News

St. Raphael’s Yeading is now on churchservices.tv

Dear Parishioners,

Just to inform you that St. Raphael’s is now on churchservices.tv. You can follow it by using the link below;

churchservices.tv/yeading

The livestream feed from facebook has now been switched off. Please use this now to follow the rosary/mass online from home.

The same timings apply for the time being. We will notify you if anything changes.

Holy Rosary @ 11:30am
Holy Mass @ 12noon

Tomorrow will be the first live broadcast using churchservices.tv – so there maybe some fine tuning to do with respect to sound if needed.

God Bless,

Fr John & Fr Jude

Guidelines for Parishioners

Welcome back to your church!

Dear Parishioners

The church will be open 9:00am to 10:30am Friday to Wednesday, closed on Thursdays for deep cleaning.

Please be advised that face coverings should be worn at all times when you visit the church and it is advisable to use gloves too.  Parishioners will be required to provide their own mask and gloves.

For more details on the guidelines please click here.

 

Church Re-opening – Callout for volunteers

Wednesday 10th June 2020

Message to Parishioners re opening of the church for private prayer

Dear Friends,
We have been waiting for news when the churches might open for private prayer.

We were led to believe this might be on 4th July, but we now know we can open from next Monday 15th June. Whilst this is good news, we have six days to prepare, or chose to delay opening the church until we are Covid-19 secure, which looks more likely to be Monday 22nd June, but this is still dependent upon enough volunteers to help.

The plan

The good news is we have been working behind the scenes preparing, and orders have been placed for social distancing signs and the creation of a one-way system around the church. The plan is initially is only to open the church for a short time every morning, we have learnt it is easier to expand and offer more than it is to reduce and take away!

We will need volunteers to act as stewards during the opening times.

Initially one or two volunteers who could offer to support one day a week (for one and half hours) is our target, but this team will need to be expanded once mass is allowed.

The Role of a Steward

The stewards role is to welcome parishioners, supervise hand washing / sanitizing, introduce visitors to our one way system and show them where they can and cannot pray (to maintain social distancing) and finally once the parishioner has finished their prayers to sanitize, wearing appropriate safety gear, the place the parishioner used.
This role will need to stay in place initially until public worship is permitted, when the team will have to be expanded. Public worship may be in a month or two and we would ideally want the same volunteer for each day working (possibly) with the same co-volunteer.  We will need to meet to train volunteers and we will need to provide a role description listing all the duties to be undertaken so each day is consistent.

Parishioners have missed visiting their church and praying before the Blessed Sacrament, could you offer a one-and-a-half-hour slot once per week to help? Please contact the parish office by email to yeading@rcdow.org.uk stating your preferred morning in order that a rota might be drawn up and training arranged.

Volunteers required for cleaning of the church

In addition to stewarding, volunteers are also required for the cleaning of the church following the prayer sessions.

This would require 2 volunteers for 1-2 hours daily.

Personal Protective Equipment will be provided.

Please do not volunteer if you are in a vulnerable group, shielding or unwell as per the government COVID-19 guidelines.

Please show your interest by contacting the parish office via email yeading@rcdow.org.uk, you will then be invited to the meeting/ training on Saturday 20th June 10 am.

With sincere thanks,

St Raphael’s Catholic Church, Yeading

LETTER OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS TO THE PRIESTS OF THE DIOCESE OF ROME

The Pope has sent a beautful letter to the priests of Rome, in which he empathises with the journey they have been during the pandemic and encourages them with words from scriptures, words of hope and love, for the journey beyond the pandemic.  While this was addressed to priests of Rome, it is a letter every priest and faithful can benefit from.  Please click on the link below to access the letter.

Pope’s Letter to the Priests of Rome

Meditation on the Holy Spirit at Pentecost

Dear Parishioners,

Fr Pat Browne and Patrick Van Der Vost have prepared a video meditation on the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, using Christian art and music. The video was prepared to help us as we spend time in prayer on the Vigil of Pentecost, as the Cardinal has encouraged us to do.

It can be found at https://christian.art/videos.php.