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Visit the links above for all the official news, information and Spritual resources from the Bishops' of ENGLAND & WALES website and our own Archdiocese of Southwark website

EASTER DUTIES

Many of the faithful will be aware of their Easter Duties; that is to receive Holy Communion during the Easter Season and by custom, to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation beforehand. The Code of Canon Law (CIC 920) says each of the faithful is obliged to receive holy communion at least once a year.  This precept must be fulfilled during the Easter season unless it is fulfilled for a just cause at another time during the year. As it is not possible for the faithful to receive Holy Communion at this time, and into the future, the Bishops of England and Wales have dispensed the Easter Duties for the year 2020.

 

PLANNING ON GETTING MARRIED?

ringsIts always exciting news that a couple have announced their engagement and wish to be married in the Catholic Church.  Please remember that we need at least six months notice before the wedding date to give enough time for all the preparation that needs to take place.

 

PRESBYTERY (Priest's House)

Following the pastoral guidance that has been issued to us regarding social distancing and unessential gatherings, the priest house is now for the priests only, so all groups, meetings, classes and counting have been suspended until further notice.   

As access to the presbytery is restricted to essential persons only, parishioners are asked to limit communications to e-mail (preferably) or phone where possible.

 

CONFESSIONS

Until we receive further instructions, we shall not be hearing Confessions by arrangements or request.  If anybody really feels that they need to come to Confession but are not able to get to a priest, especially before participating in our live stream Mass on Sunday and want to make an Act of Spiritual Communion, then we call to mind that the great mercy of God has no limits. In such circumstances where a truly penitent person cannot get to Confession through no fault of their own we can follow the Catechism of the Catholic Church which talks about what a sincere penitential heart can do, 'When it arises from a love by which God is loved above all else, contrition is called perfect. Such sins remits all venial sins; it also obtains forgiveness of mortal sin if it includes the firm resolution to have recourse to sacramental confession as soon as possible.'  (CCC 1452). Therefore, in the circumstances that are currently in, this is a valid calling for God's forgiveness of our sins - but it does not replace the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  The penitent must attend confession as soon as they possibly can after this.  Absolution for our sins cannot be given over the phone or skype.

 

CHURCH OFFERING

If you would like to continue to donate an amount to the church every week it can be done by making an arrangement of a Standing Order from your bank to be paid directly into the Parish Account.  If this is something you would like to do then please contact the Parish Office via the Parish email address and the information that you need shall be given to you.

Alternatively, if you do not wish to make a commitment of a standing order then hold on to your offering and Gift Aid envelopes and then give them to the Church when the restrictions have been relaxed.  We very much appreciate people supporting the parish as best they can financially, however, during this period of lockdown it would probably be safer not to send your weekly donation by post or dropped through the priest house letterbox. Thank you.

 

MASS INTENTIONS

As you can see, gaps are now arising in the Mass Intentions. Please remember that we are allowing people to make a Mass Intention now but can give the offering when the restrictions have been relaxed. If this is something you have never done or are not quite sure what the Mass Intention is, it is an offering made by any person (average £10) who then books an intention they have for a particular date and time of Mass ( these can be requested but they may be already occupied).  The priest will then offer up Mass for that Intention, as you will probably hear them mention this at the beginning of Mass, and the offering you have given will go to the priest.  It would be preferable if you were to email your details through however you can try contacting the priest house by telephone. Thank you

 

FOOD DONATIONS

We are always touched by the generosity that is shown by so many people in food donations which we continue to ask for (see below).  In future, please can we ask that when you donate a bag of groceries, please ring the doorbell and then leave it on the doorstep.  Do not wait for an answer at the door.  Somebody will come and collect the food.


 

 

 

spiritual direction


Spiritual Direction or Spiritual Accompaniment provides a one to one setting for people seeking a deeper awareness of the presence of God in their lives, and discernment within life choices.

The Aylesford training programme is Ecumenical and teaches both the theory and practice of spiritual direction. It aims to deepen understanding of the process of spiritual growth and the insights of different spiritual traditions. The course offers a supportive environment where you will learn to give and receive accompaniment.

Read more...

 

Mass Intentions and General Data Protection Regulation

On Friday 25th May the legislation of GDPR was enforced.  This means we need to uphold the right of privacy for everyone and cannot publicise any information about any individual.  This affects Mass Intentions – so if you have requested a Mass Intention for another individual, whether it is for health, wellbeing, thanksgiving etc. we cannot display the individual’s name. If it is for the repose of the soul of somebody then we can include their name.  We understand that many of you have already put forward a Mass Intention mentioning people’s names long before the issue with GDPR arose with best intentions but we apologise that we cannot publicise their names anymore.  When you put the request forward you would have been informed of the date and time of Mass and the Mass intention will be the same; however on our newsletter and announcement at Mass we can only say ‘Private Intention’.  A lot of changes have had to take place to be consistent with the new GDPR law and we are working hard to carry out appropriate measures. We thank you for your understanding in this matter. 

 

RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adultsrcia


If you, or anyone you know, would like to learn more about the Catholic Church, please come along. For further information, contact the Parish office.

Safeguarding Issues

Parents and guardians please do not allow your children to light votive candles unsupervised.

Children should not be allowed to go unaccompanied to the porch, toilets or the Children’s Chapel. Many thanks.

 



pilgrim

This is the monthly Diocesan newspaper, which is available to download here.

 

The Catenians - Strengthening family life through friendship and Faith

The Catenian Association

The Catenian Association is a brotherhood of over 10,000 practising Catholic men. The Catholic faith and the family are bedrocks of the Association which gives an opportunity to:

Meet Catholic men with similar values.
Become part of a community offering lifelong support and friendship.
Be part of a group that helps each other and their families in all aspects of life.
Provide families with opportunities for friendship and social activity.

A core aim is to advance the interests of young Catholics and assist them in their choice or pursuit of their career.

The Catenian Bursary Fund helps young Catholics between 16 and 25 to take part in a community-based project at home or abroad, which has a clear benefit for others as well as widening the life experience of the participant.

Click here to see more details about the Catenian Association in Maidstone


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