Saturday, 23 May 2020

Seventh Sunday of Eastertide

  
"Christ is the Morning Star,
who, when the night of this world is past,
gives to his saints the promise of the light of life,
and opens everlasting day."

St Bede the Venerable: Feastday on Monday 25th May

Dear Friends,


Our exile from the House of God continues and a grievous exile it is. I see that the secular authorities lump the Mass in with "leisure activities" for the prescriptions of when we might open our door again. A sad reflection on these godless times.

Our sufferings come in many forms. I've discovered this week that there are no dental services available anywhere in the country. If your toothache gets too much to endure or dosing yourself up on painkillers for endless days isn't working, then you are to present yourself at A and E for an extraction. I can only hope that my offerings have alleviated much misery in Purgatory. (I've resisted the emergency extraction so far!)

On Monday there falls the feast of a great English Saint - Bede the Venerable. His "History of the English People" is the main source of much of our early knowledge of England. You can read something of him here. He is one of the few pre-reformation saints still buried in their ancient shrines in this country after the ravages of that destructive time. In this case, in the Galilee Chapel of Durham Cathedral, pictured below.





NEXT SUNDAY is Pentecost Sunday – May 31st 2020
National Rosary Rally 9am to 9pm – England, Wales, Scotland



Pope Francis is encouraging Catholics to pray the Rosary in their family homes during the month of May, especially when the Pandemic is making us aware of the value of our families and making it possible for us to pray together in lockdown at home. He encourages simple Rosaries and joining online Rosary initiatives to pray to Our Lady for deliverance from Covid-19 and he has composed two prayers for this intention.  I invite you to join in an initiative that follows on the Pope’s request, the Pentecost Sunday National Rosary Rally, from 9.00am to 9.00pm across Scotland England and Wales.  


At 9pm the Rosary Rally will end with a Rosary being led by Bishop John Keenan from St. Mirin’s Cathedral in Paisley. You can read further here. Although particular times are suggested around the country, I think it would be more important to pray whenever  you can.

Come Holy Spirit & Renew the Face of the Earth
Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us 


We also pray for the repose of the soul of our retired Auxiliary Bishop, Vincent Malone, who succumbed to Covid 19 earlier this week. You can read an obitury for him here.
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Your Mass intentions will still be offered as requested and you may continue to send them in: this week for...
For the people of the parish
Margaret Dickinson, RIP. First Anniversary
For those suffering addictions
Simon Gardner and Family
Pat Leach, RIP
Thanksgiving for prayers answered
Your Prayers are asked for all the sick, including: Rita Sarbrick, Rosena Stacey, Vivienne Lee, Tom Miller, Paul Casey, Linda Melling, Tilly Gee, Kathleen Ward, Clare Butler, Maureen MacDonald, Louie Baines, Maureen O'Brien, Margaret McNiff, Elle Miller, Mark Duncan, Hild Gibbons, Bill Sutton, Barbara Fow, Mary Ann Monaghan, Bernard Lawson, Mick Marshall, Carol Parkinson, Margaret Cheston, Eric Neilson, Alan Cottam, Seámus McLoughlin.

We pray for those who are housebound and for those who love  and care for them. 
O Mary conceived without sin - Pray for us who have recourse to thee.


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If you would like to pray through the Mass online or via TV here are some links below. Some people find it a way of preparing in some fitting way to make a Spiritual Communion in these times when the actual Mass is not available:

If you have access to Facebook, the beautiful little church of Corpus Christi on Maiden Lane in London has Mass each day.           https://www.facebook.com/corpuschristimaidenlane

Also on Facebook, the Canons at St Walburge's in Preston stream many Masses and Devotions: https://www.facebook.com/icksp.preston/

If you have Sky TV or you can also access EWTN at: https://www.ewtn.com/
With many other programmes that you might find useful.

The Oratorians at Cardiff: http://cardifforatory.co.uk/live-stream/
 
The Fathers of the Fraternity of St Peter also stream their Masses and devotions from Warrington St Mary's at: http://s3.amazonaws.com/livemass/warrington/index.html 


You can even join in Mass live from Westminster Cathedral: http://www.westminstercathedral.org.uk/index.php

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Please do continue to keep in touch via our Parish Facebook page and my blog. I continue to be in touch with parishioners via phone calls and emails.

May I ask that, if you are able, please continue to put aside your weekly offering each Sunday and bring it with you when things return to some normality. If you would like a Standing Order form, please contact me. 

God keep you,

Fr Simon.




Saturday, 16 May 2020

Sixth Sunday of Eastertide

 
“Liberavit Dominus populum suum. Alleluia!”
The Lord has delivered his people. Alleluia!

Introit from the Mass of the Vigil of the Ascension.

Dear Friends,



The news this week indicates that it will be July at least before we may be together to celebrate Holy Mass once again. I know that for many of you, as for me, this is a great trial. The everyday things of the Faith can feel far from us. But Our Lord transcends all physical and human barriers. Some words of Pope Benedict on the Feast of the Ascension which falls this Thursday remind us of this.

From a homily in the Basilica of St John Lateran, Saturday, 7 May 2005.

"What does the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord mean for us? It does not mean that the Lord has departed to some place far from people and from the world. Christ’s Ascension is not a journey into space toward the most remote stars; for basically, the planets, like the earth, are also made of physical elements. 

Christ’s Ascension means that he no longer belongs to the world of corruption and death that conditions our life. It means that he belongs entirely to God. He, the Eternal Son, led our human existence into God’s presence, taking with him flesh and blood in a transfigured form. 

The human being finds room in God; through Christ, the human being was introduced into the very life of God. And since God embraces and sustains the entire cosmos, the Ascension of the Lord means that Christ has not departed from us, but that he is now, thanks to his being with the Father, close to each one of us for ever. Each one of us can be on intimate terms with him; each can call upon him. The Lord is always within hearing. We can inwardly draw away from him. We can live turning our backs on him. But he always waits for us and is always close to us."



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Your Mass intentions will still be offered as requested and you may continue to send them in: this week for...
For the people of the parish
For the homeless
Louise Beardsmore and Family
Members of the Peake and Campbell families
Your Prayers are asked for all the sick, including: Rita Sarbrick, Rosena Stacey, Vivienne Lee, Tom Miller, Paul Casey, Linda Melling, Tilly Gee, Kathleen Ward, Clare Butler, Maureen MacDonald, Louie Baines, Maureen O'Brien, Margaret McNiff, Elle Miller, Mark Duncan, Hild Gibbons, Bill Sutton, Barbara Fow, Mary Ann Monaghan, Bernard Lawson, Mick Marshall, Carol Parkinson, Margaret Cheston, Eric Neilson, Alan Cottam, Seámus McLoughlin.

Please also pray for Bishop Vincent Malone, our retired Auxiliary bishop, who has tested positive for coronavirus. He has mild symptoms and is resting at home.


We pray for those who are housebound and for those who love  and care for them.

O Mary conceived without sin - Pray for us who have recourse to thee.

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If you would like to pray through the Mass online or via TV here are some links below. Some people find it a way of preparing in some fitting way to make a Spiritual Communion in these times when the actual Mass is not available:

If you have access to Facebook, the beautiful little church of Corpus Christi on Maiden Lane in London has Mass each day.           https://www.facebook.com/corpuschristimaidenlane

Also on Facebook, the Canons at St Walburge's in Preston stream many Masses and Devotions: https://www.facebook.com/icksp.preston/

If you have Sky TV or you can also access EWTN at: https://www.ewtn.com/
With many other programmes that you might find useful.

The Oratorians at Cardiff: http://cardifforatory.co.uk/live-stream/
 
The Fathers of the Fraternity of St Peter also stream their Masses and devotions from Warrington St Mary's at: http://s3.amazonaws.com/livemass/warrington/index.html 


You can even join in Mass live from Westminster Cathedral: http://www.westminstercathedral.org.uk/index.php

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Please do continue to keep in touch via our Parish Facebook page and my blog. I continue to be in touch with parishioners via phone calls in particular.

Like many parts of society, the financial effect of the lockdown is also a concern for our parish. Although some people give through standing orders at the bank, our weekly cash income from various sources is around the £350 mark, so that is what we are losing each week at the moment. All the usual bills such as gas, electric and community charge continue to come in and other work is still undertaken. So, for example, the heating boilers have had their annual service and the annual check and inspection of the fire alarm system and emergency lighting have taken place in the last couple of weeks. 

May I ask that, if you are able, please continue to put aside your weekly offering each Sunday and bring it with you when things return to some normality. If you would like a Standing Order form, please contact me. 

God keep you,

Fr Simon.