4th Sunday Lent Messages from Father Heenan and Father Augustus

Sunday, 22 March 2020

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Dear Friends,

Happy Mother's Day, or Mothering Sunday, to be more precise. It comes from the custom of paying an annual visit to the "mother church", the cathedral of a diocese. Today, most of us won't have the opportunity to visit our own Church. That is painful, but something that we have to endure. Despite our natural instincts we have to socially distance and isolate. It is for the best. But we can still keep in touch. I've attached a little liturgy that you can use at home to keep Sunday holy and below is a short reflection from me and a prayer from Pope Francis.

I will celebrate Mass in the Lady Chapel at 10a.m tomorrow for all of our parishioners. It's strictly private, so please respect that. We hope to have live streaming up and running early this week. I'll let you know when it happens for the moment, we must refrain from gathering and we must keep apart to beat this. The Church will be open for private prayer from 9-5p.m. Again, please keep apart and make use of the hand sanitiser provided.

It being the 4th Sunday of Lent, Laetare Sunday, the vestments will be ROSE coloured. All dressed up and no one to make fun of me.

Keep well and be sensible

Fr Chris and Fr Augustus.

PS. I don't intend to send a lot of emails (one a week) but if you'd rather not receive them please let me know and I will remove you from the list. Feel free to share as well, if anyone would like to receive them who isn't getting them let me know

Extract from the gospel can be read here

Prayer from Pope Francis can be read here