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Catholic Universe headlines-13th November 2020

Inside this week’s edition of The Catholic Universe, dated 13th November 2020.

News:

  • Prayers, science offer hope of defeating virus
  • President-elect Biden: It’s time to heal and save soul of America
  • Inquiry report hammers Church over abuse response
  • Worship ban shows faith role downplayed by state
  • Former PM: church ban is dangerous precedent
  • Lord highlights Merkel’s refusal to stop religious services
  • Pandemic forced bereaved to ‘suspend grief’ says new poll
  • MP calls for end to wildlife trade ahead of G20 summit
  • Beautiful stained glass nativity scenes on 2020 Christmas stamps
  • Former chief rabbi dies after illness
  • Lockdown loophole for assisted dying criticised by pro-lifers
  • Soap slammed for Down abortion story
  • United star Marcus welcomes Johnson school meal U-turn
  • Bishop John backs ambitious climate change plans
  • War memorials are ‘key part of our landscape’ – bishop
  • Cooling off period for gamblers added by Barclays
  • ‘Personhood’ demand for NI’s unborn babies
  • Housing rescue plan needed, warns charity
  • Covid rules won’t shut our churches, vows Vatican
  • Pope takes charge as secretariat fails to hand over assets
  • Prepare for Heaven with faith and good works
  • Crucifix of martyred priest is reminder of plot’s barbaric history
  • Philippines typhoon kills 20, levels homes
  • Cardinal freed by kidnappers said to be well
  • Polish Church steps in to bar cardinal from public ministry
  • It’s time to heal the divides says Biden as he sets the USA on a different course
  • The Catholic vote: did it push Biden into White House?
  • Democrat win threatens to roll back pro-life gains

Comment:

  • Patricia Fitzpatrick: Ireland was the first European country to go back into lockdown – but has it worked?
  • John Battle: The new world of work
  • Leon Spence: Accepting defeat is part and parcel of democracy’s success
  • Caroline Farrow: Scotland be warned: Big Brother could be listening
  • NJPN Comment: Patricia and Michael Pulham: Something to celebrate
  • Fr Shay Cullen: There are some uncomfortable truths

Features:

  • Don’t blame children for food poverty
  • Book helps Wahlberg on the path to redemption
  • Vatican Insight: Prayers for the dead help the living, too
  • Sport (SWIFT): Why football clubs are so important to local communities

Around the Parishes:

  • Westminster celebrates as three more join diaconate
  • Sweet-toothed Father enjoys chocolate treat
  • Breathtaking beauty as Our Lady statue visits Peterborough home
  • Partners ready to take the Gospel message to diocese
  • Dundee’s silent vigil speaks out for nine million lives lost
  • Joy in archdiocese as three men step forward to serve
  • Mgr Tony’s oaks add to the season of creation

Education:

  • New library at heart of school’s bold plans for students’ futures
  • School rules make masks mandatory in England
  • St Augustine’s is so proud as school farm named in top 25
  • Minister axes exams and puts her faith in teachers
  • Primary RE leaders gather for support and inspiration

Lifestyle:

  • Health: How to help a child suffering from anxiety
  • Fashion: That Seventies show: How to rock the retro look for autumn
  • Nick’s Music Picks: Vignettes by Wesley Schultz
  • Nick’s TV picks

Inside your FREE Catholic Times supplement:

News:

  • Christians, Muslims again top list of faiths facing hostility worldwide
  • USCCB president apologises to clergy abuse victims as report is released

Comment:

  • Prisoner of Conscience: Ellis Heasley: Church demolition in Cuba highlights continuing concerns for religious freedom
  • Vatican Letter: Cindy Wooden: Reform or suppression: Troubled lay movements need outside oversight
  • Journey In Faith: Chris McDonnell: A time to be reconciled
  • Credo: Fr Francis Marsden: Hugh of Lincoln, the first Carthusian saint
  • Hidden Gems: Fr Michael Collins: The Holy Face of Lucca

Features:

  • Cardinal-Designate profiles: First cardinal for Rwanda seen as approval of church’s reconciliation role
  • Cardinal-Designate profiles: Church lives in smaller countries, says cardinal-designate of Brunei
  • Cardinal-Designate profiles: Pope picks Italian-American diplomat, migrant minister, as new cardinal to be
  • Cardinal-Designate profiles: Italian cardinal-designate got start on Rome’s rough streets
  • Faith at Home: Teach us to pray – as stressed-out parents
  • Sunday Worship: What lessons can we learn from the Parable of the Talents?
  • Heart of the Matter: Vietnamese priests reach out to poor Hmong Catholics
  • Faith Alive: ‘Take the leap. It’s worth the risk’

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Pope says the pandemic shows we need each other

The modern generation must take up the struggles of the past for the sake of a better world urges the pope in a wide-ranging review of where the human family has got to and where it now needs to go in these new and demanding times.

`The pandemic might just be a time when we realise that we need one another. The suffering caused by Covid 19 challenged our society and our consumer life-style. If we did not seize this opportunity created by such “immense sorrow” to “rediscover once and for all that we need one another” then  “the notion of ‘every man for himself’ will rapidly degenerate into a free-for-all that would prove worse than any pandemic.”

Goodness, Pope Francis says in his latest encyclical, out this month,  together with love, justice and solidarity “are not achieved once and for all they have to be realized each day.”

The pope says that the Internet has made us all neighbours but not brothers and sisters,.“We are more alone than ever” he writes in Fratelli Tutti, a 90 page document he signed off on at Assisi  on 3 October, the vigil of the famous medieval saint. Instead of true brotherhood and a sense of belonging to one human family who are all in the same boat we are hiding behind walls of our own making.

There are powerful economic and political forces that are “deconstructing” our sense of our history. Even words like ‘democracy, freedom, justice or unity’ are loosing their original meaning and being used against us. Despair and the harsh criticism of others is being deliberately spread as a way to get control over us.  Everywhere people’s jobs are at risk for the sake of reducing costs. Policy-makers claim that poverty is being banished. But true poverty was not banished  because modern life was different -for instance, it didn’t matter in the past that you couldn’t get electric power because it did not exist, now it does and if you can’t afford it you suffer. People are important and their importance was not to be measured by “populist” opinion and policy. Human beings had an absolute value and dignity which no-one and no policy could override.

The pope warns Christians not to think of migrants as less being less “worthy, less important, less human” and rejects policies that turn them away. They were right to seek better conditions for themselves and their families in new countries, he says.

He also has the digital revolution in his sights. It was not the answer to our need to communicate and wouldn’t unite us because we needed to see people face to face, “even the smells, the trembling of the hands, the blushes and perspiration that speak to us and are a part of human communication.”

He warns against getting involved in defamation and slander on the net and says we are getting isolated from the real world. Instead we must be a people of hope.

“Hope is bold; it can look beyond personal convenience, the petty securities and compensations which limit our horizon and it can open us up to grand ideas that make life more beautiful and worthwhile.

The pope also rejects the ancient doctrine of a “Just war”: modern warfare was indiscriminate and so destructive that it could never be justified. He rejected capital punishment or imprisoning people for the whole of their lives.  And in an extended analysis of the story of the Good Samaritan who cared for the stranger in need he says “ love does not care if a brother or sister in need comes from one place or another. For ‘love shatters the chains that keep us isolated and separate; in their place it builds bridges’ Love enables us to create one great family, where all can feel at home.”

The pope ends his encyclical by reaffirming a declaration and an appeal for fraternity, world peace and living together that he made last year in Abu Dhabi with the Grand Iman Ahmad Al-Tayyeb. Religions should never incite war or bloodshed they declared, “God the Almighty has no need to be defended by anyone and does not want his name to be used to terrorise people”

Catholic Universe headlines-2nd October 2020

Inside this week’s edition of The Catholic Universe, incorporating The Catholic Times, dated 2nd October 2020:

News:

  • Church makes conscience U-turn over virus vaccine
  • Pro-life victory as abortion clinic vigil ban bill defeated
  • No safe day for the unborn, says SPUC
  • Bishop praises parishioners’ response to Covid-19 crisis
  • ‘It’s all our jobs to keep up the fight’
  • Families urged to join rosary crusade against coronavirus
  • Scotland to study Nordic plan to end prostitution
  • Lockdown hotel plan saved hundreds of homeless lives
  • Yousaf promises to alter hate bill to allow ‘robust debate’
  • Big jump in lone children seeking asylum
  • End ‘abortion aid’ and back Catholic charities – bishop
  • CCA to give animals voice at UN
  • Taoiseach backs Troubles probe
  • Police question politicians over funeral
  • Councillor pans Sinn Fein for policy switch on euthanasia
  • PTSD stalks UK’s frontline virus veterans
  • Post-Covid landscape will be ‘extremism breeding ground’
  • Police chief warning over teen terror talk
  • BBC urged to do more to help elderly
  • Supply chain slavery rules to be tougher
  • EU citizens warned time is running out on settled status
  • Champ hits out over Traveller racism
  • Stars call for change of heart over legal asylum
  • Family denied full inquest into death
  • MPs unite to back charity’s campaign for 23rd March memorial day
  • St Jerome honoured by stunning mosaic
  • UK must lead world to save the Uighurs
  • Botticelli masterpiece set for $80m auction
  • Migrant statue makes emotional journey
  • Slaves present at wedding claims bishop
  • ‘Slopping out’ returns as jails fail prisoners
  • MPs accused of abusing proxy voting
  • China throws down gauntlet to US with 2060 climate change pledge
  • EU migration falls way short, says Caritas
  • US ‘in bad position’ admits top medic as Tunisia new hotspot
  • Barrett confirmed as Trump pick for court
  • Pope to UN: Respect for each life essential for peace, equality
  • Bishops map land conflicts
  • Faith can guide your vote says bishop
  • Pro-lifers welcome ‘born alive’ order
  • Cardinal steps down after pope says he’s lost trust
  • Cardinal row resurfaces after Becciu resignation
  • Catholic Times supplement: High-tech solutions to hunger must respect cultures, says academy head
  • Catholic Times supplement: Covid scare emphasised importance of connections, says cardinal

Comment:

  • Dr Daniel Wincott: Botched Brexit proposals won’t work for Scotland and Wales
  • John Battle: A vision of a united world
  • Leon Spence: Jobs for our boys and girls has always been the way
  • Fr Shay Cullen: Wise leaders saved their people
  • NJPN Comment: Andrew Rollinson: My escape to a simpler, sustainable life
  • Catholic Times supplement: Journey In Faith: Chris McDonnell: One step at a time
  • Catholic Times supplement: Credo: Fr Francis Marsden: The greatest popular rebellion faced by any Tudor monarch
  • Catholic Times supplement: Hidden Gems: Fr Michael Collins: The power of the phone call
  • Catholic Times supplement: Questions and answers…with Fr Francis Doyle: What does the Church teach about suicide?

Features:

  • Catholic Times supplement: Talking Point: Vatican reiterates its opposition to euthanasia and assisted suicide
  • Catholic Times supplement: Talking Point: Spanish bishops denounce euthanasia bill
  • Catholic Times supplement: Vatican Letter: Women religious want sisters’ voices heard in post-pandemic planning
  • Catholic Times supplement: Bookcase: Inspiration for living a radical life of faith
  • Catholic Times supplement: Spotlight on Faith: God, creator of all colour
  • Catholic Times supplement: Profile: Time magazine lists nun among world’s 100 most influential people of the year
  • Catholic Times supplement: Panelists say priest’s example offers path to racial justice
  • Sacred Treasures: Christian Heritage Centre at Stonyhurst: Homage to the Martyrs at Deepdale
  • Heart of the Matter: Covid-19 robbed refugees ‘of the little that they had,’ says Salesian
  • Faith Alive: Timeless challenge of UN human rights declaration
  • Special Feature: Sport faces financial ruin as bleak winter without fans approaches
  • Sport (SWIFT): Why a moral compass is so important

Around the Parishes:

  • Special celebration as Cardinal Nichols welcomes five men to serve the Church
  • St Columba’s College honours retirement of founder Brother
  • New priest ‘wrapped in a mantle of prayer’ from the people of God
  • Devoted servant to the Lord and her order
  • Salford diocese mourns at Fr John’s passing

Education:

  • ‘Carlo’ is there to support self-isolating students
  • Covid will hit ’21 exam grades, warn teachers
  • Cuts threaten to widen the educational outcomes gap
  • Racism in schools on rise
  • Pandemic drives rise in student teachers

Lifestyle:

  • Profile: Ruby Wax spreads the seeds of hope
  • Travel: Enjoy life at a slower pace on a narrowboat escape
  • Health: Just how important is breakfast?
  • Food and Drink: Raise a glass to cheer on the Cape
  • Cooking: Sweetly fermented ‘sourdoughnuts’
  • Nick’s Music Picks: A ‘Carnival’ of music and storytelling
  • Nick’s TV Picks

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Catholic Universe headlines 25th September 2020

Inside this week’s edition of The Catholic Universe, incorporating The Catholic Times, dated 25th September 2020:

News:

  • Vatican warning over Mass as Covid-19 rules tightened
  • Call for all to back World Mission day
  • Ofsted threatens schools with fail mark over LGBT teaching
  • Actress slams Amazon for selling Down’s hate T-shirts
  • PM christens baby Wilf as a Catholic
  • Charity appeals for migrants to have safe and legal route to UK
  • Bishop calls for state to look for alternatives to prison
  • Archbishop admits fears over Irish virus
  • Shocking spike in Dublin homeless deaths
  • Healthy eating messages ‘too late’ as pandemic hits obese
  • Covid risk for cold homes
  • Bishop looks to positives as we fight virus
  • London to fund victims’ fund
  • Foster raises pressure on Churches for abuse payout
  • TD fears as Dail debates suicide bill
  • School assistant shocked after sack for LGBT criticism
  • Church attacks SNP for ‘open hostility’ on pro-life issues
  • Inquiry call after asylum seekers’ deaths
  • Pandemic fuels huge rise in foodbank use
  • World’s wealthiest urged to dig deep to feed the poor
  • BBC in ‘Ovaltine’ theft claim
  • Fuel cash offer welcomed
  • Concern grows as county lines drugs gangs exploit lockdown
  • Government committed to Human Rights Convention, pledges Justice Secretary
  • Thank God says Dolly after first Christian hit
  • Resumption of restoration unearths more secrets from Michelangelo masterpiece
  • Aled blessed by all-star album
  • F1 ace leads celebrity support for WWF’s rainforest campaign
  • HRH warning on carbon emissions
  • Peers urge decency over EU kids in care
  • Calais migrants: The real-life stories that lie behind the news
  • Traffickers’ dinghies to be donated to charities
  • Minister offers more support for care homes
  • DNR order labelled as ‘abhorrent’
  • Pope repeats call for the world to share Covid vaccine
  • It’s business as usual to help protect minors
  • Church ‘becomes sick when not proclaiming Gospel’
  • Pope reminds unique children of need to say their beautiful prayers
  • Covid cases up but India backs tourism to revive economy
  • Nuncio sees conflict destroy Syrian hopes
  • Pompeo warns Vatican over signing China deal
  • MPs warn consumers over Chinese goods’ slavery links
  • US Church pays tribute to liberal judge who backed abortion law
  • Trump races to fill key seat before November election
  • Cologne cardinal warns German Church’s ‘Synodal Path’ could cause schism
  • Proclaim the gospel – or accept the risks
  • Recalcitrant priest rejects Vatican’s olive branch
  • Catholic Times supplement: After Moria refugee camp fire, Lesbos locals patrol streets
  • Catholic Times supplement: Holy Land receives £2.75 million in emergency aid

Comment:

  • Dr Ann Hemmingway: Nurses are on the Covid frontline, so why are they being left out of the response?
  • John Battle: Cancelling debts to save our societies
  • Caroline Farrow: Student Union ban shows how little free speech we have left
  • Fr Shay Cullen: Time Congress acted on consent
  • NJPN Comment: Theresa Alessandro: What does it mean to live nonviolently?
  • Catholic Times supplement: Journey In Faith: Chris McDonnell: Sanctuary icons and prayer
  • Catholic Times supplement: Credo: Fr Francis Marsden: The Lincolnshire Rising: A very religious affair
  • Catholic Times supplement: Hidden Gems: Fr Michael Collins: St Peter’s cupola, the onion and the melon
  • Catholic Times supplement: Questions and answers…with Fr Francis Doyle: Why is it Catholic law that those of the Jewish faith cannot act as godfather in the rite of baptism?
  • Catholic Times supplement: Fr Eugene Hemrick: The world of entertainment re-examined

Features:

  • World News Feature: The UN: 75 years devoted to peace and human rights
  • Catholic Times supplement: Talking Point: Webinar tackles decision process facing Catholic voters in forthcoming US election
  • Catholic Times supplement: Vatican Letter: Statistics illustrate progress in tribunal reforms
  • Catholic Times supplement: Sunday Worship: Lord, make me know your ways
  • Catholic Times supplement: Mass marks beginnings of Washington’s national shrine a century ago
  • Catholic Times supplement: Lebanon Priest Visit: Beirut priest: ‘Everyone has a painful, heartbreaking story’
  • Heart of the Matter: Social distancing central to cloistered nuns’ sacrifice for the greater good
  • Faith Alive: Accompaniment during the trauma of pandemic
  • Cheering crowds and papal flags on The Mall: ‘A sight I thought I’d never see’
  • The Boss has a lesson for Catholic students
  • Sport (SWIFT): The benefits of teamwork in sports

Around the Parishes:

  • Priest’s thanks after recovering from Covid-19
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel comes to Ipswich parish
  • No let-up as would-be deacons continue their studies
  • Thanks a million, Kenelm Youth Trust
  • Finding the truth – only through God’s Word

Education:

  • Gleneagles brings ‘glorious playground’ to Kilgraston
  • Leeds Trinity student to give Tigers more bite
  • Prior Park goes green in support of Mito awareness
  • A blended future

Lifestyle:

  • Profile: Steph McGovern: ‘I haven’t got room to be nervous’
  • Garden: Tomato tips to prevent blight
  • Food And Drink: Fresh white wines to savour with seafood
  • Nick’s Music Picks: Einaudi Undiscovered by Ludovico Einaudi
  • Nick’s TV Picks

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Catholic Universe headlines dated 4th September 2020

Inside this week’s edition of The Catholic Universe, incorporating The Catholic Times, dated 4th September 2020:

 

News:

 

  • Schools are back – and ready to teach
  • Voice win is my dream come true says Catholic schoolgirl Justine
  • Scientist in new warning over animal virus spread
  • Banksy boat saves 200
  • Covid offers Church a chance to ‘put out into the deep water’
  • Plastic bag fee set to rise
  • Alarm as NI churches hit by 601 attacks in just five years
  • First Minister blames UK policy after refugee’s death
  • Windrush victims missing out
  • Sports stars had abortions for good of their career
  • Marcus heads taskforce on food poverty
  • Obama leads tributes as star loses brave fight with cancer
  • Strong support as FA tackles game’s racists
  • Ireland must build a new, despair-free culture after Covid
  • Mum’s comfort from son’s love for sister
  • Commissioner fears survivors will be left without a voice
  • MLA apologises after tweet insult for Troubles’ victims
  • Legacy compensation bill could top £800m, admits Justice Minister
  • Star’s own grief brings home pain of Disappeared families
  • Faith is Dolly’s top antidote to worry
  • Midwives miss out on breaks as too busy
  • Health inspectors need own check-ups
  • Tory ‘winces’ over cuts to foreign aid
  • Warning for school where children saw Daesh horror video
  • ‘Plague-kit’ church hit by new scandal
  • Star left so sad after wedding ring theft
  • Haulier pleads guilty over role in deaths of Vietnamese migrants
  • Lockdown sees big fall in crime
  • Scots voice concern over Hate Crime Bill proposals
  • Families need more help as Covid-19 deepens poverty
  • Scottish football criticised after sectarian probe ‘whitewash’
  • Life edges back to normal as pope restarts Vatican general audiences
  • Migrants’ plight linked to creation
  • Joint plea for faiths to unite and heal post-Covid world
  • Virus exposes nuclear folly as nations urged to back test ban
  • New survey offers insight into abuse in German orders
  • New deal offers hope for Sudan
  • Lebanon blast bill to top £3.4bn
  • Turkey ‘weaponising’ water as Syrian tensions reappear
  • Lang in show of solidarity with Zimbabwe’s bishops
  • Wine row threatens to sour Sino-Australian relations
  • Covid tornado will deliver more damage
  • Kenyan religious leaders demand action after virus funds vanish
  • Children losing out as pandemic hits education
  • Catholic Times supplement: Belarus archbishop refused re-entry, warns of civil war
  • Catholic Times supplement: Pope gets first copy of Italian Missal translation

 

Comment:

 

  • Sarah Smith: Back to school doesn’t necessarily mean back to work for all mothers
  • John Battle: Humanising technology
  • Leon Spence: Chadwick was the real-life superhero our world needed
  • Fr Shay Cullen: Paradise will soon be lost
  • NJPN Comment: Paul Donovan: Remember the true cost of war
  • Ed O’Connell: Peru’s poor bear brunt as virus cases rise and economy stalls
  • Catholic Times supplement: Mystical Theology: David Torkington: Preparation to share in God’s glory
  • Catholic Times supplement: Journey In Faith: Chris McDonnell: At the still point of a turning world
  • Catholic Times supplement: Credo: Fr Francis Marsden: Chairman Mao: Why do people worship this murderer?
  • Catholic Times supplement: Hidden Gems: Fr Michael Collins: The ritual ceremony of the Celestine Pardon
  • Catholic Times supplement: Questions and answers…with Fr Francis Doyle: How should you dispose of devotional items?

 

Features:

 

  • Sacred Treasures: Christian Heritage Centre at Stonyhurst: Dare we forget the call to sainthood?
  • Catholic Times supplement: Talking Point: Pope Francis to take his post-pandemic pleas to global stage
  • Catholic Times supplement: Talking Point: Bolivia bishops stress environmental concerns as elections approach
  • Catholic Times supplement: Talking Point: Churches criticise protesters for storming steps of German parliament
  • Catholic Times supplement: Sunday Worship: Love your neighbour as yourself
  • Catholic Times supplement: ‘Traumatic way to say goodbye’: Roadside funerals in Colombia
  • Catholic Times supplement: Missionary Work: Godfather of Kenyan running teaching life lessons during Covid
  • Vatican Letter: Coronavirus and creation: Bringing lessons learned into prayer, action
  • Heart of the Matter: ‘Reality of Gaza’: Conflict affects electricity, limiting virtual classes
  • Faith Alive: Rediscovering a sense of place: Appalachia’s story
  • Astronomy Feature: Can ET call home? Jesuit astronomer takes look at intragalactic possibilities
  • Sport (SWIFT): New term, new season: Same old racism

 

Around the Parishes:

 

  • Lockdown legacy hits Holy Land Christians
  • Parishioners’ postcards say ‘your church is open’
  • Pandemic and rain won’t stop King’s Lynn’s historic Red Mount procession
  • Harvington’s annual pilgrimage goes online
  • Rosary inspires recipes as cookbook launched
  • Welcoming back the faithful

 

Education:

 

  • Warning over increased asthma threat as school time returns
  • Richest pull away from poor children
  • Fines for missing lessons could cause more stress
  • St Elizabeth’s ‘poets for hire’ raise £1,800
  • St Mary’s marathon draws whole community together
  • Teachers access to Covid test

 

Lifestyle:

 

  • Profile: Kimberly Wyatt: Food, family – and finding the balance
  • Beauty: Travel-inspired scents to lift your mood
  • Health: Three simple leg exercises to tone you up fast
  • Finance: Mindful spending and how to start saving
  • Motoring: Deals and wheels
  • Nick’s Music Picks: Movie magic by John Williams and the Vienna Philharmonic
  • Nick’s TV Picks

 

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Catholic Universe headlines 28th August 2020

Inside this week’s edition of The Catholic Universe, incorporating The Catholic Times, dated 28th August 2020:

News:

  • Priest in rallying call over climate change
  • Oldham’s masterpiece threatened by vandals
  • Tragic Bradford baby prompts safe haven call
  • Ireland’s Churches unite to back facemasks at Mass
  • Researchers back singing softly in fight to stop passing on Covid
  • Students left in limbo by Btec delays
  • Mizens to lead new charity
  • Government to crack down on UK links to deforestation
  • Bishop takes abuse booklet to task for ignoring Catholic teaching and Christ
  • Alton rejects Tory’s claim on euthanasia
  • Tributes paid to schoolgirl after river tragedy
  • Migrant crisis in the Channel: Universe special feature
  • Single-use plastic waste in seas ‘under reported’ as immediate ban demanded
  • Fulmars left to pay price as mankind pollutes the oceans
  • RE holds its own as pupils opt for GCSE
  • Ireland still struggling on racism issues
  • Sinn Fein backs new Troubles payouts after judge criticism
  • Belfast community mourns death of US-based Fr Stephen
  • Chariots star Ben dies, 72
  • Beatles-linked collection box up for auction
  • Trust in God – and dial down the social media
  • Rugby star says no to taking a knee for BLM protests
  • Evictions paused but call for action to end homeless fears
  • Public concern prompts rise in rough sleeping reports
  • Smart tech to protect street people against second wave
  • Big rise in at risk households
  • Vulnerable victims to benefit from new court rules
  • Killed footballer’s family left destitute
  • Pilgrims in new fight over Walsingham
  • WHO backs Vatican call over vaccine
  • From Mexico to Mozambique, Pope’s prayers for sufferers
  • Francis reaches out to bishop in troubled region
  • Prioritising the poor is at heart of Gospel
  • Charity is for Christ, not for claiming moral high ground
  • UN warns pandemic bill could cripple poor nations
  • Argentina latest to see Covid cause havoc
  • Rohingyas at risk as virus enters camps
  • Greek Church plead for aid as more refugees arrive on Lesbos
  • Priests lose faith in police over killings
  • Fighting forces Aeta families to flee
  • New shooting raises racial tensions in US
  • Indigenous protest as Brazil fails them
  • Catholic Times supplement: Academy unveils effort to fight mafia using Mary’s name, image
  • Catholic Times supplement: German bishops say talks with Rome on parish document must include laity

Comment:

  • Simon Kolstoe: The lessons for healthcare that need to be learned from Covid
  • John Battle: Going out, post-Covid
  • Leon Spence: My fiver says Trump’s not out of this race by a long way
  • Caroline Farrow: The rosary brought a sense of calm to a feverish world
  • Fr Shay Cullen: We must all change to beat virus
  • NJPN Comment: Phil Kingston: Power of nonviolent direct action
  • CAFOD: Jack Ellinas: Forest life reborn from the fire
  • Catholic Times supplement: Katie Prejean McGrady: Caught, not taught
  • Catholic Times supplement: Mystical Theology: David Torkington: Learning how to love
  • Catholic Times supplement: Journey In Faith: Chris McDonnell: It’s different this year with the US divided in so many ways
  • Catholic Times supplement: Credo: Fr Francis Marsden: St Aidan: the first Apostle of the North
  • Catholic Times supplement: Hidden Gems: Fr Michael Collins: The ancient Roman treasures found under a Vatican car park
  • Catholic Times supplement: Questions and answers…with Fr Francis Doyle: Debate on female deacons not just about history

Features:

  • Catholic Times supplement: Talking Point: Californians ‘on edge’ as historic wildfires rage, says Bishop Cantú
  • Catholic Times supplement: Bookcase: Franciscan author offers history, way forward on Christian unity
  • Catholic Times supplement: Rosary Army’s mission is to ‘make them, pray them and give them away’
  • Catholic Times supplement: Nun at Lebanese hospital recalls ‘mass of people…on stretchers’
  • Vatican Letter: Castel Gandolfo forced to change course in a ‘pope-less’ economy
  • Heart of the Matter: Covid pandemic awakens Kenyan rural parishes’ social ministry
  • Faith Alive: Women’s leadership: America celebrates key anniversary of the 19th Amendment
  • Democrats look to make room for their own pro-life voice in election
  • Sport (SWIFT): How sport is a good icebreaker for making new friends

Around the Parishes:

  • World War II veteran Centenarian honoured with a papal blessing
  • Family trio baptised into Catholic Church in Huntington
  • Ron’s love of family and faith shone through a great life
  • A devoted servant to the NJP Network: Maureen Matthews: A Tribute by Anne Peacy
  • Lecturer lifts lid on C4’s breakthrough for para sport

Education:

  • Three page GCSE results special: Teachers know best as students pick up the GCSEs they deserve

Lifestyle:

  • Profile: Idris Elba turns his childhood memories into humble viewing
  • Garden: Boost your veg patch with green manure crops
  • History: How our use of PPE dates back centuries
  • Fashion: Keep your cool
  • Health: Get in the swim
  • Nick’s Music Picks: Disney Goes Classical
  • Nick’s TV Picks

 

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Catholic Universe headlines 21st August 2020

Inside this week’s edition of The Catholic Universe, incorporating The Catholic Times, dated 21st August 2020:

News:

  • U-turn on grading won’t end all pupil concerns
  • Sister’s pride at home town’s mural tribute to miracle nun
  • Catholic Women’s group praised after release of domestic abuse booklet
  • Co-operation only way to solve crisis in the Channel
  • Police take migrant children as council puts up full notice
  • Church choirs are back – but the congregation has to keep quiet
  • Vegans latest to be hit by hate crime
  • FA praised for taking stand against discrimination
  • Sidcup foxes ‘safe’ says Church school as it prepares for new term
  • Youth language criticised by archbishop
  • Grandees voice fears as Covid-19 robs youth of education
  • Star Courtney backs marriage as ideal start for families
  • Big Issue founder rallies virus unity to beat homelessness
  • Think-tank calls for cap on gambling spend
  • Sinn Fein rejects celebration of discriminatory Northern Ireland
  • Stormont told to act over legacy pensions
  • Oxburgh Hall reveals its historic Catholic secrets
  • Portillo hears Joan still vital to the French
  • Bieber backs Jesus – ‘he’s our only hope’
  • I kneel for no man, just for God, says controversial rugby star Folau
  • Scripture reveals star’s joy at daughter’s birth
  • Scots minister labels UK policy as ‘inhumane’
  • Charities draw up route map to end Scottish homelessness
  • Mr Bean star latest to join campaign against Hate Bill
  • Prison staff in the dock for flouting coronavirus rules
  • Pandemic leaves mental health scars on young
  • Insurers see big rise in Covid death payouts
  • Plea to continue free school meals for migrant children
  • Poverty study backs call to axe controversial policy
  • 3D tech has touching gift for the blind
  • Virus is prenatal threat to babies
  • Leaders demand China drops claim over Hong Kong law
  • Zimbabwe Church backed after Rwanda slur
  • WHO chief begs world to stop ‘vaccine nationalism’
  • Church condemns Lukashenko as Belarus descends into violence
  • UN court finds Hezbollah man guilty of murder
  • Biden’s playing of the Catholic card won’t guarantee victory
  • Pope offers prayers for world still struggling to fight Covid
  • Vatican anger as Italy eases abortion law
  • Take time out to remember God and Mary
  • Fears for Mauritius as oil damage hits environment
  • Catholic Times supplement: Aid official tells of conditions in eastern Ukraine
  • Catholic Times supplement: Church social worker shot dead in the Philippines

Comment:

  • Timothy Edmunds: Why are there more small boats crossing the English Channel?
  • Caroline Farrow: Young people left as the real victims by exam grade fiasco
  • Fr Shay Cullen: The new rise of slavery
  • John Battle: A post-Covid meditation for the world
  • NJPN Comment: Angela Waterhouse: Celebrating the season of creation
  • CAFOD: Ben Payne: Campaigning never stops – despite Covid-19 lockdown
  • Catholic Times supplement: Mystical Theology: David Torkington: ‘Pray as you can, not as you can’t’
  • Catholic Times supplement: Journey In Faith: Chris McDonnell: A crack in the curtain
  • Catholic Times supplement: Credo: Fr Francis Marsden: Pray for peace in Belarus
  • Catholic Times supplement: Hidden Gems: Fr Michael Collins: Celebrating 600 years of Brunelleschi’s dome
  • Catholic Times supplement: Questions and answers…with Fr Francis Doyle: How can I advise a friend who has decided that she is going to hell?
  • Catholic Times supplement: Mary Marrocco: Find strength in letting go of ‘littleness’

Features:

  • Catholic Times supplement: Talking Point: Prisons as pandemic super-spreaders: Latin American Church raises alarm
  • Catholic Times supplement: Signs of hope for Beirut parish after blast
  • Vatican Letter: New Vatican approved guide explains hidden ministry of exorcism
  • Heart of the Matter: Immigrants with Covid-19 symptoms may suffer silently, fearing deportation
  • Faith Alive: Catholic family honoured for multicultural outreach
  • Letter from America: Biden offers hope for a Catholic White House
  • Sport (SWIFT): Olympic medals and A-level results

Around the Parishes:

  • Fr Henry appointed to role as Traditional Apostolate
  • Catenian dad’s a video star after son asks him to help out with Bocelli/Dion hit
  • Roll up, roll up our bishop is in town…
  • Choir’s still on song despite the lockdown
  • Prameel Joseph rejoices as ordination dream is fulfilled
  • CTMR young adults group brings Christian joy and fellowship

Education:

  • Three page A-level results special: Class of 2020 takes the plaudits after suffering a difficult year

Lifestyle:

  • Profile: Jason Isaacs on iconic baddie Dick Dastardly: ‘He’s a man who should have had some more cuddles growing up’
  • Garden: Acres to explore: 10 of the finest gardens to visit this summer
  • Health: Opening up on hair loss
  • Food and Drink: Classic wines from the world’s best-loved regions
  • Cooking: Ray Mears’ hot chocolate recipe
  • Nick’s Music Picks: Voices by Max Richter
  • Nick’s TV Picks

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John Allen, RIP

John would often attend our weekday masses and was looking forward to the church being open once again. Sadly he died before our weekday masses could be resumed. His funeral will be in September, meanwhile we extend our sympathy to his family in their loss. Mass will be said for the repose of his soul on Thursday 13 August.

Catholic Universe headlines 24 July 2020

These are the headlines from this week’s Catholic Universe, incorporating The Catholic Times News (with some comments by me) dated 24th July 2020:
News:
• G20 shamed as they shun debt relief call. It seems they did not heed last week’s call by Church leaders to remit the $billions of historic debt
• Our Church must never turn any away, says cardinal. There’s a new video Being Black & Catholic produced by the diocese
• World’s poor to pay price as Johnson reduces DfID role We are legally obliged to spend 0.7% of Gross National Income on overseas aid, as we get poorer so that gets less
• Government in the dock after it refuses to implement its own porn site policy. No movement on enforcing age verification
• Asylum seekers voice Covid fears over crowded centres. It is quite terrifying for people forced to live too close together with strangers at this time.
• Duke eyes chance to beat homelessness
• No room in church as cap forces priest to turn people away. It is an issue that will now be with us until we change the way we live as a church.
• Climate change must be our top priority, says faith group, “The very health and future of humanity depends on our ability to act together” says Bishop John Arnold.
MPs issue new water warning “A fifth of the water supply -three billion litres of water – is lost in leakage every day.”
• Foodbank use ‘to rise’ in coming months. “A total of 80,489 people turned to foodbanks for support in May.”
• Shropshire field reveals historic papal treasure. Pope Innocent IV (c 1243ad) dropped his lead seal in a Shropshire field. Why was it there? It may have been of a document looking for English King Henry III’s support for the Pope’s claim to Sicily.
• Footballers appeal for support over fans’ sectarian abuse. Former Celtic players Northern Ireland’s Niall McGinn and James McClean say when playing they got abuse. “We had bullets sent to us in the post” McGinn said.
• UK funding key to Stormont stability. “We cannot sleepwalk into another Executive collapse,” Simon Hoare MP chair of Northern Ireland Affairs Committee said referring to the January 2017 collapse of the power-sharing executive that runs NI that remained out until January this year.
• Suspect denies gun link to McKee killing
• Veterans claim Government is sacrificing them for peace “We feel the Government is prepared to put a few old soldiers on a cross and sacrifice them for the benefit of peace in Northern Ireland,” claims former SAS soldier Robin Horsfall, part of the Million Veterans March campaign giving evidence to MPs on government plans to deal with the legacy of the Troubles in NI that could still see attempts to prosecute soldiers.
• Laity have a role but the clergy lead way – Vatican (So where are the new priests? Step up lads!)
• New guide sets out response to future allegations Vademecum, a new handbook to help bishops along the “complex path”: Cardinal Luis Ladaria
• World action needed as starvation soars
• Pope pops into summer camp
• Relief as firefighters save Nantes’ jewel
• US turns up heat on China over treatment of Uighurs
• All change as Trump backs facemasks – and adopts new focus as ratings collapse
• EU pledge hard cash to bail out economies
• Christians’ joy as bombed Aleppo cathedral reopens
• Morocco latest to threaten local Christians with arrest over their faith
• Catholic Times supplement: Rare book of Mary, Queen of Scots, goes under the hammer
• Catholic Times supplement: ACN boosts Church’s Covid help in Bangladesh and beyond
Comment:
• Sarah Lloyd: We must take care to protect justice during Covid-19 remote jury trials
• Leon Spence: Economic fallout from Covid-19 will be as deadly as the virus
• Caroline Farrow: This back-to-school season is start of our fight against RSE
• Theresa Alessandro: Build a future based on nonviolence
• CAFOD: Sinead Callaghan: Building something better
• Catholic Times supplement: David Torkington: The only solution to racial prejudice Facing up to our original sin for which the only cure is real love
• Catholic Times supplement: Chris McDonnell: Discovering and living your family spirituality
• Catholic Times supplement: Fr Francis Marsden: Remembering the Reformation martyrs this week
• Catholic Times supplement: Fr Michael Collins: Nantes and its great cathedral dedicated to Ss Peter and Paul
Features:
• A Catholic Universe special feature: Creating a wholly inclusive Church
• Catholic Times supplement: Talking Point: Japanese archbishop urges US to witness the Gospel of peace
• Vatican Letter: Old Testament is a go-to guide for coping
• Heart of the Matter: Vulnerable Venezuelans find help from Focolare member and fellow migrant
• Faith Alive: Priest donates kidney to help mum lead life she imagines for her family
• Catholic hospitals are offering a glimmer of hope for Syria’s people
• Sport (SWIFT): Why ‘Big Jack’ deserves to be called ‘great’
Around the Parishes:
• Holy Land sees first deliveries of vital water tanks from FHL
• It’s Mass among the roses as parish goes open-air
• Joy as cathedral holds its first wedding
• Group is making an impact in bringing community together
• CYMFed events take youth ministry online
• Anglican archbishop welcomed to shrine of St Margaret Clitherow
Education:
• Leeds Trinity appoints new vice chancellor
• A flag with a difference for the continent without one (ideas for an Antarctica flag)
• Fears bias will see students miss out on right grades
• College teams up with local community to beat hardship
Lifestyle:
• Profile: Harry and Izzy Judd: Positive parenting during lockdown
• Health: Enjoy a summer BBQ without feeling the heat of heartburn
• Toys: Fisher-Price at 90: Toys from the past and present
• Food and Drink: Seven top drops for a taste of the Med
• Cooking: Salted chocolate pumpkin tart
• Nick’s Music Picks: Patchwork by Passenger
• Nick’s TV Picks
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the Catholic Universe headlines for 167 July 2020

News:
• Faith leaders call for G20 to act on global debt relief- I remember the Churches made a huge effort at the start of the millennium to make this one of the goals of the new century- we are still not there yet.
• Disaster Emergency Committee is a get-together of the main charities helping feed and clothe the world – they say millions more people are now in danger
• Safety fears as migrants risk lives on deadly crossing. The English Chanel is a dangerous strip of water. We are a maritime nation. Anyone who is brave enough to risk this crossing deserves our admiration, respect and rescue. We need these brave mariners!
• New Universe website supports Church rebuilding, the website includes a shop for catholic items direct from Italy!
• Scientists in stark warning as UK told to prepare for second wave. If ever we need to be sensible, it is now.
• Joy for Scotland as public Mass returns, see above
• Radio 4 show offers ‘a word for all seasons’ there’s something about this on Sunday at 8.10am
• Crimestoppers can put an end to misery of human trafficking. Slavery is something we can all keep a look-out for, it is probably happening around here, people looking scared, downtrodden; check out the list and liberate the modern slaves by shining the light (but take care too, its dangerous)!
• Hypocrisy charge as green light given to Saudi arms exports. Especially as the Church says ending weapons sales would free up vast sums of money and resources to fight the pandemic- and maybe give local councils money to reopen and modernise toilets with lots of wash basins and soap and water!
• Big Jack was an English, Irish hero “A man of integrity and very rare character” said Fr Felzmann
• Pope ‘saddened’ as Turkey reverts historic church back to a mosque. It is very hurtful to loose our church buildings but the church is the people of God, wherever we worship.
• China, US exchange insults as tensions rise in Asia and all we can do is watch (and send an aircraft carrier God help us)
• Pandemic full speed in Africa as global virus cases pass 13m. The world is being remade in our generation, we must pray for guidance in how we are to respond
Comment:
• Joseph Kelly: Reaching out to fellow Catholics as we adapt to the ‘new normal’
• Leon Spence: Sorry Auntie, the game is up as far as my licence is concerned
• Caroline Farrow: It’s back to church – and a new path of evangelisation
• CAFOD: Elouise Hobbs: The world has changed: why shouldn’t our campaigning?
• Catholic Times supplement: Chris McDonnell: Taize offers a way to revitalise our monasteries
• Catholic Times supplement: Fr Francis Marsden: A true martyr, St John Plessington remained a priest to the very end
• Catholic Times supplement: Fr Michael Collins: Church renowned for its abundance of light now cast into shade
Features:
• Catholic Times supplement: Give generously – your parish needs those precious funds more than ever
• Catholic Times supplement: Decline in confession is damaging the Church’s mission to spread the Gospel
• Heart of the Matter: African Americans look for allies as they demand right to breathe freely
• Faith Alive: The gift of knowledge’s impact on the heart
• Racial hopscotch has to stop if America is ever to find harmony Fr Augustus craved
• Sport (SWIFT): Sporting tips to create the best version of yourself
Around the Parishes:
• Caritas Crisis Fund launched after twin donations total £100,000
• Young equality campaigners receive national recognition
• Vatican gives plenary indulgence for archdiocese’s virtual pilgrimage
Education:
• Bishop issues heartfelt farewell as Year 6 pupils set off on next chapter
• Trinity lecturer publishes first children’s science book
Lifestyle:
• Health: Binge eating disorder: What is it and when should we seek help?
• Garden: Be kinder and save our insects
• Home: Bring the holiday home: décor styles to satisfy your wanderlust
• Music: Cinema Paradiso by Katherine Jenkins
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Grenfell Tower

Sunday 14th June 2020. Corpus Christi. Today is also the third anniversary of the fire in Grenfell Tower where 72 people died, many of whom were people of colour or from minority and disadvantaged groups. As we reflect on the disproportionate suffering of our black brothers and sisters in our nation and find ways to respond well to Black Lives Matter national and international movement it is right that we pause to honour those who died in that terrible fire. I will ring the church bell 72 times this evening at 6pm in memory of their lives and in hope that such injustices as are visited on so many of our fellow citizens will be righted in our day.

Letter from parishioner against racism

7/6/2020: Letter from parishioner
Against Racism: What can we do to help?

Hello parish family
Taking some time today to pause and reflect on the events taking place around us and the frustration and anger that has gripped our communities in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death. George Floyd’s death is symbolic of a long, dark and deep-rooted history of injustice and systemic racism that has been driving the peaceful protests and the helplessness experienced by the black community in the US. Do I need to be black to understand it? NO. A non-black journalist covering the protests last week expressed his thoughts succinctly, ‘as a non-black person we may not perfectly understand the pain and anger felt by the black community but we have been around a while to know enough and have seen enough to understand these feelings are real and they are all too painfully founded’.

Born and raised in India and having immigrated to America as a young adult, I am grateful for the good memories of my life in the U.S and for the experiences that have significantly shaped a part of who I am today. However, let me not pretend or forget to acknowledge that there has always been and continues today a very real problem of racism in the country. Why is justice, equality, respect bestowed only on a few ? Don’t’ BLACK LIVES MATTER ?

As an Indian-American living in the UK, watching the turmoil unfold over the past few weeks has been painful but what is far more heart wrenching is the sadness and frustration my black friends have been experiencing. Keeping silent in these times is as complicit if not more according to Martin Luther King, Jr’s famous quote “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends”. So, I ask myself: What can I do to help? How can I play my part in fighting racism?

I am grateful to be part of a diverse, multi-cultural/multi-racial/multi-ethnic parish community where we respect and support each other. However, we cannot, take this for granted and always need to remember those who experience racism in their day to day lives (at their workplace or in their personal lives doing something as innocuous as bird watching in a park). We can all play our part against racism by doing any of the following:
1. Educate ourselves
2. Raise awareness (speak out, listen),
3. Donate
4. Sign petitions
5. Volunteer
(Please refer to the links published in full in News for further details)

In today’s world we cannot afford to be silent but need to always challenge ourselves by asking what can we do to help? It just not enough to be non-racist but increasingly important to be anti-racist! Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, says it best ‘”My friends, we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life,”

Educate/awareness/speakup:

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/06/04/health/how-to-be-an-anti-racist-wellness/index.html

https://www.npr.org/2020/06/05/867060621/being-black-in-america-we-have-a-place-in-this-world-too

https://www.un.org/en/letsfightracism/

wellness/index.htmlhttps://www.wnet.org/education/blog/anti-racist-resources-for-families-educators-and-students/

Books: May be something for this weekend’s reading ?
https://www.ft.com/content/aeba9304-a57c-11ea-92e2-cbd9b7e28ee6
https://nymag.com/strategist/article/anti-racist-reading-list.html
https://time.com/5846732/books-to-read-about-anti-racism/

Movies:
https://time.com/5847912/movies-to-watch-about-racism-protests/
http://www.pbs.org/black-culture/explore/10-black-history-documentaries-to-watch/
https://www.insider.com/what-to-watch-to-learn-about-racism-2020-6

Donate:
https://www.timeout.com/london/news/donate-to-these-anti-racism-charities-and-organisations-doing-amazing-work-in-london-060420
Other reads:https://hbr.org/2020/05/how-u-s-companies-can-support-employees-of-color-through-the-pandemic
https://www.forbes.com/sites/janicegassam/2019/07/03/how-to-speak-up-when-you-witness-discrimination/#31e7ffce7c53

 

 

News for week from 27 May to 2nd June 2020

2/6/2020 The Association of Christian Counsellors is offering a crisis counselling service for up to ten sessions free to NHS front line medical staff impacted by Covid-19 and those in ancillary roles, paramedics, those in the ambulance services and those bereaved during this time, whether due to Covid-19 or not: CCSS@acc-uk.org (or by telephone -details from Fr Bill).

31/5/2020. Happy Pentecost! It’s the celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit to the disciples when Jesus its says in John’s Gospel, chapter 20 verses 19 to 23, “breathed on them and said; ‘Receive the Holy Spirit'”. In these days of social distancing and keeping well apart from each other it’s wonderful to see how Jesus comes up close and personal and makes each person so special. The challenge for us today is to find ways of making each person feel very special though we often can’t even safely touch them, let alone breath on them. Talking for a minute or two while keeping safely two meters apart, that can lift the spirits, even waving at each other across the road, that is like our spirit saying to their spirit, ‘it’s good to see you and see that you are alive and (as it has been recently) the sun is shining.’ Then there is the phone call saying “do you need anything?” People have contacted us in the lock-down to ask that. It makes us feel alive and cared-for. Maybe prayer is like a phone-call to Jesus, ‘Is there anything that you want me to do?’ He has promised that he won’t ask us to do anything that is too difficult for us. But he probably will ask us to do something and that’s how the church spreads, little by little. Ps: do join me for one of our Zoom masses, 10am Sunday, 9am Tuesday and Thursday. We say the rosary at 8.30am on Wednesdays. I will send you the link or details if you email me. billbowder@rcdow.org.uk

28/5/2020: CAFOD Emergency appeal. The spread of coronavirus overseas in countries with poor health systems, large refugee camps and shanty towns will be devastating. CAFOD local experts are working to protect those in need. Your help is needed now. Please donate via the CAFOD Web page www.cafod.org.uk or phone 0207 733 7900 or post a cheque to CAFOD Head Office, Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7JB . Please also remember us and those we work alongside in your prayers. Tony Sheen
Community Participation Co-ordinator -CAFOD

27/5/20 -Latest on church opening. The first thing to say is, thanks for your great patience and continued support of your parish church at this very tough time. I have really enjoyed meeting you through Zoom masses and we now have a rosary group that meets on Wednesday morning at 8.30am. (details from Fr Bill)
Second, we have had some general guidance from the diocese today. The hier4archy acknowledge and respect each parish’s particular issues relating to what is possible to do and how it may be hard to implement, given our limited resources both in young volunteers and money. The shape of our church and its age do not make it easy to make safe. However I have already had a message of support from a parishioner that has encouraged me.
Third, I will do what I can but I will only allow the church to open when I consider that it will be safe to do so, that is my responsibility as an employer and pastor. I am working on a plan to do this (see below)
Fourth, zoom masses and I hope in the future live-streaming from the church building itself will be a central part of our worship. Please help any relatives who are not familiar or at ease with Zoom and other web-based communication to feel at ease with the technology.
Fifth. The diocese wants churches to open for private prayer sometime in June. I will not do that unless I think it is safe to do so and if we have all the necessary support and provisions that we need to do so. At this stage I am not sure that we will have that support. That will depend on people responding by letting me know that they can help, are safe and not in an at-risk category to do so and will be able to make a reliable commitment to do so.
Sixth. Masses that are attended in person will not be offered until at the earliest July and more likely September. This will depend on a continued drop in Covid cases. It will also be vital not to attend mass if one has symptoms or is in quarantine. The national tracker system being introduced this week means that one person attending mass with symptoms could effectively close the whole church for 14 days.
Seven: To maintain 2 meter distance between people if and when attended masses do start again the number who will be able to attend will not exceed 20. The most likely scenario is that attended masses will still be offered once on Saturday evening and twice on Sunday with no more than 20 at mass. How to accommodate others? Proposals a. attend Saturday or Sunday mass by arrangement. b. where that is not possible attend a weekday mass or instead of your Sunday mass on the other weeks if agreed by the bishop. That would mean that attendance at a weekend physical mass might fall to once a fortnight or once a month. All other attendances would be c. through live-streaming, Zoom or a regular weekday mass. For actual attendance we will probably introduce a booking system, rather like going to a live performance in a very small theatre. If I could say mass in 15 minutes that would make attendance much safer as the longer anyone is in the presence of someone with the virus the more danger there is. The tracker system uses 15 minutes as the trigger point at which to isolate.
Eight. As the situation develops information will be on this website and I do ask people to ring me on my mobile 0739805360 before trying to come to the building. We will have one way in and another way out. It will be vital that no one comes who has any symptoms. Also, I hope to contact many of you during the coming month by phone to explain the need to continue to support your church with money. Mass and prayers have been offered for you and your intentions everyday since the lockdown began. The work of the church continues, it needs to be supported.

A parent descibes 20 ideas for keeping a toddler amused

1. Make play dough alphabet letters (see photo)
2. Create an obstacle course: see example https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-D_xK1eQCc
3. Create a simple maze by taping ribbons or strings onto the floor
4. Pour water into containers of different sizes, see how objects float or sink
5. Wash toys together
6. Create a marble run with a cardboard box (see photo)
7. Create a car with a large cardboard box (see photo, the one with all the scribbles!))
8. Spot things such as animals and insects during an outdoor walk and log it in a small notebook
9. Play hide and seek
10. Make hand-painted card for friends and family
11. Pop or jump on bubble wrap
12. Bake or cook together
13. Learning different flavours by tasting condiments and smell herbs in the kitchen
14. Create a ‘drum’ set by turning pots and pans upside down and hit them with chopsticks
15. Matching small objects with shapes drawn on a piece of paper
16. Make a magic potion with leaves, peddles, feathers etc. found in the garden / park
17. Make a cereal box aquarium
18. 30min workout with youtube PE with Joe: see example https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYnBVFa3DZw
19. Pretend cooking with dried pasta / rice
20. Messy, sensory play with shaving cream
All the best, stay safe and good luck!

Easy Lemon Polenta Cake by Catherine

EASY LEMON POLENTA CAKE
This rustic Italian-style lemon polenta cake is easy to make and can be served plain or with fresh fruits. It keeps well for several days in room temperature.
Prep time: 10min; Cook time: 40min; Total time: 50min

Ingredients:
• 1 cup polenta (165g), or stone-ground cornmeal
• 3/4 cup (105g) all-purpose flour
• 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
• 2 large eggs
• 2 egg whites (1/4 cup, 60ml)
• 1 cup (220g) sugar (can use less sugar, depending on taste)
• 1/4 cup ((60ml) olive oil or neutral oil (such as canola or avocado)
• 2 tablespoons (30g) butter, softened
• 1/2 cup (125ml) whole milk plain yogurt or sour cream
• 2 tablespoons grated fresh lemon zest
• 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
• Icing sugar to serve
• Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees Celsius and place an oven rack in the center of the oven.
2. Line the bottom of an 8-inch cake pan with baking paper to fit and lightly brush the bottom and sides of the pan with oil or cooking spray.
3. Whisk the cornmeal, flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl and set aside.
4. Beat the eggs, egg whites and sugar in a mixer on medium-high speed 4-5 minutes, until pale and creamy. On low speed, mix in the oil. butter, yogurt, lemon zest and juice.
5. Stir in the dry ingredients until just blended. Pour the batter into the pan and bake 35 – 40 minutes, or until the top feels firm (not hard) and a toothpick inserted in the center of cake comes out clean. Cool in the pan 10 minutes before inverting onto a rack to cool – run a dull knife around the edge of the pan to loosen.
6. Sift icing sugar over the cake and serve.

Cup cakes that want to be Lemon Polenta Cakes when they grow up!

Best wishes, Catherine

Latest letter from the Archbishops of England and Wales

A People who Hope in Christ
A Message from the Metropolitan Archbishops
of the Catholic Church in England and Wales

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
The radiance of the risen Lord shines upon us. At a time when so many shadows are
cast into our lives, and upon our world, the light of the resurrection shines forever to
renew and restore our hope. In the words of our Holy Father, Pope Francis: ‘In the
midst of isolation when we are suffering from a lack of tenderness and chances to meet up,
and we experience the loss of so many things, let us once again listen to the proclamation that
saves us: he is risen and is living by our side.’ (27 March 2020)
The impact of Covid-19, both nationally and internationally, has been immense. So
much of what we take for granted has changed. Our health and physical interaction,
our capacity to travel and gather, have all been affected. There is uncertainty in our
future, especially with work and the country’s economy. As we know, very sadly,
large numbers of people have died because of the coronavirus, and others have been
or remain seriously ill. Keyworkers, not least in the National Health Service and care
sectors, are serving selflessly to sustain the life of our nation. Our hearts and prayers
go out to everyone who is suffering because of Covid-19, and to all those battling to
overcome its effects. May those who have died rest in peace and those who are
bereaved find comfort.
When the Prime Minister announced the lockdown, this included places of worship
and therefore Catholic churches. These measures were put in place to stem the
general transmission of the virus. It is right that the Catholic community fulfils its
role in contributing to the preservation of life and the common good of society. This
must continue until the restrictions applied by the Government are lifted.
None of us would want to be in the situation in which we find ourselves. While the
live-streaming of the Mass and other devotions is playing an important part in
maintaining the life of faith, there is no substitute for Catholics being able to
physically attend and participate in the celebration of the Mass and the other
sacraments. Our faith is expressed powerfully and beautifully though ‘seeing,
touching, and tasting.’ We know that every bishop and every priest recognises the
pain of Catholics who, at present, cannot pray in church or receive the sacraments.
This weighs heavily on our hearts. We are deeply moved by the Eucharistic yearning
expressed by so many members of the faithful. We thank you sincerely for your love
for the Lord Jesus, present in the sacraments and supremely so in the Holy Sacrifice
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of the Mass. The bishops and priests of every diocese are remembering you and your
loved ones at Mass each day in our churches as we pray ‘in hope of health and wellbeing.’
We thank our priests for this faithfulness to their calling.
As the Government’s restrictions are relaxed step by step, we look forward to
opening our churches and resuming our liturgical, spiritual, catechetical and pastoral
life step by step. This will also be of service to those beyond the Catholic Church who
depend on our charitable activity and outreach through which much goodness is
shared by so many volunteers from our communities.
None of us knows, as yet, how or when the lockdown will end. There is likely to be
a phased return to travelling and gathering. As a church, we are now planning for
this time and our discussions with the statutory public health agencies and
Government representatives are ongoing. Together with Catholics across England
and Wales we desire the opening of our churches and access to the sacraments. Until
then, we are continuing to pray and prepare.
We want to acknowledge with gratitude the service of our fellow bishops and priests,
our deacons and religious, our families and lay faithful, together with all our parish
and school communities, for the wonderful ways the life of the faith is being
nourished at this time, especially in the home. We also pay tribute to the Catholic
organisations and networks that are working to support the vulnerable and needy.
On that first Easter day, the disciples were in lockdown and the doors were closed.
In their isolation the Lord Jesus came among them and said ‘Peace be with you.’ May
the peace of the risen Lord reign in our hearts and homes as we look forward to the
day we can enter church again and gather around the altar to offer together the
Sacrifice of Praise.
We unite in asking the intercession of Our Blessed Lady and assure you of our
prayers and blessing
Yours devotedly in Christ,
✠ Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster
✠ Malcolm McMahon OP, Archbishop of Liverpool
✠ Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham
✠ George Stack, Archbishop of Cardiff
✠ John Wilson, Archbishop of Southwark

notices of deaths and a memorial mass

We are very sad to have to record the death of Darrel Pereira on 6th April. Our prayers for Erica in her loss; also of Mary Donaghy of Manor Court on 8th April. Our prayers for her son Larry, his wife, children and grandchildren. Also the funeral of the late Brendan Bird took place at Putney Crematorium on this Thursday the 23rd April. It is proposed that there will be a memorial mass and service for Brendan once the restrictions are fully lifted. We will pray for the repose of their souls.

New writing from the parish


by Ines Gutierrez
For every ‘I miss’ there is an ‘I have’: I miss my friends, seeing them, laughing together: how I took for granted sharing our lives in proximity! Yet I am lucky to have family at home, and I guess we are lucky to be experiencing this pandemic in the age of technology, so that faces on screens bridge the gap of solitude and isolation.
It is quiet, dead quiet. I miss the hustle bustle on the streets, people going in and out of shops and cafés – how careless and unaware we were of our freedom, this utter luxury to go wherever and whenever we pleased! Yet not having planes waking us up at 5am on the dot (Air Malaysia landing, I was told once) might be the silver lining of this lockdown together with hearing the birds sing in the park, loud and clearly, as if they were reclaiming a space that our hectic lifestyle had robbed them of.
Then I find myself watching in disbelief that life as we know it is changing before our eyes, crumbling down during this imposed stillness. I am torn between the drama unfolding in hospitals and care homes and the worry about the economy and how this turmoil will end up affecting our household. Yet we have been blessed with one of the sunniest springs on record, with trees in full bloom and warm sunshine to gently lift the spirits, as if to say, life goes on somehow.
The only time is now, this is no news to anyone familiar with meditation. Never have I experienced it as clearly as during this uncertain and desperate times. So all I can do is fill my now with kindness, look outwards to others, be thankful for what I have and walk in hope, walk with faith.

Fr Bill writes: I would like to feature writings from the parish that emerge from this time of lock-down. The first one printed above is by Ines Gutierrez. I propose that I first put the article in this position, then when the next article comes along, I replace it with that one, moving the earlier article to this “News”  side-bar where it can still be accessed. 

Meditation of the Holy Father on 27 March on Coronavirus

MEDITATION OF THE HOLY FATHER in St Peter’s Rome on Friday 27th March, to the world has been moved to News on this site.
“The evening has come” ( Mk4.35). Thus begins the Gospel that we have heard. For weeks it seems that evening has fallen. Dense darkness has thickened on our squares, streets and cities; they took over our lives filling everything with a deafening silence and a desolate void, which paralyzes everything in its passage: you can feel it in the air, you can feel it in your gestures, the looks say it. We found ourselves afraid and lost. Like the disciples of the Gospel, we were taken aback by an unexpected and furious storm. We realized that we were on the same boat, all fragile and disoriented, but at the same time important and necessary, all called to row together, all in need of comforting each other. On this boat … we are all there. Like those disciples, who speak with one voice and in anguish say: “We are lost” (v. 38),
It is easy to find ourselves in this story. What is difficult is to understand the attitude of Jesus. While the disciples are naturally alarmed and desperate, He stands in the stern, right in the part of the boat that first goes to the bottom. And what does it do? Despite the hustle and bustle, he sleeps peacefully, confident in the Father – it is the only time we see Jesus sleeping in the Gospel -. When he is awakened, after calming the wind and the waters, he turns to the disciples in a reproachful tone: «Why are you afraid? Don’t you still have faith? ” (v. 40).
Let’s try to understand. What is the lack of faith of the disciples, which is opposed to the trust of Jesus? They had not stopped believing in Him, in fact they invoke him. But let’s see how they invoke him: “Master, don’t you care that we’re lost?” (v. 38). You don’t care : they think that Jesus doesn’t care about them, that they don’t care about them. Among us, in our families, one of the things that hurts most is when we hear ourselves say: “Don’t you care about me?”. It is a phrase that hurts and unleashes storms in the heart. It will also have shaken Jesus. Because no one cares more than he cares about us. In fact, once invoked, he saves his disheartened disciples.
The storm unmasks our vulnerability and leaves uncovered those false and superfluous certainties with which we have built our agendas, our projects, our habits and priorities. It shows us how we have left asleep and abandoned what nourishes, supports and strengthens our life and our community. The storm uncovered all the intentions to “pack” and forget what nourished the soul of our peoples; all those attempts to anesthetize with apparently “saving” habits, unable to appeal to our roots and evoke the memory of our elders, thus depriving us of the immunity necessary to face adversity.
With the storm, the trick of those stereotypes with which we masked our “egos” always worried about their image has fallen; and once again, that (blessed) common belonging to which we cannot escape has remained uncovered: belonging as brothers.
” Why are you afraid? Don’t you still have faith? ». Lord, your Word affects us tonight and affects us, everyone. In this world of ours, which you love more than us, we have moved forward at full speed, feeling strong and capable in everything. Greedy for profit, we let ourselves be absorbed by things and confused by haste. We have not stopped in front of your calls, we have not awakened in the face of planetary wars and injustices, we have not listened to the cry of the poor, and of our seriously ill planet. We continued undaunted, thinking of always staying healthy in a sick world. Now, while we are in a rough sea, we implore you: “Wake up Lord!”.
” Why are you afraid? Don’t you still have faith? ». Lord, appeal to us, an appeal to faith. That it is not so much to believe that You exist, but to come to You and trust You. In this Lent your urgent appeal resounds: “Get converted”, “return to me with all your heart” ( Gl 2,12). Call us to take this trial time as a time of choice. It is not the time of your judgment, but of our judgment: the time to choose what matters and what passes, to separate what is necessary from what is not. It is time to reset the course of life towards you, Lord, and towards others. And we can look at many exemplary travel companions, who, in fear, reacted by giving their lives. It is the working force of the Spirit poured out and molded into courageous and generous dedications. It is the life of the Spirit capable of redeeming, enhancing and showing how our lives are woven and supported by ordinary people – usually forgotten – who do not appear in the headlines of newspapers and magazines or in the big catwalks of the last show but, without a doubt, the decisive events of our history are writing today: doctors, nurses and nurses, supermarket workers, cleaners, carers, carriers, law enforcement, volunteers, priests, religious and many but many others who have including that nobody saves themselves. In the face of suffering, where the true development of our peoples is measured, we discover and experience the priestly prayer of Jesus: “that all may be one” ( Jn17:21). How many people exercise patience and instill hope every day, taking care not to sow panic but co-responsibility. How many fathers, mothers, grandparents and grandmothers, teachers show our children, with small and daily gestures, how to face and go through a crisis by adapting habits, raising their eyes and stimulating prayer. How many people pray, offer and intercede for the good of all. Prayer and silent service: these are our winning weapons.
” Why are you afraid? Don’t you still have faith? ». The beginning of faith is knowing that we are in need of salvation. We are not self-sufficient, alone; alone we sink: we need the Lord like the ancient sailors of the stars. We invite Jesus into the boats of our lives. Let us give him our fears, so that He will overcome them. Like the disciples we will experience that, with him on board, there is no shipwreck. Because this is the strength of God: turning everything that happens to us to good, even bad things. He brings peace in our storms, because with God life never dies.
The Lord challenges us and, in the midst of our storm, invites us to awaken and activate solidarity and hope capable of giving solidity, support and meaning to these hours when everything seems to be shipwrecked. The Lord awakens to awaken and revive our Easter faith. We have an anchor: in his cross we have been saved. We have a helm: in his cross we have been redeemed. We have hope: in his cross we have been healed and embraced so that nothing and nobody will separate us from his redeeming love. In the midst of the isolation in which we are suffering the lack of affections and encounters, experiencing the lack of many things, we listen once again to the announcement that saves us: he is risen and lives next to us. The Lord challenges us from his cross to find the life that awaits us, to look towards those who demand us, to strengthen, recognize and encourage the grace that lives in us. We do not extinguish the dead flame (cf.Is 42: 3), who never falls ill, and let hope rekindle.
Embracing his cross means finding the courage to embrace all the contrarieties of the present time, abandoning for a moment our anxiety about omnipotence and possession to give space to the creativity that only the Spirit is capable of arousing. It means finding the courage to open spaces where everyone can feel called and allow new forms of hospitality, fraternity, solidarity. In his cross we were saved to welcome hope and to let it strengthen and support all possible measures and ways that can help us to keep ourselves safe and secure. Embrace the Lord to embrace hope: here is the strength of faith, which frees from fear and gives hope.
” Why are you afraid? Don’t you still have faith? ». Dear brothers and sisters, from this place, which tells about the rocky faith of Peter, tonight I would like to entrust you all to the Lord, through the intercession of Our Lady, the health of his people, star of the stormy sea. From this colonnade that embraces Rome and the world, God’s blessing descends on you like a consoling embrace. Lord, bless the world, give health to the bodies and comfort to the hearts. You ask us not to be afraid. But our faith is weak and we are fearful. But You, Lord, do not leave us at the mercy of the storm. Repeat again: “Do not be afraid” ( Mt 28.5). And we, together with Peter, “throw all concern into you, because you take care of us” (cf. 1 Pt 5,7).
Day 9. Wednesday 25th March, Feast of the Annunciation and on Day 11, Friday 27th March, Pope Francis asked us to join him in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with the Urbi et Orbi blessing.
As we end another extraordinary day in our universal history one thing stands out clearly in the reporting and anecdotale evidence, the main response to this crisis has been people responding in love and compassion to this huge need. Whether they have been using their scientific, medical, administrative or political skills or whether they have been volunteering or ringing up their neighbours and families, the driving force has been love triggered by a determination that fear will be overcome by our humanity towards each other.
Today we contemplate with wonder and awe the miracle of God Himself becoming one with us, so that he might be with us completely in all our joys and pains, in all our achievements and failures, in the extraordinariness of being a human being and also in its ordinariness, God is with us completely. As Pope St Leo the Great who was pope from September 440 until 461, in a letter in today’s Office of Readings said of this reconciliation of God with humankind “Lowliness was taken up by majesty, weakness by strength, mortality by eternity… for he who is true God is also true human; and there is no deception in this union, where the loftiness of God and the lowliness of human are brought together…One of these is ablaze with miracles, the other is overcome by injuries. As the Word does not cease to be on an equality with the glory of the Father, so the flesh does not cease to belong to the nature of our humanit