‘Catholicism’

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

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 2021

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.

Vigil Mass of Sunday

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.

Organist/Keyboard Player?

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.

Solemnity of the the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

THE SOLEMNITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI, the beautiful Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ falls next Sunday 6th June. Weather permitting, we will celebrate our 10.30am Mass in the grounds, enabling a larger gathering and some singing for this lovely feast! There will be Mass with procession of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction followed by refreshments. There will also be recommissioning of extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion at Mass to serve for the next 12 months. As an EMHC, ministers assist the clergy in the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass, may expose the Blessed Sacrament for adoration and some also take communion to the sick and housebound. We thank our EMHC for their service to our community particularly those who have served during the lockdown. If you would like to continue to serve for the next year, please email Fr Michael to confirm. Thank you

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

THE SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY This week we return to the liturgical season of Ordinary Time. This Sunday and next Sunday, however, are designated as solemnities, special days that call our attention to the central mysteries of our faith. Today, on the first Sunday after Pentecost, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.  A special feast in honour of the Most Holy Trinity was celebrated by the Benedictines in France prior to the year 1000. Pope Alexander II (d. 1073) denied a request that this celebration be extended to the Universal Church, arguing that every liturgical celebration honours the Most Holy Trinity. More than one hundred fifty years later, 1334, however, Pope John XXII (d. 1334) finally chose to add this special feast to the calendar of the Church. The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity provides us with an opportunity to look back on the Paschal Triduum and Easter Seasons to reflect on the work of salvation celebrated in these holy days in the light of the mystery of the Trinity. The liturgical readings for this solemnity contain a rich treasure of proclamation and adoration, inviting us to declare: “Glory to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit: to God who is, who was, and who is to come” (Alleluia verse). Henri Nouwen in Sabbatical Journey once said, “I tried to explain the mystery of the Trinity by saying that all human relationships are reflections of the relationships within God. God is the Lover, the Beloved, and the Love that binds us in unity. God invites us to be part of that inner movement of love so that we can truly become sons and daughters of the Father, sisters and brothers of the Son, and spouses of the Holy Spirit. Thus, all our human relationships can be lived in God, and as witness to God’s divine presence in our lives.” Let us rejoice today in this great feast of the Godhead.

Pentecost Sunday

THE SOLEMNITY OF PENTEOST After Easter Sunday and Christmas, today’s solemnity ranks next in importance.  Pentecost is known as the   birthday of the Church: The Church was made manifest to the world on the day of Pentecost by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The gift of the Spirit ushers in a new era in the “dispensation of the mystery” the age of the Church, during which Christ manifests, makes present, and communicates his work of salvation through the liturgy of his Church, “until he comes.” (Catechism Catholic Church, #1076). Pentecost marks the culmination of the “Week of Weeks” which is the Easter Season. We mark it liturgically, singing the Pentecost Sequence (often called the “Golden Sequence”) before the Gospel and the concluding dismissal with double alleluia as this is the last day within the Easter Season. The Paschal Candle is now kept with honour in the baptistery so that from its flame the candles of the baptized may be lit during their baptism. At funerals, the Paschal Candle is paced near the coffin to signify that Christian death is a true Passover. Ordinary Time resumes tomorrow with Week 8 and Cycle 1 for the weekday mass readings. Daily Prayer of the Church: Psalter Week 4 and the Angelus resumes.

Organist/Keyboard Player needed

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.

Pentecost Novena

PENTEOST NOVENA Bishop Declan invites us all to participate in praying a Novena to the Holy Spirit this week. Each of the days will focus on a different fruit of the Spirit. You can access the prayer resource for the Novena on the diocesan website: https://cliftondiocese.com/novena.