Ss Mary, Martha & Lazarus

SS MARY, MARTHA & LAZARUS Pope Francis has added the memorial of Ss Mary, Martha, and Lazarus to the General Roman Calendar, giving the siblings the combined feast day of 29th July. They were added to demonstrate “the important evangelical witness they offered in welcoming the Lord Jesus into their home, in listening to him attentively, in believing that he is the resurrection and the life.” Ss Martha, Mary, and Lazarus were three siblings living in the town of Bethany outside of Jerusalem during the time of Christ.

Booking for Mass Paused

BOOKING FOR MASS PAUSED We are thankfully seeing a gradual return to Mass now that so many have been vaccinated. For the next few weeks, we are pausing the requirement to book for Mass via Eventbrite as we do not expect numbers to exceed capacity over the holiday period.

Taste and See

FIND OUT ABOUT THE CATHOLIC FAITH Are you interested to know more about the Catholic Faith? Do you wish to be baptized? Do you want to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church? Do you know anyone who would like to know how to become a Catholic? If so, Journey in Faith or RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) might be just the thing. During these sessions we explore different aspects of the Catholic faith and the teachings of the Catholic Church. We listen to God’s word in Scripture, and we pray together. For more information, please contact Fr Michael with a view to starting a journey in the autumn.

STEP 4 & MASS

STEP 4 GUIDANCE FOR COMMUNAL WORSHIP DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC The Government rules are changing on the 19th July and our Bishops have issued guidelines for Mass. In view of the rising numbers of Covid cases and the number of clinically extremely vulnerable people at Mass in a relatively small space, we will continue to proceed with care. Our Bishops still recommend that face coverings be worn at Mass, that we also adhere to safe social distance regulations and that Communion is still given in one kind only. Sanitising of hands is to continue (available at the entrance of the church) It is also recommended that singing should be phased in gently as part of worship over the summer period and that face coverings should be worn by members of the congregation whilst singing together, until infection levels reduce. We will continue to use recorded music and gradually reintroduce the most important parts of the sung liturgy, the Gloria, Gospel Acclamation, Holy, holy, Lamb of God and the Great Amen. Hymns will be introduced later on when the risk from aerosol or droplet spread is lessened in a small space. Stewarding will be a little less rigorous as we move forward but will continue at Sunday masses. We thank all our stewards, cleaners, servers, sacristans and music organisers who have kept us safe over the past eighteen months…may the good work continue. Full details of the Bishops Conference Guidelines are available at https://cliftondiocese.com/news/step-4-guidance-for-communal-worship-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

Silver Jubilee of Priesthood

FR MICHAEL celebrates his 25th Jubilee of Ordination to the priesthood on Monday 12th July. He was ordained by Bishop Mervyn in Downside Abbey in 1996, after serving in the Anglican ministry for 13 years…38 years of ministry. He was ordained alongside Fr Philip Thomas and Fr Ian McCarthy.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION & RECONCILIATION

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2021 Due to the pandemic our first Holy Communion programme did not really get off the ground last year. We are hoping to begin preparation again in school in September with a view to celebrating First Communions on the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe on Sunday 21st November.  These preparation sessions will be for children who briefly started the course last year and for other children in Yr 3 or above in Primary School.  Preparing to receive Reconciliation (Confession) and the Eucharist for the first time can be one of the most memorable experiences parents share with their children. Beforehand it is important that the family attend Mass regularly so that the child understands more fully what the Eucharist is about. If you would like you child to resume/begin preparation for the sacraments, we look forward to seeing you at Mass each week. Please email Fr Michael with the names of any children wishing to (re) commence the programme. We look forward to seeing you soon.

URGENT ACTION – PRO LIFE

URGENT – ASK YOUR MP TO VOTE AGAINST ABORTION UP TO BIRTH – The abortion lobby, led by the UK’s largest abortion provider, BPAS, has worked with Diana Johnson MP to bring forward an amendment to hijack the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill to introduce abortion on demand, for any reason, up to birth to England and Wales. This would be the single biggest change to abortion legislation since 1967 and would leave England and Wales with one of the most extreme abortion laws in the world. We are expecting that this radical proposal will be voted on by MPs this Monday. Right To Life UK has launched an easy-to-use tool that makes it simple for you to send an email to your MP asking them to vote against the motion. Please click the link below to contact your MP now. It only takes 30 seconds! www.righttolife.org.uk/StopAbortionUpToBirth