The Catholic Churches in Stevenage
OUR SPIRITUAL LIVES
and our daily lives continue under the stress, the challenges and restrictions of the global pandemic. At present less than half of our parishioners are coming out to Mass and we highly respect those who are staying home, protecting themselves from crowds and having the live streamed online Masses. Please be assured of our continued prayerful support at this challenging time.
OCTOBER THE MONTH OF THE HOLY ROSARY
The month of October is the month of the Holy Rosary, a time to turn to this great prayer to our Lady to seek her protection for our world at this difficult time. The Feast of the Holy Rosary occurs on the 7th October.
BEATIFICATION OF YOUNG CARLO ACUTIS
Another special day for the worldwide Church is the 10th October, which sees the Beatification of a 15 year old boy Carlo Acutis in Assisi in Italy. Though Italian, Carlo was born in London in 1991 and moved as a child to Italy and died from leukaemia in 2006. A computer and internet expert from an early age he also demonstrated a powerful understanding of his faith. The wonderful way he approached death and the miracles that have been worked through his intercession have led Pope Francis to beatify him and so bring him forward now for Sainthood.
God of salvation,
we turn to you with a prayer for protection and healing
as the coronavirus is spreading.
Help those who are sick as a result.
Grant patience to those who live in quarantine.
Give strength to all who care for the elderly and sick.
Inspire scientists in their research.
Strengthen between us the sense of togetherness.
Let no one be abandoned, make everyone feel safe together with You,
because You are compassion.
Through the intercession of Our Lady and the Saints
we thank you, present and faithful God,
You who live and love for ever and ever. Amen
Fr Michael Doherty SDS (Parish Priest)
Fr Nigel Woollen (Assistant Priest)
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St Joseph’s, Bedwell
Confession from 5:00pm
St Hilda’s, Shephall
9.30am Tuesday Service of the Word
Masses return to normal on Saturday 31st October.
Transfiguration, Old Town
Pray with Pope Francis: Visit clicktopray.org
More prayers, for liturgical use or private prayer, are available at cafod.org.uk/pray
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.
PLEASE VISIT www.walsingham.org.uk/livestream
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.