The latest Government guidelines require that face coverings must be used in places of worship – an exception is made for those with medical conditions which make this difficult. It is also suggested that a trace should be kept so that any further viral outbreaks can be swiftly followed up. The red sheets of paper which you are asked to leave in your place after Mass now contain a space for your contact details should you feel able to leave them.
The presence of STEWARDS is central to being able to keep the church open from Midday each day. This task is falling on a small number of generous volunteers – please, if you can, sign up for an hour (or more) so that the burden can be more evenly spread and everyone is kept safe and sound in these unprecedented times.
Last weekend’s collection for the Holy Places in the Holy Land (which is taken on Good Friday under normal circumstances) raised £860. “Thank you” to those who contributed
At the 4pm Mass again this Sunday (and also next Sunday) some of our children will be making their First Holy Communion, and at the 7pm Mass this Sunday (and for the week following) our teenagers will be making their Confirmation. These young people have had their preparation disrupted and they are not receiving their Sacraments as we would have wished – but what truly matters is their individual encounter with the living Christ. We hold them up to God with prayer and affection – they are our future ands God’s gift to us.
Throughout September we are enrolling for the next set of Sacramental Programmes. Forms are available at the back of church – and also online, (see the parish website) and should be returned by the first weekend in October. When we know what the take-up is going to be we can plan accordingly.
The next national day of prayer and fasting for LIFE is on 28th September – see notices in porch or look up www.goodcounselnetwork.com.
One of our parishioners has a website to encourage devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus which includes a section appropriate for Our Lady of Sorrows. Look up http://sacredheartofjesus.london/
The soup kitchen organised by the Order of Malta is functioning once more on Thursday evenings in the social centre. Current restrictions mean that fewer meals can be served but it is good to see this service available again.
If you can help the parish either by a one-off donation or by a commitment to regular giving, it would be greatly appreciated. More information from the parish office or use the bank details as set out below:-
HSBC 69 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5EY
Sort code: 40-05-20 Account no: 91094394
WRCDT Spanish Place
CONFESSIONS: We are still restricted in our use of the confessionals in church but please feel free to ring the rectory bell to ask for your confession to be heard – at any (reasonable!) time..
We are continuing to stream a Solemn Mass with the choir on Sunday at 10.30am. The link for the streaming is:-