Message from Fr Bill Pentecost Sunday
Dear friends at St. Aelred’s, I hope you are all keeping well and safe during the present situation.
On this Pentecost Sunday can I wish you Happy Birthday! Pentecost celebrates the birth of the church and this year has a special significance in these changed times we find ourselves in. Imagine the fear, anxiety and apprehension of the Apostles after the Ascension. They felt devastated but a new thing was coming that would transform them, instil courage and renew them; The Holy Spirit. Let the Holy Spirit transform, renew and instil courage in us in these present circumstances. The Church over the last two thousand years has faced many challenges and has had to change and renew itself many times. Let us see this as a time of renewal and an opportunity to grow, increase our faith and deepen our relationship with God.
The newsletter is going out in paper form and online now so if you know anyone who would like a hard paper copy delivering please give me a ring on the above number. I would like to remind all our sick, housebound, people in our residential/nursing homes, hospitals, hospice or in their own homes, that they are held in prayer daily in our Masses; as are their carers. You are not alone or left out in any way but rather embraced by your church family.
Next Saturday is the first Saturday of the month so we will be having the First Saturday Rosary and prayers at 9:00am followed by Mass at 10:00am. Let us put ourselves in the loving embrace of Mary, Our Mother, and the mother of Our Saviour. There is no-one better to intercede for us at this difficult time, to bring ourselves and our loved ones safely through the present situation. The Rosary is a powerful prayer and a consoling one as we ponder in our hearts, with Mary, the saving actions of God.
Thank you to all our NHS, Care/Nursing Home, Home Visiting Carers who look after our sick and housebound at this time. Also please keep in your prayers all our Key Workers who are out every day working to support us and care for our loved ones as many of us are in lockdown. Can I especially ask for prayers for those whose difficulties are great in keeping things going but who are not necessarily acknowledged at this time.
I have been saying Mass on Zoom, an internet app that allows multiple viewing of, and participation in the prayers of the Mass. If you wish to join in at St Aelred’s you need to download the Zoom App and enter meeting id 2147102040 and possibly the password 246654. If you wish to join St Aelred’s WhatsApp group I need your mobile number. This has been a source of great encouragement, joy and support for all its members. For general information look at our website, staelreds-york.org.uk Notice-board
God Bless. Fr Bill
PRAYER FOR THOSE APPROACHING END OF LIFE AND THEIR FAMILIES
God of strength in weakness and hope in despair, we are yours in life and death. Sustain us for the journey of walking home to you. Give us the gifts and graces you gave those who walked with your Son in his final moments on Earth. Steady our hands, gentle our hearts, sustain our spirits and grant us faith and hope in life eternal.
PANDEMIC PRAYER TO OUR LADY
O Mary you shine continuously along our journey as a sign of salvation and hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the Cross were near to the pain of Jesus, keeping firm faith. You, Salvation of the Roman people, know what we need and we trust that you will provide for those needs so that as at Cana of Galilee, joy and celebration may return after this moment of trial. Help us Mother of Divine Love to conform ourselves to the will of the Father and to do what Jesus tells us, He who took our sufferings upon Himself and took up our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. We seek refuge under your protection O Holy Mother of God, do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin. Amen.
ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION PRAYER
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot, at this moment, receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
AN ACT OF CONTRITION
My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against You whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy.
SVP QUIZ – 7:00pm Wednesday same meeting id 2147102040 Be warned Bob is setting it!!
IF MUSIC IS YOUR THING – Tony is doing an ongoing music quiz on WhatsApp, join the Parish WhatsApp group to take part by sending me your mobile number; lots more on there too.
Many thanks to those parishioners who have been posting their collection envelopes through the presbytery letterbox and also to those who have opted to use a Bank Standing Order. If you would like to transfer from Loose Plate or Envelopes to a Standing Order please contact John Ormerod on Tel. 01904 421469 or email him at email@example.com He will then supply you with the necessary information.
Thank you for your support during this difficult period.
Baptism, Confirmation and Matrimony are to be deferred until a later date.
Funeral services should take place at the graveside or crematorium, subject to the conditions laid down by the cemetery or crematorium authorities.
St Aelred’s SVP has had to suspend all meetings and visits until further notice. We will try to maintain contact with those we normally visit via phone, text, email or post on a regular basis. We do have some members and can call on volunteers to help with essential shopping, chemist, post office etc. If you do need our help please ring SVP Mobile 07340 011619.
We keep you in our prayers. Stay safe and well.
All food-bank collections have had to be suspended. Our parish had very generously supported the food-bank donations which have been taken to Cornerstone in Millfield Lane or been distributed by the SVP to known needy families in our community.
If you would like to continue supporting the food-bank, providing basic food parcels, please post any cash donations in a clearly marked envelope through Fr Bill’s presbytery letter box The SVP will then coordinate delivery. Fr Bill will take in some food deliveries at the presbytery door too.
YORK HOSPITAL CHAPLAINCY
All visits are suspended. The on-call Catholic priest is allowed in only in danger of death to anoint and give the Last Rites. this must be accessed through the hospital who calls him out via the bleep.
Stuck at home? Why not take the opportunity to create something nice that could be used for Parish Shoe Boxes or Christmas presents later? If you can knit why not make squares that can be put together later for baby blankets or larger throws? A square can be made by starting with one stitch, increasing on every row at each end until 45 stitches are reached. Then decrease on the same principle. If you use size 4 needles we should end up with lots of equal sized squares.
Or, other small gifts, e.g. spectacle or mobile phone containers?
Let’s use our initiative and make something great!
Due to the recent Government guidelines St Aelred’s Community Centre will be closed until further notice We will review the situation accordingly and update when we can. Lisa obviously will not be in the office, however if you have any enquiries please do not hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your custom. We wish you all safety and good health and look forward to welcoming you back in the centre.
Message from Tony Questa.
Using this Notice Board as a means of communication with the Parishioners.
We will use this page of the website to post any notices that we think is important to pass on to other parishioners.i
Usually the latest or most important item will be at the top.
If you want me to post something for you then send me the information in an email (with attachment if desired) or send me a text. My email is email@example.com and my phone is 07419 907003.
To keep the notice board reasonably tidy I will move old notices to the “Past Notices” section so if you are looking for something from a previous week then this is where to go in order to find it. It’s a drop down menu under Notice Board.