Bulletin for the week beginning 26th September – The Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

MASSES Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time 8.30am Ann Perry. 10.30am Pro. pop. 12 noon First Holy Communion. MONDAY 10.00am Feria Joseph Riley.  TUESDAY 10.00am Ss Michael, Gabriel & Raphael Mrs Zemlac. WEDNESDAY 9.00am Saint Jerome Christine Deegan. THURSDAY (in school) St Therese Joan Conway. FRIDAY 7.00pm Holy Guardian Angels Jo Donnellan. SATURDAY Sunday Vigil Masses 3pm Holy Father. 6.00pm Sarah & Michael Hartigan. SUNDAY Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time 8.30am Marie Turner. 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.

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 Jerome was born in Dalmatia.  He studied in Rome where he was baptised.  He chose the monastic life and went to Syria where he was ordained by Bishop Paulinus in 378 or 379.  He went back to Rome as secretary to Pope Damasus, who commissioned him to revise the Latin text of the Bible. He went to Bethlehem to work on this project. His work is known as the Vulgate which the Church has adopted as the official version.  He also wrote many other works, mostly commentaries on the books of the Bible. In art, Jerome is often represented as one of the four Latin Doctors of the Church.  He has been portrayed as a cardinal. Even when he is depicted as a half-clad anchorite, with cross, skull and bible for the only furniture of his cell, the red hat or some other indication of his rank as cardinal is introduced somewhere in the picture. Jerome is recognised as the patron saint of translators, librarians and encyclopaedists. His feast day is celebrated on September 30th.

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: Susan Stevens, Ivy Penrice, Michael Blake, Louise Douglas, Mary Waspe and Robert Mullen.

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