We had a record congregation on Sunday morning! It was wonderful! As we grow in confidence to start coming back to Holy Mass in church, we must remember we have only a limited capacity. Hopefully, you have seen the social media posts this weeks with key reminders for when we start to get busy:
Our Hospitality Team will stay with you at the entrance to welcome you
They will guide you to your seat(s)
You might not get to sit together (i.e. as a couple, household, family) but you will still be in the same church!
We may have to ask you come to another Mass or watch online
From this weekend, we will no longer be keeping the church open for private prayer, instead, 30 minutes before Holy Mass, there will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
A new part of our eNewsletter is a Sunday Playlist to prepare for Holy Mass. There is 15 minute countdown before Holy Mass begins, if you are in the car on the way, or waiting at home, there are a few songs to lead you into that 5 minute before Mass for a moment of quiet prayer.
Wishing you a blessed week! Remember to pray for me!
First Confession and First Holy Communion
Thank you for your patience during this time. I am really pleased to share with you the plan for children in our parish to receive these sacraments over the coming months. As with everything, it will be different from what we are used to, but nonetheless it will be an important moment in the lives of our children as they encounter the Lord's mercy and receive his Body and Blood for the first time.
From 1st August families with children preparing for First Holy Communion will have to book a place at one of the Sunday Masses to celebrate these sacraments. There will only be 2 families allowed at each Mass.
I must be very clear, 'family' means your child's household, that is up to five people who can sit on one bench. Wider family members, social bubbles, and friends must be encouraged to watch the live-stream where they can be present to the celebration but in a different way. We must show that we are not encouraging people to gather in numbers. After the Mass you are welcome to celebrate in an appropriate way.
At each 'First Communion Mass' families arrive 45 minutes before Mass to celebrate Reconciliation (Confession). All the family are welcome and encouraged to go to Confession to celebrate with the child. After celebrating Confession they will take their seats in church ready for Holy Mass.
To book a place, use the calendar on our parish website, select the day and time for Mass you wish your child to celebrate these sacraments and complete the booking form. You will be sent a confirmation email which have instructions, an examination of conscience and how to go to confession.
It will be different, but, in its own way, beautiful. I am looking forward to a summer of sacramental celebrations and encourage all of our parishioners to pray for those children who will encounter the Lord in a wonderful way!
It has been wonderful welcoming people back to church whether that is for prayer or for Holy Mass. It is a wonderful blessing! I would like to invite you to share your experience of coming back to church and back to Holy Mass and include some of them in our eNewsletter over the next few weeks. How did you feel about coming? What was it like? How did you feel afterwards? I know we will all benefit from sharing our experiences. Read this week's contribution.
These are ready for collection. You can collect after any Mass or when the church is open for private prayer. In the boxes you will see our new monthly second collection called Mission and Development. This is one of the ways that will help to being pay back the debt incurred on the presbytery renovation and have an income stream for ways we can equip parishioners to be disciples who make disciples.
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.
Stepping in the first time I did feel anxious.
A friendly face of the Hospitality team, greets you and shows you to your seat.
Emotional, God gave me a big hug!"
Deanery, Diocesan and Local Notices
Fr Joseph Tynan R.I.P
Sadly, Fr. Joseph Victor Tynan died at Oulton Abbey on Saturday morning, the 25th July fortified by the Holy Rites of Holy Mother Church. He was 88 years old. Born on 21st July 1932, Fr. Joseph was ordained a priest on 17th March 1962 serving at many places before retiring from the parish in Blurton in 2008. We commend Fr. Joseph to the Lord and pray for all who mourn. His funeral arrangements, in accordance with present guidance, will be shared at a later date.
Deacon Frank Lockett
Please keep in your prayers the repose of the soul of Deacon Frank Lockett, Deacon at Corpus Christi, Wolverhampton, who sadly died on Saturday.
As things begin to open up, if you have any donations of dried food, long life food (cans etc.) or other things that would be useful to the work of Manna House, please leave them in the Meeting Room by the CAFOD table. Find out more about their work here
Archdiocese of Birmingham are seeking a Safeguarding advisor. More information here.
This image is take from a Tweet by Aid to the Church in Need.
This is a chalice from a Catholic church in Qarakosh, Iraq, and had been used by ISIS for target practice. It once held the Most Precious Blood of Jesus, and now is a visible reminder of the blood of the martyrs spilled today. Jesus, have mercy!
Missing Person We have been asked by our safeguarding team to distribute the following poster about a young missing girl. If you have any information, please use the information on the poster.
CAFOD - DES Appeal CAFOD has joined with the UK Disasters Emergencies Committee to help millions of people whose lives are at risk, as coronavirus spreads across refugee camps and countries suffering conflict. You can donate at cafod.org.uk/coronavirus to help CAFOD scale up its coronavirus response through our global Church family. Or use CAFOD’s Summer of Hope fundraising ideas with your family and friends to transform lockdown and raise money for the appeal: cafod.org.uk/summerofhope.
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Liturgies This Week
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament 30 minutes before Mass
Sunday 2nd August
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Confessions after Holy Mass
4.00 p.m. Holy Mass (Saturday Vigil) - Lizzie Minton
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - Dr Kathleen McCartie
5.30 p.m. - Pro Populo
Monday 3rd August
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - Holy Souls in Purgatory
Tuesday 4th August
Memoria, St John Mary Vianney
8.00 a.m. Holy Mass - Vocations to the priesthood
Wednesday 5th August
Memoria of the Dedication of the Basilica of St Mary
2.00 p.m. Monica Prayers (Livestream)
Thursday 6th August
Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord
6.30 p.m. Holy Mass - John Harbron R.I.P
Friday 7th August
First Friday - Mass of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - Holy Souls
6.30 p.m. Holy Rosary (Livestream)
Saturday 8th August
Memoria, St Dominic
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - Current Situation
Sunday 9th August
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Confessions after Holy Mass
4.00 p.m. Holy Mass (Saturday Vigil) - Lawrence Wright R.I.P.
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - Denis Ruscoe R.I.P.
5.30 p.m. - Pro Populo
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 June bank statement - £5128
This figure includes donations towards Fr Jan’s leaving gift, donations for the new livestream set up, giving from standing orders and one-off contributions to the parish.