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15th November 2020
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From Fr Michael

We are almost at the halfway point of this lockdown, please God, soon we will be able to return once again to church for Holy Mass in person.

Pope Francis has spoken a lot about the via pulchritudinis which is a pathway to encounter God.  The via pulchritudinis is the 'way of beauty'. The beauty we see points to something that beauty itself, God.  There are many forms of beauty, from art, culture, a way of living, and these little glimpses give us a little piece of the masterpiece that is God.  So, in church, we try to use beautiful things, we celebrate the liturgy in a beautiful way, we make the place of worship a beautiful space, not as a show or performance, but because these things reflect the beauty of God. It was the custom (and should be still) to wear your 'Sunday best', because in coming to Holy Mass we participate in something truly beautiful, not just because it is a formal occasion.

If you are very observant you will notice that I will be wearing a new vestment this Sunday. A long time ago, before we knew words like 'Covid' and 'social distancing', I ordered some new vestments to be made for our church.  We only have one in each colour (the other vestments I use are my personal vestments, which are gifts and hand-me-downs) and some of the ones we have are showing signs of wear.  It has taken a long time for them to come because of lockdown and furlough, but I am pleased to say they have arrived and they will be used over the coming Sundays. Please God, they will help beautify our celebration of Holy Mass to encounter the beauty of Jesus Christ the High Priest.

This week, from Sunday (after private prayer) until Wednesday, I am going attempt a few days of 'retreat'.  I put retreat in inverted commas as I will be doing it in the presbytery.  So, from Sunday: no tv, no music, no social media, no computer, but more prayer and reading.  It sounds like lockdown plus! I'll be saying Mass each day which will be live-streamed.  If you get in touch and I don't answer or respond quickly, I'm not being rude! Pray for me and I will for you.

We have a few days that need filling for the Beyond Adversity project. A big thank you to everyone who has contributed so far. I am looking forward to seeing each day unfold.  If you have a story that you can share, please see below for how to get in touch.

Saturday is marked as a day of prayer by the Bishops Conference of England and Wales to pray for an end to the pandemic, for those who have suffered as a result of it, and for those who are engaged with working to fight against it.  Make a little sacrifice (have no wine or chocolate) and may be offer a rosary asking Our Lady's prayers on Saturday.

"Hope, pray, and don't worry."

Fr Michael
The church is open for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (private prayer)

Sunday 10.30 a.m. - 11.30 a.m.

Please remember to keep social distancing and wear a face covering.
Private Prayer
Readings for 15th November

Parish Notices

De Profundis
At the end of Holy Mass, there will be a prayer for all of the faithful departed remembered in the Holy Souls Box.  While we are unable to be together, we can be united in praying for the souls of the faithful departed during the month of November.  The De Profundis is Psalm 130, 'Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord' and is traditionally used to pray for the souls of the faithful departed.
If you have names you wish to add to the box, please post them to Fr Michael at the presbytery.

Private Prayer - Sundays 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.
This will be a time of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.  This is not a formal time of prayer, please feel free to stay as long or short as you like.  Do use it as an opportunity to spend time with the Lord Jesus.  We cannot receive Him at Holy Mass but we can come into His Real Presence and be close to him.

Daily Prayer at 6.00 p.m.
Pray the Angelus each day at 6.00 p.m.

St Teresa's Live - 24 hours
The new camera means that we are able to run a 24 hour stream of the church.  This means that at any time of the day and night you can 'check in' on the church and offer a prayer.
This will be streaming from YouTube.  If you could subscribe to our YouTube channel, that would be much appreciated. 

I am happy to offer an opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Confession.  My kitchen window at the Presbytery offers a convenient space to celebrate confession at the press of a door bell.  Do give me a call if you are on your way, just in case I am walking the dog.

Children's Liturgy
This will continue during the month, the videos will be posted each Sunday.  Do encourage children to participate by watching them.

Becoming Catholic and Growing in Faith
We are working through these sessions via Zoom so this can continue during November.  If you wish to join the group, it meets 7.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. on Fridays.  Contact Fr Michael for a link.

Beyond Adversity
This will be wonderful project that we can pursue over this month.  Please contact Nigel and Laura with your story of reaching beyond adversity, whatever that might be.  Also, get in touch if you wish to help with readings etc.

Broken Jewellery
Many thanks to those who have been sending in little bits of jewellery.  Just before lockdown, we were able to raise just over £90.  If you fancy a doing some sorting out, please send odd earrings, broken chains, rings with stones missing.  Anything that you no longer use.  We can use the value of the gold (or silver etc.) to help us in the parish.

Hymns at Home
Sing hymns from home on Sunday at 10.00 a.m. use the following link to zoom.  Please note, this does cross over our celebration of Mass which starts at 9.30 a.m.
Meeting ID: 729 1429 7683
Passcode: 0CHP9D
Printable Version of the Newsletter

Updated Times of Liturgy

All Liturgies will be livestreamed

Sunday 15th November

33rd Sunday Ordinary Time
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - Lucy Betts R.I.P

Monday 16th November
Memoria, St Edmund of Abingdon
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - Renjith Mathew 

Tuesday 17th November
Memoria, St Elizabeth of Hungary
8.00 a.m. Holy Mass - Kath and Tony Moore R.I.P.

Wednesday 18th November
2.00 p.m. Monica Prayers

Thursday 19th November
7.00 p.m. Holy Mass - Intentions of Ann Pate

Friday 20th November
10.00 a.m. Requiem Mass - Rita Ruscoe
6.30 p.m. Rosary

Saturday 21st November
Memoria, Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - For and end to the pandemic

Sunday 22nd November
Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - Edith and Henry Byrne R.I.P.
Parish Priest
Rev Fr Michael Glover
Parish Phone
Tel: (01782) 658 063

Hospital Chaplain
Rev Michael Puljic
Chaplaincy: (01782) 676400
Parish: (01782) 215 217
Office Hours
Mon – Fri 9.00am -1.00pm
Parish Secretary
Eileen Ratcliffe
Representative: Helen Clarke
Contact can be made through the Parish Office, or call the Diocesan Team on 0121 230 6240 or
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