Every blessing to all our children and young people who will be returning to school this week. I have been hearing about the efforts and plans that have been put into place over the summer for their safe return. I know it will take a few days to get used to but we are all getting used to doing things differently now. Please keep all of our local schools in your prayers over the coming weeks.
Our children will be joining us for Mass on Friday mornings by livestream for now. All being will that might change in the coming weeks and months.
I know families will already be thinking about sacramental preparation for First Confession and Holy Communion and Confirmation for the coming year.
I have made the decision not to have a parish Confirmation group this year. This will affect children who do not attend St Teresa's school. Please do not worry about this, Confirmation does not need to be linked to year 6 and can be celebrated at any age. For children at St Teresa's, there is a date planned for Confirmation but this will depend on what the situation regarding the Covid 19. I will keep you informed as best as I can.
I will be delaying First Confession and First Holy Communion preparation until the beginning of 2021 and see how things are then. Again, I will keep you informed.
As people return to school and work there are changes in our hospitality team, please consider helping us stay open for Mass by joining the team. See details below.
Wishing you a blessed week! Remember to pray for me!
As people return to work and school there are a number of changes in our hospitality team. If you are able to help welcome people to church and clean afterwards, we could really use your help. Get in touch with Lindsay for more information and sign up. Thank you to our team, they have been fantastic at keeping us open!
Sunday Mass Reservation System
You can visit the homepage of the website and use the calendar or use the links below. Please note, tickets do not become available until the Monday of the week leading to the Sunday Masses.
Please pray for Eddie Roberts who died recently. Funeral details (which will be by invitation only) will be announced when they are known.
200 Club Subscriptions are Due
This is a nice annual fundraiser for the parish. It costs £12 per year (£1 per month) and you are entered into a draw each month. Prizes each month are £50, £30, £20, £10 and £10.
Send a cheque for £12 (per entry) and on the back write your name and address to:
c/o Mike Rushton
St Teresa's Presbytery
100 Stone Road
If you would like to join the 200 club send a cheque with you name and address on the back (£12 per entry) and the word 'join'. After September, Mike will begin chasing people.
Holy Rosary and Monica Prayers
Many thanks to Cathie, from the Legion of Mary in our parish, who has been leading the Rosary on Friday evenings and to Christine who has been leading Monica Prayers on Wednesday afternoons. There will be a pause to these devotions until October when we will start again for the Month of the Rosary.
First Confession and First Holy Communion
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.
Dates are available until the end of October, after that, you will need to wait until our next celebrations of First Communion.
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.
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.
Deanery, Diocesan and Local Notices
Ordination of Deacon Sean Gough to the Priesthood
Deacon Sean will be ordained at St Chad's Cathedral on 20th September at 3.00 p.m. Sadly, due to the current situation, we are unable to attend in person. We are, however, welcome and encouraged to watch via the livestream at the Cathedral. Here is the link. Please keep Deacon and soon to be Father Sean in your prayers.
National, International and Other Notices
Liturgies This Week
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament 30 minutes before Mass
Sunday 30th August
22nd Sunday Ordinary Time
Confessions after Holy Mass
4.00 p.m. Holy Mass (Saturday Vigil) - John Harbron R.I.P
9.30 a.m.Holy Mass - Pro Populo
5.30 p.m. - In thanksgiving John and Ann Owen
Monday 31st August
Ferai 9.00 a.m. Holy Mass - Holy Souls
Tuesday 1st September
8.00 a.m. Holy Mass - Eddie Roberts R.I.P.
Wednesday 2nd September
Feast of Blessed Dominic Barberi
Thursday 3rd September
Feast, St Gregory the Great
Friday 4th September
Memoria, St Cuthbert
Saturday 5th September
Memoria, Our Lady on Saturday
Sunday 6th September
23rd Sunday Ordinary Time
Confessions after Holy Mass
4.00 p.m. Holy Mass (Saturday Vigil) - Kevin Gallacher R.I.P.
9.30 a.m.Holy Mass - Holy Souls
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 July bank statement - £3,208.29