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From Fr Michael

Over the last few weeks I have been listening to the experiences of parishioners during this lockdown. Unlike the first time we went into lockdown, there is not the same excitement about the possibilities of how we can use the gift of a different way of living.  Also, the weather has not made it easy to use the great outdoors for local adventures.  Working from home, relaxing at home, learning from home, no commuting or running around has some great positives.  The creature comforts, the potential for simplicity, and spending time with the family are all wonderful blessings.  But the longer we live this way, the more the challenges will reveal themselves.

I just want to encourage us all to look after ourselves. Even though we might be at home a lot, we can very easily become isolated, everyone in their own space plugged into their own device and not having any real or meaningful connection.  Have a think about how and where you work or learn at home.  Working and relaxing in the same space is a challenge (take it from one who lives about the shop).  I don't keep anything related to parish work in the sitting room or bedroom.  Otherwise, I know I'll sit with a laptop and wait for emails and respond to them at all hours of the day and night.  If you can have a little corner, the dining table, a kitchen counter, it will make a difference.  Also, if you can, tidy the work away in the evening so it feels like the working day has come to an end.  One other little tip, go outside! It's so easy to stay indoors at the moment.  If you feel you need an excuse to get everyone out the house, then you're more than welcome to take Kolo for a walk - he can't get enough of being outside and he never minds the weather!

If you're feeling a little bit down or struggling at the moment, that's okay. If you're experiencing it, someone else will be too. There might be some very easy practical things that can help.  One little change can make all the difference.  Speak to the Lord in prayer, tell him how you feel and talk to him about the little change you might like to make.

Every blessing for the week ahead.

Hope, pray, don't worry!

Fr Michael
Readings for 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Alpha Online on Thursday 4th February 7.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. for 8 weeks.
This is a gentle introduction to the core messages of the Gospels.  We meet together, watch a short film, followed by a gentle discussion.  Do something different this lockdown! More information and register here.

Parish Notices

Hospitality Team
If you are able to come to Holy Mass and can help serve in our Hospitality Team, that would be fantastic.  This is the only way we are able to offer welcome and service at church at the moment and is great way to get involved.  Contact Lindsay for more information.

At Home DIY Abortion
The Department of Health is holding a public consultation on whether to continue the practice of allowing abortion providers to send abortion pills to women so that they can perform their own abortion at home.  There is a sad risk of danger to those suffering domestic abuse together possible health problems and a lack of the possibility of care to those considering an abortion.  If you can spare the time to complete the consultation you can access it here.  For help completing it, there are downloadable leaflets here and more information here.

Hymns From Home
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 751 1122 8025
Passcode: cNV6rD
Holy Trinity are offering some sessions on understanding the Old Testament in the Sunday Readings. Send an email here for the zoom details.
Bible in a Year

A challenge for 2021: read or listen to the whole Bible
Listen along each day to the Bible which will be interspersed with commentary and prayer from Fr Mike Schmitz.  Here are few ways to catch up or start from today!

Times of Liturgy

Sunday 24th January
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - Holy Souls in Purgatory and help for discernment of vocation

Monday 25th January
Feast of the Conversion of St Paul
Conclusion of the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - Private Intention L.G.

Tuesday 26th January
Memoria, Ss Timothy and Titus
8.00 a.m. Holy Mass - Ken Bolton R.I.P.

Wednesday 27th January
2.00 p.m. Monica Prayers - Praying for families booklet

Thursday 28th January
Memorial, St Thomas Aquinas
7.00 p.m. Holy Mass - Robert Sheridan R.I.P.

Friday 29th January
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - Leslie Clarkson R.I.P.
6.30 p.m. Rosary

Saturday 30 January
Memoria of Our Lady on Saturday
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - For and end to the pandemic

Sunday 31st January
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time 
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - Mary Brougham R.I.P.
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Parish Priest
Rev Fr Michael Glover
Parish Phone
Tel: (01782) 658 063

Hospital Chaplain
Rev Michael Puljic
Chaplaincy: (01782) 676400
Parish: (01782) 215 217
Temporary Office Hours
Weekdays 9.00 a.m. - 12.00pm
Wed - Office Closed
Parish Secretary
Eileen Ratcliffe
Representative: Helen Clarke
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