Re-opening of Church for Public Weekend Masses
With the generous assistance of volunteers who have honed their skills over recent weeks we are looking to begin the celebration of public Masses at weekends as follows:
Saturday 5 pm
Sunday 10 am and 5 pm
We will have a limit of 30 at each Mass in addition to the stewards. For the time being we are operating on a first come, first served basis.
Please bear in mind that the same protocols will be in place to maximise safety, please remember to make a trip to the bathroom and wash your hands before leaving because our toilets will not be available except in emergency situations.
It may sound repetitive but it would be remiss of me not to remind you that these arrangements can only function with the help and dedication of our volunteers and they are acting on everyone's behalf in ensuring our safety through compliance with the regulations set in place by the government and shared good practice.
Another point, I have been experimenting to see if the 10 am Mass can be broadcast with our existing technology and so far, the You tube option does not appear to be an option. However, I will for the time being use the parish Facebook pages. In time we intend to install a more professional and reliable system so that a wider circle of parishioners can join in.
Thank you all so much for the contribution you continue to make to parish life and for your practical, moral, spiritual, and financial support. On a personal note I very much appreciate the kind and appreciative comments I have received over recent months.
We are well placed as a community to navigate our way through these challenging times.
Please pray with renewed dedication for those involved in the reopening of schools; our children, school staff, parents and grandparents. May we support one other by playing our part, in maximising safety and confidence in all we do.
Parishioners who normally give in the collection at Mass and wish to help the Parish at this time, can now make an online donation using the following link:
Please note that a minimum donation of £5 is requested if giving in this way.
Just to let you know that those who enter
"a message of support" in the box provided
may find it being posted on the company website together with your name.
If I were you I would think twice about this.
You can also Gift Aid your donation, by ticking the box shown on the screen. This can still be done even if you have previously completed a Gift Aid Declaration form in favour of the Parish for regular giving made by Offertory Envelope or Standing Order. Thank you for your support Gift Aid provides us with an additional 25p for each £ donated
We live in strange and troubling times. Our lives sometimes seem to have been put on hold. Our daily routine has been suspended. Even our Church life can seem to have been interrupted. But looked at from another angle; as we do our utmost to support the efforts to limit the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, we are invited to reexamine and rediscover our personal Christian faith and our life priorities, with family, friendship and fellowship finding new ways to assert itself. We wish each other well. We commit to praying as one community in many locations. We have an opportunity to broaden our awareness that:
Given that we are all required to stay home as much as we can it seems a good idea to renew our appreciation of the gifts that home represents. Some brief prayer services have been prepared focusing on different areas of home. So far six sessions are available: - THE DOOR , LOUNGE , KITCHEN, DINING AREA, BEDROOMS and BATHROOM these can now be downloaded as pdf files from our: A Blessing on Our Homes Page
Click here and see for yourself a new page dedicated to supporting the parish during these unprecedented times. We are also compiling a list of people willing to help with home deliveries, acting as hosts when the church is open for individual visitors. Further details of what we have in mind can be found on the Volunteers page . Take a look for yourself and if you have any ideas we can and please get in touch so we can all keep in touch
We now have a new Facebook page to help families to pray together at home and to find new ways of living as followers of Jesus in ways that try to offer the best of Little Church. Look out for the page when it is up and running at:
One thing I'm sure of is that the only thing greater than human goodness is God's love. The love that creates, calms, comforts and consoles us through the care we show each other. So let's keep in touch until we can gather once more for public liturgy. We are working on providing additional means of communication via social media and will try and roll this out over the coming days. If you want to be contacted with any information about this please send your email address to: email@example.com. We can all support each other by undertaking to pray each day and especially on Sunday so please commit to making these trying times an opportunity to discover the significance of prayer and the gift of faith.
'Shrewsbury ... shall be a name 'as stirring to the heart as the glories we have lost'
John Henry Newman