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Statement from the Presidency of the Bishops’ Conference on the National Day of Reflection for COVID-19 Tuesday 23rd March 2021

Dear friends.

To mark this National Day of Reflection on March 23rd,  the first anniversary of the first UK lockdown, do visit at some stage St Mary & St Joseph’s church. It will be open between 11am and 1pm so that you can come and pray before the Blessed Sacrament exposed on the altar. Do consider inviting one friend or neighbor, who would not usually come to church. Masks should be worn (unless legally exempt) and social distancing observed.  Please sanitize hands on entry and complete the contact form at the front desk, leaving via the fire exit door after your period of prayer. Thank you. Fr Brian.

https://www.cbcew.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2021/03/Statement-Covid-Day-of-Reflection-140321.pdf

 

Make National Day of Reflection on Pandemic a Day of Prayer

Preparing for the New Normal

The COVID19 vaccination programme, coupled with infection control measures will, at some time in the future, bring the number of cases of coronavirus down to a level when we can resume a full programme of weekend and weekday Masses. With this in mind, Fr Brian has asked me, Deacon Simon, to begin preparations for that time, by refreshing our lists of people who are prepared to help.

We will need Readers, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Stewards, Little Church leaders and helpers, etc. If we are to provide the engaging liturgies that we were used to before the Corona Virus. If you’ve never served in this way before, now is an opportunity to come forward.

The first list I want to compile is the list of the housebound who wish to receive Holy Communion. Although we have some names please do not assume that the list includes your loved one. To this end if you know of someone who used to receive Holy Communion prior to lockdown or someone who would like to receive Holy Communion, when home visits are safe enough to resume then please email me at  simonwright@rcdow.org.uk or phone 01442 391 759 and speak to Shirley or leave a message. Please include your name and contact details as well as the name of the person who would like to receive Holy Communion with their contact details and their residential address. All personal information is held on GDPR compliant secure servers.

Thanks – Deacon Simon

CAFOD Family Fast Day

CAFOD Family Fast Day Friday 26th February: This Lent in lockdown, we can help transform lives by participating in the CAFOD Family Fast Day! Camille Fidgett, our CAFOD representative, will make a brief announcement at the end of all Masses next weekend. She will encourage us to give whatever we can to support the work of CAFOD amongst the world’s poor, who have been hit even more so by the pandemic. Dedicated envelopes will be available for return to church after the 26th February. You may also be interested in viewing the appeal video, which is on our parish website at this link: https://parish.rcdow.org.uk/hemelhempsteadwest/cafod-catholic-agency-for-overseas-development/ or just go to our CAFOD page on the parish website. I particularly liked Abdella’s story which I found very moving. I know that your usual generosity will come to the fore for those in need.

Lent videos about Abdella for CAFOD Family Fast Day

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/497242147 (can be downloaded)
YouTube- 2 minutes: Lent Appeal 2021: Abdella’s walk for water
YouTube- 1 minute:  Walk for Water – Abdella’s story

Statements on Safeguarding

In response to the recent Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in The Roman Catholic Church, available here

The Bishops of England and Wales have issued a statement on safeguarding and published proposals for Safeguarding improving. Also, a press conference was held at the beginning of which the Cardinal made a personal statement.

The statements are available on the diocesan website at https://rcdow.org.uk/news/bishops-statement-on-safeguarding/ and https://rcdow.org.uk/cardinal/news/cardinals-personal-statement-on-safeguarding/.

Proposals for improving the Structures and Arrangements in the Catholic
Church in England and Wales are available here

Fr Brian McMahon, Parish Priest.