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From Fr Michael

Thursday 5th November was very strange.  To think, the evening before we had people in church, present for the celebration of Holy Mass, on Thursday it was just me.  I say, just me, I know you were with me, watching via the livestream.  I know you are there, and I know we are praying together.

A very big thank you to all those who responded so quickly to the lockdown.  I know there must have been much to organise in your homes and families, but the quick response from sending off shoeboxes, cleaning the church, banking the collection, rearranging meetings, events and everything else that needed to be ready for Thursday was wonderful.  We are blessed!  We should thank God that we are so wonderfully blessed!

It does feel as if this is a little easier than the first time we went into lockdown in the Spring of this year.  Even though we might not feel much difference ourselves, or because of child care and work, sense no difference at all, spare a prayer and even reach out to people who might be silently struggling with another period of isolation.

I really do encourage you to come to church on Sunday mornings for the time of private prayer.  We have set it as one hour for now but we can grow as the numbers coming grow. It will require a little effort to make the journey and not to fall into the temptation to have Sunday as (what we called in the seminary when we felt like not doing much work!) a 'duvet day'.  But in these times when places of worship are closed we need to show that the Lord means something to us, that our faith is not an irrelevance but something truly essential to our lives.

To help with private pray there is a button below which has some suggestions of how to 'make a visit' to the Blessed Sacrament.  At the moment, we are not allowed in each other's houses.  So we can think of the time of private prayer as 'paying a visit to a friend'.  In the Real Presence of Jesus we offer a short (or long) period of time to catch up, to ask, to talk, to listen. I know this time, if you come, will be fruitful in how you live the week.

Lastly, keep on following the words of St Padre Pio which have become a slogan for this lockdown, "Hope, pray, and don't worry."

You are in my prayers.  Pray for me too.

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 8th November

Parish Notices

Remembrance Sunday
Holy Mass on Sunday will a Requiem Mass for those who have died as result of armed conflict.  It will begin with 2 minutes of silence as we remember.  Do see the notices by the Royal British Legion on how Remembrance Sunday and the 11th November will be marked this year.

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.
The Bishops of England and Wales have asked us to be united in prayer each day during lockdown at 6.00 p.m.  I suggest praying the Angelus, a daily reminder that the Word became flesh and dwelt amongst us.  Set an alarm on your phone and spend just a short moment united in prayer each day this month.

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.

I was really looking forward to celebrating Confirmation with our young people at the end of November.  Sadly, this cannot take place.  It seems sensible now to postpone Confirmation until 2021.

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.

I was due to make a retreat this year. It is a requirement for priests to go on retreat, ideally every year.  As with everything else, it was cancelled. The lockdown offers me an opportunity to do a retreat at home.  From 16th - 20th November, I am going to try and spend the days avoiding non-essential parish work and using the time to pray and read.  More details as we go through the month.

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.
Printable Version of the Newsletter

Updated Times of Liturgy

All Liturgies will be livestreamed

Sunday 8th November

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 
Remembrance Sunday
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - War Dead

Monday 9th November
Feast, Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - Theresa Dulson R.I.P.

Tuesday 10th November
Memoria, St Leo the Great
8.00 a.m. Holy Mass - Enid Edwards R.I.P.

Wednesday 11th November
Memoria, St Martin of Tours
2.00 p.m. Monica Prayers

Thursday 12th November
Memoria, St Josaphat
7.00 p.m. Holy Mass - Agnes May Godwin R.I.P.

Friday 13th November
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - Dr Kathleen McCartie R.I.P
6.30 p.m. Rosary

Saturday 14th November
Memoria, Our Lady on Saturday
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - For and end to the pandemic

Sunday 14th November
33rd Sunday Ordinary Time
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - Lucy Betts 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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