|Letter from Fr Mark McManus 30th April|
|Dear Parishioners of St Joseph's & St Charles,|
|Happy feast day! This week our Masses will be:
Saturday, 24 April, at 5:00pm
Sunday, 25 April, at 9:00am & 10:00am
Tuesday, 27 April, at 10:00am
Friday, 30 April, at 10:00am
Please note that the Mass next Saturday, 1 May, will be celebrated as St Joseph the Worker.
Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual SuccourOur annual Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour begins this Tuesday, 27 April, at 7.00pm in St Joseph's church. This year’s theme, in this year of St Joseph, will consider Mary's 'spouse most chaste.'
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
N.B. Here is the slightly adapted novena for you to print out and bring with you if possible, please. Thank you.
Yorkshire Refugee FoodbankOur parishes donated 280kg of food and sanitary items and 30kg of clothing to the foodbank based in Darnall. Your generosity and support of this local initiative is very much appreciated and offers concrete help to people in need. We hope to have another collection in the not too distant future.
New Offertory envelopesThese can be collected from Fr M before or after Mass. N.B. Please be aware (I have no idea why) that all the envelopes this year, e.g. the Building Fund ones, are the same colour. Thank you for your continuing 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.
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