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From Fr Michael

This weekend we begin the season of Advent.  This is a time of prayerful preparation and waiting.  Waiting for the second coming of Jesus, and preparation for the celebration of his first coming. I write this on 'Black Friday' and even though I have succumbed to the odd bargain, it is a timely reminder, not to neglect our souls during this season.

As you know, we will be in Tier 3 from Wednesday 2nd December.  In all of the new government tiers, places of worship are able to be open for public worship. There will be Holy Mass on Wednesday at 7.00 p.m. At that Mass and from then on, you are able to attend in person.

To begin with, we will be having one Mass on Sundays at 9.30 a.m.  We are going to build up slowly and respond to how our congregation grows as we continue to live with the pandemic. Once one Sunday Mass is full, we will introduce a second and so on.  We can accommodate 70 individual people but this increases when households and bubbles sit together.

Normally, one of my Advent joys is to go and visit the sick and housebound.  I missed this during Lent and, because of the pandemic, I don't think it would be sensible to visit during Advent.  Please know, you're not forgotten and it is wonderful that many of you are able to join us online. To those who cannot join us online, will family and friends please pass on this message.

In an emergency, please call me and I will visit.  In the past months I have been to visit the Douglas Macmillan, various nursing homes, and homes to celebrate the Sacrament of the Sick for those in particular need and those who are dying.

Along with all the things happening for Advent there is a note below about Holy Mass at Christmas.  We will be operating a reservation system.  Please read the note carefully and follow the instructions.  I am really grateful to St Teresa's school for allowing us to use the hall for extra seating at the Vigil Mass.

Beyond Adversity begins on 1st December.  Remember to check the website each day for the all wonderful contributions that have been sent in.

Every blessing for the season of Advent.  I am looking forward to seeing you as you come back to church!

"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 the First Sunday of Advent

Re-opening the Church... Again!

From 2nd December we are allowed to welcome you back to Holy Mass!

New Tier System
In all three tiers churches will be allowed open for public worship.  Providing there is social distancing and we avoid socialising while on the site of the church.

Holy Mass - 2nd December, 7.00 p.m.
It would be good to come back to Mass on that day and thank God that our churches are able to open again for public worship.

Sunday Mass
For now, there will be only one Sunday Mass at 9.30 a.m. once we have reached capacity at that Mass, then we will start a second Mass and gradually build until we are at our normal routine for Sundays.

Will resume after Holy Mass and by appointment. 

Hospitality Team
A big thank you to the team, from the whole parish.  You've had to adapt tremendously over the last few months but have been so generous with time and support.

Advent at St Teresa's

Rorate Mass - Saturday 7.00 a.m.
We will be contenting the tradition of early morning Mass by candlelight on Saturdays in Advent.  We come together before dawn to wait with Mary for Jesus, the Rising Sun, to shine upon us.  It is a beautiful Advent experience and worth the early start!  Here is a piece of music by James MacMillan called Radient Dawn, which is rather beautiful! 

Beyond Adversity
There will be a reflections posted from 1st December until 24th December.  I have seen and listened to some of them and they are fantastic!  I hope you enjoy them too when they are posted!  Thanks to Nigel and Laura for leading this great project!

Christmas Tree and Stars
We are going to have just one tree this year... but a big tree!  We would like you to decorate it with gold and silver stars (as we have done in previous years).  It is going to be difficult to let everyone come round the tree and write on the stars and hang them. So, if you could make a donation (either by post or online) and click here to send us who you want to remember this year, we will write the names on the stars and hang them for you.

Walk With Me
Booklets are available for collection.  Please take one, and if you can spare a £1 place it in the collection box.  Take them for friends, relatives and neighbours unable to come to church at the moment.  They will be available at church for private prayer this weekend.
Christmas Masses

Please note all of this is subject to change.  

Our priority will be to celebrate the Masses of Christmas with devotion and safety. We will be limiting the number of people who can attend so that we can maximise the available space.  So that we have accurate numbers we will be asking you to reserve a space by booking a ticket.  If you do not have a ticket, it will be unlikely that you will be able to attend.  The times of Holy Mass and the seating capacity are below.  We are very grateful to St Teresa's school who are letting us livestream into the School Hall where there will be an altar and tabernacle for Holy Communion.

4.00 p.m.
Vigil Mass of Christmas   (150 in church and 100 in school)

12.00 a.m.  
Midnight Mass   (150 in church)

9.30 a.m.  
Christmas Day Mass (150 in church)

How to reserve a place at Christmas Mass?
  • Booking will be open on Fridays 9.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m.
  • To book tickets please our ticket hotline - 07474 005179 (Please do not leave messages or text messages)
  • Your tickets will be available for collection after Sunday Mass or from the Presbytery between 9.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
  • You must bring your ticket and hand it to our hospitality team when you arrive at church (or school)

Parish Notices

200 Club
A big thank you to everyone who has joined the 200 club this year.  As you can imagine it has been a struggle to send and receive subscriptions.  As a result of that struggle, we have fewer players in the club this year so we have had to change the prizes slightly to reflect lower participation this year.  The new prizes are £50, £30, £10 and £10.  Here's hoping you're a winner!

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. 

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.

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: 779 9156 0397
Passcode: 5RUWQs
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Updated Times of Liturgy

All Liturgies will be livestreamed

Sunday 29th November

First Sunday of Advent
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - For the Souls of my Family Members (J.W)

Monday 30th November
Feast, St Andrew, Apostle
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - Robert Sheridan R.I.P

Tuesday 1st December
Feast of St Edmund Campion, Martyr
8.00 a.m. Holy Mass - Pro Populo

Liturgies from 2nd December can be attended in person

Wednesday 2nd December
Advent Feria
2.00 p.m. Monica Prayers
7.00 p.m. Holy Mass - Intentions of K.M and family and all working in hospitals and care settings

Thursday 3rd December
Memoria, St Francis Xavier
7.00 p.m. Holy Mass - Alan Davies R.I.P

Friday 4th December
Advent Feria
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - Robert Atkinson R.I.P
6.30 p.m. Rosary

Saturday 5th December
Feast, St Birinus
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - For and end to the pandemic

Sunday 6th December
Second Sunday of Advent
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - Liam and Joan Beahan 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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