Bishop Declan invites each one of us to take time during this coming Lent to reflect on the life of our Diocese as we move forward out of the pandemic. Inspired by the writings of Pope Francis, ‘Dare to Dream’ encourages us to think about God’s invitation to each one of us to shape the future of the Church, particularly in this corner of the world. Each reflection is accompanied by a video which we encourage you to watch before engaging with the scripture offered. This resource can be used by individuals, by families or by already established on-line parish groups.

As we move towards Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent, an introductory session will help to orientate us for the weeks ahead. Each session has a similar framework to follow. The reflections and videos will appear on the Diocesan Website under the banner – ‘Dare to Dream’.  We are encouraged to read the accompanying resource before we set out on this journey through Lent and later onwards to Eastertide. Each new video and reflection will be available on the Friday before each Sunday of Lent.

Taking time during Lent will enable all of us to contribute more fully to the conversations that every deanery will be having to discern how we grow our parishes to be places of mission, serving the poor and responding out of our abundance to the needs of the local community and the wider world.

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CAFOD APPEAL FOR LENT

Two of our parishioners are taking up the challenge to walk 10,000 steps for forty days in order to help CAFOD this Lent. Bridget and Maria are determined to help – and you can be included in this effort by picking up one of the normal giving envelopes in our church or going on line and donating at:

Join the Big Walk for Water! | CAFOD

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CURRENT GUIDANCE FOR ATTENDING MASS AT THIS TIME

The following information has been received from Clifton and covers most questions that people might have regarding public worship etc.

We thank our volunteers and stewards for keeping our church safe during this most difficult and worrying time.

ActivityTier 3 – Very HighTier 4 – Stay at Home
Mass/public acts of worshipMass, communal worship or prayer can be attended by as many people as the place of worship can safely accommodate, in a way which complies with COVID-19 secure guidance which includes the requirements of social distancing, the wearing of face coverings and cleaning requirements.Mass, communal worship or prayer can be attended by as many people as the place of worship can safely accommodate, in a way which complies with COVID-19 secure guidance which includes the requirements of social distancing, the wearing of face coverings and cleaning requirements.
Mixing with ParishionersClergy must not mix socially with parishioners before or after mass.Clergy must not mix socially with parishioners before or after mass.
Attending MassPeople must not attend Mass in groups of more than 6 nor with people from outside of their household or support bubble. Those attending mass must not mix with people, even family members and friends, from outside of their household or support bubble while inside or outside the church building.People must not attend Mass in groups of more than 6 nor with people from outside of their household or support bubble. Those attending mass must not mix with people, even family members and friends, from outside of their household or support bubble while inside or outside the church building.
Singing in ChurchThere is to be no congregational singing. A cantor or a choir may sing during mass. When there is a choir, singers are to be spaced at least 2 meters apart in all directions. Musicians must adhere to social distancing requirements.There is to be no congregational singing. A cantor or a choir may sing during mass. When there is a choir, singers are to be spaced at least 2 meters apart in all directions. Musicians must adhere to social distancing requirements.
BaptismsBaptisms can take place. When taking place outside of Mass the number attending is limited to 6, which includes the person being baptised but not the priest/deacon. Those attending can only be from the household or support bubble of the person being baptised When a baptism takes place in a Mass which must be part of the normal pattern of parish Masses, the number of attending will be determined by the secure capacity for the church building. Those attending can only be from the same household or support bubbleBaptisms can take place. When taking place outside of Mass the number attending is limited to 6, which includes the person being baptised but not the priest/deacon. Those attending can only be from the household or support bubble of the person being baptised When a baptism takes place in a Mass which must be part of the normal pattern of parish Masses, the number of attending will be determined by the secure capacity for the church building. Those attending can only be from the same household or support bubble
WeddingsA Nuptial Mass or Wedding Service can take place but must have no more than 15 people attending. Anyone working is not included as part of the limit on those attending. Wedding receptions are not permitted.A Nuptial Mass or Wedding Service should only take place in exceptional circumstances, for example urgent marriages where one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover, or due to undergo debilitating treatment or life-changing surgery. In such cases weddings must only take place with up to 6 people. Anyone working is not included. Wedding receptions are not permitted.
FuneralsRequiem Mass or Funeral Service can take place with a maximum of 30 attendees. If the secure capacity determined by the COVID-19 risk assessment for the church building or Crematorium Chapel is less than 30, then the secure capacity number applies. The maximum number of 30 or the safe capacity number if lower does not include the priest/deacon or funeral staff. Wakes can take place with a maximum of 15 attendees.Requiem Mass or Funeral Service can take place with a maximum of 30 attendees. If the secure capacity determined by the COVID-19 risk assessment for the church building or Crematorium Chapel is less than 30, then the secure capacity number applies. The maximum number of 30 or the safe capacity number if lower does not include the priest/deacon or funeral staff. Wakes can take place with a maximum of 6 attendees.
Pastoral VisitsCannot take place except in the case of terminal illness or end of life care.Cannot take place except in the case of terminal illness or end of life care.
TravelAvoid travelling out of area except to attend Weddings or Funerals. A priest may travel out of area to cover a Mass supply. A deacon may travel out of area to officiate at a Wedding, Funeral or Baptism service.Avoid travelling out of area except to attend Weddings or Funerals. A priest may travel out of area to cover a Mass supply. A deacon may travel out of area to officiate at a Wedding, Funeral or Baptism service.
Small Prayer & Study GroupsLimits for prayer and study groups should be decided on the basis of the capacity of the place of worship or meeting room following an appropriate assessment of risk.These cannot take place in person.
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YEAR OF ST JOSEPH

In a new Apostolic Letter entitled Patris corde (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis describes Saint Joseph as a beloved father, a tender and loving father, an obedient father, an accepting father; a father who is creatively courageous, a working father, a father in the shadows.

The Letter marks the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pope Pius IX’s declaration of St Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To celebrate the anniversary, Pope Francis has proclaimed a special “Year of St Joseph,” beginning on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception 2020 and extending to the same feast in 2021.

Each time we say Mass we will recite together the prayer to St Joseph which you will find printed in our newsletter. Please see the display in the Narthex area put together by our Liturgy Team and feel free to add to it.

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LOCKDOWN – OUR CHURCH’S RESPONSE

Please see below the copy of a letter from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference to the government, concerning the closure of places of worship.

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