RE-OPENING OF THE CHURCH – MASS TIMES FROM 1ST OCTOBER 2021
SUNDAY: First Mass of Sunday 6pm Saturday.
9:00am, 10:15am & 12 Noon.
MONDAY TO FRIDAY: 12:15
(Tuesday’s Mass followed by Novena to St. Anthony).
PLEASE ENSURE YOU ADHERE TO THE CURRENT GUIDELINES REGARDING SOCIAL DISTANCING, AND THE WEARING OF FACE MASKS. Thank you.
Should you require a Priest to hear your Confession, please contact the Parish Office. Kathleen will make an appointment for you to come to the Parish Office, not the Church, and see the Priest privately.
(The Sunday Obligation will not be resuming until Advent.
This means that until then Catholics are not required to attend
Mass on Sunday if they do not feel safe or comfortable doing so.)
THE REQUIEM MASS AND FUNERAL FOR SIR DAVID is on Tuesday this week (23rd) at Westminster Cathedral. Please continue to pray for the repose of his soul and for his sorrowing family. Sir David was very much a local boy. Born and brought up in Plaistow and an old St Bon’s boy, he was very much formed by his Catholic Faith and by Catholic Social teaching.
ST PATRICK’S CEMETRY Biannual Mass – 11am, 22nd November
POPE FRANCIS on Radio 4’s Thought for the Day
You may well have heard this, but if not, I attach a link to a recording and transcript on the Bishops’ Conference website:- https://www.cbcew.org.uk/pope-dont-waste-the-opportunity-to-challenge-the-unprecedented-threat-of-climate-change/
THE GOOD HOTEL
The Night Shelter for the homeless is again unable to run in church halls but it will run, as it did last year, as The Good Hotel in one base. Volunteers are needed for various roles. If you have a little time to spare for the homeless and would like to volunteer (either by cooking, chatting, serving breakfast or sleeping over night at the shelter), drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/ text on 07490 983777.
THE REPOSITORY remains closed but items are available through the parish office. Items can be ordered via the parish office (by phone or email) and can be picked up on a Sunday from the back of the church.
Note that the MASS INTENTION BOOK is still available. Intentions can be made via the parish office in the absence of the actual book in the church. Also via the Mass Intentions page on this website
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2022:
The First Holy Communion programme has begun. An email has been sent to all those who completed the necessary application process. If you have not received an email this week, please contact the Parish Office.
In 2013 Pope Francis published a letter to everyone in the world urging us to ‘care for our common home’ because it’s a gift that God has given us, and when we don’t it’s ourselves and our brothers and sisters through the whole world who suffer.
Parishioners and friars met on Tuesday last, 26th October, to share their interest in following up the insights of Pope Francis’ letter, Laudato Sí, and Bishop Alan’s pastoral letter at the beginning of October. The themes of ‘the cry of creation’ and ‘the cry of the poor’ were central to these insights. The participants in Tuesday’s meeting felt it would be good to encourage the various groups that meet in the parish to consider these themes and decide for themselves how to respond to them. Sharing with other groups and members of the parish might be an effective way of carrying our concerns forward.
We’re bringing together a group to plan how we can respond as a parish to which all are invited. The next meeting is 7pm on Tuesday November the 30th in the Large Hall.
Some resources that we’re using to help us plan are below:
- Brentwood Diocese Laudato Si Initiative –https://www.dioceseofbrentwood.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Laudato-Si-Main-Document-Low-Res-PDF-for-website-1.pdf
- A short guide to Laudato Si – https://www.progressio.org.uk/sites/progressio.org.uk/files/laudato_si_guide_web.pdf
- Global Healing Formation Sessions – https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/environment/global-healing/
- CAFOD’s Parish Livesimply Award –https://cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Livesimply-award
A MESSAGE FROM CAFOD: Thank you for supporting our Climate Crisis Appeal for our recent Family Fast Day. Every donation helps us in our work and is gratefully received. cafod.org.uk/climatecrisis
Please pray for the success of the upcoming UN climate talks in Glasgow, COP26, from 31 October to 12 November. There are prayer cards at the back of church; please do take one and pray that that world leaders will put the needs of marginalised communities around the world, those most affected by climate change, right at the heart of these climate talks. For more information see cafod.org.uk/COP26
May the Holy Spirit inspire all political leaders at COP26 and instill in them the courage and gentleness to implement fairer solutions for the most vulnerable.
APPLICATIONS FOR BAPTISM & MARRIAGE:
The Parish Office are receiving a number of requests with regard to receiving the Sacraments, such as Baptism & Marriage. A period of preparation is necessary, therefore, please contact the Parish Office at least six months in advance for Marriages, and two months in advance for Baptisms. Thank you.
Let us thank God for all the many gifts we have been given. Let us pray for each other with grateful hearts. Love to all, Sr. Bernie xx
THE THRESHOLDS OF HOPE WEBSITE has now been launched. This new online resource is the work of the Brentwood Diocese Vicariate for Adult Formation and aims to help adults to deepen their relationship with Christ and His Church. Please have a look at the website and watch it develop over time. Do let us know what you think of it. The website address is www.thresholdsofhope.co.uk
Threshold of Hope page – Brentwood Diocese
Please keep in your prayers the following couples who are hoping to get married in the next few weeks.
James O’Connell and Michela Trincia
Mattia Cevolani and Astrid Motta
Darryl Tan and Phyllis Guven
Matthieu Baril and Catherine Simon
In this difficult time, that their weddings may go ahead and be a time of joy and celebration for them and their families and friends.
May the Lord bless them and keep them.
For those couples looking to get married either here, in another parish in England, or abroad, we require A MINIMUM of 6 months notice with regard to Marriage Preparation, and the completion of the necessary formalities.
Please contact the Parish Secretary, if possible, to discuss your requirements, and for further advice.
Vocation Cafe – A Facebook Group for Catholic Young Adults in London
COMPASS Discernment Programme. Young adults 18-40 – How do I make good decisions? Can I notice how God’s spirit acts in my life? Join us to listen, reflect and share. Email us: CompassCVP@gmail.com More info: Discernment Programme or Https://fb.me/e/3MA8KE2ar #vocation #religiouslife #discernment #joy
Compass is a project of CVP (Catholic Vocations Projects). CVP is supported by a group of religious women and men in the UK who are interested in promoting a culture of vocation in our Church.
Coronovirus – Click for Latest Update from the Catholic Church
Advice re attending Mass and having the vaccine.
Click here for the full text of the email from Bishop Alan Williams.
When you are out on your daily exercise, which a lot of us are doing, you to note or record the distance you walked, run or cycled. You then submit the details to our website and help cover the 1,168 miles. You can either get sponsorship or make a donation via Just Giving. Anyone can join. For further details and to sign up for free go to https://sites.google.com/view/brentwood-2-rome-2021
Fraud Alert – Please be aware that there are an increased number of scams around, some involving the coronovirus vaccine. Click here for more information
BCYS– The Brentwood Catholic Youth Service has a number of opportunities coming up for young people and those accompanying them, including “BCYS voices” on YouTube considering the pain and problem of racism, and the potential for us, as young Catholics, to build the world in the image of Jesus Christ – where everyone is welcomed, valued and loved, in all the beautiful diversity of every race. More details at www.bcys.netand on Instagram and YouTube @BrentwoodCYS.
All Brentwood Diocesan Catholic School Vacancies (for which the Education Services Department are aware) are posted on the Diocesan website. https://www.dioceseofbrentwood.net/departments/education/vacancies
Practical Help and Advice
Links to Brentwood Diocese, BCCS and BCYS
Links to livestreamed services
Some warnings from our local police re fraud