Due to the ongoing lockdown, we have decided to postpone our Thursday Evening Film gatherings on Catholicism by Bishop Baron. We will reshedule when lockdown is eased or after the Summer holidays.
THURSDAY EVENINGS WITH BISHOP BARON We restart our catechetical film evenings featuring Bishop Robert Baron this Thursday 24th June, starting at 7.30am in the hall. Please arrive in time to start the film at 7.30pm 0r earlier and enjoy a glass or cup of something! Episode: The Indispensable Men: Peter, Paul, and the Missionary Adventure. It doesn’t matter if you missed earlier episodes, and you’re not committing yourself to the remaining six either, as each episode stands on its own. Do come along and enjoy an evening together! As numbers are limited due to necessary social distancing, please book via Eventbrite. Thank you.
CONTACTLESS GIVING IN CHURCH In the last 10 years the use of cash has slowly diminished and now twice the value and volume of payments are made by card and contactless methods compared to cash, with this disparity growing more every year. With this in mind, our PPC has considered how this impacts how people donate to our Parish, and we want to ensure that there is the option for people to give contactlessly. Already our on-line Pay-pal giving method has been a great success. A contactless giving device is now situated in the baptistry to the left of the entrance. This will enable you to give by tapping the contactless payment device with a debit or credit card to your chosen amount. It is so easy. Contactless giving enables more people to give and allows givers to give in a way that feels comfortable, using their card to make a transaction in the same way they would in everyday life. It is also ideal for casual visitors who do not have regular giving set up but would like to give. It is also possible to Gift-aid your donation at the touch of a button. In our Covid world this is a safer way to give as it removes the need for handling cash. Do give it a try!
DAY FOR LIFE Today, Day for Life 2021, provides us with an opportunity to pray for the gift of life from conception to natural death, to raise awareness of the precious gift of life, and to support the work of protecting life in its most vulnerable stages. Bishop John Sherrington, Bishop for Life Issues, said in his message for this day: The fragility of life and the reality of death has been brought into sharp focus during the Covid-19 pandemic. In the UK alone, more than 126,000 people have died from Covid-19. Yet in the face of such suffering and death, we have also witnessed the extraordinary dedication of healthcare professionals and their loving care for the sick and dying. We too have each made sacrifices for the greater good during this pandemic. These acts of heroic love are a powerful testimony to the fundamental dignity of the human person and to the respect owed to each life, particularly through proper care and love in the last moments of life, through the annual collection. Visit www.cbcew.org.uk to read more. Next weekend there will be a second collection for ‘Day for Life’ charities.
SATURDAY EVENING VIGIL MASS From next Saturday 6th June (Corpus Christi) we are celebrating the Vigil Mass of Sunday again at 5.30pm for a trial period of a month, as people begin to return to the celebration of the Eucharist. We will need extra stewards and post-Mass cleaners. We are sadly still unable to sing, so at on Sunday our music will be recorded. We look forward to welcoming back all who have been unable to come to Mass during the lockdown and to seeing old friends again. Places will be available on Eventbrite as usual. Before this Mass there will be the opportunity to spend 30 minutes in quiet adoration before the Blessed Sacrament.
MUSIC AT MASS / ORGANIST/ KEYBOARD PLAYER We have been fortunate to have some lovely music at Mass during lockdown, albeit recorded, as we have not been able to sing at Mass. We thank Guy and Ewan for their help each week with this ministry. When lockdown ends, we will gradually move back to singing the Mass, assisted by a group of Cantors. We are looking for an Organist/keyboardist to play for the Sunday morning Mass (Mass settings, Responsorial Psalm, Hymns & Antiphons) Sunday stipend negotiable with the possibility of extra wedding and funeral fees. If you or someone you know might be interested, please contact Fr Michael.