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Join in with the Mass at the Five Precious Wounds

Hello!

During these Covid-19 times, we’re open for Mass this week on the following days and times – please note these times are temporary:
We open the doors for private prayer half an hour before Mass on Weekdays and an hour before on Saturdays and Sundays. We will close after Mass for deep cleaning.

Monday – 6.00pm
Tuesday – Closed
Wednesday – 6.00pm

Thursday – Closed
Friday – 6.00pm
Saturday – 6.00pm
Sunday – 12:00 Noon

Daily Mass is also live-streamed on Youtube at 6pm on weekdays and at 12.00 Noon on Sunday.
Confessions are available by appointment. Please call Fr. Antonio on 02089653313 – please leave a message with your contact details if he is not available.

Please, note carefully and follow the advice  and the directives you find below.

 It is important that anyone attending church should not exhibit any symptoms of Covid 19, Also people with cold or flu-like symptoms should not enter the church.

  • Social Distancing: always keep the appropriate social distancing requirements
  • Face coverings: In our church we have adopted the 1 meter plus option.  The wearing of a face mask is compulsory within the church unless you have a valid reason not to do so.
  • You are asked to leave your contact details in the event of a local outbreak, so that you can be notified if you should self isolate. You can leave your contact details online when you attend our church.
  • Practicing good hand hygiene through the use of alcohol-based hand sanitiser when entering and leaving the church.
  • Follow the one way system indicated
  • Follow the instructions of the Stewards to your (The pews have been marked out. Same households can obviously sit together)
  • If the church is full you will not be allowed into the church. Why not come to Mass on a weekday instead? Or you can follow the Mass outside the church on your phone by following this link: Youtube Mass  However, you will not be allowed to congregate outside the church.

God bless and pass it on!

Fr Antonio Ritaccio
Parish Priest

Notice

Church of the Five Precious Wounds View from the front

The Five Precious Wounds Catholic Church in Stonebridge

CORONAVIRUS CRISIS CLOSES CHURCH FOR  A TIME

The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have asked us to observe Government guidelines over the Corona Virus. Please regularly check this website and the news for updates.

The obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days continues to be suspended. The pandemic is considered a “serious reason” for the obligation to not apply at this time (see Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2181).

A crisis such as this is also a call to more fervent prayer. Even when you cannot attend Mass, keep the Sunday holy by reading the Sunday Mass texts and by praying the Rosary. Many churches throughout the world offer a live-streaming of Masses and devotions.

Our faith in God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is the bedrock on which we live. Prayer is the first and loving expression of this relationship. Prayer is an acknowledgement that we are not in ultimate control of our lives or of our world. That is so clear at this time. Prayer is the recognition that our lives, individually and communally, are marked by failure and sin. Prayer is an expression of our turning to God for that grace which alone can heal us, strengthen us and give us the resolve and generosity to do all that is rightly expected of us today. Please make this a time of prayer, personally, in the family and wherever you happen to be.

The highest form of prayer is the celebration of the Holy Mass. This is at the heart of the rhythm of the life of the Church, the rhythm of prayer which sustains us all. The present crisis will not disturb that rhythm. Mass will continue to be celebrated, day by day. The prayer of the Church will continue day by day.

The Cardinal also recorded a video message about the latest developments to offer a word of encouragement to the faithful.

Fathers Antonio and all parish priests in England and Wales will continue to offer Holy Mass every day. Do join the Sacrifice of Christ daily in your prayers and especially in Spiritual Communion. In Spiritual Communion, we express our fervent desire to receive our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament and to be united with Him. The Church teaches that if you are in a State of Grace and make a Spiritual Communion, you will receive the fruits of the Sacrament.

The Sacrament of Penance is available by appointment. Please call Fr Antonio on 02089653313.  Please remember, through charity to the priest and other parishioners, do not visit the Church if you believe you are ill, the risk of infecting him is very high.

All parish social meetings and groups are cancelled. However prayer meetings and catechetical meetings may continue.

In such a time of crisis, we need to be particularly attentive to the needs of our neighbour, especially the elderly and vulnerable. So please look out for ways to help those in need around you, by contributing to local food banks, volunteering for charitable initiatives and organisations, or simply by keeping in touch by all the means open to us.

Other practical notices:
Mass Intentions: As there are no Saturday or Sunday masses until further notice, the preference is for parishioners to send an email to stonebridge@rcdow.org.uk giving details of the request. Alternatively, Parishioners can drop in a request through the letter box at the Presbytery entrance or they can call on 020 8965 3313 leaving a message if there is no one available to take the call. If a message is being left, PLEASE SPEAK CLEARLY AND LEAVE A CONTACT NUMBER