Message from Fr Bill – 18th Sunday Ordinary Time
Dear friends at St. Aelred’s,
I hope you are all keeping well and safe during the present situation.
Can I begin with a big thank you to all who helped Val’s funeral be such a peaceful and lovely celebration of her life? I know the family appreciate everyone involved and who were able to come along and support them. Val will be sorely missed as such an active and vibrant member of our church family. May she rest in peace, Amen,
This week I have been in consultation with a Bio Decontamination company who are offering a really effective product, at cost, for us which provides long term protection from the Covid 19 virus and other bio hazards. Additional precautions are necessary but considerably reduce the need for cleaning and the use of damaging anti-bacterial solutions we are currently using. Strict use of the hand protection provided is essential. NOT your own. This is because of the nature of the protective film used on all the surfaces to continually attract and kill the bio-hazards present in the church. The science is fairly heavy to follow but with my previous occupation being in the pharmaceutical industry I could just about understand it. It is an absolutely trusted and long-time firm in this particular field so I have no qualms at all about what is being offered and its effectiveness. Our church surfaces will be treated on Thursday so be ready, from then on, for some minor changes to how we do things.
It has been wonderful to celebrate the weekend Masses once more with a congregation. To book a place in church for Mass, see “Public Mass” below in the Notices.
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 at this time.
We can now have public Mass and receive communion in the hand under one kind albeit with severely restricted numbers. From now this weekend it will be a first come first served booking system. Firstly bear in mind the Sunday obligation is still suspended and Mass on Zoom will continue. If you wish to attend, Saturday 6.00pm or Sunday 9.30am, and it is safe for you to do so, please ring Joe Stead, Parish Council Secretary, 01904 424361; bookings will be taken; Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 9.30-11.00am and if that is not convenient for anyone you can ring at a reasonable time. If Joe is in, he will take the booking and if not you can leave a message and he will get back to you asap. You will have to give your contact details if you have not already filled out a Parish Census Form, these will be kept securely for 21days purely for track and trace purposes. Please do not turn up if you have not booked, as I am afraid, entry will have to be refused.
In consultation with the Diocese and our Parish Pastoral Council we are now able to open our church for private prayer on Wednesday 7:00pm and Friday 3:00pm for one hour.
Baptisms and Weddings can once again take place but only under usual social distancing restrictions and with numbers attending limited to thirty people.
Non-Eucharistic services can now take place in church with very limited numbers, family only or really close friends with further restrictions. However, the norm would be that they take place at the graveside or at the crematorium, subject to the conditions laid down by the cemetery or crematorium authorities.
This continues to be a great event so we are repeating it 7:00pm Wednesday. Meeting code 214 710 2040.
St Aelred’s SVP 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 volunteers who can help with essential shopping, chemist, post office etc. If you do need our help please ring SVP Mobile 07340 011619.
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.
The on-call Catholic priest must be accessed through the hospital who will call him out via the bleep. Please ask the nursing staff on the ward to do this if a loved one needs anointing.
Wool needed. Ladies from St Aelred’s UCM are knitting blankets for Lourdes next year, so if you have any wool it would be gratefully received. Please drop off at 60 Penyghent Ave. or can collect if you ring 01904 415859. Thank you.
We are in the planning stage of reopening our Community Centre once again. Initially we are looking at the beginning of September. This will entail an awful lot of work on the part of our committee and staff and for this we thank you. It will be subject to the usual restrictions based on government guidance but watch this space and the Centre website for further information.
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.
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.
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.