Like the Magi or wise men or kings who visited the baby Jesus on the Epiphany and went home by a different way, we too must do things differently. And precisely like them, we are following a different way in order to protect the vulnerable - in their case the infant Christ and in our case each other.
Therefore I remind you that the obligation to attend Mass has been lifted - please stay at home and save lives. However, the church is still open for Mass and for private prayer. The reasons for this can be found in the following document Bishops' Explanation. The Mass times are as normal but the private prayer schedule has changed slightly and can be found in this document Opening Times. And do remember that our church is only open because it has been designated as Covid-secure. This status is entirely down to a small band of stewards and cleaners. You can join them and do your bit by contacting the parish office via Volunteering. And I must also remind you that if you do come to church for whatever reason you should go home directly afterwards - please do not break the law by mixing with other households outdoors.
All that said, in a rare moment of normality, chalk was blessed on the Epiphany which you can collect from the church to mark your doors while using the prayer in this week's newsletter. Asking the Lord to bless and be in our homes is so important at this time.
We all thank you for your contributions which keep us going - even if you can't come to us we are still here as we were before. Please help us support others both spiritually and practically if you are wisely staying at home by using this Virgin Money Giving link
You can find out more about donating regularly by clicking on Supporting Your Parish. If you do come to church you can use the contactless giving machines or there are baskets at the doors for any cash donations which will be gratefully received. And we thank you too for your generous and thoughtful Christmas gifts.
Please be assured of our best wishes and prayers for this new year which begins for us just like it did for the Holy Family in Bethlehem - amidst uncertainty and some fear but filled with hope. Throughout this time and beyond we'll keep you updated with what's going on here and on our Facebook Page so do check in regularly.
In whatever way you are keeping yourself and others safe, know that you are in our prayers and may God may bless you and your loved ones.
Is 42:1-4. 6-7
Ps 27:1-4. 9-10 R. v 11
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Daily Service Times
Sunday: 6:00pm (Sat), 9:00am, 10:30am, 12:00 noon, 6:00pm
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10:00am
Saturday: 10:30am - 11:00am, 5:15pm - 5:45pm