The Metropolitan Archbishops have released a letter to the Catholic faithful during this time of pandemic.
In the bonus video below, Fr John shows us the work he has been doing to clean the Stations of the Cross at St Stephen’s, followed by a short prayer to St Joseph the Worker.
This week’s newsletter is now available here
A new page has been added to the parish website explaining how you can set up a standing order for your offering during this difficult time.
Mass will be available on the website from 5pm on Saturday and Evening Prayer for Vocations will be available from 5pm on Sunday.
Fr John invites you to pray the Rosary with him each day during the month of May, recorded in the Lady Chapel at St Stephen’s Church.
Since the UK-wide COVID-19 lockdown began on 23 March, there has been a 49% increase in calls and online requests for help relating to domestic abuse.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales Domestic Abuse Project website includes information about how we as a parish can raise awareness of the issue, as well as a list of helplines and information about how to safely get help.
This week’s newsletter is now available here, including an update on Fr John’s exploits in the attic!
Mass will be available on the website from around 5pm on Saturday.
In the light of the changes COVID-19 has brought to our lives, we reflect on the kind of Church God is calling us to be.
During these days of isolation and social distancing we are experiencing different ways of being Church. Our prayer and worship has become transformed as we gather remotely, online, from our own home. Our sense of community is challenged as we find creative and new ways of coming together to meet, to socialise, to work, or to check in on each other.
Today begins our extra period of reflection as we consider what our Synod can learn from the experience of living through these difficult and different times. We have produced a short film and a leaflet to help guide your reflection. Please use them and encourage others to reflect too as we continue to discern the Church God is calling us to be. If possible, share these on your personal and parish social media.
Visit our website, reflect on the materials, and submit your proposals for action. We will close the online submission form on Monday 4 May 2020.
With best wishes
Fr Philip, Fr Matthew, Jacqui, and Matt
The Synod Office Team
Masses for the Sick, NHS Workers & Others
Starting next Thursday, there will be a series of weekly Masses, each Thursday at 7.00 p.m., for the sick and their families, all front-line workers in the NHS and those who work in social care. The Masses will be celebrated by a different bishop each week in his own cathedral and the celebrations will be live-streamed.
Details of the timetable can be found here.
Monsignor John Armitage will lead an 8-day retreat via live-streaming from Walsingham starting on Sunday.