PALM SUNDAY OF THE LORD’S PASSION (YEAR A)
COVID – 19 CORONAVIRUS
When we announced cessation of public liturgies, including the Holy Mass, which came into effect from Friday 20th March 2020, we did not know how long it will last. Here we are in the Holy Week and sadly, we are still in lockdown and would not be able to gather together to celebrate the Sacred Triduum.
However, you can participate from home in Masses that we stream live at 9.30am, with revised timetable during the Sacred Triduum, on facebook: ourladyofpeacecatholicchurchburnham.
This Sunday, Palm Sunday, blessing of Palms will take place at 9.15am and Mass will start at 9.30am. We suggest you use palms from previous years for your prayers and display them or any greenery afterwards in your window or front door. It might also be an interesting activity for those with children and young people at home to invite them to draw or design a palm and display it outside. The palms blessed in Church will be available for collection when normalcy returns.
At 8.00pm on Holy Thursday, we will have Mass of the Lord’s Supper. On Good Friday, there will be service at 3.00pm to commemorate the Passion and death of the Lord. On Holy Saturday, we will have the Vigil Mass of the Lord’s Resurrection, with some adaptation. Reception of Candidates into the Church will take place at a later date. Mass of Easter Sunday of the Lord’s Resurrection will be at 9.30am. We will stream live all our services.
Apart from participating remotely through our parish online streaming or on other channels, we should see in these challenging times an opportunity to journey with the Lord from His passion, death to the glory of His resurrection or more importantly, a reminder that the Lord who accompanies us in our trials and challenges, leads us to victory.
We are grateful and indeed delighted that many groups and families are making good use of social media platforms to gather and pray. Contact your group leaders to join or set up one. Many thanks to those reaching out to fellow parishioners and members of the community. We continue to unite as a family of God in faith, hope and solidarity. Be safe, remain blessed and Happy Easter.
Spiritual Communion Prayer
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I long to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though You have already come, I embrace You and unite myself entirely to You; never permit me to be separated from You. Amen
An Act of Contrition:
My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy.
Parish Response to COVID 19 Pandemic
Do you need any help? Are you able to join a team we are putting together to search out and respond to the needs of parishioners and people in the local community in these challenging times? Please email the parish to register your interest, and for more information on how to get involved, on: frjosephudoh[AT]northamptondiocese.org; office.ourladyofpeace[AT]northamptondiocese.org or yvonnecaff[AT]talktalk.net. (N.B. Selecting an email link opens your default email client.)
Visit our website: ourladyofpeacerc.org and facebook page: ourladyofpeacecatholicchurchburnham for updates. Thank you for your continued support and keep safe. The Foodbank at St Andrew’s is open every Wednesday at 10am.
DECEASED Please pray for Alexander Francis Mallon RIP who died recently, his graveside service will take place at Slough Cemetery on Thursday, 16th April 2020. May his soul and the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace, Amen.
PARISH OFFICE Yvonne will be working from home until further notice, and can be contacted via email on office.ourladyofpeace[AT]northamptondiocese.org or yvonnecaff[AT]talktalk.net or you can telephone the Parish office on 01628 605764 and leave a message, or contact her on 07306 100403 during the hours of 9.00am and 2.00pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
CATHOLIC NEWSPAPERS Due to the Coronavirus many of the Catholic Newspapers are now available online at www.ChurchPaper.co.uk.
NEWS FROM NORTHAMPTON PASTORAL MINISTRY OFFICE You can find the official statement on our current status from our diocese, and see Cardinal Vincent’s video message. northamptondiocese.org/covid-19-liturgical-response/ You can join with Pope Francis and Catholics across the world in daily prayer, Mass, and Angelus from the Vatican News website: www.vaticannews.va/en.html. Find the full text of Pope Francis’ Urbi et Orbi blessing here: www.nores.org.uk/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=-p1n6diBocA%3d&tabid=172
THE PARISH EVANGELISATION TEAM UPDATE Just to let you all know, we have been busy! We have been working hard to overcome the restriction caused by COVID-19 and are now able to continue with both our RCIA programme and the Relit programme with the help of the Zoom Video Conferencing App. In addition to these courses we are also able to host our monthly team prayer service. We will continue to run faith formation courses for the benefit of the Parish in this way until we get back to normal. We are also looking at running a shortened course of 8/9 sessions on Matthews Gospel. If anyone would like to take part or would like us to consider running other courses, please contact Bob B. on 01628 543650.
ARE YOU DOING ANYTHING EXCITING, LET US KNOW Are you, your family, or parish group doing or coming up with some creative and inspired ways to nourish our faith and support one another and would like to share it? Email the parish and we will publicise it.
PARISH FINANCES Thank you to those who have asked how the Parish and the Parish Priest can be supported in these trying times, as a large majority of income for parishes is via the collection plate. If you are able to help financially, please do.
Easter Offering Perhaps it is appropriate, even during this lockdown, to mention that Easter and Christmas offerings are the only two times during the liturgical year when your offering goes directly to the priest, as a significant part of his remuneration.
The Diocesan Finance office have made options available to allow parishioners to support their Parish and Parish priest through this time of not being able to attend Mass. Church income will significantly reduce as a result of the current cessation of public liturgies. We have received the following information and guidance from the Finance Office at Northampton Diocese.
Online Donations We have an online donation facility on our main Diocesan website through Virgin Money giving (link below). If you use this option we ask that you please indicate in the notes section which parish, including the parish name and area or which priest, including his full name that you would like your donation to be attributed to. Please note that there is the facility to Gift Aid any donation to your Parish but donations to individual priests are not eligible for Gift Aid. Please therefore do not complete the Gift Aid option for any donation to a priest. northamptondiocese.org/donate (or select the Virgin donate graphic below).
Standing Order via donor’s own bank: You can set up a standing order for donations to your parish using either your online bank account or in branch. You can also make a one-off payment to the parish or Parish Priest.
The information required to make the donation is as follows:
Sort Code; 60-06-11.
Account Name; 46716203. Account Name; RCDN Our Lady of Peace.
Payment Ref: Our Lady of Peace, Slough or Parish Priests Easter offering.
Donations by Post: You may send any donations to the parish, or parish priest (Easter Offering) either dropping through the letterbox in the Presbytery door, or by post. If you are posting please do not post cash, cheque only. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Our Lady of Peace’.
Standing Order via the form: This is available on our Diocesan website under Diocese > Departments > Finance and then within the Gift Aid paragraph.
You can complete the attached standing order form for donations to your parish with the option to Gift Aid. Please indicate on this form if you are not a tax payer but would like to set up a standing order only. There are two sides/sheets to this form, it should be printed, completed, signed and returned to our Parish office, we will then forward to central offices at Bishop’s House for processing at a later date. Please remember to state which parish this standing is for i.e. ‘For the benefit of Our Lady of Peace, Slough Parish’ section at the top of the form. Banks will require 7 working days from receipt of these forms to activate the request so please ensure the start date reflects this 7 day period to ensure the S.O. can take effect. Thank you for any help you are able to give and God bless. Fr Joseph
IN OUR PARISH Yvonne Cafferty, is our Parish Safeguarding Representative. Maura Potter, is our Pastoral Co-ordinator for the sick and housebound telephone 01628 666278, or by email using this link. If you, a relative, friend or neighbour are sick or housebound and would like to receive Holy Communion please ring Maura.
SUBMISSIONS FOR THE PARISH WEBSITE OR WEEKLY NEWSLETTER can be sent to Yvonne. Items on paper and print are also accepted and can be given to Yvonne using this link, or Fr Joseph or delivered to the Presbytery. The deadline for items for the printed bulletin is Thursday 12 noon.
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Masses & Intentions
April 4th – April 12th
FR JOSEPH WILL OFFER MASS PRIVATELY
LIVE STREAMING All Masses will be live streamed (and the recording can be replayed anytime) on our Facebook page. There is no need to login or join to view. Go to facebook.com/BurnhamCatholicParish
April 4th – April 12th | Holy Week 2020
|Saturday, 4th April at 9.30am|
Private Mass offered by Fr Joseph
For the intentions of: Yvonne & Des Intentions (Walsh), Bernard McCauley RIP (Cafferty)
|Sunday Mass Readings (Year A)|
(Blessing of Palms at 9.15am)
Sunday, 5th April at 9.30am | PALM SUNDAY OF THE LORD’S PASSION
Private Mass offered by Fr Joseph
For the intentions of: Deceased Leone family (Leone), Holy Communion children, parents and Godparents(Rosary Group)
In thanksgiving (Zeena), Brendan O’Rourke RIP (1st Anniv.) (Family), People of the Parish
|Monday, 6th April at 9.30am|
Private Mass offered by Fr Joseph
For the intentions of: Fr. Fernando Suares RIP (Edward). Prince Kwabena Fosu RIP (Rosary Group). Zeena family Intentions & Deceased Relatives (Rosary Group).
|Tuesday 7th April at 9.30am|
Private Mass offered by Fr Joseph
For the intentions of: Isabella McGlynn RIP (SVP). Margery Christian Intentions & Frank Christian RIP (Rosary Group).
|Wednesday, 8th April at 9.30am|
Private Mass offered by Fr Joseph,
For the intentions of: Stephen O’Carroll RIP (Kelly)
|THE SACRED TRIDUUM (Maundy Thursday – Easter Sunday)|
Thursday, 9th April at 8.00PM | MAUNDY THURSDAY
Private Mass of the Lord’s Supper offered by Fr Joseph
For the intentions of: People of the Parish
|Friday, 10th April at 3.00pm | GOOD FRIDAY PASSION OF THE LORD|
Private Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion by Fr Joseph
|Saturday, 11th April at 9.00pm | HOLY SATURDAY|
Mass Readings (Vigil)
Private Vigil Mass of the Lord’s Resurrection offered by Fr Joseph
For the intentions of: John Hayden RIP, Alma Hayden RIP, Christopher Wade RIP, Starina Margaret RIP, Elma Green, RIP (Danny). Rory McCann RIP (Kelly), Rosina & Cosimoiesu RIP (Macri)
|Sunday, 12th April at 9.30am | EASTER SUNDAY|
Mass Readings (Mass of the day)
Private Mass of the Lord’s Resurrection offered by Fr Joseph
For the intentions of: Mary Fell RIP (Fell). Hilda Jane Ocholla RIP (6th Anniv.) (Ocholla). Hannah Gerardine McCarthy RIP (McCarthy). People of the Parish.
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