Coming to Mass at Christmas?

PLANNING FOR CHRISTMAS MASSES In view of the present uncertainty regarding the Covid19 crisis and the celebration of Christmas, we are looking ahead to scheduling masses for Christmas. We are planning to celebrate Mass at 6pm on Christmas Eve and at 10.30am on Christmas Day. We can accommodate only 50 people at each Mass. There are presently just five places still available at the scheduled masses. If you are planning to come to Mass at Christmas, we ask you to book a place now, so that we can ascertain numbers early and plan accordingly. Please note only book one Mass per person/family. If you know of people without access to the internet, please do assist them as once we have reached our safe capacity we will not be able go beyond that number. Please do book at www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/st-patricks-catholic-church-corsham-30646123644.
It is also helpful to remember that the celebration of the Nativity of the Lord has an Octave (8 days) during which you may come to Mass to observe the celebration. There will be masses during Christmas week that you might wish to come to if you cannot make Christmas Day.
Thank you.

The Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

THE SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST THE KING. Today’s celebration was instituted by Pope Pius XI instituted in 1925, to be celebrated throughout the universal church, in his letter Quas Primas. He connected the increasing denial of Christ as king to the rise of secularism throughout much of Europe. At the time, many Christians (including Catholics) began to doubt Christ’s authority and existence, as well as the Church’s power to continue Christ’s authority. Pius XI, and the rest of the Christian world, witnessed the rise of non-Christian (or nominally Christian) dictatorships throughout Europe, and saw Catholics being persuaded by these earthly leaders. These dictators also often attempted to assert authority over the Church.
Today’s feast reminds us that Christ’s kingship is one of humility and service. Jesus said: You know that those who are recognized as rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones make their authority over them felt. But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to become great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all. For the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:42-45). May Christ the King continue to rule our hearts and our lives.

Remembrance Sunday Requiem Mass

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY Is next Sunday the 8th November. Remembrance Sunday falls on the Sunday nearest Armistice Day, 11 November, which marks the end of the First World War. On this day we remember all those who gave their lives for their country, all who suffered and died through acts of war and those who were left behind to grieve and mourn. We celebrate a Requiem Mass for the fallen next Sunday with a short act of Remembrance. “When you go home tell them of us and say: for your tomorrow we gave our today.”

Prayer during the month of the Holy Souls and for an end to the Pandemic

A PERIOD OF QUIET PRAYER BEFORE THE BLESSED SACRAMENT People have commented how much they enjoyed coming together on Wednesdays before Mass to pray the Rosary for an end to the Covid19 pandemic. As a result, we will continue with a little period of prayer during November (the month of the Holy Souls) with just 30 minutes of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament for the Holy Souls and for an end to the Pandemic. This will begin at 11.30am. Do come along and spend a while with our Lord present in the Holy Eucharist.

NHS Test and Trace QR code

NHS TEST & TRACE CODE We encourage parishioners to scan the NHS Test and Trace QR code via the NHS COVID-19 App (See the Notice Board in Church) Thank you for helping to keep our community safe.