Bulletin for the week beginning 26th July – The Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

MASS TIMESSeventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 8.00am Anne Minto. 10.00am Pro, pop. 12 noon  Holy Father. MONDAY 10.00am Feria Mary Sberry.  TUESDAY 10.00am  Feria Johnson Assoc. WEDNESDAY 9.00am St Martha Spec. Int.. THURSDAY 10.00am Feria Johnson Assoc. FRIDAY 7.00pm St Ignatius Loyola Patrick Raftery. SATURDAY St Alphonus de Ligouri 12.00 noon Spec. Int (JH). 6.00pm Holy Father. Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 8.30am Special Intention Diamond Wedding (B&C). 10.30am Betty Codd.

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 – The current regulations state 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 now allowed in church  but with the restriction of a maximum of 30 people.

MASS OFFERED IN CHURCH – Everyone entering Church must wear a face covering these can be home made)

 the only exceptions are those under 5 years of age. Holy Cross can hold a maximum of 70 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.

To ensure fairness and an equal spreading out of opportunity for attending the weekend Masses Fr Neil is inviting you to Mass this week  by the initial letter of your surname, as follows: Sat 12 noon  A – C, Sat 3pm D – G, Sat 6pm H – K,    Sun 8am L – N, Sun 10am O – R, Sun 12 noon  S – Z.

Please enter by the Car Park doors and leave by the ‘Presbytery end’ doors. Please use the hand sanitising gel upon entrance. Do NOT come if you are ill with or have symptoms of Covid-19. Observe social distancing at all times when in church.

For the month of August the following pattern for weekend Masses will be adopted: Sat 12 noon   Surnames starting with  A – E,  Sat 6pm Surnames starting with  F – K, Sun 8.30am   Surnames starting with  L – P,  Sun 10.30am  Surnames starting with  Q – Z.

In the event that more than 70 people turn up for any of the above masses I am sorry but that they will not be granted access.

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 – ST IGNATIUS LOYOLA – Saint Ignatius of Loyola was born on 23rd October 1491. He a Spanish Basque Catholic priest and theologian, who co-founded the religious order the Society of Jesus (otherwise known as the Jesuits).  He became its first Superior General at Paris in 1541. He died in Rome on 31st July 1556 and was canonized on 12th March 1622 by Gregory XV and his feast is celebrated on July 31st.

ASSOCIATION OF CHRISTIAN COUNSELLORS – ACC’s COVID-19 Crisis Counselling Support has been set up to help people who are experiencing difficult feelings, thoughts or circumstances. They work within a NHS setting and offer up to ten sessions of counselling on a no-fee basis either on-line or by telephone. For more information visit www.acc-uk.org or phone 024 7644 9694.

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: Eugene Thomas, Albert Mullen, Sandor Polyic, Lorraine Clough, Evelyn Bolan, Ann McDonough, Robert Holland, Annie Donovan and Georger Rosner.

+ REST IN PEACE + Please pray for the repose of the soul of Doreen Hopwood whose funeral will take place in Church of 6th August. Sadly as only 30 people may by law attend many of you will not be able to be present.

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