Pastoral Letter from Bishop John Arnold
Covid has occupied our minds so much during the past two years - and clearly will continue to do so for some time yet - but the issue of climate change which was gaining so much momentum before the pandemic is still just as pressing, if not more so. We must leave our world in a fit state for the next generation, and we simply cannot wait until tomorrow. In preparation for the forthcoming COP26 Summit in Glasgow, our Bishop John (who is the Bishops' Conference lead on climate issues) has written a pastoral letter to be read and distributed throughout the diocese this weekend. Find a copy in our parish newsletter HERE. (A version of the letter for children has also been sent to our schools). Let us pray, as the Summit approaches, that world leaders will be ready to make serious and radical concessions and that we, too, will accept that our lifestyles cannot simply remain the same.
Thank you to all those who came along to our meetings at Holy Cross last week. I do understand that for a small number it simply was not possible to get here so, for those who were not present, a recording of the presentation can be found on YouTube HERE. Do, please, take note especially of the request to pray with your children - the importance of prayer, if the Sacraments are to have real meaning, cannot be over emphasised. The handout from the meeting, with dates for your diary, can be downloaded HERE. (The First Communion page of the website has not yet been updated to reflect the meetings having taken place, but this will be done very soon, and then these links will be provided there too). If you missed your child's photo being taken for the noticeboard and had given permission for this, please contact me after Mass.
Next week we should be able to announce a process for presentation of certificates to the children from the 2019-20 Programme, which was so seriously affected by the pandemic.
This week's Newsletter can now be accessed HERE. The "Lord's Day at Home" leaflet to reflect upon the Mass at home can be found HERE, and on the Resources Page of our website. The children's activity sheet "Look" can be accessed and downloaded HERE. Once again do, please, use it with the kids!
A change in weekday Masses
It is with some regret that I have felt it necessary to allow myself to be persuaded that Monday, my "day off," needs to be just that, a complete break. I'm sure you will appreciate that this has become a very large parish with a great many commitments, and I have come to realise that the daily pressures of the last few weeks are simply not sustainable. I have therefore taken the decision to discontinue Monday's morning Mass, for the time being at least, and apologise for the inconvenience this will cause.
This week's Sunday Mass can now be viewed on our website HERE (or, of course, on Facebook).