Churches reopening

St Stephen’s and St Bridget’s will be open for Mass from this coming weekend.

On Sunday 6 December St Stephen’s Mass is at 9.45am,  St Bridget’s Mass is at 11.30am

The same restrictions that were in place before still remain.

Please make sure you have a mask with you when you arrive. This must be worn inside the church at all times.

Please note: the heating system at St Stephen’s is still causing problems so please be aware that the building may be extremely cold on Sunday.

The engineers are working to fix this as soon as possible.

We will continue to post video Masses on the parish website each weekend up until Christmas.

Online Christmas Market hosted by Religious Sisters

Sisters from St Elizabeth Convent in Belarus visited St Bridget’s last year.  The Sisters are unable to participate in annual Christmas markets in their region due to travel restrictions. Nevertheless they have found a great way to spread the Christmas joy, love and deeds of mercy.

They are launching the very first Online Christmas Market this year, so that people from all over the world can purchase Christmas presents and souvenirs made with love and continuous prayer.

Please click here to participate:

https://catalog.obitel-minsk.com/christmas-market

Through purchasing beautiful Christmas gifts each one of us will be able to serve the poor, sick, homeless and lonely people. Because every item purchased at the Online Market is a donation towards one of the Convent’s ministries.

The Online Christmas Market of St. Elisabeth Convent offers a range of unique handmade items that will make memorable Christmas gifts, including:

  • traditional hand painted Christmas ornaments;
  • wooden toys and souvenirs;
  • Santa Claus and Father Frost figures;
  • handcrafted Christmas tree baubles;
  • Nativity scenes and sets;
  • Christmas themed ceramics and glass products;
  • Orthodox Nativity icons;
  • Russian matryoshka dolls and much more.

Sisters are sending their prayers and blessings from Minsk.

Throughout the pandemic and shutdowns, the Sisters were able to continue running and supporting their multiple social ministries that care for the vulnerable and sick nearby the Convent. Their biggest inspiration has been Saint Elisabeth who helped the sick and the needy during her lifetime.

Statement from the Bishops’ Conference

Some of you will already be aware of the statement issued by the Cardinal and Archbishop Malcolm on behalf of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales in response to the Prime Minister’s statement announcing the second lockdown.

For those who have not seen the statement, it can be found here.