SS Peter and Paul : Divine Office Week 3
Please join us for Mass every weekday at 9 am and on Sunday at 11 am via Zoom.Click here to join the Mass
Your Prayers are asked for:
Those Whose Anniversaries are at this time:
Agnes Anderson, Marilyn Dugdale. Maeve Binchy. Eileen Davison, Kathleen Parkinson.
Thanks to Betty and Sue for keeping the anniversary books and letting us know each week.
The Sick of the Parishes:
Brian Byrne, Sarah Adam, Veronica Law, Dennis Brown, Graham Jubb, Paul Shuttleworth, Keith and Alexa Wightman, Sarah Mason, Cynthia McPherson, Kevin Casey, Esther Castle, Chris Broadhurst, Joan Randall, Hazel Waring, Eric and Nina Ireland, Frances McKenzie, Sandie Hardy, Elizabeth Ackerley, Pepe Casanova, Karen Parkinson, Margaret Aspin, Bruce Kay, Colette Calveley, Lucy Ball, Maggie Trimble, Pauline O’Toole, Roberta Whiteside, Alan White, Margaret Nevin.
Some words from Bishop Paul:
Over the past few months you have become accustomed to receiving a constant stream of information, guidelines and instructions aimed at keeping us obedient to the Government’s call to protect public health, and Christ’s call to remain faithful to Him during the current pandemic. I am conscious that, across our parishes, ability and circumstances vary; not everyone/everywhere is able to respond at the same pace. This communication is significantly different from previous ones because on Tuesday 23rd June the Government announced that from 4th July 2020 religious groups may open their doors and hold public worship. This is an answer to prayer, even though strict compliance with regulations still applies. Our parishioners are welcome, once more, to gather for public Mass, both on Sundays and weekdays. The celebration of Holy Mass has not been absent; for over three months we have celebrated Mass faithfully but in circumstances not of our choosing. As a Catholic community we have been waiting, preparing for this new stage to arrive.
Note that we remain in a stage of transition and the dispensation from attending Sunday Mass still holds. It will take time to get back to normal practice. It is also possible that severe restrictions could be re-imposed should there be evidence of a second ‘spike/wave’ threatening.
Participation in Divine worship and Liturgy is our privilege. It is ours not by right but by gift. These restrictions we experience are a consequence of us being citizens of a broader society, for whom we have a profound concern, and to whom we have a Divine Mission. Waiting and preparing have a place in the Mystery of Faith. Think of Christ’s hidden years before His public Ministry, and His sharing of the Eucharist towards its completion. Think of His patience in delaying His Ascension to the Father. Think of the Apostles and Our Blessed Lady waiting for the descent of the Holy Spirit. Think of the Eucharistic fast, a time of waiting and preparation – definitely not time wasted!
Extraordinary PCC Meeting
As things are moving quite quickly with lockdown we feel we need another PCC meeting about opening the churches. We have decided on Tuesday 30th June at 4.30pm. We have set up a Zoom meeting for that time. It is password protected: if you would like to attend please send us an email and we’ll let you know the password. The meeting will be recorded, to make it less difficult to minute, so by attending you are assenting to your voice/image being recorded for that purpose.
As you may remember we postponed the PCC AGM due to be held in March. We will continue this postponement until we are able to meet as a large group of parishioners. If you have any concerns please get in touch.
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It is now apparent that we will be relying on Zoom for parts of parish life for some time to come. We have set up another Play with Zoom session for Wednesday at 5:00 pm – details are in the calendar. This is an opportunity to get familiar with using Zoom and, if you would like, to learn how to “host” a meeting. At the moment we have only 2 people with the knowledge to host the Masses – it would be really good to have a few more, to allow for sickness, holidays and the occasional sleep-in (sorry, but it has happened…) Click here to join, just before 5, on Wednesday.
Joining Sunday Mass on Zoom
Zoom is about to tighten up security on the meetings. All meetings will have to have either a password, or a waiting room enabled. This helps to keep out unwanted intrusions. Please try to join the Mass a few minutes early if you can, so that we can let you in through the waiting room in time for the beginning of Mass.
God bless, stay safe, stay well.