The Catholic Churches in Stevenage
Sunday 26th April 2020
This is just a short letter to tell you how much you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time of general lockdown, which is so difficult for all of us.
With the invaluable aid of some wonderful volunteers, in cooperation with the local SVP group and Caritas Westminster, we are actively trying to ensure that no one is left in dire straits at this challenging time. However, if we have missed anyone, or if you yourself or someone you know is currently experiencing financial hardship, please let us know, in all confidence!
We all know how hard it is to have to close our churches for an extended period. We are simply following the instructions of the Catholic bishops, and await the day when we can gather as a community once more, to celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord. For he is indeed risen! In a way, we’re a bit like the apostles, who were locked away in the upper room, for fear of the authorities – yet Jesus walked through locked doors to say to them, as he does to each of us: “Peace be with you” (John 20:19). He is not deterred by our fears, our sense of our unworthiness or our faults and failings; we pray that during this time, the Risen Lord might visit each of us at home, to impart his blessing of peace upon us and our loved ones, especially those who are sick or suffering in any way.
Please know that we both offer Mass specifically for our parish communities each Sunday (as we do throughout the year); in addition, we offer a Mass during the week for our key workers – particularly in the caring professions and schools – as well as for our sick. We would like to thank you for your messages of support and your prayers. Hopefully we will be able to meet soon: in the meantime, we know that many people all around the world are praying for an end to the coronavirus. God will certainly answer this prayer, in his own time and by his own means.
Pope Francis recently urged us not to “yield to fear” but to be “messengers of life in a time of death.” May we never lose hope in the power of the Risen One, and may he bless each of you abundantly!
All best wishes and prayers.
Fr Michael Doherty SDS (Parish Priest)
Fr Nigel Woollen (Assistant Priest)
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PLEASE VISIT www.rcdow.org.uk for up to date messages from Cardinal Vincent Nichols and other Diocesan Information.
PLEASE VISIT www.ChurchPaper.co.uk This website contains over 600 editions of various Catholic newspapers.
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Sycamore have generously offered Open Access to their resources for the next 6 months. Full details at this link:
Sycamore material will be particularly helpful with RCIA groups and Confirmation candidates.
For family support, TenTen are also making freely available resources for families, called Prayers for Home, which include ‘Sunday Liturgy for Families’ and ‘Daily Prayers for Home’
Our parish serves the community of Roman Catholics in Stevenage Old Town and the neighbouring area of Symonds Green.
Although there are defined ‘parish boundaries’, we include among our regular worshippers Catholics from all parts of Stevenage and the surrounding Hertfordshire towns and villages.
About 300 adults and children attend mass each weekend and we are always delighted to welcome visitors to share in our worship!
Our resident priests are Fr Michael and Fr Nigel
Our postal address is 4 Basils Road, Stevenage, Herts SG1 3PX. You will find us off Church Lane, east of High Street.
You can contact us on 01438 226857. Our email address is email@example.com.
Parking at the Transfiguration
There is a car park on Church Lane (between Grove Road and Basils Road) that borders the church and Presbytery.
Additionally, there is a car park on Primett Road at the back of the High Street and next to Lytton Way.