PLEASE PRAY FOR THE REPOSE OF SOUL OF:
Mgr. Barry Wymes RIP - Funeral at Holy Family Church Esher 27th Nov
Fr Tim St Clair Garratt RIP - Funeral at Sacred Heart, Waterlooville 1st Dec.
Fr Richard Lear CJ RIP from the Josephite community in Addlestone
Luiz Benetti RIP - Funeral to be arranged
Joe Welsby RIP - Funeral to be arranged
Please remember them and their families in your prayers.
OPENING THE DOORS OF OUR THREE CHURCHES
Following the instructions for our lockdown we are permitted to open the Churches for private prayer and we are organising our volunteer stewards to cover periods when we can do so. More volunteers are needed to enable this to happen, please see the reverse of this week's newsletter for more details on how you can help.
The Churches will be open for the private prayer as follows:
(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 22nd Nov: Holy Family and St Teresa’s, 10 - 11am;
St Joseph’s 11 - Midday
Wednesday 25th Nov: Holy Family 10.30-11.30am;
St Joseph’s 5.30-6.30pm
Friday 27th Nov: St Joseph’s 10-11am
Saturday 28th Nov: St Joseph's 5.30-6.30pm
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
Details of live-streamed Masses in the Diocese can be found here
Christmas Masses Currently our lockdown is due to end on December 2nd with the hope that we can return to the celebration of public Mass within the limitations of the Covid safety guidelines. In order that the maximum number of people might gather over the 4 Masses of Christmas it seems sensible to come to the church and hall with the largest capacity, St Joseph’s, which can hold 150-200 at a time with social distancing. Even so, given last year some 1800 people came in total across the parish we are probably not going to be able to have room inside the church and hall for everyone who wishes to come. It has been suggested that we might need to operate a booking/ticket system. The obligation to attend Mass remains suspended, and we await the Government guidelines which may put greater limitations on anything we can do. Of course there are also many opportunities for online streaming but suggestions would be welcome for how we might manage the numbers who may wish to physically be present in person. Please email your suggestions to the parish office.
Bishop Richard is offering a series of Advent talks from Arundel Cathedral on 4 Fridays, starting 27th November 7pm, focussing on a number of advent themes and live streamed from the diocesan website, linked here
The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales issued a statement on Friday 20th Nov on the publication of the IICSA report. The full statement from the Bishops can be found at: https://www.cbcew.org.uk/statement-on-safeguarding/
Further to this, we have been asked to join in Prayers of Reconciliation which can be found here.
Blessing of the Graves Due to Covid-19 restrictions that deter gatherings the Blessing of Graves is unable to take place this November. Over this month Fr Tony and Deacon Tim will visit the cemeteries privately to pray for those who are buried there and for all who have died from the parish.
Supporting the Bereaved Course 2021 Do you feel that you are being called to this Ministry? If you feel you are please speak to Fr Tony about being considered for the Diocesan 'Supporting the Bereaved' Course
Telephone support for the bereaved. If you have been recently bereaved and you would like to talk to someone, we have members of our bereavement team who are able to offer you the time and space to reflect on your loss. In the current circumstances face to face visiting may prove difficult, however, until that becomes easier, we can chat on the phone. If you would like to talk to someone then please contact the Parish office who will arrange this for you.
Volunteers are needed - more have offered, more are needed! We need stewards for the Masses and cleaners for the equally important cleaning teams. You 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. We need minsters of word and Eucharist, again those considerable vulnerable should abstain from offering at this time. We also need volunteers to help around the grounds with general maintenance. If you can help in any way please email the parish office with the subject line ‘Volunteer’. Pass the word around and encourage others to come forward as well. Thank you.
Track & Trace. In order to comply with Track & Trace, we have provided a QR Code in all churches, if you have a smart phone please scan the code, on entry, or please give your contact details to a Stewart. Details will be kept for 21 days. Thank you for your co-operation.
Redhill Good Neighbours RGN is a new scheme starting in Redhill aimed at helping the elderly and those less able to get out and about. We'll be rolling out our pilot scheme soon and are currently in need of volunteer committee members, drivers and phone handlers. If interested or for more information email Tuke, (recruitment coordinator) [email protected] or 07507 347268.
Parish Online Zoom group There is a small group of parishioners who meet via Zoom each week on a Sunday evening at 6pm for about 40mins to share the Gospel for that week, prayer requests and a song / hymn. We are keen to welcome anyone and if you are interested, please get in touch via the parish office.
School Admission Signings - given the lockdown, sadly, it has not been possible to meet families in person to give the parish support to those applying for faith-places in our local schools. In the circumstances, Fr Tony has signed all the forms received from the schools in support for applications made by catholic families within the parish.
St Bede’s School (SIF): this numbers about 75 children.
St Joseph’s School (SIF) has issued a statement as follows: For parents who wish to apply for admission for their child under the Catholic Faith Criteria 1-6, Fr Tony at the PNL will not be meeting parents this year due to the cur-rent Coronavirus restrictions. Instead, please send your completed SIF (leaving only the Priest's section unfilled) directly to the school before 15th January, and Fr Tony will then view these applications and support as applicable. You will NOT need a face-to-face meeting with Fr Tony this year. For applications outside of the Parish of the Nativity of the Lord, please check with your Parish Priest for details of their local arrangements
The Winter Night Shelter is not able to run this year due to Covid restrictions but the drop in centre is still running and is in need of volunteers. For more information please contact 01737 886997 or [email protected]
PNL Book + Circle next chosen book is "Healing. Bringing the Gift of God's Mercy to the World" by Mary Healy
Effective Volunteering - Helping to Enable Independence. There is a free training course run by the WEA. For more information and to book a place visit www.wea.org.uk or call: 0300 303 3464 or click this link to enrol https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/Online/2020/CourseInfo.aspx?r=C3746099
Diocesan Website and e-Bulletin If you would like to sign up to receive the diocesan ebulletin please go to: www.abdiocese.org.uk/diocese/news
Calling all Young Adults of the Diocese (20-30 somethings) We invite any young adult who is interested to joining a focus group. This group will meet virtually to discuss the needs and desires of young adults in the Church, and, if you would like, be involved in coming up with some creative ways to meet those needs. If this sounds like a project you would like to be a part of, please contact the Youth Service Secretary, Rosie at [email protected] or 01293 651161
Parent and Toddler group Please be aware that currently our Monday group remains closed. We will review this decision periodically.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church How can you deepen your Catholic faith without going on a course or sitting down and reading the whole book from cover to cover? The answer is that each week we are publishing short extract summaries from the Catechism of the Catholic Church which have been thematically arranged in bite-size chunks that take no more than 10 minutes to read. Teach yourself and deepen your faith: click here to take you to our feature page.
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land From 19th -28th April 2021, for 10 days based in Jerusalem and Galilee. The cost is £2,125 full board. For further details or to register your interest please email Fr Stephen in Oxted at [email protected]
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.