|Letter from Fr Mark McManus 30th July|
|Dear Parishioners of St Joseph's & St Charles,|
|This week our Masses will be:
Saturday, 31 July, at 5:00pm
Sunday, 1 August, at 8:45am & 10:00am
Tuesday, 3 August, at 10:00am
Thursday, 5 August, at 10:00am
Friday, 6 August, at 10:00am
Mass TimesFrom this Sunday, 1 August, the earlier Sunday Mass will begin at 8.45am to accommodate a more regular and 'fuller' liturgy while continuing to allow a suitable gap between the two Masses. This Mass will be a Low Mass, i.e. there will be no singing (other than the Gospel acclamation).
Sheila Clapham RIPThe parish of St Joseph has been left a bequest by Sheila Clapham who died last year, aged ninety-five years, on 22 June, 2020. Miss Clapham, as she was almost universally known, taught for almost the whole of her career at St Joseph's School. Thus, Sheila was well-known to many generations both at school and St Joseph's Church as well as the chapel-of-ease of St Martin de Porres at Swallownest.
Her gift reflects her great love for the parish that was her spiritual home of so many years and she desired that it be used for practical matters that needed attending to. In this spirit, and recognising a kindred desire for tidiness, we have already begun this task by attending first to the celebration of the sacred liturgy. The six large artificial candles that stood at the rear of the sanctuary have now been replaced with new ones (the spring-loading mechanism was beginning to fail on the old ones) and new sets have also been made for the High Altar and the Lady Altar as well as the two Acolyte candles also. As Catholics, we often light a candle for someone at Mass and I hope these new candles, which should last for many years, will give glory to God, honour Sheila's memory and offer comfort to all who still mourn her.
Sheila is buried here in St Joseph's cemetery and, as with all our deceased benefactors, she will continue to be remembered in the November Memorial Dead List Masses that are celebrated throughout the year.
Face coverings are strongly encouraged.
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 & ReadersIf anyone would like to help with the cleaning of our church or would like to assist in the celebration of Mass by reading then please do not hesitate to let me know. 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