Bulletin for the week beginning 17th January – The Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.

TIMES OF MASS – Second Sunday in Ordinary Time 8.30am  Pro. pop. 10.30am  George Wheeler. MONDAY 10.00am  Feria Tony Mann. TUESDAY 10.00am Feria George Wheeler. WEDNESDAY 9.00am  St Hilary Peter & Mary Williams. THURSDAY 10.00am Feria Spec. Int. (MM). FRIDAY 10.00am Feria Patrick Havlin. SATURDAY 10.00am Feria Ned Brunnock. Vigil for Sunday 6pm  Zdzizlaw Scrozinski. Third Sunday in Ordinary Time 8.30am  Pro. pop. 10.30am Mary Trevis.

CORONAVIRUS – UPDATE From January 4th 2021 Please remember that the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday remains ‘waived’ – meaning you do NOT have to go to Mass at the moment. Baptisms, Marriages and Funerals will be allowed in church but with legal restrictions on the number of people. MASS OFFERED IN CHURCH Everyone entering Church must wear a face covering and will be asked for their name and contact details the only exceptions are those under 5 years of age. Holy Cross can hold a maximum of 80 people socially distanced at 1m plus. Communion will be in the hand and under one kind only. At the end of every Mass the church will need to be cleaned before the next Mass. Please enter by the Car Park doors and leave by  the ‘Presbytery end’ doors. Use the hand sanitising gel upon entrance. Observe social distancing at all times when in church. Do NOT come if you are ill with or have symptoms of Covid-19. To ensure fairness and an equal share of opportunity for attending Mass parishioners are again invited to weekend Masses as follows: Sat 6pm Surnames starting with  A – G. Sun 8.30am H – M.  Sun 10.30am N – Z. In the event that more than 80 people turn up for any of the above masses they will not be granted access.After Mass please remember that under the latest regulations people should not gather and chat outside of church.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION SUMMER 2021 – Parents of children NOT in Holy Cross School who wish their child / children (in School Year 3 and above) to receive their First Holy Communion later this year, (hopefully in June) must either post through the presbytery letter box the name, address, school and next of kin details (with contact number) in writing or email Fr Neil before February 1s fr.neil.bayliss@rcaob.org.uk

RCIA CLASSES – These continue this week on Friday 22nd January 2012 at 12.30pm the code and password can be obtained from Fr Neil  fr.neil.bayliss@rcaob.org.uk

SAINT OF THE WEEK – Saint Agnes (c.291 – c.304) Saint Agnes is a virgin-martyr, one of seven women commemorated by name in the Canon of the Mass. Agnes is depicted in art with a lamb, as her name resembles the Latin word for lamb – agnus.  The name Agnes is actually derived from Greek meaning ‘chaste, pure and sacred’. According to tradition, Saint Agnes was a member of the Roman nobility born and raised in a Christian family. She suffered martyrdom on January 21st 304 at the age of thirteen during the reign of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. She was a beautiful young girl of a wealthy family and therefore had many suitors of high rank, but young men, slighted by Agnes’ resolute devotion to religious purity, denounced her as a Christian.  When led out to die she was tied to a stake, but the bundle of wood would not burn, whereupon the officer in charge drew his sword and beheaded her. Agnes was buried beside the Via Nomentana in Rome. She is the Patron Saint of chastity, gardeners, girls, engaged couples, rape victims and virgins. Her feast is celebrated on January 21st.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH – May the Lord grant them consolation, peace and healing. May God give all involved in health care in hospital or in the community, grace, strength and perseverance.

IN MEMORIAM – Please pray for the repose of the souls of parishioners whose anniversaries occur at this time: Sidney Nash,  Catherine Penzer, Robert Burn, Margaret Murray, Bridget Wragg, Helen Comerford, Catherine Hughes, Teresa Hynes, Maureen Talbot, Edward McAllister, Dorothy Healy, Cecilia O’Rouke, Anthony Bailey, Rosemary Kmicic, Terence Mooney, Betty Trapey, Peter Williams, James Kesterton, Thoams Hayes, James Costello, Anthony Dewan, Michelle Odyniec, Joan Boland, Mary Robertson, Christopher Glaze and Kathleen Flanagan.

+ REST IN PEACE + Please pray for the repose of the souls of John McDermott, Margaret Morgan and Michael Fleming. John’s Funeral will be on January 28th, Margaret’s on February 5th  and Michael’s is still to be arranged.

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