News and Views April 2020

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Three elements conspire in the making of every great message: a pulpit, an audience and a truth. These three were present in the two most notable messages in the life of Our Blessed Saviour, the first and the last which He delivered to mankind. The pulpit of His first message was the mountain side; His...

Weekly News 05/04/2020

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On Palm Sunday the long reading of the Passion dominates the celebration, and in a sense its meaning is obvious. Do not allow this, however, to detract from the other readings, which give the vital context necessary for understanding the Passion as more than just a long story. It is our story – the tale...

Palm Sunday

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What if everyone this Sunday 5th April in the morning, puts a branch on the door of their house or in a window, to celebrate Palm Sunday. It could be any green branch that you can get.  One from your garden or even a fake one from home. If you don’t have any, perhaps you...

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...

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...

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