Bulletin for the week beginning 19th September – The Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

MASSES Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time 8.30am Spec Int. (JC). 10.30am   Pro. pop. MONDAY St Martthew (Ap) NO MASS.  TUESDAY Feria NO MASS. WEDNESDAY St Pio of Petrelcina NO MASS. THURSDAY Our Lady of Walsingham  NO MASS. FRIDAY Feria NO MASS. SATURDAY Feria Sunday Vigil Masses 3pm Deceased clergy . 6.00pm Special Intention. SUNDAY Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time 8.30am Ann Perry. 10.30am  Pro. pop.

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 Religious worship is 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 the legal restriction of a maximum of 30 people.

MASS OFFERED IN CHURCH – Everyone entering Church must wear a face covering (these can be home made) 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 Fr Neil will need volunteers (under 70)  to do this before he can offer 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 next weekend only 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.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION MASSES – A statement from Fr Neil.

One of the primary tasks of a parish priest is the administration of the sacraments to the people in his care. In doing so he must make his paramount concern the safeguarding of the people of the parish. My decision to proceed with the First Holy Communion Masses was made nearly a month ago when the situation in our country was quite different from that which we now face, the ‘r number’ was below 1, a vaccine seemed to be on the way and life was beginning to return to normal. All this has changed in the last few days, the ‘r number’ is now above 1, a second wave seems inevitable, local lockdown restrictions are in force and increasingly so, a vaccine is still some way off. Consequently, it is with considerable regret that I announce today that the First Holy Communion Masses will once again have to be postponed. I deeply regret any hurt and pain this will cause the children and your families, as well as any cost and inconvenience this may cause you. I do not make this decision lightly. I cannot at this time of writing predict when we might celebrate the children’s First Holy Communion, but we will when it is safe to do so.

I will, as ever, keep you in my prayers, that we may ‘weather this storm’ without loss of life. May God bless and keep you.

SAINT PAUL’S SCHOOL FOR GIRLS – St Paul’s School for girls invites you to their virtual Open Evening 1st October2020.  Please visit www.onlineopenevening.co.uk/stpauls.

GENTLE REMINDER – To maintain social distancing for all – couples should not sit together. Each individual should sit solely on a green spot. The exceptions to this are those who are too immobile to move forward for communion or those sitting as families in ‘bubbles’ on the’ family’ benches.

VOTIVE CANDLES – When you come to Mass in church you may want to light candles. You will be allowed a maximum of three – which must be lit by one of the stewards. Once you have placed your candles in the stand please move away to allow others the same chance.

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 30 people and they must wear masks. (NB The celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage, faces similar number restrictions.)

SAINT OF THE WEEK – Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, better known as Padre Pio, was born in Pietrelcina in Campania, Italy in 1887. He joined the Capuchin community at Morone. He was ordained in 1910 and moved six years later to San Giovanni Rotondo in the Gargano peninsula. Bearing the wounds of Christ’s passion on his body, he became famous  for his ministry in the confessional, his spiritual direction and his miracles. In 1956 he opened the ‘’Home to relieve suffering’’ near his friary. Despite his popularity, he faced opposition, even from Church authorities.  Padre Pio died in 1968 and was canonised in 2002.  His feast day is celebrated on September 23rd.

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: Robert Tracey, Ellen Cassidy, Helen Boyle, Maria O’Looney, Mary Jackson, John Douglas, Anna Byrne, James ward, Kenneth Atkinson, Geoffrey Hunt and Thomas Miley.

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