Message from Fr Bill – 25th Sunday Ordinary Time
Dear friends at St. Aelred’s,
I hope you are all keeping well and safe during the present situation.
200 Club – Catch-up -March draw prize winners:- £100 No. 265 P. Walton; £50 No. 37 Fr. Bill Serplus; £25 No. 281 L. Connolly; £25 No. 143 J. Welborn. Outstanding June half yearly subs can now be paid. Cheques should be made out to ‘PCC of St. Aelred’s’ and can be posted in the presbytery letter box or placed in the Mass collection basket. April’s Draw at Mass tonight. Can I pick my own number out? AGAIN!
CAFOD Harvest Family Fast is approaching, (9th October), and we intend to use contactless cardreaders supplied by CAFOD, as part of the collection, for the very first time. I thought it would be good to see how people take to this technology and possibly extend it for our own use for second collections and loose plate etc. This is just an idea and all other means of giving will be available. My immediate personal response has been an apprehensive one but I just thought this is a free and easy way to trial it.
We have a new telephone number for our primary school: 01904 806075
Apart from Newsletters being on the parish website, hard copy newsletters have been distributed around the parish.
Since opening the church for private prayer on Wednesdays and Fridays and Mass on Saturday and Sunday it is now possible to collect a newsletter from church on your way in for you to take home as you leave. There will still be spares in a box at 60 Penyghent Avenue for those passing.
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.
MASS ON ZOOM-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, note, shortly you will also need a password which I shall put on the newsletter next week. 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
PUBLIC MASS We can now have public Mass and receive communion in the hand under one kind albeit with severely restricted numbers. From now 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.
UCM NEWS- meeting Tuesday 22nd September will be a Thanksgiving Mass at 7.00pm in Church and on Zoom. We will then return to the Parish Centre for poetry taking Zoom with us. The Parish Centre and Church can hold the usual numbers, (We checked), and please ring Barbara Cookson on 01904 501319 to reserve a space.
“PRIVATE PRAYER”-on Wednesday, 7.00pm and Friday 3.00pm for one hour.
200 CLUB – CATCH-UP -March to September draws will take place each week after Mass and, as usual, prize winners will be published on the News Letter. Cheques for the June half-yearly subscriptions (£13) should be made out to ‘PCC of St. Aelred’s’ and can be posted in the presbytery letter box or placed in the Mass collection basket.
COMMUNITY CENTRE-Our Community Centre is open subject to the usual restrictions based on government guidance. The Kitchen and small meeting room will remain closed. See the Centre website for further information.
SVP QUIZ- 7.00pm Wednesday same meeting id 2147102040
YORK HOSPITAL-The on-call Catholic priest must be accessed through the hospital who calls him out via the bleep. Please ask the nursing staff on the ward to do this if a loved one needs anointing.
YORK HOSPITAL LAY CHAPLAIN: Sue Ellis is the new, temporary, Roman Catholic lay chaplain. If anyone has a relative who would like a visit please contact her on her mobile number 07748 108253 or the Chaplains’ office phone number 01904 725579 People can ring either number to inform her about people already in hospital or will be shortly going into hospital. Visits cannot be guaranteed however as it will depend on the advice of the medics. Please keep her and her work in your prayers.
SACRAMENTS-Baptisms and Weddings can once again take place but only under usual social-distancing restrictions and with numbers attending limited to thirty people.
FUNERALS-can now take place in church with very limited numbers, family only or really close friends, with further restrictions, followed by a graveside or crematorium committal, subject to the conditions laid down by the cemetery or crematorium authorities.
SVP update – We have stayed in contact with those we usually visit via, phone, text or socially distanced visit. With the help of the Supper Collective we have delivered 90 microwaveable meals, twice a week, to families and older people in their own homes. Thanks to your generosity we have also been able to support 19 families with between them 56 children, the majority of whom have been at home since the March Lockdown. We have helped with the cost of groceries, fuel and school uniform. However, we anticipate that things will only get worse for some people as Furlough comes to an end. If you or anyone you know is in need of help please call the SVP mobile:07340011619 or email St Aelred’s President, Pat: email@example.com
FOODBANK DONATIONS-If you would like to support 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 co-ordinate delivery. Fr Bill will take in some food donations at the presbytery door too.
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.
CAFOD FAMILY FAST-On the weekends of 10th/11th and 17th/18th October our parish is marking CAFOD’s Family Fast Day to help people facing the worse of the Coronavirus crisis. We’ve all felt the impact of this terrible disease – let’s come together to help the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world survive, rebuild and heal.
Please pray for all those affected and donate online at https://cafod.org.uk/give or by using one of the envelopes. You can also give easily via text. Text CAFOD to 70085 to donate £10. Texts cost £10 plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising by telephone and SMS. If you’d like to give £10 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text CAFODNOINFO to 70085.
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.