Dear Friends, Dear Parishioners,
The age of the influencer is with us. Tik Tok, Instagram and even dear old fashioned' Facebook. The influence we have on each other cannot be underestimated. We are all familiar with the concept of peer group pressure. Some no doubt will have been asked are you aware of the impact you have on others? We can help or hinder another's faith. Jesus warns us all, not just elders that if we cause scandal, we do damage to another. The language of today's gospel Mark:9:38-43.47-48. is strong. Jesus forcibly makes the point. His words cannot be taken with a crude literalism. We are not fundamentalists. Sin is to be avoided at all costs. Jesus also reminds us that a small act of kindness can turn winter into summer at least briefly for another person. Deeds don't have to be big in order to help and comfort. Are you aware of the impact you have on others?
What kind of influencer are you?
Mgr Jim Curry
COVID & OLV
Following advice and consultation with various diocesan and health authorities, we have decided that from next weekend it will not be necessary to sign in for Sunday or weekday Mass. We will keep some seats for those who wish to practice social distance. If you suspect you have Covid stay at home and join us online. If are not vaccinated you might consider doing the same.
Face coverings/ Masks stay.
Best practice suggests that face coverings masks should be retained. The reason for this is that we are spending more than 15 minutes in an enclosed space. We have good ventilation, but as an expression of our concern for others and in particular the most vulnerable face coverings will be retained. Those who are not wearing a face covering may like to sit together. We will review the protocols we use in line with public health guidance. We are all asked to be socially responsible. I know you will understand the good example we as a community are called to give to each other and the wider community.
Congregational singing with a mask is allowed.
Certificate of Catholic Practice. If you need a CCP please phone the parish office to make an appointment to see Mgr Jim.
Mgr Jim Curry
Mass times during the Weekend:
Season of Creation
For many years Christians have celebrated the Season of Creation from the 1st of September to the 4th of October.
Pope Francis states that the Season of Creation "is a season of increased prayer and effort on behalf of our common home".
Mum! Dad! What did you do during the Great Warming?
Join us for an online workshop on what we can do.
Tuesday 5th October, 7:30 – 8:30 pm