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OLS Prayer Book

Our Lady Primary School Prayer Book 

The whole school community has contributed to a prayer book created by the Chaplaincy Team. If you would like to purchase one please do so via the parish office.

£3 for one prayer book

£5 for two prayer books

All money raised from the prayer books will go towards the new prayer garden.

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Duty to Protect public consultation ends 2nd July. Have your say

 

 

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Welcome, Stay, Pray, Worship & be Safe

From 24th May we are now open every day from 30 mins before first Mass until 7pm. Outside of Mass times the church is open for private prayer. You may light a candle if you wish but are advised to use gel on your hands afterwards.

We no longer need stewards at the weekday Mass as the Bishops have now said the onus is on the parishioner attending to use the QR code on arrival at church by having the NHS Covid-19 app on your smartphone and checking in. If you are not able to do that will be a list on the table for you to tick or sign your name on for Track and Trace purposes. Please use the hand gel as you enter and leave the church and wear a mask at all times. Please take your seat as usual in the church keeping your distance from people not in your household. We will still have stewards for the weekend Sunday Masses as these are likely to have more people attending. We are introducing 6pm Mass next weekend and 8.30am and 10.30pm the weekend after. See dates below.

Mass is at 10am Monday-Saturday.

29th May Anticipated Mass 6pm

30th May Mass 10am

From 5th June times will be as follows

Sundays Mass 8.30am and 10.30am

Monday-Saturday Mass 10am

Saturdays Anticipated Mass 6pm

Saturdays 10.30am – 11.15am  Confession and Adoration (Confession in Doris Harris room or garden)

There is no need to book for these Masses. The church is still operating social distance of 1m + so please arrive in time to secure your place.

From 31st May we will no longer have music at the weekday Mass but we will have music at the 8.30am and 10.30am Masses – this will be live organ music or recorded. The congregation are still now allowed to sing in church. Masses will still be recorded for Soundcloud and livestreamed and available as a video on the homepage of the parish website.

We still need help with stewarding, Reading and Eucharistic Ministry and cleaning after Mass at the Sat eve and Sunday Masses so if you have not already indicated that you are able to help in this way either do so on the survey link
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/G3S6PMV

or letting Trish know by email or text.

We are very grateful to all the people who have helped us keep our church operational and safe for our parishioners. It is wonderful that we are able to open up more but we need your help to be able to do this.

We did not have any volunteers for the 5pm Mass which is why we cannot offer that Mass at present. If you want to attend this Mass in the future please complete the survey above and volunteer to help.

Welcome, Stay, Pray, Worship & be Safe

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Is God calling you?

Click on link for an information video https://youtu.be/nP_u0A3S-q0

 

Sunday, 25th April – World Day of Prayer for Vocations

An invitation to “Come and have breakfast”.

On this day of prayer, gather as community (or if you are a large community, in small groups) and hear the Lord say – “Come and have breakfast”

Remember the Easter story – where the apostles, having gone back to Galilee, decided to go back to what they knew – fishing. Having worked hard all night – they caught nothing and then the stranger on the shore told them, to put their nets down again – and they caught a huge number of fish…..then the recognition dawned – it is the Lord

Today we pray for all those being called to the priesthood, diaconate, or religious life. May they have the courage to discern this call, listen to God’s voice, and overcome the pressures that our culture puts upon them to ignore their path in life.

We remember: The light of Christ surrounds us. The love of Christ enfolds us. The power of Christ protects us. The presence of Christ watches over us. And wherever we are, God is with us. And all is well!

1. Blessed are you, Lord our God, who has given to all of us a destiny and purpose in our lives.

2. We thank You., God of Mysterious ways, that You have a holy design for us. We rejoice that we are special to You, That our names are written in the palm of Your hand and our place in history, our purpose for existing, is known within our heart, since endless ages.

3 Blessed are You, inscrutable Lord, for those events, persons, talents and loves which helped us to discover adventure and purpose, fruitfulness and meaning in our lives.

4 We are grateful for that long line of holy people, who since ancient times inspired others by their faithfulness to their own destinies. They by their very lives, shout out to us not to compromise our destiny but to live fully within Your eternal design.

5. Blessed are You, for colleagues, teachers, parents, family and friends who called us out from the cocoon of comfort and contentment to embark upon that unique path on which You sent each of us forth.

Adapted From :Prayers of Gratitude and Praise, Edward Hayes.

Gracious and Merciful God, in your great wisdom you have called each human person to accept your call to fullness of life in Jesus Christ our Good Shepherd. Within that call, each of us finds our special path to you as we listen for your voice in our hearts and in the many experiences of our lives. Rejoicing in the new life of this Paschal season, let us be grateful for the opportunities we have to serve you and your people.

Today we pray that those you are calling to a religious vocation may respond with eager spirits and willing hands.

May our families nurture the call of God in our children. May our parishes support the call through vibrant celebrations of our faith. May our Church leadership recognize that it is your Holy Spirit who calls and shapes each vocation.

May we who are living this life, by our joy and faithfulness, be sources of encouragement to those you are calling to this way of life.

May our Church and world be blessed with an abundance of women and men who consecrate their lives to that service, so that all people may come to know the deep joy of your abundant love.

We pray through Jesus Christ, risen from the dead and always shepherding your Church, and in your Holy Spirit, who blesses us with courage, now and forever. Amen

When I was not expecting it, you called me, my God

I hear you in a moment of time, when I am doing something else.

At the corner of a dried-up field there’s an open gate:

Helping me find new pathways, leading me on.

 

Christ, you have opened for me the gate of glory:

I can find greater wonders in your wonderful world:

Yet untrodden paths can be dark and frightening:

Frontiers are places of conflict and confusion.

 

Spirit, help me to discern the way I should go:

How else can I be sure I’ve found the open door?

At times you will close the door I thought I’d found:

Be with me and support me then, when I feel most alone.

 

Help me learn to expect you in new and surprising places:

To look for your fruitful word in the judgement of others:

When those seem wrong to me, help me to learn;

When they seem right, keep me from pride.

(Psalm of Vocation by John Hammersley)

 

 

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Christians Against Poverty – new Manager

Christians Against Poverty

CAP is also doing some great work, now with a new Manager, Carlton Andrews. Carlton has given us the following introduction to himself and reminded us of what CAP is doing. I am sure you will join him in acknowledging Phil Jackson’s pioneering work and I look forward to this continuing with Carlton, Leigh Smith and colleagues.

Hello there! My name is Carlton Andrews and I am the new manager at Hitchin CAP Debt Centre. After several years faithful service as CAP manager, 29 years’ service to Zeo and even more to our local community Phil Jackson is taking well-earned retirement – well almost! Thankfully Phil will continue with CAP as a Debt Coach – a role I have held for the last 18 months here at Zeo Church. So we’ve effectively swapped jobs.

I have lived in the area with my wife Wendy for less than 3 years, which means that thanks to lockdown we have had little opportunity to get to know other churches, yet alone their leaders. Hopefully, that will change over the coming months.

I have been asked to tell you something about ourselves: Wendy, who is a solicitor & I have been together for 35 years. We moved from Kent where I was actively involved in a Christian foodbank, and with Samaritans – both as Trustee Chair. Since 2014 I have taken teams of volunteers to southern Brazil each Autumn to build homes in partnership with a small Brazilian charity called Maos Abertas (Open Hands) often joined by Wendy.

I would like to remind everyone that CAP is very much open for business, please visit our website capuk.org. We are currently supporting debt clients by phone and Google meet where possible. Leigh Smith is looking at running the CAP Job Club as soon it is safe to do so, and I am doing the same with the CAP Life Skills course. Please contact me if you have any questions about CAP or would like us to come and speak at a service or Church Council meeting. My contact details are carltonandrews@capuk.org. Tel: 07305 460031. (Please use 0800 328 0006 for all debt enquiries)

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The Parish Pilgrim walks again!

This Lent, Ann Milner (AKA the Parish Pilgrim) is taking up the challenge from CAFOD to raise funds for their Walk for Water campaign. She aims to walk 400,000 steps between now and Easter and asks the good people of the parish to sponsor her in whatever way they can – by prayers, good wishes, donations. She has a fundraising website where you can track her progress and donate at https://walk.cafod.org.uk/fundraising/owls-walk-4-water. For those who do not send funds over the internet, there will be a paper sponsorship form available – details to follow. God Bless.

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UK Settlement scheme for EU, EEA & Swiss nationals – 30 June 2021

If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, who has been resident in the UK since before the 31 December 2020 and do not have permanent right to remain it is important that you read the attached document.
Please note: This does not apply to Eire citizens* (Republic of Ireland).
You and your family members must have applied for the EU Settlement Scheme to continue legally living in the UK beyond 30 June 2021.
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