nourish your mental health and spiritual life during this time of the coronavirus pandemic are here, here and here.
…is unacceptable at any time. The Silent Solution tells you what to do if you need urgent police help through the 999 service, but can’t speak.
The Diocesan website has more advice and links to other resources and information.
... to the many parishioners who have donated to the parish via JustGiving or who have set up standing orders during the lockdown, as well as those who were already supporting the parish in this way. It is immensely helpful. For information about ways of giving to your parish, see the giving page.
In the News
Pope's Prayer for Lebanon
During the weekly General Audience on Wednesday 5 August, Pope Francis prayed for Lebanon in the aftermath of the explosion in Beirut on Tuesday.
“Let us pray for the victims, for their families; and let us pray for Lebanon so that, through the dedication of all its social, political and religious elements, it might face this extremely tragic and painful moment and, with the help of the international community, overcome the grave crisis they are experiencing,” the Pope prayed.
Statement on nuclear weapons
Seventy-five years on from the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Catholic Bishops have issued a statement calling for us to reflect prayerfully upon the UK’s own possession of nuclear weapons. Read more
Six women appointed to Vatican Council for the Economy
Pope Francis has appointed six women to oversee the Vatican’s finances. These are the most senior roles ever given to women within the Catholic church’s leadership. Two of the women are British, including Ruth Kelly, the former Labour minister.
The Council is composed of fifteen Members, eight of whom are chosen from among Cardinals and Bishops, so as to reflect the universality of the Church.
The Presidents of Churches Together in England (who include Cardinal Vincent Nichols) have issued a statement calling on churches to travel together on the journey of racial justice, addressing injustices both within our church life and in wider society.
Four people from London, from different walks of life, share their personal stories of being black and Catholic in a video produced by the Diocese of Westminster.
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