Parish Priest - Father Anton's Weekly Column

Twenty Fourth Sunday of The Year

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

It has been a week of questions regarding how we live out the coming days and weeks with restrictions due to the present situation.  Schools are making a great act of faith along with hard work so that our children can continue and catch up with their learning.  We give thanks for this hard work and pray that all goes well for everyone.  We also waited with bated breath for the announcement concerning church worship.  Fortunately we are able to continue with our weekend Masses along with our streamed Mass.  Thank you to everyone for your support.  Please remember that it is necessary to book a place for Mass otherwise you may have to be turned away.  Regrettably due to the restrictions we are not allowed to open the toilets so please be aware.

We are now looking at the restart of infant baptisms and our teams are looking at possible times when they can be available to safeguard the sacramental times.  Initially we are looking at a Saturday slot and will keep you posted on progress.

Can I remind people that a Foodbank Collection is to take place this Sunday 2-3 p.m. in the parish car park!  Come along and bring your contributions and catch up on the news in general!  This need will grow as government help is reduced and people look to support in various ways.

As everyone is aware finance is presenting a problem for many individuals and also many charities.  All contributions are welcomed.  Thank you to all who have been able to donate to the parish through standing orders and individual donations, every little helps.  Second collections for outside charities are much less.  This week the collection is for the Catholic Education Service.  If you wish to contribute please place your donation in an envelope and mark it for the charity.  Next weekend the second collection is for Catholic Evangelisation (CASE).

Meanwhile keep safe, look after each other and remember to pray to the Lord for protection and inspiration.

Father Anton s.c.j.