Fundraiser for Pax Christi

In the week from 15 to 21 May, Pax Christi, the Catholic Peace organisation, will be trying to raise funds to make up for lost income due to Covid-19. Fausta is having a dance-a-thon, Bruce is delivering a peace message to foreign embassies in London, Matt is cycling 50 miles visiting peace sites, Pat is going on a walk from Victoria to the Peace Pagoda in Battersea Park, Rachel will be cycling for 75 miles, to celebrate Pax Christi’s 75th anniversary. More fundraisers are joining the fun.

Please go to their website for details on how you can sponsor them.

No public weekday Masses next week

This Sunday’s newsletter is now available – it includes details of Fr John’s trip to Gibraltar.

Please note this means there are no public weekday Masses next week (27th – 30th April) as Fr John will be in quarantine.

Good Friday – Passion of the Lord

We gather this afternoon to enter into the Lord’s Passion at 3pm. We will listen to St John’s Gospel account of Jesus’ suffering and death on the Cross.

The Veneration of the Cross will be different this year. We will not be able to make individual veneration – but once the Cross is unveiled we will venerate together with a simple genuflection.

Then we will sit awhile to reflect that in Jesus’ death the death of all those who have died – especially over this last year because of Covid, or because of delayed treatments, or because of warfare or inhumanity across the globe – will find new life in HIM who gave his life for our salvation: ‘by his wounds we are healed.’

Holy Thursday – Mass of the Lord’s Supper

We gather on this evening – both parishes together. We begin these three days of re-enactment; three days of contemplation; three days with the Lord through his Passion, Death and Resurrection.

Tonight we celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper.

There will be no washing of feet but a reflection on water – of what it means to hear the Lord say: ‘What I have done to you, go you and do the same.’

There will be no watching with the Lord at the Altar of Repose but as we leave the church after communion we can make a reverence at the tabernacle of repose in the lady chapel as we pass by.

Then at home we can quietly reflect on the Lord in the garden of Gethsemane on the night of Passover, the night of his arrest before we gather again tomorrow at 3pm for the Passion for the Lord.