|Letter from Fr Mark McManus 16th July|
|Dear Parishioners of St Joseph's & St Charles,|
|This week our Masses will be:
Saturday, 17 July, at 5:00pm
Sunday, 18 July, at 9:00am & 10:00am
Tuesday, 20 July, at 10:00am
Thursday, 22 July, at 11:00am
Friday, 23 July, at 10:00am
The lifting of the pandemic restrictions!
Monday, 19 July, will see the end of a number of legal restrictions to daily life. However, we are being urged to use 'common sense' and so it seems wise, initially, to proceed with a little caution.
St Charles ChurchAfter consultation with the bishop the Polish Community will continue to have sole use of the church for a little while longer. This will be reviewed in September.
Mass TimesI have received overwhelming feedback that the Saturday Vigil Mass should remain at 5.00pm and, after consultation with the bishop, we will therefore continue to keep to this time. However, to return to some normality from Sunday, 1 August, the earlier Sunday Mass will move to 8.45am to accommodate a more regular and 'fuller' liturgy while continuing to allow a suitable gap between the two Masses. The 8.45am Mass will be a Low Mass, i.e. there will be no singing (other than the Gospel acclamation).
St Joseph's SchoolWe thank St Joseph's School governors and the teaching & non-teaching staff for their dedication and service over the past year and wish the whole school community a happy and refreshing holiday.
St Joseph's Nursery has some places available from September. You should contact the school for more information, tel. 0114 2692773.
Catholic newspapersAlas, neither The Universe nor The Catholic Times survived the consequences of the pandemic and both have ceased to be published. The Catholic Herald is now published as a monthly magazine and is available by subscription from catholicherald.co.uk/subscribe/ or tel. 020 7448 3607.
FACE COVERINGS ARE REQUIRED IN CHURCH
UNLESS YOU HAVE AN EXEMPTION THIS IS NOW LAW
You MUST NOT come to church if: You are unwell or somebody in your household has coronavirus symptoms, for example a cough or high temperature. Please follow the directions of the stewards.
Church Cleaning & StewardingThe continuing work of our voluntary church cleaners and stewards remains the bedrock of our ability to open and use our church. Without them the church would be closed and we are immensely thankful for all that they do. If you have returned to church, have seen how things are done, and now feel ready and able to volunteer then please contact me. More hands help spread the load. Thank you.
Finally, this week's newsletter is here.
Our Lady of Walsingham, pray for us.
St Joseph, pray for us.
St Charles Borromeo, pray for us.
With my prayers,
Rev. Mark McManus