Look, there is the lamb of God
A Message from Fr John
Moving from the Christmas Season into Ordinary time of the Church’s year we are, I am sure, thinking that we are certainly not in ordinary times in the midst of this ongoing National Lockdown and ever more challenging pandemic.
We continue to pray for everyone in our NHS and all who work in our communities in health care that they, with us and our families, are kept safe and well. We give thanks for the news of the vaccines continuing to be made available and for everyone involved in this vital work.
During this national lockdown, our church remains open for Sunday Mass and will be covered as much as possible by other local priests from our deanery and beyond. Sadly I am unable to celebrate Mass in Church as like many, I am shielding as I am clinically extremely vulnerable and therefore unable to leave the presbytery except for a walk and to attend any medical appointments.
I have now been able to arrange cover for our Sunday morning Mass at 10am, each Sunday until Palm Sunday at the end of March. This coming weekend we welcome one of the priests from St Edmunds in Bury St Edmunds. The following Sundays we will welcome one of the priests from Clare Priory. We are truly grateful for their help and support especially in these challenging times.
Please remember that our Saturday evening Mass at 6.30pm will not be celebrated in Church and will only be available online from the presbytery via our Parish YouTube Channel.
Our Sunday morning Mass at 10 a.m. will be celebrated in Church and also online from the presbytery via our YouTube Channel.
Please only come to church for Mass on Sunday morning if you feel comfortable and safe about doing so. It is most important that you keep yourself safe as we are called at this time to ‘Stay at Home’. Remember that there is still no obligation to come to Mass on Sundays during these difficult times.
We are keeping our 10am Sunday Mass under review as to whether we can continue to open our church for this Mass. However, please remember that all our Masses are available online as well.
If you do feel able to come to church for our Sunday Mass and would be willing, during this time, to help with stewarding, please give your contact details to Deacon Huw in church or let Michael Bradshaw know on 07708 450985 or myself know as soon as possible. We require at least 3 stewards for each Sunday Mass so that we are able to comply with all the Covid secure regulations asked of us by the Government and by the Diocese.
Our Weekday Masses on Tuesday at 7.30pm and on Friday at 10am will only be available on our live stream on YouTube.
The link for our YouTube channel to find our live streamed Masses is: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEHq3Ww93rfGfMGzXS25A2w/
Pray for everyone in our parish family, in our local community, for our families and friends, and for people/communities in need around the world, as I will also.
Please keep safe over the days and weeks to come and continue to keep an eye out for anyone who is struggling or needs help and support as we continue our journey together through the challenges of the pandemic. If you need to speak with myself or Deacon Huw, please call me on either 01440 704142 or Deacon Huw on 07399 163718. If you need to contact one of us, please do so.
To read the latest news from our Diocesan family please visit www.rcdea.org,uk
Wishing you and your families every blessing and prayers, keep safe.
Fr John and Deacon Huw