e-Newsletter Lent 5A
We will live stream Mass at 9am on Sunday 29th March This should be available on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/roystoncatholic/ As I understand it you do not need to sign up to Facebook to see this. Please note that the clocks change this weekend and this will be 9am British Summer Time! Fortunately, (and we need to look on the bright side at the moment) if you do slip up in putting the clocks back the recording will be available.
Readers etc. It would be really good to have a full roster of readers for the Easter Vigil and maybe more. Obviously this would have to be recorded readings (audio or video) but I think we should be able to do it. Thank you to those who have already volunteered. We do need more volunteers with the willingness and equipment to record themselves and send in the recording. Please e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you can help and I will get back to volunteers in the week as to which readings to prepare.
Skype Rosary We have established a regular Parish Rosary on Skype. It takes place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 10.00am, and so far has proven to be an invaluable way of keeping in touch with our Parish family. If you would like to join in please contact Anita McHugh either via Facebook or on Skype (live:anitaclayson) so she can add you to the group.
Parish Bookclub we are planning an online bookclub, the first book we will read together will be Revelations of Divine Love Julian of Norwich. The plan is to read the Long Text from the Penguin Classics edition. There will be a short meeting via Zoom on Tuesday 31st March at 6pm. Provide your own refreshments and snacks. Anyone wishing to join please go to https://zoom.us/j/767185673 at 6 next Tuesday evening. (Meeting ID: 767 185 673) Short introductions to Julian of Norwich may be found at https://www.i-church.org/gatehouse/resources/saints/38-julian-of-norwich and http://juliancentre.org/ .
Community Stations I have created a document which includes images of the stations in our Church. It would be good if people could add a thought or two (a prayer, a reflection, a scripture verse) These could then be the basis of a shared set of Stations for Good Friday. At the current moment the link below should open a document to which anyone can contribute. This is risky but I hope is an opportunity of genuine prayerful collaboration. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nKhwe69VX6gcuFfkyUUnn94TnLUvthPmaxNa5Ecr1zU/edit?usp=sharing
Mass Intentions I am offering intentions at the private masses I am celebrating but for reasons of privacy it seems best not to announce them on the recorded or live-streamed masses. If you would wish an intention to be offered please let the parish office know.
Holy Week and ‘Easter Duties’ The Vatican have issued some instructions on the celebration of Holy Week in these strange circumstances and the Bishops Conference and our Diocese have promised further guidance will be ‘circulated soon’. I will try and keep you informed when I have the information!
Sacrament of Reconciliation A question was raised as to reconciliation over telephone, Skype etc. The guidance we have received from the bishops is clear: that would not be sacramentally valid. Given the increased restrictions, the closure of the Church building and the demands of social distancing, it is very difficult to see how to manage the celebration of the sacrament during the present restrictions. The classic advice in this situation is that those who are in a state of mortal sin should offer a perfect act of contrition and firmly resolve to make their confession before receiving Holy Communion. When public worship begins again and it is possible to receive communion there will be opportunities to celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation beforehand. The best advice is always to avoid sin and evil and do good.