CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

Please read our letter: ATTENDING MASS letter to parishioners (July 2020)

MORE VOLUNTEERS ARE URGENTLY NEEDED

We are very grateful to those who have already offered to help as volunteers.  However, in order to achieve our goal of manning 3 Masses per week, we will need the following volunteers on a rota basis.  A lack of volunteers may result in having to reduce the number of Masses we can offer.  Please do consider offering your services in one of the following ways:

Stewards – Required to arrive 30 minutes before Mass, carry out a specific cleaning procedure, then monitor the entrance, exit and main body of the church during Mass.  Training, cleaning materials and personal protective equipment will be provided.

Eucharistic Ministers – Sadly, those who fall into the ’70 and above’ category will no longer be able to distribute the Eucharist, so we are urgently appealing to the younger members of the parish who would consider becoming a Eucharistic Minister.  Training and Commissioning will be provided.

Readers – Our existing Readers are invited to return, provided they feel comfortable and are in good health.  The ’70 and above’ rule does not apply to Readers, as they will not be in close contact with anyone, and we will ensure the lectern and any materials used are sanitised and safe.

Please do let us know if you can assist in any of these ways.  Contact:  stbede185@gmail.com  or  Ursula (01923 445163).

Please do not volunteer as a STEWARD or EUCHARISTIC MINISTER if you fall into any of these categories: 70 years of age and above, Specific pre-existing health conditions, Self-isolating or shielding.

CAFOD EMERGENCY APPEAL  Covid19 has deeply affected us here at home, and efforts are now scaling up to prepare for the pandemic to hit poor countries, particularly in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. This is going to have catastrophic effects on communities in places with no option for social distancing, no clean water and very little food or work opportunities. We are asked to help support CAFOD’s work in poor communities across the world. Please follow the link below to find out what is being done, and how you can donate. https://cafod.org.uk/coronavirusappeal

CAFOD Coronavirus Petition to the Prime Minister and the leaders of the world. You are asked to sign this online petition, which asks the Prime Minister to ensure that the most vulnerable people have priority in the UK’s international efforts, as well as at home: https://e-activist.com/page/59334/petition/1

The petition asks the UK Government to work with other world leaders, so that together they:

  • Make sure that any vaccine developed with UK public money is made available to everyone, regardless of their income or where in the world they live.
  • Provide urgent financial and technical support to help developing countries cope with this crisis.
  • Cancel all debt payments by developing countries due in 2020 so that countries can spend money on much needed healthcare rather than debt repayments.
  • Put plans in place to rebuild a fairer and more just society after the crisis, so that the world’s most vulnerable people can live in dignity.
  • restore our common home for future generations.

CAFOD is holding regular online talks (webinars) so you can hear more about the great work you support, all from your own computer. We are also offering weekly Children’s Liturgy online every Sunday morning at 10am. All of these can be listened to live or afterwards as recordings. The link to sign up is: https://cafod.org.uk/Volunteer/Online-talks

Here is some helpful for Confirmation candidates, from Sycamorehttps://mailchi.mp/8336abe00691/sycamore-october-updates-12239406?e=30beeb9473

TenTen are also making freely available resources for families, called Prayers for Home, which include ‘Sunday Liturgy for Families’ and ‘Daily Prayers for Home’ via the following links:

https://www.tentenresources.co.uk/primary-subscription/prayers-for-home/sunday-liturgy-for-families/

https://www.tentenresources.co.uk/primary-subscription/prayers-for-home/daily-prayers-for-home/

STATIONS OF LIGHT FOR CHLDREN https://www.facebook.com/watch/colourandshapeonline/274909913510 776/

RESOURCES FOR FAMILY CATECHESIS / SUPPORT FOR PARENTS – Stories of the Saints (also suitable for Confirmation candidates in considering Saints’ names), liturgical calendar, prayer at mealtimes, the crowning of Mary and First Eucharist retreats at home https://catechistsjourney.loyolapress.com/

Candle poster produced by Churches Together in England, available at www.cte.org.uk/prayersofhope The poster comes in many forms and includes one that can be coloured in.  This poster has been made available due to our awareness of the potential fire risk posed by lighting live candles.

DOMESTIC ABUSE – During this period of isolation, home will sadly not be the safe sanctuary many of us enjoy.  DOMESTIC ABUSE INFO (April 2020)

SAFETY FOR CHILDREN DURING LOCKDOWN: Help and advice for families in a digital world: parentinfo.org