Saturday, 25 April 2020

Third Sunday of Eastertide

Nisi Dóminus ædificáverit domum, 
in vanum labórant qui ædíficant eam.
 Unless the Lord build the house, 
they labor in vain that build it.

From the Introit for the Feast of St Joseph the Worker.

Dear Friends,

Lockdown continues and our new routines are perhaps settling in to some sort of pattern. I hope that you have been able to include Our Lord in that routine and make a place for some prayer or spiritual reading with Him each day. The lives of the saints can be particularly uplifting. Some saints who ministered to those in times of plague can be found HERE.

Friday is the Feast of St Joseph the Worker, a great feast reminding us of the dignity of our labour. For those unable to work at the moment let us turn to his intercession for help; for those who work in all those essential areas that continue to keep our society functioning, let us commend them to his care.


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
Lily Riley, sick
Intentions of M M Purcell
Special Intention
Joe and Joseph Siney
Fr Gerald Dunn, RIP

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.


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. 

Also on Facebook, the Canons at St Walburge's in Preston stream many Masses and Devotions:

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

The Oratorians at Cardiff:
The Fathers of the Fraternity of St Peter also stream their Masses and devotions from Warrington St Mary's at: 

You can even join in Mass live from Westminster Cathedral:


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. 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. The Archdiocese is also looking into ways you may be able to contribute to the parish via the diocesan website. There may be more news shortly on this, though it is not up and running as yet.

God keep you,

Fr Simon.

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