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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PANDEMIC
THERE ARE PUBLIC MASSES AT ST MARY’S
AT THE FOLLOWING TIMES EACH WEEK:
Monday: 9.15am, Wednesday: 6.30pm (Latin, old rite)
Friday: 6.30pm, Saturday: 6.00pm
Sunday: 9.00am and 11.15am
TO BOOK BY PHONE*
CALL 0115 648 1474, Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm.
* PLEASE NOTE: There is no guarantee booked seats will be available
once Mass has started
For the latest information about attendance at any of these Masses, please click here
(last updated 31 August 2020)
The Bishops have made clear that in these emergency circumstances, and for as long as they last, the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is removed.
Facebook support group
A private Facebook support group called ‘St Marys Community Support’ has been set up to help parishioners stay in touch, share information/advice, and offer each other support . Click here to join the group now. NB: You will need to have a Facebook account to join, but it is easy to set one up. Please share this information with others in the Parish.
19.9.20: Liturgy for Sunday 20 September 2020
19.9.20: Newsletter for Sunday 20 September 2020
12.9.20: Liturgy for Sunday 13 September 2020
12.9.20: Newsletter for Sunday 13 September 2020
07.9.20: Newsletter for Sunday 6 September 2020
05.9.20: Liturgy for Sunday 6 September 2020
31.8.20: Letter from Fr Paul – 30 August 2020, 22nd Sunday of the Year
This is Father’s last letter like this for the time being (the original intention was to write a weekly letter while there was no public Mass).
Dear All, JESUS says in today’s Gospel, “If anyone wants to be a follower of Mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow Me” (Matthew 16:24). And St Paul also says, “The word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God … For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles” (1 Corinthians 1:18, 22-23). Click here to read more
28.8.20: Liturgy for Sunday 30 August 2020
28.8.20: Newsletter for Sunday 30 August 2020
23.8.20: Letter from Fr Paul – 23 August 2020, 21st Sunday of the Year
Dear All, Inscribed around the inside of the Dome of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome in Latin in letters six feet high are the words of Our Lord to Simon Peter from today’s Gospel: “Tu es Petrus et super hanc petram aedificabo Ecclesiam meam.” “You are Peter and upon this rock I will build My Church.” (Matthew 16:18). Click here to read more
21.8.20: Liturgy for Sunday 23 August 2020
21:8:20: Newsletter for Sunday 23 August 2020
16.8.20: Letter from Fr Paul – 15/16 August 2020, The Assumption of Our Lady
Dear All, In St Peter’s Square on All Saints Day 1950, before a throng of Cardinals, Bishops and faithful from all over the world, Venerable Pope Pius XII (1876-1958) proclaimed ex cathedra the dogma of the Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven. In doing so the Pope exercised the charism of infallibility. Click here to read more
14.8.20: Liturgy for Sunday 16 August 2020
14.8.20: Newsletter for Sunday 16 August 2020
09.8.20: Letter from Fr Paul – 9 August 2020, 19th Sunday of the Year
Dear All, This past week we celebrated the feast of one of the truly great saints and one of my favourites: St John Marie Vianney who is also known as the Curé d’Ars which means the Parish Priest of Ars. He is also the Patron Saint of Parish Priests and I have an icon of him in my room which a fellow seminarian gave me as an ordination present. Click here to read more.
07.8.20: Liturgy for Sunday 9 August 2020
07.8.20: Newsletter for Sunday 9 August 2020
05.8.20: Face Masks at Mass
As you will know the Government has now made compulsory the wearing of a face mask at public worship. You will obviously have to remove it to receive Holy Communion. Children under 11 are not expected to wear them. People are exempted from having to wear a face mask for the following reasons: “not being able to put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability; if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress; in order to take medication.” Other reasons are given too. You can check out the document at the following website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/
02.8.20: Letter from Fr Paul – 2 August 2020, 18th Sunday of the Year
Dear All, Today at Mass we hear St Matthew’s account of the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand (14:13-21). This miracle is unique in that it is the only miracle of Our Lord that appears in all four Gospels. And so I would like to write today on the topic of miracles. We sometimes say of miracles, “For those who believe no explanation is needed. For those who do not believe no explanation is possible.” Click here to read more