Newsletter – 9th May

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.

From the latest government update on 12th April Covid restrictions remain in place across the UK, however, under these guidelines Places of Worship are allowed to remain OPEN for public service. Therefore we will continue to celebrate Masses as we have been since 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.

COVID Vaccination Appeal

I am delighted with the generous response we have had to this appeal. The original fundraising target we set was £1000 and as I write this the amount raised is currently £3800 – in the space of 2 weeks!! Thank you for your amazing generosity.

We have had an anonymous donor come forward who has offered to increase the amount raised by 25% – which is the amount of Gift Aid which could have been claimed by taxpayers and increases the amount given also by non-gift aiders.

Have you had your Covid Vaccination yet?……AREN’T WE THE LUCKY ONES!!
 
Tragically, this is not the case for many people across the world – it is estimated that only 10% of people in low-income countries will receive their vaccine this year…many will have to wait until 2024!  We have all seen the news and can see first hand the devastating impact of COVID-19 on people living in countries with inadequate health services and a population which is not yet vaccinated.

As Christians we are responding to the call of Pope Francis in Fratelli Tutti : This moves us to respond to our sister or brother in need, whoever they are, wherever they may come from (FT, 72). We are challenged to turn outwards, to act as neighbours, and to reach out to all those who are in need. 
However, COVID-19 does not only affect those who share our faith, the virus has hit families and individuals Christian or not across the whole world and we must respond to this call to offer real practical help to all in our global family without any political, religious or cultural boundaries. We can make a difference and share our privilege across the world and together we can ensure that many more people are able to receive their vaccinations.

WHAT MORE CAN WE DO?

We are asking people to consider donating the cost of a vaccine; £5-10; to enable someone, somewhere else in the world, to have the vaccine too.

Just like the effects of Covid this appeal can reach out well beyond the confines of our local church community. In association with two independent groups: GAVI; a group set up with the purpose of vaccinating people in low and middle income countries across the developing world and COVAX; a programme specifically created for the development and manufacture of the Covid-19 vaccines and to guarantee fair access across the world without political, religious or cultural bias we have set up a GoFundMe page where you can make a donation directly. I am asking you to also reach out to your friends, family and workplaces and any other venue where you think that people can help. Send them the link to our fundraising page below and ask for their support too.

Care to join us? Please click on this link to donate anything you can:

If you are unable to donate online and would still like to contribute please place your donations in an envelope marked ‘VACCINATIONS’ and we will make sure it is added to the total. The collection will remain open for another 2 weeks.

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.

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.

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 – 9th May

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