Newsletter Sunday February 28th, 2021


Readings: Genesis; 22:1-2 .9-13,15-18 Psalm 115, Romans 8:31-34 Mark 9:2-10

SERVICES FOR WEEK 27th February – 7th March 2021

Sat 27 Feb   11.00 Confessions
                        18.00 Angela Cox RIP (Wood)

                        08.30 For the Parish
                        10.30 Dennis Newton (Newton)
                        Web – available anytime

                        Maureen Fitzpatrick at 90 (Choir)

Mon 1 Mar   St David Mae & Tim Moynihane (Sheehan)

Tues 2 Mar   09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 Norma Brooker RIP (Hobson)

Weds 3 Mar   9.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 Marie Sullivan (Sullivan family)

Fri 4 Mar   09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 David & Pat Latimer (Frake)
                        10.30 Stations of the Cross

Sat 5 Mar   11.00 Confessions
                        18.00 For the Parish

                        08.30 Ed Jones RIP (Jones)
                        10.30 John Hughes RIP (Hughes)
                        Web – available anytime Norma Brooker RIP (Frake)

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I like having a “roadmap” out of Lockdown – give me a map any day in preference to Sat Nav!!
Meanwhile, we continue to live with directives for what we do in church. I thought it might be helpful to remind you of the rationale for some of the temporary changes we have made.
• The first directive concerns social distancing. We are required to distance at least at 1 “metre+” though we mostly distance at 2 “metres++”. In our case the one “+” is that we all wear face coverings and the second is that we all face in the same direction.
• We carefully steward any movements and processions for the same reason
• Another directive concerns the length of services and therefore potential contact time. We keep to the essentials of mass and omit singing, processions, the Creed, and bidding prayers. We have made a compromise on the prayers and I lead just a few brief petitions. After Lockdown expect the return of singing, processions and extended bidding prayers with the list of anniversaries solemnly read out.
• A third directive concerns the air we breathe so we do keep the church ventilated and we omit singing and the communal recitation of long prayers such as the Gloria and the Creed.
With the “roadmap” in place, we will be looking to reopen our parish hall at the earliest opportunity. I advise all parish groups and other users to begin to prepare accordingly. I think that Lockdown has taught us not to take our social interactions for granted. Indeed, I think we can all recognize that there is something quite sacred about spending time in each other’s company.

God Bless

– introduced by Archbishop John Wilson, and led by the Spirituality Commission.
This is a retreat which you can follow at home. Using the link below, you can watch a short video reflection each week and then download prayer materials and other resources for the week ahead. Simply click on If anyone wants to join a ‘zoom’ meeting to share reflections just email Fr Doug.

Kay Lyons and her family wish to warmly thank all who have supported them in prayer, with condolences and through masses for the repose of Danny’s soul.

With hopeful signs ahead, and our church remaining open for mass, we are now happy to about offer a programme of preparation for those children wishing to join in Holy Communion with God and with the Church. They need to be in year 3 or above and attending mass (obviously!) We will be getting underway soon so please add your name and contact details to the list in the church porch if you want your child to enrol. Some of the programme will have to be delivered at home but as the children are allowed to meet we will bring the programme back to the church and the hall.

To follow the Way of Jesus on his journey to Calvary – and to allow him to join us in our life journeys – is a popular and appropriate devotion to participate in during Lent, both in private and in public. In private, use a prayer book or follow the version Fr Doug has put on the parish website. Publicly, we will be ‘following’ the Way of the Cross after mass on Friday mornings.

CAFOD Lent Appeal 27/28 January
Abdella lives in an extremely remote and mountainous part of Ethiopia. It takes him ten hours a day to collect water. He says his life is being wasted as he has no time for anything else. Please give to reach vulnerable communities around the world with water and to provide other vital support. Please give using the CAFOD envelopes or via the Donate online at or via text to LENT to 70460 to donate £10. John Rayer CAFOD coordinator

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