Last week we had the first of our First Reconciliation and First Communion celebrations, this week we are welcoming another 4 families over the three Sunday Masses. As a result, all of the Sunday Masses will be live-streamed so that families and friends at home are able to share in the joy of these children receiving these Sacraments.
Next Sunday (16th August) at the 9.30 a.m. we will be celebrating Baptism, Confirmation, Reception and Holy Communion for some of our families who were to be received at the Easter Vigil. This will be a moment of great joy for all of us, but especially those being received. Please keep them in your prayers. Please also note, because of the families coming, there will be no room for anyone else in church - please join us by livestream or one of the other celebrations of Holy Mass that weekend.
Before each Mass there is 30 minutes of quiet prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. It is a very beautiful moment of prayer as people come for Holy Mass and spend a few moments adoring Jesus on the altar, speaking to Him from their hearts, listening to Him speak to their heart. Do try and come a few minutes early and spend this time in quiet prayer. I see it as an image of our parish, the Lord Jesus at the centre, calling everyone to come close so that we are united in our love for Him.
As I write, I should be moving back to the presbytery over the course of the next week. Please pray for me! This will be the first time in two years (!) that I have been able to unpack and truly settle. It is something I am very much looking forward to and finally, I can devote my full attention to the parish! With moving back and unpacking, I imagine I might not be able to return calls and emails promptly for the next week or so. Please know, I'll respond to emergencies as quickly as possible, but other things might have to wait.
Wishing you a blessed week! Remember to pray for me!
Please note: music services may require an account and free versions may include advertisements and other songs which are not part of the list. As Fr Michael said on Sunday, "When God leaves the music, press stop!"
We will be welcoming into full communion with the Catholic Church those people who should have celebrated this at the Easter Vigil earlier in the year. This a great moment for the Church and our parish. Please keep them all in prayers in the coming week as they prepare for this moment.
This means that Mass at 9.30 a.m. on 16th August will be by invitation only.
This is to keep social distancing for those who are being received. Please join the celebration by livestream or come to another Mass in the week.
First Confession and First Holy Communion
For families with children who should have celebrated First Confession and First Communion this year, please book you child(ren) a place at one of our Sunday Masses in the coming weeks. There is room for only 2 families at each Mass and this means you household only, others are able to watch online.
Booking is simple. Go to our website homepage. Look for the diary. Choose which weekend Mass you would like the First Communion to be. Sign up. You will be sent an automatic email with everything you need to know.
Many thanks to those who have already signed up!
Certificate of Catholic Practice - St Jospeh's College
For parents preparing applications for St Joseph's College you will need a certificate of Catholic Practice. Fill this in and bring it to church before 13th September together with a photograph. Fr Michael will then sign the forms ready for collection from 20th September.
Only submit a form if you are from the parish of St Teresa's and you are practicing Catholics. Fr Michael cannot sign it if you do and you child do not come to Mass but a family member does. You also need to have been practicing Catholics for a number of years to qualify. Fr Michael will not sign the certificate unless he know you and the family.
Share Your Experience!
It has been wonderful welcoming people back to church whether that is for prayer or for Holy Mass. It is a wonderful blessing! I would like to invite you to share your experience of coming back to church and back to Holy Mass and include some of them in our eNewsletter over the next few weeks. How did you feel about coming? What was it like? How did you feel afterwards? I know we will all benefit from sharing our experiences. Scroll down for this week's contribution.
Most of these have been collected or posted through letter boxes. If you have not got yours yet, please get in touch.
A really big thank you to everyone who has donated to the parish over the last few months. Whether you have given towards the rose garden project, the camera or just donations to the parish, we are so grateful. It would be an even bigger help if we were able to claim Gift Aid on at lease some those donations. This means we can claim an extra 25% because you pay tax. For example, if you gave £200 we can claim a further £50 at no extra cost to you. If you have given something over the last few months and would like us to claim the Gift Aid on that donation, email us here and we can get the details we need.
"I felt very safe and cared for when I came to Mass for the first time and since then it has become easier each time I have come the stewards are doing a fantastic job"
Deanery, Diocesan and Local Notices
As things begin to open up, if you have any donations of dried food, long life food (cans etc.) or other things that would be useful to the work of Manna House, please leave them in the Meeting Room by the CAFOD table. Find out more about their work here
Please keep Pope Emeritus Benedict in your prayers as he continues to grow more frail in the days since his brother died. Hail Mary...
National, International and Other Notices
CAFOD - DES Appeal CAFOD has joined with the UK Disasters Emergencies Committee to help millions of people whose lives are at risk, as coronavirus spreads across refugee camps and countries suffering conflict. You can donate at cafod.org.uk/coronavirus to help CAFOD scale up its coronavirus response through our global Church family. Or use CAFOD’s Summer of Hope fundraising ideas with your family and friends to transform lockdown and raise money for the appeal: cafod.org.uk/summerofhope.
Liturgies This Week
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament 30 minutes before Mass
Sunday 9th August
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Confessions after Holy Mass
4.00 p.m. Holy Mass (Saturday Vigil) - Lawrence Wright R.I.P.
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - Denis Ruscoe R.I.P.
5.30 p.m. - Pro Populo
Monday 10th August
Feast of St Lawrence
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - Mrs Maria Gordon
Tuesday 11th August
Memoria, St Clare
8.00 a.m. Holy Mass - Dennis Menezes R.I.P.
Wednesday 12th August
2.00 p.m. Monica Prayers (Livestream)
Thursday 13th August
6.30 p.m. Holy Mass - John Harbron R.I.P
Friday 14th August
Memoria, St Maximilian Mary Kolbe
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - Intentions of E. R.
6.30 p.m. Holy Rosary (Livestream)
Saturday 15th August
Memoria, Our Lady on Saturday
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - Current Situation
Sunday 16th August
Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Confessions after Holy Mass
4.00 p.m. Holy Mass (Saturday Vigil) - Pro Populo
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass by invitation only - Barbera Gibson R.I.P
5.30 p.m. - Holy Souls
Stay Safe at Holy Mass
Please stay at home if you or anyone in your family/ household has flu like symptons
Remember to bring a mask or face covering (under 5s exempt)
Follow directions for Holy Communion. Place your hands flat as far away from you to receive the host
Please keep social distancing while on site
Leave church via the back doors
Stay Safe going to Confession
Outside of the main doors of church on the grass.
After every Sunday Mass, Fr Michael will be available to hear confessions for as long as necessary.
Please queue along the gate and wall when waiting to celebrate confession.
Don't let the weather put you off!
Income from parishioners on the June bank statement - £5128
This figure includes donations towards Fr Jan’s leaving gift, donations for the new livestream set up, giving from standing orders and one-off contributions to the parish.