A WEEK OF CHRISTIAN UNITY – TEWKESBURY

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is running in our town from Monday 18th January  – Sunday 24th.

Due to the current situation we cannot meet together with different churches in the usual way to pray, but all are being encouraged to sign up on a prayer diary and commit to engage in prayer for one hour slots.

Many people from across the various congregations in our town will be doing this over the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and all at St Joseph’s are encouraged to participate and join in.

You can access the prayer diary and some prayer resources through the ‘Week of Prayer’ poster on the home page of Holy Trinity’s website www.trinitytewkesbury.org.uk which takes you to the Prayer page with a link to the Prayer Diary where individuals can input their name to a slot of their choice – any hour between 7.00am – 10.00pm Monday – Sunday.

Whilst people in our various church communities cannot meet physically in large numbers, we can at least come together virtually in prayer – expressing our unity as one church across different congregations in and around Tewkesbury. Please get in touch with any other parishioners you know who may not have seen this post and would like to be involved.

Below a video is provided, by Holy Trinity, ‘Call to Prayer’ as an encouragement to sign up. Feel free to use it as you see fit.

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CURRENT GUIDANCE ON MASS ATTENDANCE DURING THE PANDEMIC IN OUR AREA

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 on a card at the end of the row where you are sitting.

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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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THE GIVING MACHINE SCHEME

If you shop on line your chosen charities can benefit

How TheGivingMachine Works

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Click on the links above to learn about this scheme, promoted by the Diocese.

What’s the catch? There isn’t one. No fees, no hassle. All you need to do is click via TheGivingMachine every time you shop online. It’s as simple as that!

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