Collections: 27th September.
Collection Gift Aid: £60.00 Non- Gift Aid: £50.00
Gift Aid Building Fund: £35.00 Non- Gift Aid Building Fund £45.00
Sick & Retired Priests Gift Aid £327 Non- Gift Aid Sick & Retired Priests £86.80
Monthly Standing Orders: £1,677
Peter’s Pence Collection: 4th October 2020
The Peter’s Pence collection is a gesture of solidarity. Through it, every member of the faithful can participate in the activity of the Pope as Pastor of the universal Church. It is an activity that also supports the most needy and ecclesial communities in difficulty who approach the Apostolic See for help. You can also donate through the link below.
St Thomas’ Finances
The Diocesan Finance department has calculated that due to the restriction of numbers at Mass the potential loss of weekly income at St Thomas is £668 and £2,895 monthly. It is important that although we might not be at Mass weekly, we still give our weekly donation to support the parish and priests. We are obliged by justice to contribute to the Mission of the Church. There are buckets marked First and Second Collection in the porch and you can also hand in your donations to the house. Thank you to all those who have continued to donate generously over these last few months. By Gift aiding, (if you pay Tax) you can generate more funds for the parish and may I also encourage more of you to perhaps donate by Standing Order and this allows the priests to focus more on Pastoral work than doing administration work.
Booking system for attending Mass: Due to the two-metre social distancing restriction, our Church capacity is 27 people. Everyone therefore, will have to book to attend Mass.
Praying for you requests: https://rcdop.org.uk/prayingforyou
October Month of the Rosary
Please join in the October Rosary Whirlwind of the British Isles. You can join in: Daily 8.00pm Online Rosary around Britain (Bishop John will lead from our Cathedral on Sundays); the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima Whirlwind Rosary Day on Tuesday 13 October; the Halloween 9.00am-9.00pm Rosary Rally around the Dioceses of Britain; and the All Saint and All Souls Thanksgiving Online Rosaries at 8.00pm. For all the details go to www.rosaryonthecoast.co.uk ‘One day, through the Rosary and the Scapular, Our Lady will save the world.’ Saint Dominic.
Vigil Mass Times. Please note that the Saturday Vigil Mass at St John’s is now at 4pm and St Thomas at 5:15pm. This, comes into effect from the 3rd of October. We thank you for your continued prayers and patience as we, your priests, attempt to structure both parishes in such a way as to permit their Mass schedules to be celebrated by one priest should the circumstances require it. All other Mass times remain as they are at the weekend. Saturday Morning Mass in St Thomas from this Saturday the 10thOctober at 10am followed by Confessions. Also (Mon, Wed, Fri at 10am).
Marriage Matters (www.twoinoneflesh.org.uk) 27t Sunday in Ordinary Time (Isaiah 5:1-7 Phil 4:6-9 Matt 21:33-43). Loving and honouring each other and the Lord. When you married you took each other for better, for worse. God experienced the ‘worse’ when his ‘bride’, the Jewish people, rejected him by worshipping other gods. The ‘worse’ for you may be when your spouse mocks your beliefs. Have you shared your hurt, let them know your pain? Remember, though, that God has loved the ‘worst’ in you.
Publication of In God’s Image v.2
‘In God’s Image’ – the document which is an ‘Instruction on Safeguarding’ from the Bishops of Scotland to all Catholic jurisdictions in Scotland – was published in March 2018 initially for a three-year period. The Bishops are now preparing for the publication of version 2 of this document to reflect any significant Safeguarding developments that have occurred since first publication. The intended publication date is June 2021. Until then, ‘In God’s Image’ V1 will remain valid.
The Bishops are seeking views from all interested groups and individuals on any changes they would propose to the current text in the light of their experience. This invitation extends to dioceses, parishes, religious congregations, organisations, to clergy and laypeople, to professional Safeguarding staff and volunteers, to those in Scotland and beyond, to those in other churches or faith groups and to all who are interested in keeping children and vulnerable adults safe in every Church environment.
Above all, the Bishops are keen to hear from survivors or victims of abuse so that the Church can learn from past mistakes and plan to ensure appropriate and sensitive responses to all allegations and concerns. If you wish to offer any suggestions for changes to the current text of ‘In God’s Image’, please use this form https://bit.ly/3cuTsnP.
- The closing date for submission of comments is 30th November 2020.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
We are delighted to announce all our pupils from St Thomas’, St John’s, and St Mark’s have now received our Blessed Lord in Holy Communion for the first time! We give thanks to God for the outstanding effort put in by their families, teachers, priests, and parish community, without whom it simply would not have been possible over the past month and a half. Let us continue to pray for our beloved young parishioners that they may deepen their love and knowledge of the Lord who nourishes them in the Eucharist.
SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION
After much planning and consideration our parishes and schools have arranged the following dates for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation:
St Thomas’ PS Pupils
Monday 5th October, St Thomas’ Church – Classes 1C & 1K – 6pm
Tuesday 6th October, St Thomas’ Church – Classes 1M & 1O – 6pm
St John’s PS Pupils
Wednesday 7th October, St John’s Church – Classes 1K & 1M – 6pm
Thursday 8th October, St John’s Church – Classes 1C & 1O – 6pm
St Mark’s PS Pupils
Monday 26th October, St John’s Church – Class 1M – 6pm
Tuesday 27th October, St John’s Church – Class 1O with three from 1K – 6pm
Wednesday 28th October, St John’s Church – Class 1C with three from 1K – 6pm. In accordance with present restrictions, these Masses are open to the pupils and their invited guests only; we keep our young people in our prayers during these final weeks of preparation.