Notices for the Week Beginning Sunday 23 May 2021
Pastoral Letter There is a Pastoral Letter from the Cardinal for Pentecost about our care for the created world. The letter addresses this very public theme from the perspective of the Catholic faith. Please take a copy of the letter, which is available at the back of the church. The letter will also be published by the diocese on the diocesan website.
Precious Wounds Garden Party We are hoping that outdoor gatherings will be possible this summer, and so, all things being equal, we have set a date for a Parish Garden Party: Sunday 4th July 2021. Keep the date in your diary!
Parish Festival We are also hoping to be able to celebrate our parish festival on Sunday 12th September 2021 in honour of the Five Precious Wounds of Jesus. Since we were unable to hold any parish festivals last year, we pray that it will be go ahead this year. If you would like to help with the planning of either the garden party or the parish festival or both, please speak with Father Antonio.
A Day with Mary Whilst we are under the precarious cloud of the Covid-19 Pandemic, and in very much the hands of our Good Lord, we hope very much, to be able to welcome a Day with Mary on Saturday 11th September. Please pray for the organisers of this movement, especially Claudio who has been very ill with Covid, but is making a slow recovery.
Planned Giving Boxes are available for collection. The envelops are a great way to budget the amount you want to regularly give to the church. Thank you for your generosity. If you know your box number, please ask one of the ushers to find your box for you. Each box number has already been allocated to someone, so please make sure that you have the right number. Otherwise, we won’t be able to record your donation correctly and your donation might go under someone else’s name.
The Sacrament of Confirmation Instructions: if your child is in school year 9 and above and would like your child to receive this sacrament, please contact Fr. Antonio with your details. Go to www.preciouswounds.com and following the contact link.
First Holy Communion Instruction:
For PARENTS & children in school years, 3, 4, 5 and above
Please note that classes for new children in current year 3 & 4 will begin later this year in September 2021, therefore the following does not apply to you.
Those who were already part of the First Holy Communion Classes from 2019/20 (now in years 4, 5 and above) will need to complete the remaining five lessons – (again, there is no rush, as children will not be all together when they make their Holy Communion.) Just come along! Don’t worry if you missed the lessons: we will be repeating them for those who missed them.
The dates for First Holy Communion classes are as follows:
|Remaining Lessons||Classes||Classes repeated for those who missed the first time|
|Lesson 2||Completed||Sun 23 May at 11:15 am|
|Lesson 5||Sat 29 May – 11.15 am|
Dates for First Confession: Please note that First Confessions precedes First Holy Communion in every case. First Confession is given in lesson 4, and is given once lessons 2 & 3 have been completed.
Dates for First Holy Communion: Whilst social distancing rules are in place, the dates for the First Holy Communions Masses will be spread out over several weeks, with just two or three children making their Holy Communion each time. (Please also note that places for family and friends will also be limited) We hope that the situation will become more relaxed after June 21 when we expect permission to be given for larger numbers to be present at Mass.
Year of St Joseph
Pope Francis has proclaimed a Year of Saint Joseph, lasting from 8th December 2020 to 8th December 2021, to mark the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. We can get a special indulgences during this year in a spirit of conversion and faith, by going to confession, receiving Holy Communion in a state of Grace and praying for Pope Francis’ intention. More information can be found on the Bishop’s Conference website here.