HELP STOP DIY ABORTIONS – SPUC During the Coronavirus pandemic unborn babies and their mothers have been at even greater risk of abortion. The Government’s “pills through the post”, brought in as Covid measure, means that over 23,000 women in England and Wales aborted their baby at home during lockdown. Please help us to spread the truth about DIY abortion and save women and babies from the tragedy of abortion. Will you deliver pro-life information leaflets about DIY abortions door-to-door in your area? Every leaflet could make the difference to a vulnerable woman and save a baby’s life. Please go to our website to learn more and order some leaflets. Or you can order leaflets by calling SPUC on 020 7091 7091.
JANE WRAGG’S FIRST CHILDREN’S BOOK has now been published! Written for children aged 2-6, it tells the story of the bear family who live in Laurel Cottage and their adventures during lockdown. It sells for £5.99 and all profits will go to the NHS. Anyone wishing to buy one can email Jane (firstname.lastname@example.org) or see her at Mass. Do support this wonderful venture!
Sunday Parish Mass 10.30am
As the weather has changed and there’s an autumnal chill in the air, all Masses will be celebrated in Church. Please continue to book a seat via Eventbrite so we can manage attendance https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/st-patricks-catholic-church-corsham-30646123644
We are able to seat 50 people in the Church with a social distancing of 1m. Masks are to be worn.
We look forward to welcoming you!
CAFOD HARVEST FAST DAY Friday 9th October. This year CAFOD focuses on the global Coronavirus pandemic and efforts to help the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world “survive, rebuild and heal.” Please consider contributing to this important annual collection. You can donate online at cafod.org.uk/give or give by SMS – text CAFOD to 70085 to donate £10. You may wish to give the cost of a meal to CAFOD.
WORLD DAY OF MIGRANTS & REFUGEES 2020 The theme chosen by the Holy Father for the 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees (today, September 27th) is “Forced like Jesus Christ to flee” to focus on the pastoral care of internally displaced people. To read the Pope’s message for this day and to watch a number of video stories, log on to the website of the Bishops Conference of England and Wales on www.cbcew.org.uk
PARISH HALL FACILITIES – although the Government has given the green light to restart the use of hall facilities they can only be used for a very limited type of event. Furthermore, the recent government guidelines regarding groups of 6 has made things uncertain. Having reviewed the necessary documentation surrounding the reopening of the hall, we note that as well as implementing social distancing, one-way systems, sanitizing stations etc. it is necessary for the hall facilities to be thoroughly cleaned after every use, which cannot be done by the hirer of the facility. In view of the very small numbers that we would be allowed to accommodate and the cost of cleaning and sanitization, we are sadly unable to open the hall at present. This is naturally impacting our income, so we thank those who are able to continue give to the parish through the ways listed below.
OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM – celebrated on 24th September. During the 12th century, Walsingham in Norfolk, was one of the four main shrines in Christendom. England was known as Mary’s Dowry and Walsingham was its ‘Little Nazareth’. In 1061, Our Lady appeared in a vision to Richeldis de Faverches and showed her the house where the Annunciation had taken place. Richeldis was requested to build a similar holy house at Walsingham. In 1538, the Reformation caused the Priory property to be handed over to the King’s Commissioners and the famous statue of Our Lady of Walsingham was taken to London and burnt. Nothing remains today of the original shrine, but its site is marked on the lawn in “The Abbey Grounds” in the village. The Shrine now attracts some 150,000 pilgrims during the pilgrimage season with about 35 Major Pilgrimages from Catholic, Diocesan or Ethnic groups and Catholic Societies or Associations as well as many Parish and Overseas groups. On the Feast of the Holy Family, 2015, during Pontifical Mass in the Chapel of Our Lady of Reconciliation at the Shrine, Bishop Alan Hopes read out a document from the Vatican, stating that Pope Francis was pleased to confer the title of Minor Basilica on the Shrine. There are only three sites with that title in England, the other two being St Chad’s Cathedral in Birmingham and Downside Abbey Church. We are fortunate to have on loan a statue of Our Lady of Walsingham, in St Patrick’s Church. Our Lady of Walsingham, pray for us.
After the destruction of the Shrine, Walsingham ceased to be a place of pilgrimage. Devotion was necessarily in secret until after Catholic Emancipation (1829) when public expressions of faith were allowed.
At the end of the 19th century, Charlotte Boyd, an Anglican convert, bought the disused 14th century Slipper Chapel, restored it and donated it to the Benedictines of Downside. On the 19th August 1934, the chapel was formally consecrated as the National Catholic Shrine to Our Lady.