PLEASE PRAY FOR THE REPOSE OF SOUL OF: Peter O’Reilly RIP His funeral will take place on Thursday 13th August at St Joseph’s Church followed at Surrey and Sussex Crematorium. Please remember him and his family in your prayers
OPENING THE DOORS OF OUR THREE CHURCHES
This week the Church will be open for the public celebration of Mass:
(please note that social distancing of 1m plus a face covering must be maintained and the instructions for seating and movement within the church given by Stewards must be followed)
- Sunday 2nd August - 9.00am Holy Family
- Sunday 2nd August - 11.00am St Joseph’s
- Sunday 2nd August - 5.30pm St Teresa’s
- Friday 7th August - 10.00am St Joseph’s
- Saturday 8th August - 5.30pm St Joseph's
- Sunday 9th August - 9.00am Holy Family
- Sunday 9th August - 11.00am St Joseph’s
- Sunday 9th August - 5.30pm St Teresa’s
This week each Church will open for private prayer
(please note social distancing must be maintained and instructions given by Stewards must be followed)
Those entering are asked not to touch or physically venerate statues or other sacred objects.
Toilets and washing/baby changing facilities are to remain closed.
VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED
Numbers of those coming to Mass continue to grow, there is plenty of safe space in our Churches and we can ‘overspill’ if necessary both at St Joseph’s and Holy Family into our halls. Safe measures will continue on place, including sanitizing on entry and exit, social distancing restrictions in each church, the guidance of at least 2 stewards, and everyone participating in the Mass to wear a face covering. Over 200 people came last weekend over the 4 Masses and again commented on how safe they felt, and it was good to see so many families able to sit together. We aim to build on this as more and more feel confident to return to the gathering of the faithful in the Mass.
During the ‘summer holidays’ many of the volunteers are going to be away and so we really need others to step up and volunteer - the danger is that if we do not have stewards pre-sent, we cannot have Mass and the church cannot be open. A large ‘pool’ of volunteers covers this, and allows a good rota so that we do not depend on the few. See below for more details about how you can help...
......Volunteers are needed and must not be from those instructed to shield themselves, nor from those under 18 or over 70 years old, or from groups considered more vulnerable to coronavirus. It is required that at least one steward at any time comes from a group that already exercises some role within the parish. Volunteers are also needed to be part of equally important socially distancing cleaning teams. If you feel you can help please email the parish office with the subject line ‘Volunteer’. Pass the word around and encourage others to come forward as well. Thank you.
Ministers of Word and Eucharist at Mass - we need to draw up a rota from those who feel able to come to Mass and are able to assist with the new ’timetable’ that we are able to offer. Whichever Mass you are planning to come to, even if it is a different day/time than you were used to coming to before ‘lockdown’, please email the parish office to indicate your avail-ability so that we can build up a varied pool of ministers
Volunteers are also needed to help keep the grounds under control. A working party aims to be at Holy Family Church next Saturday from about 10am to do another general tidy-up so if you are free to lend a hand just turn up. If you could lend a hand elsewhere with grounds work, grass cutting and so on, or a bit of light painting, please get in touch with the parish office.
Sacramental Programmes - we are able to begin celebrating the initiation sacraments again and are currently working through those families who had completed the baptismal programme before ‘Lockdown’. Numbers present are restricted to 30, and social distancing rules abound for the way we administer the sacrament, but it wonderful to be starting again - please pray for the newly baptised and their families.
ST MATTHEWS FOODBANK Please take food to St Matthews Mon/Wed/Fri between 12noon and 2pm. See their website for more information
NOTICE OF INTENTION TO MARRY Congratulations! For those of you considering marriage please be aware that Bishop Richard asks that you contact the parish at least 12 months beforehand, in order to begin the appropriate preparation and complete the required paperwork. Thank you.
VINCENTIAN VOLUNTEER Aged 18-35 with a year to spare to live in a faith-filled community and make a difference serving the needy in our society? Then visit www.vincentianvolunteers.org.uk
DO YOU SHOP ONLINE? AND WISH TO HELP PNL? If you shop online at no cost to you a small donation can be made to the parish for each purchase you make! All you need do is enter your details by going to www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/pnl and clicking ‘Support us for free’. Then, when shopping online, you will be asked if you want to claim a donation for PNL. Click ‘Claim Donation’ and a small percentage of what you spend will be sent to our Parish Development Fund. So, please get clicking. Thank you.