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From Fr Michael


With the announcement given by the Prime Minister on Monday about the Roadmap out of the pandemic, I thought it might be helpful to mention the details that relate to churches.

It seems that until we hear otherwise, that things like track and trace, sanitising, social distancing, no congregational singing, face coverings, cleaning benches etc., will be the norm for a while longer.  We have a wonderful Hospitality Team who are helping us to keep open.  If you are able to join them and help occasionally, that would really help us to stay open for others and enable us to keep welcoming people back to church.

The main difference for churches will be at each step, different numbers of people will be able to attend services outside of daily and Sunday Mass.
  • From 29th March - 6 people may attend a wedding/ other events such as baptism
  • From 12th April - 15 people may attend a wedding/ other events such as baptism
  • From 17th May - 30 people attend a wedding/ other events such as baptism
  • From 21st June - we await for further details relating to churches
The number that are able to attend a funeral remains at 30 at each step.

The 'roadmap', at the moment, has helped guide a few decisions regarding celebrating the sacraments with our young people.  There will be more information about this in the coming weeks so please keep a close eye on the newsletter.  My hope is that:
  • Confirmation for the current year 6 group will be celebrated after 21st June and before the Summer Break.
  • Preparation for First Confession for the current year 3 group will begin in the Autumn (when they are in year 4) with preparation for First Holy Communion beginning after Easter 2022.
These dates seem a long time away at the moment, but to hand on our faith in the best way possible we need to be able to gather together in church and build up the habit of coming to Holy Mass in person once again.  Otherwise we risk preparing our young people for an event rather than for life in Christ and His Church.

I know that other groups in the parish will be looking at the dates and thinking when they might be able to start once again.  The cautious approach of the 'roadmap', again, is useful. I would suggest looking until after 21st June and preparing for then.  If it helps, the new Community Cafe which we are working with Better Together is, please God, going to open in early July.

The good news is, there is a light at the end of this long tunnel.  There might be sometime to go and things will no doubt change, but the coming months are hopeful!  One thing not on the map is when you might like to start coming back to church.  My hope is that by sharing the various stages might give you the confidence to pick your own date and celebration of Holy Mass to start with, maybe even a weekday Mass, and get used to being in church once again.  We are saving you a seat!

Hope, pray, don't worry!

Fr Michael
Pop Up Confessional!
 
Sunday
8.45 a.m. - 9.15 a.m.
4.45 p.m. - 5.15 p.m.
Stations of the Cross

Thursday
6.00 p.m.

Holy Mass
6.30 p.m.
Track and Trace Stickers!
Help us speed up track and trace by signing up to get a sheet of 65 little stickers with your name and phone number on.  When you come to Holy Mass, simply peel one off and stick it to the track and trace sheet! All we ask for is a donation to cover printing and the cost of the labels.  Click the picture to order yours!
Serve - 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.
Bible in a Year Gathering on Zoom - Saturday 27th February, 10.30 a.m.
If you are following the Bible in a Year App or Podcast, it would be great to meet together and share experiences.  Don't worry if you're not up to date!  If this gathering works, we'll repeat them over the year.  It might help with the gift of perseverance!
Sign up here for the Zoom Link.
Serve - St Teresa's Care
A big thank you for filling the boxes and serving our local community!  In the Narthex there are three grey boxes to support local charities.  Here are who they are and what they need:
Manna House - Dried food, non-perishable food, tins
Manna House - Men's clothing (clean)
Kaleidoscope Nappy Project - Nappies (size 6), baby milk (first), wet wipes, nit/ head lice treatment.
Year of St Joseph

Fr Julian, parish priest of St Jospeh's Goldenhill, is leading a 33 Day consecration to St Joseph to mark the Year of St Joseph.  Each day he will be sharing a YouTube video with a reflection and prayer.
 
Lenten Ideas

Some ideas about things to avoid and fast from this Lent. Click the photo for more.

Times of Liturgy


Sunday 28th February
2nd Sunday of Lent
8.45 a.m. - 9.15 a.m. Confession
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - Pro Populo
4.45 p.m. - 5.15 p.m. Confession
5.30 p.m. Holy Mass - Special Intention (R)

Monday 1st March
Feast, St David
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - Holy Souls

Tuesday 2nd March
Feast, St Chad (Patron of the Archdiocese)
8.00 a.m. Holy Mass - For the future and mission of the Archidocese of Birmingham

Wednesday 3rd March
Lent Feria
2.00 p.m. Monica Prayers - Praying for families booklet

Thursday 4th March
Lent Feria
6.00 p.m. Stations of the Cross
6.30 p.m. Holy Mass - Herbert Davies R.I.P.

Friday 5th March
Lent Feria - First Friday and Woman's World Day of Prayer
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - Robert Sheridan R.I.P.
6.30 p.m. Rosary

Saturday 6th March
Lent Feria
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - For and end to the pandemic

Sunday 7th March
2nd Sunday of Lent
8.45 a.m. - 9.15 a.m. Confession
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - Bishop Leo and Dr Kathleen McCartie R.I.P.
4.45 p.m. - 5.15 p.m. Confession
5.30 p.m. Holy Mass - Pro Populo
 

Other Notices


CAFOD Lent Appeal - Family Fast 2nd Collection this weekend
More information and how to donate online at cafod.org.uk/lent

Vacancy - Headteacher, St Wulstan's
Advert and Brochure - Closing Date - 15th March

Vacancy - Deputy Head, St Gregory's
More information

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