News

RE-Opening of Churches

Published on 12 June 2020

​Dear Friends in Christ,

As you may have heard, churches will open as of 15th June. Having had a meeting with other Clergy, here in St Edmund of Abingdon, the church will be open​ for individual prayer only, from 10 am – 1 pm Wednesday and Friday’s with the Blessed Sacrament exposed, without Benediction. As you enter the church kindly sanitize your hands with gel and you will be given wipes to wipe the area you use prior to you departing the church. You are asked ​to refrain from touching the statues, you may light a candle from the lit candle on the stand. ​ Thank you, for your co-operation and understanding.

We anticipate that the Churches would be permitted to be open on the 4th and 5th of July for the faithful to gather for Mass. This means we would require a team of volunteers for the following:

1) Ushers, at all the Masses, 6 pm Saturday; 9 am Sunday and 11 am on Sunday.

2) We would require a team of volunteers to clean the church immediately after the 9 am Mass

If you are able to volunteer and help us, then could I ask you please to submit your details to Katherine at the parish office. Be advised that once the Church is fully open for the time been Hymnbooks,  Mass books would not be provided until we are permitted to do so; Should you take a News Letter you are asked not to return the News Letter back to the stand when you depart but instead take it home with you. Thank you,  Fr Christopher

 

A Day of Prayer, Fasting and Works of Charity

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ

THURSDAY 14TH MAY: A DAY OF PRAYER, FASTING & WORKS OF CHARITY

Pope Francis invites us, this Thursday 14th May, to join with believers of all religions and people of goodwill in a Day of Prayer, Fasting and Works of Charity.

The Holy Father calls us to unite ourselves to an initiative which comes from the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity. Cardinal Miguel Ayuso Guixot, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, communicates Pope Francis’s wish in a letter dated 6th May (of which a copy is below) suggesting it is an opportunity to “witness to the greatness of faith in God that unites divided hearts and elevates the human soul.” The Communique from the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity is also attached: you may wish to publish it on your parish website.

Consecrating this day to the Lord is of a piece with the practice, recently introduced on Thursdays in England and Wales, of one of our Bishops celebrating Mass for NHS workers and carers in all settings. These Masses take place a little ahead of the 8.00 p.m. applause: we pray in thanksgiving for the courage and generosity of these front-line workers, asking the Lord to sustain them in their vital work. Mass this Thursday will be celebrated by Bishop Robert Byrne CO, Bishop of Hexham & Newcastle; and will be live-streamed at 7.00 p.m. on https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC12EvW0Eqg-cFTh5i2y_EQw. You might please encourage parishioners to unite themselves spiritually with this celebration as part of the Day of Prayer.

With all good wishes

Yours sincerely in Christ

+Nicholas Hudson

Rt Rev. Nicholas Hudson
Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster

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CORONOVIRUS TIME

In this time of separation we want to stay  together as much as we can. New FB page was set up for everyone who needs to chat or needs any help. Please, join:

St Edmunds (Millwall E14) Catholic Parish group.

If you do not have a FB account, you can join our What’s Up group. To make it happen, please, email your request to millwall@rcdow.org or call 0207 987 4114 during a week.

Parish Pilgrimage

PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND—MARCH 2021

We are planning a second parish Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2021 (15th –22nd March) with Pilgrimage People again.

To make it happen we need to gather a group of around 20 people.

We want to encourage you to take part in this event. If you think you can make it—please, drop an email to millwall@rcdow.org.uk or give your details to Fr Chris or our Sacristans.

We already got an itinerary that is available from the office. The cost will be £1680. If you are interested we are ready to open a saving club to those who want to save money over the next year.

We look forward to hearing from you.

— Fr Christopher, Katherine, Stella & Julia

Christmas Mass Times 2019

Sunday 22nd December
Masses at 6pm (Saturday), 9am and 11am (Sunday)

Tuesday 24th December
6:30pm – Children’s Mass for Christmas Eve
11:30pm – Christmas Night Carol Service & Midnight Mass of Christmas

Wednesday 25th December
11am – Mass of Christmas Day

Thursday 26th December
11am – Mass of Altar Servers

Friday 27th December
No mass

Sunday 29th December
Masses at 6pm (Saturday), 9am and 11am (Sunday)

Monday 30th December
No mass

Tuesday 31st December
11am mass

Wednesday 1st January
11am mass

Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd January
No mass

Sunday 5th January – The Epiphany of the Lord
Masses at 6pm (Saturday), 9am and 11am (Sunday)

From 6th January onwards, all masses at usual times.
Masses at 6pm (Saturday), 9am and 11am (Sunday)

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15th August THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

There will be Mass at 9.15 am and 8pm. Fr Victor will be with us on this Holy Day of Obligation. We are aware that we advertised before something different but now things have changed and we apologize for a confusion. We hope to see you in our Church this Thursday.

Baptismal Course Dates

(all session start at 7.30pm)

Mon 9th Sept/Mon 16th Sept 2019

Weds 30th Oct/Weds 6th Nov 2019

Weds 11th Dec/Weds 18th Dec 2019

Mon 27th Jan/Mon 3rd Feb 2020

Weds 18th March/Weds 25th March 2020

Weds 6th May/Weds 13th May 2020

Mon 22nd June/Mon 29th June 2020

 

 

 

 

comehomeforchristmas

This Christmas we invite you to come home and experience the welcome of your Catholic community. Come and receive the warm family welcome of returning home for Christmas where there is already a place waiting for you.

Many of us fall away from the Church, but whatever your reasons or situation, why not take a fresh look? You are invited to take this first step, at your own pace and in your own time.

This might be simply to find a Catholic church and go inside. Perhaps you might sit and enjoy the peace and quiet. You might want to light a candle and say a prayer for a loved one. Is there a friend or family member that might come with you to Mass?

Keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook as we prepare for the celebration of Christmas throughout Advent.

Gluten Free Hosts

Those parishioners who for medical reasons can only take Gluten Free as per their diet.

We here at St Edmund’s have Gluten Free Hosts. Should you require, see Fr. Christopher before Mass, so he could consecrate the hots for you.

Thanks, Fr Christopher