|Letter from Fr Mark McManus 2nd April (Good Friday)|
|Dear Parishioners of St Joseph's & St Charles,|
|Although different, our sacred Triduum began last night with a lovely sense of prayerfulness and I trust that same spirit will guide us over the coming days. I wish you and your loved ones a blessed and holy Easter and I look forward to seeing many of you at our services together.
Today is a Day of Fasting and Abstinence.
This week our Masses will be:
Saturday, 3 April, at 5:00pm & 6:30pm
Sunday, 4 April, at 9:00am & 10:00am
Tuesday, 6 April, at 10:00am
Friday, 9 April, at 10:00am
You can bring your own waterIf you are attending one of the Easter Masses and would like to have some Easter Water for use at home, just bring a bottle or container of water (but keep it with you) and I shall bless that water as part of the Vigil or at the renewal of baptismal promises.
FlowersAs at Christmas, the decoration of the church for Easter will have to be somewhat restrained but we will still be able to have flowers for the great feast. If you would like to make a donation towards the flowers then please leave an offering in a marked envelope or see Fr M or Marie O'Hara. Thank you for your support.
Good Friday Stations of the CrossOur final recording of the Stations of the Cross comes from one of our pupils, Emily, at St Joseph’s School. Emily offers us a Stations of the Cross for Children but we can all join in. Thank you Emily!
This can be found here or Facebook page or at: https://www.loom.com/share/ffd9106ab6c2431f80a05d10d608a487
Our Deacon, Simon Hegarty, is offering a Stations of the Cross via Zoom this Friday evening, 2 April. You will need to email Simon for the link so that he can invite you into the event: email@example.com
Yorkshire Refugee FoodbankThe sudden closure of the church for the ceiling repairs and the subsequent lack of a car park meant one of our Lenten plans was somewhat delayed. At the weekend Masses of 17 & 18 April our deacon Simon, will be available outside the church to collect any offerings of food for the Yorkshire Refugee Foodbank based in Darnall. Tins, jars or dried foodstuffs (nothing that will spoil) or sanitary items please. Thank you for your support.
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.
First Holy Communion 2020 & 2021Given that we don't yet know at what capacity the church might be operating after 21 June, I have judged it prudent not to schedule the St Joseph's First Communion Masses for a regular Sunday Mass time. This will allow us to maximise the number of families and guests who may wish to attend. Accordingly, I propose that we celebrate First Holy Communion with the:
Class of 2020 on Saturday, 10 July, at 10.00am &Louise George will be in touch with regard to preparation - much of it on-line - and I encourage you to engage with the process as much as is possible. Many thanks.
Class of 2021 on Saturday, 18 September, at 10.00am
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.
Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual SuccourOur annual novena in honour of our Diocesan patron will, in this year of St Joseph, consider her 'spouse most chaste.' We will commence at 7.00pm on:
Tuesday, 27 April with St Joseph as Foster Father of Jesus and then:
Tuesday, 2 May, Virginal Husband of Mary
Tuesday, 9 May, Chosen by God
Tuesday, 16 May, Faithful Servant
Tuesday, 23 May, Patron of the Church
Tuesday, 30 May, Patron of Families
Tuesday, 6 June, Patron of Workers
Tuesday, 13 June, Friend In Suffering
Tuesday, 20 June, Patron of a Happy Death
SafeguardingIn order to inform the Church's leadership on what is in place already and how best to support volunteers in parishes, the Catholic Safeguarding Project, which is implementing the recommendations of the recent Independent Review, is gathering information on:
1. What support, training and information is currently available to parish volunteers;
2. How best parish volunteers might be supported in the future.
If, in your voluntary work for the parish, your role includes working directly with vulnerable adults, children or young people, then I would ask you to take part in this important survey which can be accessed online here:
Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. Your responses will be used to inform the Catholic Safeguarding Project about how volunteers within parishes can be best supported and the project will ensure that this information is fed back to church leaders. We hope your contribution to this survey will in the long run benefit your parish. If you have any questions, please contact Marie O'Donnelly firstname.lastname@example.org or Jo Pearson email@example.com
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