29 March 2020
Thought for the Week At this moment we stand before God. That is never to be forgotten. Together we turn to God in prayer, at this moment as never before. Our faith in God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is the bedrock on which we live. Prayer is the first and loving expression of this relationship. Prayer is an acknowledgment that we are not in ultimate control of our lives or of our world. That is so clear at this moment. Prayer is the recognition that our lives, individually and communally, are marked by failure and sin. Prayer is an expression of our turning to God for that grace which alone can heal us, strengthen us and give us the resolve and generosity to do all that is rightly expected of us today. Please make this a time of prayer, personally, in the family and wherever you happen to be.” From Cardinal Vincent Nichols’ Pastoral Letter on the Coronavirus.
REDEDICATION TO OUR LADY
This Sunday March 29 all Catholics in England, which for many centuries has been known as Our Lady’s Dowry, are invited to make a personal act of rededication of ourselves to Mary. This is the culmination of a National Dowry Tour in which the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham will have been taken to every Catholic Cathedral in England. See: www.behold2020.comwhere you can download prayers or you can use your own.
RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS
Like all Churches, we remain closed until further notice. All catechetical activities, such as First Holy Communion classes, are suspended and efforts will be made to enable your children to keep up the lessons at home: the catechist concerned should have contacted you about this: please let us know if you have not heard.
Mass will be offered for your intentions each day at variable times, but please do not attempt to attend this Mass. Daily Mass from our Church can be viewed here: https://saintmaryoftheangelsmass.home.blogIt is not live streamed but is usually uploaded by early afternoon.
The Cardinal writes: “I want to make it exceptionally clear that the teaching of the Church is that, in these circumstances, the obligation of attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days no longer applies. Please have no doubt about that.”
We are not able to perform weddings, funerals or baptisms at present, even for a small number. Graveside services are permitted for up to 10 people and Mass will be offered privately for the deceased that day in our Church. As regards future baptisms and weddings, it is up to you if you wish to keep the date open or postpone. If things improve, it is possible we will be able to conduct small ceremonies, e.g. of baptism, in the next few months: we await instructions.
A message from the Cardinal can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/398532027
WATCHING MASS ONLINE
There are numerous websites where you can watch daily Mass online, for example: https://dailytvmass.com/; https://www.wordonfire.org/daily-mass/www.walsingham.org.uk Live streaming takes place from a number of Churches in Westminster diocese through Church Services: e.g., www.churchservices.tv/borehamwood A List is available on our website.
OFFERING HELP TO THE MOST VULNERABLE
Do you know any vulnerable people who need help at this time with shopping for food or medicines, or who would like to receive a phone call from one of our volunteers to help them get through a period of isolation? Please contact the parish office or Fr. Keith on 020 7229 0487 / 07879 953953 / firstname.lastname@example.org/ email@example.com
If you would like to offer help in any way, please also get in touch with us.
Supplies at our local Foodbank are diminishing quickly and they are having to reduce the amount of food they are providing to families. They will need more donations and the level of donations have gone down in supermarkets due to customers stock piling. Demand will hugely increase over the coming months as more people will need their support. Also, in the near future they will need volunteers who can to do home drops to those who are self-isolating the elderly and Isolated as things will get worse over the following months. For donations, information on how and when to go about them is on our website www.npfoodbank.org.uk. Volunteers can sign up directly with the foodbank – https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Rl-uApXVynPvupSau4pI_0SMbIjhDe8jRncRbm8xl3Q/edit?usp=sharingor through the Caritas volunteering website. https://www.caritasvs.org.uk/coronavirus.php
PRAYER IN THE HOME AND SPIRITUAL COMMUNION
When we are unable to attend Mass we can, according to a traditional practice, make a ‘Spiritual Communion.’ A prayer for this is as follows: “My Jesus, I believe that you are present in this Holy Sacrament of the altar. I love you above all things and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come spiritually into my soul so that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever. Amen”.
OUR CONTACT DETAILS AND MASS TIMES
Parish Priest: Mgr. Keith Barltrop, 07879 953953; firstname.lastname@example.org;
Parish Office: Mariella Khoury 020 7229 0487; email@example.comOffice open Mon.-Fri. 9.30am-1.30pm;
Caretaker: Savio Fernandes firstname.lastname@example.org
Fr. Michael Hollings Centre: Keong Lim 07798 940 email@example.com
Evangelisation:John Stayne: firstname.lastname@example.org;
Safeguarding: Jennifer Ellis 07814 790659;
Flowers: Flavia Vaz 07941 166668;
Organist: Alastair Carey email@example.com