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Prayer to Mary during Coronavirus Pandemic

O Mary, you always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and of hope. 

We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, 

who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm. 

You, Salvation of Your People, know what we need, 

and we are sure you will provide so that, as in Cana of Galilee, 

we may return to joy and to feasting after this time of trial. 

Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father 

and to do as we are told by Jesus, who has taken upon himself our sufferings 

and carried our sorrows to lead us, through the cross, to the joy of the resurrection. Amen. 

Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. 

Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, 

but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen. 

 

Tonight before falling asleep think about when we will return to the street.

When we hug again, when all the shopping together will seem like a party.

Let’s think about when the coffees will return to the bar, 

the small talk, the photos close to each other.

We think about when it will be all a memory 

but normality will seem an unexpected and beautiful gift.

We will love everything that has so far seemed futile to us.

Every second will be precious.

Swims at the sea, the sun until late, sunsets, toasts, laughter.

We will go back to laughing together. 

Strength and courage“. 

How to join the Mass online

A YouTube channel has been created so that during this time Mass and other devotions will be live-streamed from the chapel at Bishop’s House. This can be found by searching for ‘Bishop Patrick McKinney’ on YouTube (or by clicking here) and it will also be linked to his Facebook and Twitter accounts. Sunday Mass will be streamed at 10.00am this coming Sunday, 22nd March and each Sunday during this period. 

Mass is streamed from St. Joseph’s, Goodwood Road, Leicester 

– search for “St Joseph’s Leicester” and click on the box ‘YouTube Channel Watch Mass live & recordings – Television Projecton‘ the left of the screen.

Mass is also streamed from St. Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham 

– search for St Barnabas Cathedral Nottingham and watch the live video stream 

Many other Churches are currently streaming Mass online 

– here are some other possibilities 

Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham http://www.walsingham.org.uk/live-stream 

A variety of Parishes and Cathedrals https://www.churchservices.tv/churches/ 

The TV channel EWTN also has a daily Mass as well as a large number of resources to keep us spiritually nourished over the coming weeks www.ewtn.com

The Liturgy, Parish Events and Coronavirus

 The following steps have been taken to reduce the risk and spread of Coronavirus. Your co-operation with these actions represents an act of loving charity to our community and neighbourhood.

  • Holy Water has been removed from the Church 
  • The sign of peace has been suspended at Mass 
  • Reception of Holy Communion on the hand only 
  • Minister of Holy Communion to sanitise their hands before and after distributing Holy Communion 
  • Hymnbooks and Divine Office books have been removed 
  • Single page hymn sheet, weekly liturgy leaflet and newsletter must be disposed of after single use – please take them home and do not replace in basket or leave on the pew 
  • Anyone with cold or flu symptoms should refrain from attending Church 
  • Doorkeeper will make available collection plate on arrival as it is not to be passed around 
  • Visits to the sick with Holy Communion have been suspended until further notice 
  • Catering at parish gatherings has been suspended until further notice as multiple people touch cups, biscuits etc. 
  • Veneration of the Cross on Good Friday will be by bow or genuflection – no kissing or physically touching the cross

Stole of Remembrance

All those who have lost a loved one during the past year are invited to place a piece of distinctive cotton material (approx. 5” x 7” / 12cm x 18cm) into the basket by the baptismal font. The pieces of cloth will be added to the Stole of Remembrance which is used in our Good Friday Liturgy and remains on the altar through Holy Saturday. You are invited to come into the silence and emptiness of the Church on Holy Saturday and pray for your loved ones, for all who grieve and for peace in our world. The basket will be available on 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays of Lent until end of day on Sunday 29th March.

The God Who Speaks

https://livingspace.sacredspace.ie

Jesuit commentaries on the daily readings.

https://www.sacredspace.ie

Irish Jesuits invite you to make a ‘Sacred Space’ in your day, praying here and now, as you visit our website, with the help of scripture chosen every day and on-screen guidance.

https://www.english.op.org/torch

Torch provides a new Catholic homily each week written specially for this web site by Dominican friars.

https://www.dioceseofnottingham.uk/whats-on/god-who-speaks

Nottingham Diocesan page for the Year of the Word which Includes Fr. Joseph O’Hanlon’s commentaries on Sacred Scripture (Lectionary year A).

https://www.dioceseofnottingham.uk/application/files/9415/7357/3949/Information_Booklet_-Year_of_the_Word.pdf

Information booklet for the Year of the Word from our Diocese.

https://ctbi.org.uk/lent/

Opening the scriptures: setting our hearts on fire. Our Lent course for 2020 written by Dr Clare Amos.

https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/events/the-god-who-speaks

Year of the Word- Catholic Bishops of England and Wales.

http://www.wednesdayword.org/

Sharing Sunday’s Gospel with Parents and Families. Resources for Parents, Children, Schools and Parishes.

https://www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching

CWP offers the theologically informed perspectives of Catholic women responding to Pope Francis’ call for broader and more active engagement of the baptised in the preaching mission of the Church.

https://www.sndden.org/gospel-reflections

Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.

https://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/sunday-connection

Resources for different age groups- particularly for young people and families. God speaks to us in many ways, including through the Sunday Scripture readings. The Sunday Connection provides useful background and activities to better understand the upcoming Sunday’s Scripture readings, helping you to connect the Scripture to daily life in a meaningful way.

https://cafod.org.uk/Education/Secondary-and-youth-resources/Year-of-the-Word-Young-People

Explore CAFOD’s resources for young people, during the Year of the Word.

https://christianart.today/

Read the daily gospel through art.

 

 

Lent begins this week

Walk with Me Publication with daily meditation for each day of Lent available in both parishes priced at £1.00 per copy

Count Your Blessings is a Christian Aid resource which encourages us to do something special each day of Lent. It might be going without something, showing generosity to another or changing a behaviour for the day to protect the climate. Follow the daily suggestions online at https://www.christianaid.org.uk/resources/count-your-blessings

Living Lent is an initiative organised by the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) – the Baptist Union, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church, working together for peace and justice. Living Lent encourages individuals to make a significant personal commitment to change their life style for the climate: https://livinglent.org/

Grace of Earth published by St Columban Mission Society https://columbans.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Lenten-Reflections-Feb-2020.pdf

CAFOD has a daily reflect/pray/act approach to global social justice https://cafod.org.uk/Pray/Lent-Calendar

Foundation Governors

St Thomas More Catholic Voluntary Academy are seeking to identify new Foundation Governors. Foundation Governors are appointed by the Bishop and play a crucial role in ensuring the Catholic vision and character of the school is upheld. As a committee of the St Thomas Aquinas Multi Academy Trust, the Local Governing Body works in partnership with, and acts as a ‘critical friend’ to, the school’s leadership team. Who can be a Foundation Governor?

The basic requirements are to be over 18 and a practising Catholic. The Local Governing Body should ideally reflect the community it serves; we welcome Foundation Governors of all ages and backgrounds; the more perspectives we have, the more effective we can be. You do not have to be a parent, and do not need to have any connection past or present with the school. We would like to identify people who are available now, and also those who would like to express an interest for when opportunities become available in the future.

What’s the commitment? 6 meetings per year at school in the early evening, plus preparation / reading of papers before the meetings; Governor training – typically 2-3 sessions per year – weekdays, times vary; School visits during the school day – typically 2-3 per year; Email correspondence with other governors / leadership team throughout the term. More details and information about how to nominate yourself is available at https://www.dioceseofnottingham.uk/education/directors-governors/appointmentfoundation-governors

Fr Michael, Mrs Crosse (Headteacher) and Clare Macdonald (Chair of Governors) are all very happy to speak with anyone who would like more information or to express an interest.

Missio and Faith in Families boxes

If you hold either a red “Missio” box or a “Faith in Families” (formerly Catholic Children’s Society) box, please bring them next weekend to Church for emptying. Please take boxes into the Sacristy and do not leave in the narthex.

Words of Wisdom from Pope Francis

Mass is the highest form of prayer and not an appropriate moment for small talk. At church, Catholics should spend their time in silence before Mass, preparing “to meet with Jesus” instead of engaging in “chitchat”. Silence is so important. We are not going to a show. Silence prepares us and accompanies us. Reflecting on the Eucharist is a form of prayer. Eucharist is the highest, the most sublime and, at the same time, the most concrete way of encountering God’s love. This is the greatest grace: to experience that the Eucharist is the privileged moment to be with Jesus and, through Him, with God and with our brothers and sisters. In the Gospels Jesus teaches His disciples that the first thing needed to pray is to know how to say ‘father’ and to trust in God with the humility of a child. Christians also must allow themselves to be surprised by the living encounter with the Lord and not simply talk to God like a parrot, repeating the words of prayers without thinking. The encounter with God is a living encounter. It is not an encounter of a museum, it is a living encounter. And we go to Mass, not a museum! We go to a living encounter with the Lord. The Mass is also a gift and a consolation where Christians discover that God’s greatest surprise is that he loves us even in our weakness. The Lord encounters our frailty. This is the environment of the Eucharist. This is prayer. (Taken from Pope Francis General Audience November 2017).

Image: Jeffrey Bruno

Vacancies

The directors of St Thomas Aquinas Multi-Academy Trust are seeking to appoint a new headteacher (primary) at St Joseph’s Catholic Voluntary Academy, Leicester. Further details are available at: https://www.aquinas-cmat.org/vacancies/ Closing date: 10.00am Wednesday 22nd January 2020.

The Diocese of Nottingham wish to appoint a Support & Admin Services Officer to work with the Chief Operating Officer and others in providing support for our parishes in a wide variety of admin areas and projects. Permanent full time post (37.5 hours per week) although job sharing is a possibility For more information and an application pack email office@dioceseofnottingham.uk. Closing date 31st January 2020.