OF YOUR CHARITY please pray for:

the sick in mind or body and those who care for them;
all who are struggling spiritually, emotionally and materially as a result of the pandemic;

all who mourn:

the Faithful Departed:  all who died recently;
                                     and all whose anniversaries occur about this time

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them,
may they rest in peace. Amen


PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR PARISH FINANCIALLY AT THIS TIME (link)

We now have dedicated parish electronic giving through Dona, a small company that specialises in helping parishes with easy e-giving.


link to a statement from Bishop Heskett on schools



Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible

A superb course is available online beginning Wednesday 7th April which will help anyone participating to understand Sacred Scripture with greater depth and insight. It is over 8 sessions you’ll get a great overview of God’s plan of salvation and the place of Sacred Scripture in the life of the Church.

For more information and to register visit https://comeandsee.org The course is FREE.


Summary of proposed government changes over coming months

·       From 12th April Weddings with 15 attending, Funerals with 30 attending. Sacramental preparation can begin to take place in small groups (details to follow).

·       From 17th May: Weddings with 30 attending. Baptisms permitted, again with 30 attending.

·       From the 21st June ‘it is hoped all legal limits on social contact can be removed’.

 


Ethical concerns about vaccination

the link below will open documents from the Bishops' Conference of England & Wales that should provide clarity and assurance about the Church’s teaching and moral issues regarding vaccination.

https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/health-social-care/the-catholic-position-on-vaccination

 another document      and another


A Change to the Conclusion of the Collect (opening prayer) at Mass

Earlier in the year, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments wrote to the English speaking Episcopal Conferences regarding a change in the conclusion to the Collects used at Mass. They typically end:

"Through Our Lord Jesus Christ Your Son who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit one God forever and ever."

The Congregation’s Prefect, Robert Cardinal Sarah,  points out that the word “one” is problematic in relation to the Latin text “Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum” and it can be interpreted negatively.

So the final words of the Collects will be changed to: “…God, forever and ever”.

This change commences today, the First Sunday of Advent.

Donations to Mary’s Meals

 Mary’s Meals is a very cost effective charity that provides  a daily meal at school for children in some of the poorest areas of the world.

To donate visit  
www.marysmeals.org.uk/donate

SAFEGUARDING 

We are still in urgent need of a Parish Safeguarding Representative. Here is a document explaining the role.

If you think you might be interested in taking on this important and essential role, please have a word with Father.