Our two Seminarians in Rome, Dave and Toby are in Assisi today and they prayed for all of us at the tomb of Blessed Carlo Acutis. Between 2015 - 2016 Toby spent a year at SS Peter & Paul's as a pastoral assistant whilst he discerned his vocation to the priesthood. He is now in his 5th year at the Venerable English College in Rome and, God willing, will be ordained a deacon next summer. Dave spent a year at SS Peter & Paul's similarly discerning his vocation from 2016-2017. He will be known to more of you because that was the first year of the amalgamation of our three parishes. Dave then spent a year at the Royal English College in Valladolid in Spain before moving to the Venerable English College in 2018. He is now in his third year of seminary. Many of you will remember when he received the Ministry of Reader online at SS Peter & Paul's earlier in the summer. As they have prayed for us, let us keep them in our prayers!
After praying at the tomb of Blessed Carlo, Dave and Toby also visited the new Youth Oratory which is dedicated to him. It lies just behind the old Cathedral where he is buried in Assisi. In the background you can see the tower of the Basilica of St Clare. Dave and Toby are looking forward to welcoming a parish youth pilgrimage there. Not to mention a parish pilgrimage for the not so young as well!
THIS WEEK'S BULLETIN is now ready on the Mass Times and Bulletin page. As I write this, I am aware that we may be going into another lock-down. If so, the schedule of Masses on the bulletin will have to be abandoned and we will produce a new schedule of online Masses for this week. This schedule will be posted on this parish news page.
God Bless, Fr Mark
This Sunday at Midday in St Chad's Cathedral there is a special Mass with Bishop David Evans celebrating Marriages from around the diocese. It includes celebrating milestone anniversaries including those of couples linked to our parish.
If you would like to participate online with this special Mass, please click the link below.
The October Rosary that is listed in the bulletin for October 21st is not correct. It is this Thursday the 15th! The Online bulletin will be corrected. Please share this information with your friends!
At the beatification of Blessed Carlo Acutis on Saturday it was announced that his feast day shall be on October 12th, the day he died and was born into Eternal Life. As our new parish patron this means that from now on October 12th will be our parish Feast Day. This means that our new parish will be blessed by the prayers of a great panoply of Saints! SS Peter & Paul Apostles, St Michael the Archangel, St Bernadette, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Blessed John Sugar, Martyr, and now Blessed Carlo Acutis, the first millennial to be beatified. As we have not received the new official Mass prayers for the feast, we will be using the "Common of Men Saints for one Saint" from the Lectionary and the Liturgy of the Hours.
To download the prayers and readings for Mass today click the button below:
Prayer in Thanksgiving for the Beatification of the Blessed Carlo Acutis
Oh Father, we give you thanks for the ardent testimony of Blessed Carlo Acutis,
who made the Eucharist the core of his life
and the strength of his daily commitments
so that everybody may love You above all else.
Confirm my faith, nurture my hope, strengthen my charity,
in the image of young Carlo
who, growing in these virtues, now lives with You.
Grant me the grace that I need …
I trust in You, Father,
and your Beloved Son Jesus,
in the Virgin Mary, our Dearest Mother,
and in the intervention of
Blessed Carlo Acutis.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be
The Beatification Mass will be in the Basilica of St Francis this afternoon at 3.30 pm our time (4.30 pm in Italy). You can access this live through the Vatican youtube Channel or EWTN Europe or the Franciscan Channel.
This weekend's bulletin is now ready to download from the 'Mass Times and Bulletin' page.
Please also read all the information about Venerable Carlo Acutis on the news item below this one.
Yesterday we began our Novena of prayer in preparation of the Beatification of Carlo Acutis, If you forgot to start yesterday, it is not too late to join us today as we pray together across our three church communities to our new parish patron. To join us, please click the link below:
Below you can watch the video from yesterday in Assisi where the bishop formally began the veneration of his tomb in preparation for the Beatification next Saturday. Obviously it is not possible for us to travel to Assisi at the moment but there will be a special Online Mass that morning from SS Peter & Paul's at 8.00am October 10th.
It is possible to visit his tomb online through out website and join with the pilgrims who are praying there. Please click on the link below:
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