New Scam for International Speakers Heads Up!

It is unfortunately the time of year for more scamming. There is a repeat scam asking international speakers to come to St Patrick’s Corsham. The emails do NOT come from Fr Michael or the parish. These unscrupulous pirates have set up an email in Fr Michael’s name and seek to extort large sums of money for travel, accomodation and speaking fees from invited speakers. Please do not engage with them and do not let them wreak havoc in speaking world again.

ADORATION OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT

 It is a very hopeful sign of the new “springtime of holiness” for the Church that, in ever more places, people are participating in regular adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

Early in his pontificate, St John Paul II established adoration chapels in the major patriarchal basilicas in Rome, realising that the holy Eucharist is the source and summit of life in the Church. Pope Francis has also continued to encourage us in Eucharistic Adoration. When there is faith, devotion and reverence for the Eucharist, the faithful grow in charity and holiness, and the community is blessed with a variety of vocations that serve the Church and all souls with joy and simplicity. The Eucharist is the source of life for the Church.

We now have the wonderful opportunity to come before the Lord in quietness and in peace twice a week, Wednesday at 11.30am and Saturday at 5pm before Mass. Come and rest with the Lord a while in his healing presence in the Eucharist.

Urgent Scam Alert! Re Conference

There is currently a scam centred on the Parish. A group has forged a gmail account in the parish priests name and is asking conference speakers (largely centred on the USA)  to speak at a large conference at St Patrick’s Corsham. There is no such conference. Please do not reply to these unscrupulous individuals. Thank you.

Cancellation of Masses

THE CELEBRATION OF MASS Father Michael has sadly been asked by the NHS to shield once again as someone clinically extremely vulnerable to Covid 19 and will be isolating. After consultation with Bishop Declan and the Dean, it has been decided that it would be putting at risk some of our elderly clergy if they were asked to come and supply. Bishop Declan also mentioned that it is probably not possible for parishioners in Corsham to go to other parishes who are having to limit their own numbers due to social distancing. It is still important that Sunday is observed as a Holy Day and the Bishop encourages parishioners to set aside time on the Sunday to reflect upon the Sunday readings and have a quiet time of personal prayer. The Sunday readings are made available each week in our online bulletin together with a prayer for spiritual communion. Please note that the obligation to attend Sunday and Holyday mass is still suspended during this present crisis. We are considering the possibility of a Sunday celebration of the Liturgy of the Word (the first part of the Eucharist with readings). As this will require scheduling leaders, stewards and cleaners, would you please let Fr Michael know if you would be interested in attending. We all need to be extra vigilant at this time as the virus is present in the town and pray that we are all able to receive our Covid vaccinations very soon.