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You are welcome to Holy Mass

There are no limits on how many times you can come to Holy Mass each week.  If you want to come, please come!  The Christmas season has shown us that we can easily seat 120 people and celebrate Holy Mass safely.

Once we have reached 100 people at Holy Mass on Sunday for 3 consecutive weeks, we will introduce a second Mass and continue to build up our congregation once again.

Please don't 'give up' your place to someone else. If you want to come to Holy Mass, come!

From Fr Michael

Welcome to the first eNewsletter of the New Year!

It seems odd to say this, considering that we are now in tier 4, but my New Year resolution is to help people come back to Holy Mass in person.  Of course, that is not going to happen from this weekend!  Over the coming year, as the vaccine is rolled out and as restrictions are eased, the biggest project for our parish is how we come together once again to celebrate Holy Mass, to receive the Eucharist, to go to Confession regularly, to pray before the Blessed Sacrament.

Being separated from our families has been tough.  There is nothing like being physically present with the people we love.  The same is true, and in fact, more true for how we practise our faith.  Nothing can compare to sharing the same space when bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus.  Nothing can compare to knowing with certainty that our sins are forgiven as the priest says the words of absolution in confession.

I am really pleased that in tier 4 churches can remain open.  I want to assure you that we are open and you are welcome to come to church for Holy Mass.  With tier 4 we are able to leave home for important reasons: to nourish the body and to nourish the soul.

In the coming days and weeks, go at your own pace. Try coming to Holy Mass in the week when we naturally have few people. Think about your experiences in other places (like shops and supermarkets) and listen to the experiences of those who have come to Holy Mass, to Confession, to funerals, to First Holy Communions, and all the other things that have happened in our church over the last year. We do what we can to be as safe as we can.

When we say the Prayer of Spiritual Communion, if you are watching at home, pray that prayer and really ask Jesus to come into your heart and life, and pray that Jesus will help you come back to church for Holy Mass.  As you pray from home, we will pray in church and offer the same prayer for you, that Jesus touches your life and lead you to Him in church.

We all have to start from where we are and we can all begin with prayer and allow the Lord to navigate us through the coming months.

Fr Michael
2nd Sunday after Christmas
Bible in a Year

in a year! A challenge for 2021, read or listen to the whole Bible
Hallow is Catholic Prayer app (available on iPhone and Android) have an excellent new podcast called Catholics and the Bible.  Listen along each day to the Bible and they will be interspersed with commentary and prayer from Fr Mike Schmitz.

Parish Notices

We have two celebrations of Holy Mass on the Epiphany, 9.30 a.m. and 7.00 p.m.

Christmas Tree
The Douglas Macmillan Hospice are collecting Christmas Trees!  If you have a real Christmas tree and would like it to be collected for a donation visit
The tree in church is going to be collected.  After the evening Mass on the Epiphany if a few people can stay behind to help with decorations and moving the tree outside (even thought Christmas doesn't end until the Baptism of the Lord) we need it there ready for collection.

Thank you
Once again, thank you to our Hospitality Team, to the Flower Team and Musicians and everyone else who has made the celebration of Christmas so wonderful at St Teresa's.  Thank you not just for Christmas, but for everything you do for our parish.  Lastly, thank you again for all the cards (that were filled with encouraging words), gifts and offerings.

Crib Offerings
This year the Crib Offerings are supporting Dove Services and in particular, their work with children and young people.  In this year where we have realised the fragility of our mental health, I thought it was important to help a local charity that supports young people with mental health issues.  Do say a prayer for their work.

Seminarian - Tenny Anthony
We were due to be welcoming Tenny, a first year seminarian at St Mary's College, Oscott, this week.  Sadly, because of restrictions, that is now not possible. Please keep him in your prayers, he may come later in the year, and also pray for vocations - I know there are young men in our parish who would make fantastic priests!

Catching Up
I have not forgotten our candidates for Confirmation, nor how we will be preparing young people for First Confession and First Communion.  I hope to be able to share something in the coming weeks.

Becoming Catholic and Growing in Faith Group
Resumes this Friday.  Look out for an email in the coming week with all the information for this week's session.

Times of Liturgy

Sunday 3rd January
Second Sunday after the Nativity
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - Anne Marie Tunney R.I.P

Monday 4th January
Christmas Feria
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - Trevor Foster R.I.P
12.00 p.m. Requiem Mass - Barbera Wilkes 
(Limited to 30 people)

Tuesday 5th January
Christmas Feria

Wednesday 6th January
Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - Feliksa R.I.P
7.00 p.m. Holy Mass - Pro Populo

Thursday 7th January
Christmas Feria
7.00 p.m. Holy Mass - Ann Gamble Intentions

Friday 8th January
Christmas Feria
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - Ann Pate R.I.P 

Saturday 9th January
Christmas Feria
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - For and end to the pandemic

Sunday 10th January
Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
and the end of the Christmas Season
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - Bishop Leo and Dr Kathleen McCartie 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
Contact can be made through the Parish Office, or call the Diocesan Team on 0121 230 6240 or
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