11th – 17th May is the week that is nationally set aside to celebrate commitment to the Sacrament of Marriage.
The theme this year is “The Forever Conversation,” recognising the need for continual open communication to enable a marriage to be long lasting. Marriage Encounter is working in partnership with Marriage Week UK to promote events and celebrate marriage.
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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.