RECENT NEWS: 25 July, 2021
Sunday Mass Times: 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
The first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, inaugurated by Pope Francis, will be celebrated this Sunday 25 July on the theme I am with you always (Mt 28:20) Throughout his papacy Pope Francis has reminded us to value the many gifts of grandparents and the elderly. In his theme chosen for this inaugural year I am with you always, the Holy Father is highlighting that promise of closeness that generations share with each other. Not only are our young people called to be present in the lives of older people, but so too grandparents and elders have a mission to encourage young people on their faith journey. Our little domestic churches are always enriched by the inclusion of grandparents and elders.
Keeping Each Other Safe in Our Church: Guidance we now have received from the National Bishops’ Conference and our Diocese affirms what was said last week about changes in covid restrictions. They say, “A gentle approach to change is recommended so that by September people are more confident to gather in larger numbers”. They emphasise the need to understand the local situation and, in that context, to help people feel as safe as they have over the past months. You will be aware that in London, and here in Islington, covid cases are relatively high at this time and the local government encourages people to think of others and continue to take steps to keep themselves and others safe. With this in mind, we ask you to continue wearing face coverings in church, unless you are exempt, and to sanitise hands on entering and leaving the church. We will ease our strict seating arrangements, but ask you to spread out throughout the church, giving each other some space. As you experience the gradual changes in church, please do let us know how they are affecting you to help plans in moving forward.
Father Allan: Father Allan is away and will not be here for Mass before the 8th of August.
This gives us two more Sundays when we can prepare a farewell card and collection for him. He leaves in September for his new assignment at Willesden Green after serving his first three years of priestly ministry here with us. This Sunday and next there will be a card available to leave messages for Father Allan and a basket for any contributions you wish to make toward a leaving gift. You can also put any donations for him in an envelope with his name and give it to Fr. Seamus or sister Miriam
Father Larry: Father Larry continues to wait until it is safe and legal to travel back to the United States. If anyone still wishes to add a message for his card, if you give it to S. Miriam, she’ll add it. If you wish to or a donation, please put it in an envelope with Fr. Larry’s name and give it to Sister.
Prayers for the Sick: Let us pray for all who are ill, especially, Ted Sullivan, Mary Morgan, Frances O’Donnell, Sharon McDonnell, Elise Koffi and food bank volunteer, Avril Francis.
Prayers for the Dead: Let us pray for all the recently deceased and those whose anniversaries are around this time. May they rest in peace and rise in glory.
Help with First Communion Preparation: Are you interested in helping with the children’s preparation for First Holy Communion. If you are, please have a word with Sister Miriam or Father Seamus for more information. Training and assistance will be available for new catechists.
Becoming a Catholic or Being Confirmed as an Adult: Details about the course to prepare for full communion in the Catholic Church are on the notice board and the web site. The course which is given at St. John’s is for both St. John’s and Blessed Sacrament Parishes. If you want more information, you can contact the co-ordinator, David Lester, preferably by email at email@example.com or on 07914 055438. He will also be happy to answer any questions you may have.
to Contact Father Seamus or Father Allan: Telephone: 020 7226 3277
To contact Sister Miriam: Telephone: 020 7837 8378 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Excerpts from Pope Francis’s Message for the Day for Grandparents and the Elderly
“I am with you always” (Mt 28:20): this is the promise the Lord made to his disciples before he ascended into heaven. They are the words that he repeats to you today, dear grandfathers and grandmothers, dear elderly friends. “I am with you always” are also the words that I, as Bishop of Rome and an elderly person like yourselves, would like to address to you on this first World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly. The whole Church is close to you – to us – and cares about you, loves you and does not want to leave you alone!
I am well aware that this Message comes to you at a difficult time: the pandemic swept down on us like an unexpected and furious storm; it has been a time of trial for everyone, but especially for us elderly persons. Many of us fell ill, others died or experienced the death of spouses or loved ones, while others found themselves isolated and alone for long periods.
Even at the darkest moments, as in these months of pandemic, the Lord continues to send angels to console our loneliness and to remind us: “I am with you always”. He says this to you, and he says it to me. That is the meaning of this Day, which I wanted to celebrate for the first time in this particular year, as a long period of isolation ends and social life slowly resumes. May every grandfather, every grandmother, every older person, especially those among us who are most alone, receive the visit of an angel!
I ask the Lord that, also through his example, all of us may open our hearts in sensitivity to the sufferings of the poor and intercede for their needs. May each of us learn to repeat to all, and especially to the young, the words of consolation we have heard spoken to us today: “I am with you always”! Keep moving forward! May the Lord grant you his blessing.Continue Reading