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Sunday, 25 April 2021

Well Done James!

 















St Mary's has long been blessed with excellent, faithful, and committed servers. Adam has been serving on the altar for over twenty-five years and was thurifer today, ably assisted for the first time by his son, James.

Saturday, 10 April 2021

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh RIP

 















We pray for the repose of the soul of Prince Philip and for the Queen and Royal Family at this time of loss and sadness. A Requiem Mass will be celebrated at 09h30 on Thursday, 15 April.

Sunday, 28 March 2021

Holy Week 2021

 

We will not be able to celebrate the liturgies of this week in quite the way we are used to and not everything in our usual full pattern of devotions and services is able to take place this year. Nevertheless, we are in a much better position than in 2020. Here are this week's service times.

Palm Sunday 10.30am

Maundy Thursday 6.30pm

Good Friday 3.00pm

Holy Saturday 8.00pm

Easter Day 10.30am



Wednesday, 10 March 2021

With A Father's Heart

 


With everything else that has been going on, it may come as news that the Church is keeping 2021 as a Year of St Joseph! And yet there may be a kind of providence (a holy 'coincidence') in putting this year under the protection of Our Lord's earthly father, who is celebrated in the church as a man of strength, silence and courage; as protector and guardian of his son, and of all who turn to him in prayer.

Beginning today, many parishes and religious communities are keeping a Novena of S. Joseph, a nine-day period of prayer which will end on 18 March, the day before St Joseph's feast day on 19 March. Before beginning the novena you might like to 'dedicate' it to one or more special intentions (needs, concerns, hopes, petitions) of your own. Zarina and I will be keeping the novena at home, using the novena prayer each day before our evening meal. Some of you may like to do the same at some point each day, so here is the text:

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage,
and defend us from every evil.

Please call to mind your special intentions…

St. Joseph, Pray for us.
Add: Our Father…, Hail Mary…,
Glory be to the Father…, Amen.

There is a fuller form of the novena (with readings, etc) available for download: https://millhillmissionaries.com/novena/

St Joseph's Day falls on a Friday next week, so there is no public Mass. We will anticipate the feast with a Votive Mass of S. Joseph on Thursday, 18 March, at the usual time of 09h30. The Mass will be offered for all our novena intentions.

Joseph, just man of God,
Clear mirror of the beatitudes –
Poor in spirit, meek, gentle and merciful,
Man of peace, no stranger to sorrow,
Persecuted for Jesus’ name –
Aid me by your example and your prayers
To shape my life after so perfect a pattern.
Amen.

Tuesday, 5 January 2021

January Lockdown

 Fr Robert writes: Another period of national lockdown is upon us - news that none of us wanted to hear. However, unlike previous lockdowns, places of worship may REMAIN OPEN for communal worship. This means that, for the moment, the Sunday and Thursday Masses will continue to be offered at their usual times. However, we must all be even more scrupulous about the disciplines that have become second nature in recent months: the use of sanitising gel when entering and leaving church, and at the time of Holy Communion; the use of masks (unless exempt); strict observance of social distancing and no 'mingling' with those outside our household or support bubble. With the exception of Mass on Sunday and Thursday, all other services, sacraments, and devotions remain suspended.

As I have emphasised from the beginning, it is very much your decision as to whether you attend Mass or not. If you are older, or clinically vulnerable, or especially anxious about the situation, it might be sensible to lie low for the next few weeks. The good news is that the number of congregation members to have received a vaccine injection is already in double figures and others now have a vaccination date. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

With the promise of prayers and all good wishes at the start of this New Year,