16th May 2021
Seventh Sunday of Easter
Saturday 6pm (Vigil) Avelino Fernandes RIP
Sunday 9am Father Robert Plourde SI 11am Parishioners
Monday 10am Frankie Quinne SI Tuesday 10am Sister Sarah SI
Wednesday & Thursday 11am- 12noon Private Worship
Friday 10am Maureen O’Donovan RIP
The Sanctuary Candle has this week been donated in memory of Andy Cole RIP.
Message from Father Brady
During these days between the Solemnity of the Ascension of our Lord and Pentecost, we join the Apostles and Mary in the upper room. They were fearful and uncertain. Jesus seemed to have left them and they were not popular among their neighbours and the wider Jewish community.
They had precious little understanding of what this “Holy Spirit” Jesus had promised them might actually mean, so they waited, in prayer, anxiety and uncertainty. Perhaps too the parting words of Our Blessed Lord would have caused them to feel a certain consternation. “Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News to all creation. He who believes and is baptised will be saved; he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mk. 16:15-16).
Maybe our daily lives during the last year or so will help us to identify much more closely with what the Apostles experienced. In many ways our lockdown has felt, at least for me, like sitting in the upper room, cut off from, and rather afraid to encounter out neighbours and indeed, our wider families, for fear of catching or passing on Covid. As the restrictions, which we labour under are gradually eased, or so we hope, it is time to invite the Holy Spirit anew into our hearts and lives. As we gradually start mixing more with others, He needs to help us to be, not just sociable, but the presence of Christ to others, helping them to discover, through our loving example, just how close God is to each human heart and how much he loves each one of us.
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts (of us) your faithful, and enkindle in us the fire of your love.
With blessings, thoughts and prayers,
Yours sincerely in the Risen Lord,
Preparing the Word of the Lord
23rd May – Pentecost
First reading: From the Acts of the Apostles 2: 1-11
Second reading: From the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians 12:3-7.12-13
Gospel: According to St John 20:19-23
We pray for all who are sick in our parish
& those who care for them.
ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION
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.
This May members of the parish will facilitating sessions that follow the Sycamore programme in its discovery of the powerful life of the Holy Spirit. All sessions will be on Zoom on Thursday evenings 7.30pm- 8.45pm, and you are welcome to join any or all the sessions.
20 MAY : FINDING TRUE FREEDOM
CAFOD’s Coronavirus Appeal for India
As coronavirus brings devastation across India, donations to CAFOD’s Coronavirus Appeal will help Caritas India distribute PPE kits to frontline health workers, promote COVID & vaccine awareness campaigns, and set up safely run isolation & quarantine centres.
You can donate online here: cafod.org.uk/give. Please keep praying for the people of India and all those affected by the pandemic.
Vigil of St Rita – Friday 21st May
Please pray and fast for the end of abortion and euthanasia in the UK. On this month’s Day of Prayer and Fasting for Life, we are especially asking you to fast and pray for the end of DIY abortions at home. Please join in and invite others to join as well. https://www.facebook.com/events/886441852198421/
Harrow Food Bank / London Community Kitchen
Saturday 22nd May
Donations welcome between 10.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m at Pinner Baptist Church, Paines Lane.
Items needed this month:
Harrow food bank sponge puddings, e.g. Aunty’s (long shelf life, please); packets of mashed potatoes; tinned macaroni cheese; tinned carrots; ketchup; bags for life; shaving foam/gel.
London’s community kitchen; wet wipes; handbag size packs of tissues; tea bags; rice; pasta; flour; sugar; cooking oil (small bottles); baked beans; tinned tomatoes; sweetcorn; hand sanitiser; wet wipes; handbag size packs of tissues.
The Parish Annual General Meeting
Monday 24th May at 7.30pm
The Parish Annual General Meeting will take place on, Monday 24th May 7.30pm in the Parish Hall observing social distancing and Covid rules. The AGM Agenda is on the notice board in the Church porch together with the Financial Statement Summary for 2020. It is hoped that you will all attend. Please advise your intention to come along in order that we can book you in – similar to Mass bookings.
Attending Mass with Covid restrictions
You can now book your Masses for MAY – book by phoning or emailing your dates asap.
With Covid rates falling and vaccination levels rising more people, happily, are booking to attend Mass. With numbers rising the stewards ask those attending alone to use the seats in the side aisles. However, it is important that the others who have booked actually turn up and do so on time so that when the Mass starts we do not have unoccupied seats in the main body of the church going to waste which could have been put to good use.
You can of course still continue to book on an ad hoc basis for your weekend Mass – please do this before 9am on the Friday prior to the weekend – either phone the Parish Office (020 8866 0098 Opt 2) or email (email@example.com)
Please advise which Mass you wish to attend and who will be attending from your household/bubble. You must be free of any Covid symptoms and allow your contact details to be retained for 21 days.
You must share your name and contact details with stewards on arrival, particularly if you have not pre-booked. This is required for Track & Trace as well your own personal safety. Please cooperate with the stewards when they request your details, and let us continue to look after each other safely.
Face coverings are mandatory in church. All those who are attending churches must wear a face covering unless they are exempt from doing so. The mask must cover your mouth and nose at all times.
Please have your name and contact details printed on a piece of paper.
This helps the stewards register you quickly.
GENERAL NOTICES AND INFORMATION:
Offertory Collection for April: Plate £768; Planned Giving £1294. Many thanks for your generosity.
If you would like to donate the Sanctuary Lamp Candle or a Lady Altar Lamp Candle in memory of a loved one please advise the Parish Office of the name and date you would like this for. The Candle lasts for one week and usually changed on a Saturday.
How to arrange for a Mass
Call in to the Parish Office with an envelope marked with the person’s Christian name and surname, or the Intention, and enclose a Mass Offering – between £10 – £20 is the usual Offering.
MASS ETIQUETTE DURING LOCKDOWN
Face coverings are mandatory in Places of Worship.
All those attending churches must wear a face covering unless they are exempt from doing so.
When you come into Church please:
- if you wish to light a candle please do so as you enter the Church; you will not be able to return to the back of the church at the end;
- maintain social distancing when waiting to register for Mass;
- have your name / contact number on a piece of paper so stewards can register you quickly at weekday masses;
- sanitise both hands when entering and leaving the Church; the sanitising unit is automatic.
When in church please:
- keep strictly to the social-distancing rules at all times;
- wait in your place until the stewards indicate to come forward for Holy Communion/Blessing.
When leaving the Church please:
- leave by the side aisles, when directed to do so by the stewards and sanitise before leaving;
- leave the Church as soon as possible after Mass;
- leave your kneeler down so stewards know they need to sanitise this;
- do not wait around on the church property outside.