Further to the resources mentioned in the bulletin last Sunday, here are more resources for your Lenten journey 202.
I encourage you to buy this great new booklet on the life and mission of Blessed Carlo Acutis. It will greatly help us in our parish to foster devotion to our new patron and begin to learn his path to holiness. It is available from the Catholic Truth Society. Click the button below access to their website. Fr Mark
The bulletin is now ready to download on our Mass Times and Bulletin page. The Gospel on Sunday each week this year is taken from St Mark and here is a great 10 minute video giving an excellent overview of his gospel:
This Sunday's bulletin is now ready on the Mass Times and Bulletin Page. Can I draw your attention to the special celebration of the Sunday of the Word of God which is online a 6.00pm this Sunday? Using the Year of the Word posters that hang on the walls of our three churches, we have created a Holy Hour of meditation relating passages of the Old Testament to our present day. If you listen carefully you might recognise the voices of some of our parishioners. It will remain on our YouTube channel and can be used as a resource any time, either in its entirety or as a selection of individual meditations.
We received the news yesterday that the official decree has come through and we are now the parish of Blessed Carlo Acutis! Once we are through the present difficulties with the pandemic, we will have a great celebration! Let us pray to Blessed Carlo that we will safely reach that day very soon.
There will be a special welcome for 2021 with Praise and Worship at 11.00pm on New Year’s Eve and then Mass at 11.30pm leading into the New Year.
It will be held at SS Peter & Paul Church and it will also be online. The Praise and Worship songs will be led by the students of Wolverhampton University.
As there is more interest than expected for this Mass, it is best to book a seat by ringing 07934905283
We celebrated the Rorate Mass this morning by candlelight at SS Peter and Paul and online. A Rorate Mass is a special Mass of our Lady celebrated in Advent before sunrise. Rorate is the first word in Latin of the Entrance Antiphon of the Mass: Drop down ye heavens from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness.
We pray to Our Lady today on the feast of Our lady of Guadaloupe, that we may be open to receive in our hearts, Jesus the light of the world.
Next week's bulletin is now ready to download from the Mass Times and Bulletin page.
As you will have seen at Mass this morning, the Diocesan Youth team came to promote their work in the diocese and provided the music and readings for our Mass. At the end of Mass, Lucas mentioned various links so that you can follow up on all that they are doing. The buttons below will take to you straight to all the information you need.
In this Sunday's gospel we hear about the parable of the talents. We pray that despite the restrictions in our lives due to the pandemic, we can encourage each other to to share and develop our God given talents.
In the hope that we may have public Masses at Christmas, we have prepared a new schedule for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day across our three churches. It will be necessary to book seats because the demand will be high and we are not allowed to exceed the set numbers that ensure social distancing. Details of how to book will be available next weekend.
As Advent approaches you may be interested in celebrating the 'Advent Feast' with your family or your extended bubble. For more information, click the Advent Resources button below. Over the next few weeks there will be other initiatives added to this resource page so that we can make the most out of celebrating Advent and Christmas this year.
CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF ENGLAND AND WALES
Statement from the President and the Vice-President of the Conference on the National Lockdown
Wednesday 4th November 2020
Today, Parliament passed into law the Regulations governing many aspects of activity in the whole of England until 2nd December. These Regulations prohibit the gathering of people for communal worship in churches and other religious buildings.
Churches remain open and in use for activities other than communal worship, including personal prayer and support for those in need. Funeral Masses and funeral services may be held. Please refer to the Regulations (for places of worship see paragraph 18) and associated Guidance.
Despite profound misgivings it is important that we, as responsible citizens, observe these Regulations, which have the force of law: ‘Remind them to be obedient to the officials in authority; to be ready to do good at every opportunity’ (Titus 3:1). We do this in solidarity with so many others on whom are being imposed restrictions which impact severely on
their lives and livelihoods.
It is also important to recognise that these Regulations are not an attack on religious belief. However, they do demonstrate a fundamental lack of understanding of the essential contribution made by faith communities to the well-being, resilience and health of our society.
At this difficult moment, we ask that, as a Catholic community, we make full use of our churches as places of individual prayer and sources of solace and help. We must sustain each other in our patterns of prayer, joining a national shared moment of prayer each day at 6pm, and observing the Vigil of Christ the King (21st November) as a day of prayer
for the ending of this pandemic. And we encourage you all in your practical service and support of each other and those around you in need. This pathway of prayer and service is the royal road we are to take as a gracious witness in our society today.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols
Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP
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