Bulletin for the week beginning 18th October – The Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

MASSES Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time 8.30am Christopher Lawlor. 10.30am Pro. pop. MONDAY 10.00 am Feria Bridie Callan. TUESDAY 10.00am Feria John. WEDNESDAY 9.00am Feria Mr & Mrs McCudden.

THURSDAY St John Paul II Tommy McCudden. FRIDAY 7.00pm Feria Bridie Callan. SATURDAY 10.00am Feria

Holy Father. Sunday Vigil Masses 3pm Bridie Callan. 6.00pm  John & Winnie Webb. SUNDAY Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time 8.30am Pro.pop. 10.30am Anne Perry.

CONFESSION – Any one who would like to make their confession, contact Fr Neil (01213512161) or email  fr.neil.bayliss@rcaob.org.uk  to arrange a mutually convenient time and place.

CORONAVIRUS – UPDATE Despite being in Tier 2 restrictions religious worship remains exempt from the latest regulations, and the obligation for the faithful to attend Holy Mass on a Sunday or Holy day of Obligation remains removed, until further notice. Baptisms, Marriages and Funerals are still allowed in church but with there are 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 invited to weekend Masses as follows: Sat 3pm Surnames starting with  A – E .   Sat 6pm  F – K.  Sun 8.30am L – P. Sun 10.30am Q – Z.

In the event that more than 80 people turn up for any of the above masses I am sorry but that they will not be granted access.

CONGRATULATIONS –  To Ava-Rose and Aaneria Mhlanga who were baptised here last Saturday.

RETIRING COLLECTIONS – Over the next four weeks there will be a series of ‘retiring collections’ made for various charities. One ‘identified’ charity each weekend. They are ALL voluntary.

BLESSING OF GRAVES 2020 – As a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic there will be no public blessing of graves this year. At all the Masses on the weekend 31st October & 1st November Fr Neil will bless water bottles and supply ‘prayers for visiting a grave’ (you must supply your own water bottle) so that you may privately visit a loved one’s grave and bless it yourselves.

RCIA & CONFIRMATION CLASSES FOR 2020-2021 – Fr. Neil is setting up ‘Microsoft Teams’ classes both for the RCIA and for the Confirmations Classes for those hoping to be either received into the Catholic Church at Easter or those NOT in Holy Cross school but in year 6 and wishing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation – which is booked for February. If you are interested in either the RCIA or the Confirmation classes then you must email Fr Neil and he will be able to give you access to the classes. fr.neil.bayliss@rcaob.org.uk

THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM – Fr Neil will happily re-book any postponed baptisms or book any ‘new’ baptism requests.  Please not that there is a restriction to the number of people who can attend – a maximum of 6 people and they must wear masks.  (NB The celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage, faces similar number restrictions.)

SAINT OF THE WEEK  – Pope Saint John Paul II.  Charles Joseph Wotjtyla was born in 1920 in Wadowice, Poland. After his ordination to the priesthood and theological studies in Rome, he returned to his homeland and resumed various pastoral and academic tasks. He became first auxiliary bishop and in 1964 he became Archbishop of Krakow and took part in the Second Vatican Council. On October 16th 1978 he was elected Pope and took the name John Paul II. His exceptional apostolic zeal, particularly for families, young people and the sick, led him to numerous pastoral visits throughout the world. Among the many fruits which he has left as a heritage to the Church are, above all, his rich Magisterium and the promulgation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church as well as the Code of Canon Law for the Latin Church and for the Eastern Churches.  In Rome on April 2nd 2005, the eve of the Second Sunday of Easter (or of Divine Mercy), he departed peacefully in the Lord. His feast is celebrated on October 22nd.

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: Christine Crane, Patrick Butler, Winifred Parkhurst, Frank Hogan, Frances Rose, James Smart, Joan Farrell, Rachel Morley, Bernadette Aucott, Michael Maher, Salvatore Cassisi, William Campbell and John Mead.

+ REST IN PEACE + Please pray for the repose of the souls of Eileen Compton, Bernadette Gaffney and Trevor Taylor all of whom have died recently. Eileen’s funeral service will take place on 27th October. Please remember that there is a government restriction of 30 people allowed to attend the Funeral.

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