Weekly News 29/03/2020

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The Gospel of the Fifth Sunday is perhaps the deepest meditation on the mystery of Baptism and membership of the Church. It is a prelude to the events of Easter Sunday when we celebrate the triumph of life over death. To be plunged into the waters of baptism is to be buried with Christ, only...

Closure of Places of Worship

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Our Church is now closed even for Private Prayers until further notice. This includes access to key holders (except in cases of emergency). In line with The Prime Minister’s statement, no churches in the diocese should open again until these restrictions are lifted. This means further restrictions on weddings and baptisms, none of which should...

Sacrament of Reconciliation

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There have been a number of enquiries about how we should approach the whole subject of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It is important that both the penitent and the priest are kept safe. Therefore, social distancing of two metres should be adhered to, unless there is a screen. A confessional box may not be the...

Coronavirus Advice

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Coronavirus Advice During this pandemic (worldwide spread of infection) it is important that we all work together to prevent the spread of the virus and save lives. There are several very simple ways that you can protect yourself and others. Wash your hands regularly using soap and hot water. Hands should be washed whenever you...

Weekly News 22/03/2020

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When we get to Easter, there are two symbols of the resurrection that we use in the Church: fire and light (the Easter Candle) and water (the Font). Last week we reflected on water, and this week there are passages all about light – true light, that defeats the blindness of sin. Again, this would...

Coronavirus – Covid-19 UPDATE

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Coronavirus – Covid-19 UPDATE 1 Following on from the latest Governments advice the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have announced the suspension of all Public Services in Catholic Churches from Friday evening 20th March 2020. Churches will remain OPEN for private devotion and Masses will still be said for the Intentions.  You can still...

Coronavirus – Covid-19

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Coronavirus – Covid-19 Following the latest announcements by the Government we have decided to cancel for the foreseeable future the following parish activities: Wednesday Night Bingo Senior Citizens Get-Togethers Sacred Heart Guild Meetings Stations of the Cross Children’s Liturgy Bowling This list will no doubt grow in the coming days and weeks as the situation...

Weekly News 15/03/2020

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The Gospel of the third Sunday is the remarkable conversation between Jesus and the Samaritan woman by the well, the theme is water – which gives life, which cleanses, which is so necessary. This reading forms part of the catechesis given before Baptism at Easter: the candidates who would go into the water are invited...

Weekly News 08/03/2020

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Lent is a Season of preparation for the whole Paschal Triduum – Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday: not just a time to reflect on the Cross. Often our Lenten devotions can focus exclusively on the Cross, and the idea of Baptism can be lost. This is why the Church invites us to join...

News and Views March 2020

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Every year Catholics try to answer the age-old question: What should I do for Lent? Well, who better to pick for as your Lenten spiritual director than Pope Francis? He has some great ideas for you!   Here are a couple, to see the others click on the link below to view this months edition. 1....

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