Church Information Updates

Looking forward to brighter times - but not there yet

We hear of "green list" countries for holiday plans, indoor venues due to open again, sports crowds hoping to gather once more after so long - it seems almost as though some normality might be returning at last. Though we must, of course, remember that the improvements we see around us can be so fragile and in some countries, especially India which so many of our valued parishioners call home, the story is so different. Let us hope and pray for a brighter future, but never cease praying too for those who are suffering so much.

What does the emergence from lockdown mean for us as church? We have both young and older children awaiting Baptisms, adults who would have been received into the Church at the Easter Vigil waiting for their opportunity to complete their journey, wedding couples waiting for the chance to plan a memorable day with family and friends around them, children waiting to complete their First Communion programme from last year - and another group waiting to begin from the present Year Three, Confirmation children waiting to find when and how the Sacrament can be given to them... Then we have grieving families waiting to be able to arrange memorial services for loved ones who have sadly died during the pandemic - the list goes on and on. And all I can say is, "soon," please God. Last week, representatives from the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales met with representatives from Public Health England, and we hope that their difficult job of drawing a road map for our churches to emerge into a new "normal" will soon come to fruition. As soon as we know, you will be informed and we will move forward as quickly as is practical. Thank you again for bearing with us, as you have done for so long.

Newsletters etc

This week's Newsletter can now be accessed HERE. The "Lord's Day at Home" leaflet to accompany today's Mass online can be found HERE, and on the Resources Page of our website, and ad additional leaflet for Ascension Thursday can be found HERE. The children's activity sheet "Look" can be accessed HERE.

Change to our YouTube Presence

Please note that, with rare exceptions, our Masses on YouTube can now only be viewed at the time they take place. If you wish to watch Masses at a later time, they are available on our Facebook Page and directly on the Live page of our website, and Rick's high quality recording of Sunday's Mass is also available on Facebook, and on our website HERE.

This Sunday's Mass

Please find today's Mass, benefitting from Rick's recording and editing skills, at the link below (which will take you directly to our website):



With every blessing,
Fr Martin.