MASSES THIS WEEK AT OUR LADY OF CONSOLATION:
Sunday 6 September at 10.30 – Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. Mass Intention: Pupils and teachers returning to school after ‘lock-down’
Wednesday 9 September at 12 Noon: Feria in Ordinary Time, Week 23. Mass Intention: The rebuilding of people’s lives in Beirut
Confessions will normally be available before and after these Masses in the ‘Calvary area’ – to the right of the Altar.
Fr Alban – is leaving us this September for pastures new – in Selsey. Fr Aaron, together with the parish, would like to thank Fr Alban for his friendship and ministry amongst us these past two years. We will have an opportunity to thank him when he returns to say Mass at Horsham in October.
Also, just as a reminder of Fr Alban’s appeal on Sunday, please bring any offers of rice &/or spaghetti for him to send on to Nigeria to help hungry Catholics who are being persecuted by Boko Haram.
PLEASE NOTE that, although singing is now allowed by ‘small groups of singers’, congregational singing is still not permitted. So we have returned to parts of our liturgy being led by the schola, but this cannot include hymn or responsorial psalm singing at present. However, in recognition of our Marian Shrine, the schola will sing a Marian hymn/chant at the end of Sunday Mass.
For details, please click on this link which is published via the Bishops Conference website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-during-the-pandemic-from-4-july/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-during-the-pandemic-from-4-july
Also, the wearing of face coverings in all Catholic churches, is now mandatory at Mass. Please follow the directions given by the stewards. Also, to minimise risk of infection, there will be no hard-copy newsletters or Mass sheets distributed at the Church entrance – Newsletters will continue to be available on-line only. Thus, please bring your personal missals to Mass for the readings, or on the day, click on: https://www.stjohnshorsham.com/team
Click the link below to see Bishop Richard’s podcast – https://vimeo.com/454752041
On-line Masses – weekly and Sunday – continue to be offered from several churches in our diocese (and beyond). Please click on the link at the bottom of this page – ‘Download this week’s Newsletter’ – for access to those links.
During lock-down, we would like to say a huge THANK YOU to the many of you who have already donated financially in different ways – directly on-line or via the diocesan ‘JustGiving’ facility.
Do please continue with your generosity, but now that lock-down is easing, we would urge you to consider setting up a Standing Order as an alternative to our Sunday ‘plate collections’. This is always the most convenient method for planned giving (for all concerned) – already used by so many of us at West Grinstead – and it is vitally important at this time, when the Church’s income has diminished considerably. Regular Standing Orders can be for any amount, no matter how small – just please give what you can afford. This is a golden opportunity to express our sincere thanks for our God-given faith, and for our beautiful, unique Shrine Church and community. Pope Francis said ‘Generosity enlarges the heart’, and we are most grateful indeed for your generosity of heart.
To set up a Standing Order, please contact Steve Scallan or Geoff Callister via email: email@example.com, or phone Kate or Susan at the Priest’s House on 01403 710273.
Alternatively, if you prefer, cheques in lieu of plate collections can be sent to the presbytery: Priest’s House, Park Lane, West Grinstead, Horsham, RH13 8LT. They should be made payable to ‘RCD A&B Our Lady of Consolation’.
Finally, the JustGiving process is still active: Just click on the link: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/parishoffertory
It is a very simple process, but it is important to state the name of our parish – ‘Our Lady of Consolation & St Francis, West Grinstead’ – in the comments field, to ensure donations end up with the parish. Also, JustGiving defaults to a suggested ‘platform fee’ of an extra 15%, but this can be reset to any amount down to zero.
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