Beginning last Sunday and then for the next 4 weeks, the gospel each Sunday is taken from St John, chapter 6. Each week we will be reflecting on different aspects of this great sacrament. Paragraph 1324 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church calls the Eucharist “the source and summit of the Christian Life.” In today's gospel Jesus explains that working for God means believing in the one he has sent, that is Jesus himself. Let us pray that our belief and faith in the Real Presence of the Eucharist may grow ever deeper.
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If you get a chance please watch this excellent edition of Songs of Praise. It is filmed in our local Catholic Heritage site, Boscobel House and the Robinson family give a wonderful witness to their Catholic Faith, as does Frank Skinner!
Click the link below to watch the program. Although it says BBC1, it was moved to BBC Two because of the Olympics.
This Monday is the feast of SS Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus. Pope Francis has decreed that the nearest Sunday to this feast should from now on each year be dedicated to Grandparents and the Elderly. This day provides a moment to stop and thank God for our grandparents and for the treasure of our elderly relatives and parishioners. Our families and parish communities would be impoverished without their wealth of experience and wisdom. So, we thank God for them today and ask God’s blessings upon them. As this feast becomes a tradition each year, let’s think of ways we can celebrate this in future years.
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The meeting arranged for tomorrow, Saturday 24th August to discuss the diocesan vision has had to be postponed. Please let any friends know who do not regularly access the internet.
Covid Regulations at Mass after July 19th
The guidelines we have received from the bishops encourage us to continue to create a safe environment in places of worship. For this reason, we will still be asking everyone to wear face coverings inside church, although it is no longer a legal requirement. Singing will only be permitted if people are wearing facemasks. In terms of social distancing, the bishops have proposed that we either designate certain Masses as socially distanced Masses or designate certain areas of the church which would remain for social distancing. In order for us to plan how to respond to this, everyone will be asked before they enter Mass this weekend whether they would prefer in the future to remain socially distanced or whether they would be happy to return to normal seating. Once we have collected this data, we will be able to decide how we organise each Mass. As we cannot do this till after this weekend, we will continue with the same system for booking Mass next weekend and make the changes on the weekend of July 31st / August 1st. We will however be able to begin singing next weekend.
Sadly, due to a case of Covid, all those in the year 6 bubble at St Michael's School have had to self-isolate. This means we cannot proceed with the Confirmations this evening. The date has now been fixed for September 27th. Please keep our young people and their families in your prayers as this will come as a great disappointment for them.
Today is Sea Sunday, when the Church prays for all those who live and work at sea. Today’s second collection is for Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea), the Catholic Church’s official maritime welfare agency. It supports seafarers both practically and spiritually. For an appeal talk from Bishop Paul Mason, and a video showing some of what Stella Maris does, please visit www.stellamaris.org.uk/SeaSunday This collection is vital to enable Stella Maris to continue its important work. To donate, please visit www.stellamaris.org.uk/donate or text ‘SEA’ to 70460 to donate £5. Stella Maris is dependent on voluntary donations, so please give generously. Thank you.
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