Parish Newsletter

Weekly Update – 19th November 2020

Now that a second national lockdown in England has been passed into law which will last from 5th November to 2nd December 2020, there will be no communal acts of worship in our church, no public celebrations of Mass. Our Church will be open however for private prayer at these times:

Saturday 6.30pm,

Sunday 8.30 am, 10.30 am, and 5.30 pm.

Monday 10 am; Tuesday 7.00 pm; Wednesday and Thursday 10.00 am

Confessions: during the COVID – 19 pandemic can be arranged on request only.

Weekly Donations:  If you are not able to visit the Church but would like to make your weekly donation online, see  https://parish.rcdow.org.uk/ware/donate/ If you would like to donate by Standing Order, please contact the parish office Ware@rcdow.org.uk

Church Services TV – provides a schedule of Masses and other Services live-streamed through the week from around the country. https://www.churchservices.tv/timetable/

 

Sunday 22nd November – Youth Day

OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE

This Sunday’s Gospel – ‘Come, you whom my Father has blessed, take for your heritage the kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world’ Matt 25:31-46

Reflection:  We look forward to a vaccine that will stop the pandemic; we long for a Christmas of embrace and cheer; and in our deepest prayer, in bad times and good, we hope for everlasting peace and joy in the next life with God.  But, it is in this life, through dedication, loving and service, and reaching out to the poor and needy, that we come to know Christ, so that in the fullness of time we can hope to recognise his voice as he reaches out to us and says, ‘Come, take your heritage that is prepared for you.’

 

Diocesan Youth Service – for information on the work of the Westminster Diocese Youth Service see: https://dowym.com/

National Youth Sunday­ 2020 – for information and resources see: https://nationalyouthsunday.com/

 

Mental and Spiritual Wellbeing during Lockdown – for guidance and inspiration: https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/health-social-care/coronavirus-guidelines/what-can-catholics-do-to-protect-their-mental-health-during-the-coronavirus/

Looking to Scripture: https://www.godwhospeaks.uk/the-god-who-speaks/focus/the-bible-and-mental-health/

 

Prayer for the Nation – As part of our desire to stay faithful to daily patterns of prayer, we’re encouraged to come together at 6pm every day to pray – pray privately, pray together at home, pray without ceasing. https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/events/prayer-for-the-nation/

 

Justice & Peace Group    https://parish.rcdow.org.uk/ware/justice-and-peace/

Aid to the Church in Need supporting the Catholic faithful and other Christians where they are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need throughout the world. https://acnuk.org/

  • Red Wednesday 25th November – drawing attention to the human rights tragedy of Christian and other religious persecution. The church is open for private prayer on Tuesday 7pm and Wednesday 10am https://acnuk.org/our-campaigns/redwednesday
  • European Waste Reduction Week – 21-29 November – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.  What can we do for our common home? For ideas see https://ewwr.eu/

 

Food Bank – your continued support can be made at by placing items in the trolley at local supermarkets. Items needed:  Instant coffee 100gm jars, Custard (ready made in tins), Rice pudding in tins, Tinned Potatoes, Cook-in-sauces, Tinned fruit, Long-life fruit juice, toiletries. https://hertforddistrict.foodbank.org.uk/

 

SACRED HEART SCHOOL – APPLICATIONS FOR SEPTEMBER 2021

Applications are now open for children starting in September 2021. Whilst school visits cannot be made in the current situation, Sacred Heart Catholic Primary school have made an excellent video which will enable parents to learn more about the school and it is available on the school website at  https://www.sacredheart312.herts.sch.uk/ . On the video you will see that the school prides itself on being a community that lives, loves, and learns joyfully in the family of Christ, and it welcomes children of all faiths. You can also visit the school’s Facebook page   https://www.facebook.com/Sacredheartcatholicprimaryschoolware

 

For further information on 

  • Covid-19 updates
  • November Remembrance Book
  • Sunday Reflections
  • Missio Red Box collection

See the News page on the Parish website: https://parish.rcdow.org.uk/ware/news/

 

Looking ahead to Advent…………………….

 

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New to the Parish?  Do get in touch, we would love to hear from you:   Ware@rcdow.org.uk