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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Message from Fr Bill 5th Sunday in Lent
I am saying Mass daily and keeping you all in my prayers. Do not feel lonely, for we as a community are still present to each other in so many ways. The Lord walks with us through this time and is especially near us in our struggles. Let us lean on him in his love and mercy and take solace from his presence in our lives.
This week’s newsletter is again full of our present situation. At the time of production however things, as we are all aware, are moving quickly so I will endeavour to keep things up to date.
I would like to make a special note of thanks to the SVP who have been working so hard to support so many people in so many ways. Please see notices for contact details if you are in need of help. I am of course myself available to anyone who needs any support or just a chat over the phone.
God Bless. Fr Bill.
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.
DISPENSATION FROM MASS AND EASTER DUTIES
In their letter of 18th March 2020, the President and the Vice President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales said “in these emergency circumstances, and for as long as they last, the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is removed. This is, without doubt, the teaching of the Church (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2181). This pandemic is the “serious reason” why this obligation does not apply at this time”
Many of the faithful will be aware of their Easter Duties; that is to receive Holy Communion during the Easter Season and by custom, to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation beforehand. The Code of Canon Law (CIC 920) says each of the faithful is obliged to receive Holy Communion at least once a year. This precept must be fulfilled during the Easter Season unless it is fulfilled for a just cause at another time during the year. The requirement for the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation comes from the need to be in a state of grace to receive Holy Communion (CIC 916) As it is not possible for the faithful to receive Holy Communion at this time, and into the future, the Bishops of England and Wales have dispensed the Easter Duties for the year 2020. The Bishops have asked that all should make a Perfect Act of Contrition at this time. Perfect contrition (or a Contrition of Charity) is true and real sorrow for our sins which is created when we realise the immense love of God for each one of us. We express this contrition when we realise how we offend God by our sinful words, deeds and omissions in contrast to the immeasurable love and mercy that He continually shows us. This requires us to be contrite of heart for what we have done, know and be overwhelmed by the love and mercy of God for his children, and to approach this grace with humility and resolution not to sin again.
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.
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. In the absence of any such conditions, it is advised that the funeral service is limited to immediate family only and they abide by NHS and government advice about social distancing and whether older or vulnerable members of the family should attend at all. Next of kin and / or close relatives must not attend if they have symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has the infection in the last 14 days. Arrangements will be made for a Mass to be celebrated in memorial when the congregation are allowed to gather.
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.
Please note that a scaled-down celebration of the Chrism Mass will be live streamed on Tuesday 7th April at 10:00 am from the Cathedral (c.f. Diocesan Website for link).
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.
CAFOD FAMILY FAST
The Family Fast Collection amounted to £352.00 and Lenten Lunches £200.50 giving a total of £552.50 Thank you for your continued generosity.
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 email@example.com. 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.
SOME QUESTIONS ANSWERED
What do I do about my weekly church collection?
The church’s finances will undoubtedly suffer during this present crisis but we must try and minimise the effect as much as we can as we have to cover a lot of fixed cost in running the parish. Here are some ideas:
If you pay by standing order (usually monthly) these will run as normal.. Remember that you can adjust the monthly amount at any time if you are finding things difficult financially at this time.
If you don’t pay by standing order now is probably a good time to consider this. A few parishioners have already switched to this method. It is easy to set up and can be used whether or not your donations are gift aided.. Just contact John Ormerod on 01904 421469 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and he will send you the necessary forms. If you do on-line banking it is so easy to set up and all you need is the sort code and account number for the parish account and you can set it up yourself. Most people who have standing orders do them monthly and you can choose the day of the month that suits you best.
If you pay by using weekly envelopes and choose not to change to standing order then simply keep the envelopes until you are able to come to church once more. If you are able to get out and about or know someone who can then they can be posted through the presbytery letter box at any time.
If you give a donation by dropping cash on to the plate at Mass then now would be a good time to consider using a standing order or envelopes. With envelopes it is important to remember that you do not have to give the same amount each week (although most people do). With standing orders you can amend the amount given at any time either up or down. If standing orders or envelopes are not for you then please consider just popping a donation in any envelope and post through the presbytery letter box. Please mark the envelope Loose Plate.
WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE 200 CLUB MONTHLY DRAW?
With the current restrictions it is impossible to conduct the draw in the usual way. Once things return to normal we will have a weekly draw to cover those months that the draw did not take place and we will continue with a weekly draw until we have “caught up” and then revert to a monthly draw again. Hope this is acceptable to everyone in the 200 Club.
All visits are suspended. If you know of anyone in hospital or the hospice who needs a priest or a visit, please contact Fr Bill on 01904 422424 or if Fr Bill not available ring York Hospital switchboard 01904 631313 and ask the operator to page the RC priest on call
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!