Newsletter – 14th February

These are your copies of the weekly newsletter, Sunday Message Reflections, the readings and Gospel and a Homily. Take some time out each week to read these and pray for the most in need in our local community and across our global family.

Current national Covid-19 restrictions announced this week include a Stay at Home order until further notice. However, under the guidelines Places of Worship are allowed to remain OPEN for public service. For as long as the lock down lasts therefore (from week commencing 10th January), Mass will be celebrated at St Aidan’s on Sunday (10.00am) and Wednesday (9.30am) only and will continue to be held at St Bernadette’s at 11.30am each Sunday. Private Masses with no congregation will be celebrated outside of those times.

Masses on Ash Wednesday will be celebrated at 10am at St Bernadette’s and 7pm at St Aidan’s. Mass bookings are left open up until the day before.

Mass Bookings

It is critical that the booking system remains in place to comply with government Track & Trace regulations. To ensure maintenance of social distancing in accordance with government guidelines we have a maximum capacity of 61 people so booking for Mass is ESSENTIAL.

Bookings can be made using the usual link below from Monday morning until 24hrs before the start of Mass:

To protect you and the rest of our church community please read the information on the booking page before you come along:
  • Please DO NOT attend if you or any member of your household have any symptoms of Covid-19 or if you have been in contact with anyone who has.
  • If after booking a mass you later find for whatever reason that you are not going to be able to attend could you please cancel the booking and give someone else the opportunity to take your place. To cancel a booking – follow the link in your confirmation email and click refund.

I would like to reassure you that we have done everything that we can to ensure your safety within our church. Please remember that face coverings are mandatory.

Journey to Easter

As we approach the season of Lent we are reminded that it is about committing ourselves to a deeper Christian life, becoming more available to God and to one another, and loving with the same kind of love as Jesus, that is totally and unconditionally, then for so many of us, it will involve a radical change of heart.
The way is conversion and invites of us a commitment to listening to God’s Word and giving it a response of love and commitment (prayer), giving up our selfishness (fasting) and caring for people (almsgiving). How will we respond to this life giving challenge is what the first four days of Lent are about. Let’s embrace the challenge this Lent and emerge at Easter time renewed! Don’t forget to pick up your copy of the Lent Extra Magazine and have a look on our web page for more information.

Prayer Board

Please light a virtual candle and add your own prayers requests and/or intentions in the comments section below.  Though parishioners may be unable to attend, Fr John will celebrate Mass for the people whose names are on the prayer page. (If you are requesting a prayer for a living person please ensure you have their permission.)

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Newsletter – 14th February

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