News and Events
NOTICES AND FUTURE EVENTS
Canon Mervyn Tower invites us to join the live-streaming at Corpus Christi. Every day they have a Holy Hour from 17.00 - 18.00 and this begins this with a reflection / talk / meditation on consecutive psalms which it is hoped will be helpful for a wide range of people, including clergy. They have now got to Psalm 7 for this afternoon
The link is corpuschristiheadington.org.uk and then go to live streaming (MCN). We are also on FACEBOOK @copruschristiheadington
BAPTISM ENQUIRY MEETING
MASS OF THANKSGIVING FOR MARRIAGE
POSTPONED TO SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER
…for engaged couples, on 11-12th July 2020
Residential Engaged Encounter Weekend,
held at Maryvale Institute, B44 9AG
…for married couples on 4-5th July 2020 Marriage Encounter Non-residential weekend, Savio House, Bollington, Nr
Macclesfield SK10 5RW
For more information contact Charles & Krysia Golabek on 01625 263627 or Mark & Liz Dutton on 01625 428498.
PLUSCARDEN ABBEY MONASTIC EXPERIENCE WEEKEND
The monks at Pluscarden Abbey invite young
Catholic men, aged 18-35, who practise their faith, to sample at first hand the monastic life, during the weekend from 7-10 August 2020. Further information may be obtained from Prior/Novicemaster Fr Benedict Hardy OSB at email@example.com.
DISCERNMENT WEEKEND FOR MEN AGED 30 TO 55
The Beda College in Rome is running a
discernment weekend for men between the
ages of 30 and 55 from Friday 4 September to Sunday 6 September. It takes place at St Beuno’s Spirituality Centre in North Wales. The weekend is hoping to reach men who are not already in touch with their diocese and is a first step for those who may be exploring the possibility of priestly vocation in later life. Promoting similar weekends in past years through parish notices proved to be most fruitful, and the first results from these weekends are
starting to come into the seminaries now.
COLLECTIONS FOR THE HOMELESS DURING LENT
Items collected will be distributed either on the ‘soup runs’ or on First Friday Visits. Thank you for what you have already contributed.
HOW TO MAKE A SPIRITUAL COMMUNION
Spiritual communion was defined by St Thomas Aquinas as “an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Holy Sacrament and a loving embrace as though we had already received Him”.
In the present context it means not receiving the Blessed Sacrament physically.
The following might be useful in making a spiritual communion:
· Begin a time of prayer with the sign of the cross.
· Take time to read and reflect upon the readings from Sunday Mass. You can find the readings at Universalis.com and a Sunday Gospel reflection the WALK WITH ME booklet. Additionally, a televised Sunday Mass may be available to watch.
· Offer pray intentions quietly or aloud.
· Pray the Lord’s Prayer.
· Pray the following prayers of spiritual communion
“My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you in my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were already there, and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.”
· Close with the sign of the cross.
COLLECTIONS DURING THIS TIME
As you can imagine, the lack of Parish income through the weekly collections is going to have a serious impact on us.
There are two things I would ask you to consider;
1. Put you collection aside each week, and bring it when normal practice resumes,
2. Consider setting up a Standing Order
The account details for St. John Fisher are;
NatWest; Sort Code 60-15- 26;
Account Number 44335628
The account details for Our Lady & St. Brigid are;
NatWest; Sort Code 60-15- 26;
Account Number 85880205
GOING INTO HOSPITAL?
In this busy and demanding time for hospitals, it is particularly important that you ask explicitly if you or anyone you know is a Catholic, is in hospital and would like to see the Chaplain. You are not causing trouble by asking! At the QE, the Chaplaincy is very much up and running but, we all need to play our part. You can do this by making this request. If it is not urgent, please ring Fr Charles Miller on 0121 371 4568 and leave a message. In an emergency, please ask a nurse to call the Catholic priest who is on call.
VATICAN GUIDELINES FOR EASTER CELEBRATIONS DURING CORONA VIRUS
The Vatican department for liturgy
published guidelines for bishops and priests
on the celebration of Holy Week, the Triduum, and Easter liturgies during the coronavirus pandemic.
The document recommends that bishops
postpone those liturgies which may be postponed. It also indicates how priests and bishops can offer those celebrations which cannot be moved, such as Easter, in places where public liturgies are suspended.
The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments published the “general indications” after receiving inquiries from several bishops.
“Easter is the heart of the entire liturgical year and is not simply one feast among others,” the document states, and that the Easter Triduum “cannot be transferred to another time.”
The congregation’s document also says that the bishop has faculties to postpone the Chrism Mass of Holy Week.
The Paschal Triduum is the three days leading up to and including Easter Sunday. It begins at sunset on Holy Thursday and ends at sunset on Easter Sunday.
The decree orders that, in the places where there are restrictions from civil and Church authorities, the bishop, in agreement with the bishops’ conference, may offer the liturgies of the Easter Triduum in the cathedral, and priests of the diocese may offer the liturgies in their parishes, without the physical presence of the faithful.
“The faithful should be informed of the times of the celebration so that they can prayerfully unite themselves in their homes,” it indicates, adding that live television or internet broadcasts are helpful in this
The document also provides several suggestions for the offering of the particular liturgies by priests and bishops.
All priests may offer Holy Thursday’s Mass
of the Lord’s Supper in a suitable place, without the public, it says, but the washing of the feet, which is already optional, should be omitted.
The procession of the Blessed Sacrament to
the place of repose at the end of Mass should also be omitted and the Blessed Sacrament should remain in the tabernacle.
Good Friday’s service of the Passion of the Lord may be celebrated in cathedrals and parish churches, the congregation said, and the universal prayers should include an intention for the sick, the dead, and those who feel lost and dismayed.
The guidelines indicate that the Easter Vigil may only be offered in cathedrals and parish churches, “where, and in the measure that there is a real possibility of doing so, established by the one responsible.”
The preparing and lighting of the fire during the “Solemn Beginning of the Vigil or Lucenarium” is omitted, it says. The Paschal Candle is lit, the procession is omitted, and the Easter Proclamation (Exsultet) follows.
The Mass proceeds as usual, apart from the “Baptismal Liturgy,” where “the renewal of baptismal promises alone is necessary,” it explains.
The document states that “those who have absolutely no possibility of uniting themselves to the Paschal Vigil celebrated in a church should pray the Office of Readings for Easter Sunday.”
Processions and other devotions of popular piety that usually take place during Holy Week and the Easter Triduum can be transferred by the diocesan bishop to other days during the year, such as September 14
and 15, it states.
GOD BLESS, KEEP WELL AND STAY SAFE