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Here you will find information about us including Mass times, Parish contacts, Sacramental Preparation, Parish Groups and Volunteering opportunities. We are delighted you have found our site and hope it provides you with the information you need.
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Through his healing, his death and resurrection, we know that Jesus came to heal us and give us life. Jesus faced down sin in a way that led to greater harmony and wholeness. We are facing down the Coronavirus by reaching out to those who are self-isolating and social-distancing themselves; a process that is making the whole community (or better) our family stronger. It reveals the deep care and love we have for each other. Celebrating mass without your presence is emotionally distressing although I feel your spiritual presence even more strongly. The generosity and help you give to so many is a true sign of hope for the future. Despite the suffering and evil caused by the virus, the days and weeks ahead will be filled with God’s blessing for each of you – those you serve and those you love. We can proudly proclaim together: God reigns! God reigns! God reigns!
Tom, AA (Parish Priest)
As a result of the pandemic of corona virus there will be no daily or Sunday Mass until we are advised by the Cardinal in the future that they may resume. Frs. Tom, Euloge and Andrew will continue to celebrate Mass without the presence of the faithful on a daily basis. This ensures that our parishioners can join in spiritual communion with our priests.
Our church will now be open for private prayer from Monday 29th June daily at 10.30am-12pm. Please see below the letter from Fr Tom about the re-opening and the guidelines for those coming to the church.
From Sunday 5th July we will be celebrating Mass daily at 10am. We have room for 26 household groups (any number who are living in the same house) We would ask that if you can come to Mass during the week that you do so and leave Saturday and Sunday for those people who are working during the week or who have children at school. We would appreciate our parishioners letting us know which day they plan to come on – there will be a survey sent out on 29th June asking people to select a day so that we can gauge the number coming each day.
From 5th July Mass will be at 10am daily and so please note for those who are still accessing live or by video here the change in time.
Updated about 1130am daily
Letter from the Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England and Wales 24/6/2020
Reflections by Fr Tom & Fr Euloge
For all other homilies please go to the homily archive page Homily archive page
Video from the Cardinal for 24/3/2020 https://youtu.be/W5s_4EwRm4s
Pastoral Letter from Cardinal Vincent for Sunday of 4th Week of Lent 200322 Pastoral Letter – Coronavirus
Click here to read an article about the Dowry of Mary.
Click below for our Welcome Pack or pick up a pack from our church porch
|Welcome Pack 2019|
Click here for the Message from Pope Francis on the occasion of Peace Sunday 2020
All EU, EEA and Swiss citizens living in the UK are required by the government to apply through its Settlement Scheme to continue living, working and accessing services here. The deadline for applications is 30 June 2021.
For more information on how this affects the parish, please see the EU Settlement Scheme page.