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Newsletter 7th Sunday of Easter 16th May

Dear Parishioners,

At the beginning of May I marked the end of my eighth year as your Parish Priest. Throughout those years and prior to my arrival, the parish has been supported in an Administrative role by Jean Jones and most recently assisted Secretarially by Amrita Bhattacharya, both of whom have been on furlough during the pandemic. Sadly a number of factors have combined, mainly inancial, to cause both post holders to be made redundant. On your behalf I would like to thank them both for their support and dedication over the years both to the parish, my predecessor and myself. Hopefully when circumstances allow we will be able to mark their service in an appropriate way.

For the time being could I ask that, if possible, office enquiries be made to the respective parish email address with the nature of your enquiry clearly stated in the subject line just in case it goes into the spam box! Should you need to call please remember that I do need to eat, relax and sleep!

Apologies that Mass failed to be streamed on Tuesday. I set everything up and then forgot to press the “Go Live” button! Such things weren’t part of my Seminary training! Which reminds me to thank everyone for their donations to the Clergy Training Fund Limehouse £34 and Poplar £135. Please continue to pray for our Seminarians and also for an increase in Vocations to the Priesthood and the Religious life.

As next Sunday is Pentecost perhaps you could wear something Red! Please also note there is an extra Mass at 4.30pm in Word and Sign—all are welcome.

With continued Easter Joy and Blessings

Fr. Keith.

REQUIEM MASS For Sheila Huggins takes place this Thursday, 20th May, at 10.00am. Numbers are now limited to our Covid Capacity—family first.

LOST AND FOUND A personal cheque was deposited into the Offertory Box at Poplar over three weeks ago. This can be collected from Clergy House with appropriate I.D.

CATECHETICS

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Groups meet Saturday 29th May following the 6.00pm Mass, Sunday 30th May following the 10.00am Mass. Please bring your Blue Book with you, put the date in your diary now! Application forms for 2022 will be available mid June

RCIA:  Please pray for Asthik, Heather, Kacey, Maisey, Bonnie, and Duygen who are preparing for Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion and Linda, Veronique, Stephanie, Marion and Brianda who are preparing for Confirmation on Pentecost Sunday, May 23rd. 

CONFIRMATION: Application forms will be available mid June for those currently in Year 9 and for those who will enter Year 9 in September 2021 to prepare for the Sacrament in 2022.

OFFERTORY COLLECTIONS Sunday 9th May
Please find below last Sundays Offertory amounts received recently. These do not include Standing Orders as Fr. Keith does not have access to the system.
Envelopes Loose Total
POPLAR £126.11 £149.20 £275.31
LIMEHOUSE £34.00 £39.00 £73.00
Thank you to all who continue to financially support our Parishes.

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES
For those in the Planned Giving Scheme your Envelopes await collection from one of our stewards at the back of the church.

FAITHFUL COMPANIONS OF JESUS VOCATIONS WEEKEND
A weekend retreat, 4th – 6th June 2021, for young women considering the vocation to religious life. If you feel the Lord is inviting you to explore a vocation, avail of this opportunity to participate online or in person (depending on COVID restrictions) hear more about FCJ life, experience community, share your questions and reflections. Where: FCJ Sisters, St. Hugh’s Wavertree, Liverpool. Sign up: bit.ly/FCJVocationsWeekend2021www.fcjsisters.org

TRACK AND TRACE –STAY SAFE
Please either scan the QR Code or use a Track and Trace Form and place it in the offertory box as you enter the church. Face Masks should be worn and social distancing observed, please remain in your “Bubbles”. And follow the one way system in the church. For Communion please come up the centre aisle and return by the side. Communion is to be received on outstretched hands. Thank you.

NEIGHBOURS IN POPLAR

COVID Project: Thank you to all our volunteers from Limehouse and Poplar who have kept our Covid Response Project running for over 14 months. May God warmly embrace all who have helped. This weekend we have reached our 15,000th dinner , cooked and delivered and 4,800 bags of groceries delivered from our mini food bank. Over 2,250 befriending telephone calls have been made. However , we cannot afford to relax as more people needing assistance are being referred to us every week. Helpers always welcome, ring 0207 987 0257.

Free Home Fire Safety Visit: Do you or anyone you know feel the need of a visit from a member of the Fire Services to ensure that your home is safe? Have you had your smoke alarm checked? If not please fill in one of the forms at the back of Church.
 
TeleBuddies – There are now over 20 volunteers from Limehouse and Poplar who have  become life-lines for isolated elders. We need some more volunteers – if you love a chat and like cheering people up (from your armchair), this is the job for you! Email us at: nip65@msn.com if you would like to lift someone’s spirit and make them feel they are not forgotten and worthless.. Lorraine will sort you out.

Deliveroo Angels – We always welcome new drivers from Limehouse and Poplar on Wednesdays and Sundays in helping us get our meals delivered. The quicker we can get the meals out, the more likely they are to remain hot. For information ring 0207 987 0257 or email nip65@msn.com.

Pentecost – Next weekend we will be celebrating the Birthday of the Christian Church. We pray for all the adults who will be Baptised, Confirmed and receive Holy Communion for the first time. Thank you Sponsors for your support.

PEACE  We pray for the families in the Gaza strip, once more being bombarded, and without a homeland anywhere.

VACCINATIONS If it’s good enough for the Pope and the Queen then the Vaccine should be good enough for us! Please encourage everyone to “have the jab”, if not for yourself for others to keep people safe. Father Albert Ofere who is Parish Priest in Wembley was struck down by Covid19 and has posted a video on the Catholic Bishops Website encouraging people to “have the jab” following his near death experience, go to: https://youtu.be/-caoVnt5c_s It is certainly a message for everyone not only the BAME Community and the “Anti Vaccers”.

CATHOLIC BISHOPS CONFERENCE The Bishops Conference of England and Wales website has numerous articles on Covid19 and many other subjects. Go to for the latest Catholic News.

BAPTISMS—Parents must attend a Baptism Preparation Course organised by the parish. Cost £10. Collect an application form from the porch and return it to Clergy House. Next Course will be on Saturday May 22nd at 10.00am in the Guild Room at Poplar—entrance in Canton Street. Those who attended the last course the books have now arrived and are available from Fr. Keith

WEDDINGS—The Church requires that six month’s notice of any intended wedding be given so that full preparation can be made. Current Covid19 Guidelines restrict what can be done.

PRAYERS PLEASE FOR: Those of our parish who are sick: at home or in Hospital and for all who care for them, for all those who are self isolating; Our Country: Our Government, NHS and frontline workers; All who are poor; The people of India: as they fight the Corona Virus, for concerned relatives and friend, those who have died and all who mourn; All Refugees; The Royal British Legion: as it celebrates its centenary of foundation this weekend; Peace in our troubled world especially in Israel; Our Parish Family: especially those preparing for the Sacraments; Our Deanery: Our Religious Communities, Bishop Challoner School and our eight catholic Primary Schools; All who have died recently, Teresa Darby, and for all whose Anniversaries occur at this time.

 
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A Spiritual Communion

During the difficult times that we are facing it may not always be possible to receive the Lord in Holy Communion. In these circumstances we can turn to a long held Catholic understanding that when conditions prevent us from receiving Holy Communion, it is possible to make an Act of Spiritual Communion.

Spiritual Communion is something that may not be familiar to some people. It was once defined by St Thomas Aquinas as “an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament and in lovingly embracing Him as if we had actually received Him.”

So Spiritual Communion is a source of grace that acknowledges our great desire to receive our Lord at a time or in circumstances when we cannot receive Him in sacramental Communion.

The most common reason for making an Act of Spiritual Communion is when a person cannot attend Mass. Acts of Spiritual Communion can help to strengthen us in times of trial and to remind us that whatever the circumstances we are held in the loving embrace of our beloved Lord.

Spiritual Communion Prayer

My Jesus,
I believe that you are present in the Holy Sacrament of the altar.
I love you above all things
and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,
come spiritually into my soul
so that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever. Amen.

Based on a prayer of St Alphonsus Liguori

Article published on St. Georges Cathedral, Southwark Diocese Website

Mass on Radio and a poster

For those not on the internet RTE Radio are broadcasting Mass on 252 long wave. Please share this verbally with those who may not have access to the web. You might also print of the schedule for them. I understand that the full quota of Holy Week ceremonies will be broadcast on RTE. More detail is available from roger.childs@rte.ie.

An initiative has been launched (one of many!) to invite Christians to put a poster in their windows as a sign of faith and trust in the Lord in these troubled times. It is attractive and obtainable at this link: www.cte.org.uk/prayersofhope. Perhaps print a poster and show it in the street window of your home. It could well encourage those who are downhearted

Useful On Line Resources for this time of isolation

During this time of isolation, more than ever we are turning to modern technology to help us keep ourselves grounded in our Catholic faith.

If you Google: Universalis
You will find an app which is a combined Mass Book and Divine Office Book (the daily prayer of the church used by priests, religious and increasingly lay people alike.) There is a free 30 day trial and if you find this useful you can purchase the app for a one off subscription. It is certainly one of the most used apps on my iPad, especially when attending Mass in a foreign language!

Listed below are a number of links you may find useful.

Sycamore have generously offered Open Access to their resources for the next 6 months. Full details at this link:
https://mailchi.mp/8336abe00691/sycamore-october-updates-12239406?e=30beeb9473
Sycamore material will be particularly helpful with RCIA groups and Confirmation candidates

For family support, TenTen are also making freely available resources for families, called Prayers for Home, which include ‘Sunday Liturgy for Families’ and ‘Daily Prayers for Home’

Sunday Liturgy for Families

Daily Prayers for Home

Just a reminder, also of the CAFOD Children’s Liturgy session for this week. The link to register is:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5095942131288155403
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar