PRAYER FOR A SPIRITUAL COMMUNION
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
I love you above all things,
and I desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as if you were already there,
and I unite myself wholly to you.
Never permit me to be separated from you.
St Alphonsus Liguori
Dear friends and parishioners
Given the current situation I am taking what I believe to be the most prudent course of action by suspending our public acts of worship, with the exception of funerals (see below).
My reasons are based on the fact that current levels of infections in our region and area continue to rise and those charged with making wider public decisions evidently feel the need to take extra precautionary measures. No doubt there will be other churches, the majority indeed, who take a different stance; and I am sure that they too are being conscientious. I concur with those who say that the arrangements we have in place with the help of stewards makes places of worship among the safest places for people to gather in numbers. However, my concern must be the health of our own community and attending any function with those outside our personal family units carries added risks. Showing our solidarity with wider society will also be best served in my judgement by this decision.
This suspension will of course be kept under review, with monitoring of the local situation being a key factor. You will of course be notified regarding any developments. Once the level of risk diminishes, we look forward to gathering once more for the Eucharist.
Meanwhile, the Sunday 10 Mass will be broadcast as before on social media.
Regarding funerals, with the support of stewards I want to support the bereaved as best we can by avoiding grave side funerals during the poor winter weather. No more than 30 people will be able to attend as mandated by the government.
You are receiving this email because you are on our contact list. Please do what you can to pass the information on to those who do not have access to the internet.
Fr Peter Montgomery - Parish Priest - 7 January 2021
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
'Shrewsbury ... shall be a name 'as stirring to the heart as the glories we have lost'
John Henry Newman