The pandemic has acted as a watershed in St Thomas parish. The component parts and agencies have to differing degrees hibernated though some have worked more intensely. Looking to resume three masses on a Sunday caused consternation: Do we have the necessary people to serve? We had plenty of ministers of communion, readers, singers and instrumentalists and all the rest. Some move away, age and illness sap energies, circumstances change. It is inevitable. We need to replen
“A sign is something that stands out and strikes us. A sign of hope in this crisis is the leading role of women… What might the Spirit be saying to us?.. I think of the strength of the women in the Gospel following the death of Jesus. They were not paralysed by the tragedy… Like so many women in this pandemic they were able to hold it together, get around obstacles, keep hope alive…Could it be that in this crisis the perspective women bring is what the world needs at this
You families are doing well in preparing this year’s crop of beginners. This week you receive Nicola’s help with PowerPoint and video for chapters 9 & 10 of I Belong. Somehow we will try to arrange to meet you all in person with the final practical instructions for the first communion. We will arrange all the masses – there will be at least ten – to save you more trouble. But do take seriously: Your child cannot really grow in understanding of what Jesus is giving unless
My great concern is that families come back each week to share in the real mass. To enable this we now provide mass at 10am and 6pm on Saturdays. Then on Sunday three masses, as we did in normal times: at 8.30, 10 and 11.30. These are times that suit you who are at school and work. Further opportunities for those who are free on Monday and Wednesday at 10am. It does not matter which day you come. But do bring the children back to regular weekly mass. You may have some
I am sorry you were not better informed of the Sunday changes and it was my fault. The importance of increasing the church’s capacity to 500 over the weekend was urgent. Then we looked to see whether we have sufficient ministers of communion, readers and ushers. The lockdown has seriously reduced our list. So I ask you to think: what can I offer to this new growth of our parish and its liturgy?
Doing this immediately before receiving communion has not worked well. Now the benches are well sterilised. So please in future sanitise your hands on entry to the church, and no more. Your hands are clean once this initial sanitising is done. When invited by the stewards just come and take the host from the plate.
The Parish Council had a jolly zoom last Monday. The members have all been quietly working through the changed needs of the pandemic. Now we are planning a great picnic Mass, and other social gatherings to get our family life going. I salute all of you who have kept things going with some good initiatives such as the quizzes. Keep them coming!
Religious Vocation Directors of the U.K. would like to ask for your help to spread the word about an event called COMPASS Discernment Programme running on Zoom for Young Adults 18-40! All the information is pasted below including a picture/poster.
You can help by:
1. Inviting young adults who might be interested in attending. A personal invitation is always the best way!
2. Share it on social media - on your personal facebook or twitter etc... as well as on social media. Th