FOURTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A)
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PARISH OFFICE Yvonne has been placed on ‘furlough’ until further notice, please contact Fr Joseph for all Parish matters, he can be contacted via email on frjosephudoh[AT]northamptondiocese.org or you can telephone the Parish office on 01628 605764 and leave a message.
RESUMPTION OF OUR PUBLIC MASSES
Dear Parishioners, I am delighted to announce the resumption of Masses at Our Lady of Peace and St Andrew’s churches, in line with the Prime Minister’s recent announcement and with the support of Bishop David. While this is welcome news indeed, as you would expect, we will have measures in place to ensure we are keeping everyone as safe as we possibly can.
We have decided to begin with our first three Masses taking place this weekend:
Saturday 4th July at 6:00pm – OLP
Sunday 5th July at 9:30am – OLP
Sunday 5th July at 11.30am – St Andrew’s
After that, as long as we recruit more volunteers to help Masses will continue as follows:
Weekend Masses –
Saturday 11th July onward
|Day||Location||Time||Who can attend|
|Sat 11th July||Our Lady of Peace||10.00am||Specifically for the elderly and those who need to take extra care, but who are permitted outside of the home.|
|Sat 11th July||Our Lady of Peace||6.00pm||Anyone|
|Sun 12th July||Our Lady of Peace||9.30am||Anyone|
|Sun 12th July||St Andrew’s||11.30am||Anyone|
- Saturday morning Mass is reserved for parishioners needing to take extra caution.
- If you are currently in the ‘at risk’ or ‘shielding’ categories you should follow government guidelines, and continue to participate via our Mass live streams on Facebook and YouTube.
- Dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday and Holy Days of Obligation is still in place if you feel uncomfortable or if you cannot attend in person.
ATTENDING MASS IN PERSON: Doors will be open 30 minutes before Mass. Please arrive much earlier than normal so we can follow these important safety measures:
- On arrival, please wait outside – keep 2 metres apart from non-family members – until a steward calls you in.
- Masks or face covering must be worn – we can provide if you forget to bring your own.
- Your temperature will be taken by a steward.
- Please bring your name and telephone number on a piece of paper. We will keep these safely for 2 weeks should we need to conduct contact tracing.
- You will be asked to sanitise your hands upon entering the church.
- A steward will guide you to your seat.
- Once we have reached maximum capacity, unfortunately we will have to ask you to attend at another time.
- All other instructions will be provided at the beginning and throughout each service as necessary.
It is important to note that live streaming of daily Masses from Our Lady of Peace will continue as usual for those who feel they cannot attend in person.
Please also ensure that you limit attendance to one of these scheduled weekend Masses so we can accommodate as many as possible in safety. I very much look forward to welcoming you back to the church and to another step back to normality.
Private Prayer Sessions
|Tuesday||Our Lady of Peace||10.00am||1.00pm|
|Thursday||Our Lady of Peace||6.00pm||8.00pm|
A donation box is available in Our Lady of Peace for Mass intentions, offertory envelopes, donations, etc.
CAN YOU VOLUNTEER? We could still do with more volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, or if you would like to know more (the roles are described here), please contact Barbara Bryant on 07881 460024 or Brid Vaughan on 07540 013181. For obvious reasons, volunteers must not be those in the ‘at risk’ category.
Many thanks and God bless.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Please read Attending Mass After Lockdown: Your Questions Answered.
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APPRECIATION We remain very grateful for your generous ongoing financial support to the parish. Thank you also those rendering various services to the parish and parishioners. The Church wouldn’t survive during these challenging times without your support. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who are experiencing financial difficulties due to the lockdown and economic situation. If there’s any way the parish can help, please contact Fr Joe.
DECEASED – Thomas Joseph Hartigan, RIP
Please pray for the repose of the soul Tommy Joseph Hartigan, aged 83, who died recently. May his soul rest in peace, Amen. Kindly keep in your thoughts and prayers his family, especially his dear wife Jean, children, grandchildren and a greatgrandchild.
LIVE STREAMING We live stream Masses from Our Lady of Peace on both YouTube and Facebook. You can participate from home in Masses that we stream live each day, on Facebook facebook.com/BurnhamCatholicParish and on YouTube. You do however require access to the internet on your mobile device, personal computer, or a connected TV or streaming box with a YouTube app.
You can find the parish channel on YouTube by entering ‘Our Lady of Peace Burnham’ in the search bar or by clicking on this link: youtube.com/channel/UCegtpwudlmz48G-m3gPNy4Q. If you are signed in please subscribe to our channel and select the notification bell icon.
We are still working towards adding more streaming platforms. Should you have suggestion of other social media platforms you or your family/friends might benefit from, please feel free to contact us. We have now rectified most of the technical hitches we experienced on the livestreaming services. Thank you for your understanding. Please give us feedback on how to improve our live streaming, or direct any enquiries to: ourladyofpeaceburnham[AT]gmail.com.
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. Thank you to those already reaching out to fellow parishioners and members of the community. We continue to unite as a family of God in faith, hope and solidarity.
MASS BOOKING Can now be dropped off at the Presbytery, or given to the stewards or Fr Joe when you visit the Church. You can still make request for Masses by email at frjosephudoh[AT]northamptondiocese.org or phone the parish office and leave a clear voice message. Should you wish to give a Mass Stipend, you could either use the available online donation platforms for the parish (further below in this newsletter under FINANCES section), noting Mass Stipend as reference, or drop off your donation at the Presbytery at your convenience.
SICK CALL Fr Joe is happy to be contacted for any sick call. He will also be grateful for information on any parishioner or family member who has taken ill. If you or your loved ones are admitted to hospital, please remember to request to see a Catholic Chaplain.
CAFOD are hosting a live online Children’s Liturgy for families, on Sundays at 10.00am. There are more prayers, for liturgical use or private prayer, available at cafod.org.uk/Pray
‘STRENGTH TO STRENGTH’ – ONLINE COURSE ON PRAYER
During these particularly difficult times, we find solace in prayer. Yet, at times prayer seems to evade us or perhaps we simply find it difficult to concentrate. If this is something you would like to know more about, you may be interested in an online course called ‘Strength to Strength’. The course is designed to give practical help to those wishing to pray more in their daily lives.
There are 6 sessions with each session lasting approximately 40 minutes, plus time for discussion and prayerful reflections. The course is inspired by the Catechism of the Catholic Church and filmed in an engaging and humorous way and will run from Thursday 25th June at 7.45 pm. Weekly until Thursday 27th July.
The course will be run via the Zoom Video Conferencing platform which means you will need a computer or an iPad (or other tablet) or mobile phone with a good broadband service. If you are uncertain how to set up and the Zoom platform, do let us know and we will do our best to help you.
If you would like to know more about the course, please contact Bob Bryant on: 07979 820064 or by email: bobryant144[AT]gmail.com.
CATHOLIC NEWSPAPERS Due to the Coronavirus many of the Catholic Newspapers are now available online, on website www.ChurchPaper.co.uk.
LETTER TO THE CATHOLIC COMMUNITY
The Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England have send the following message to the Catholic Community in England:
Dear Brothers and sisters in Christ,
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
On Tuesday we heard the announcement that, from the 4th July this year, places of worship will be able to reopen for prayer and services. We welcome this news with great joy. Since the lockdown began, members of all faiths have faced restrictions on how they have been able to celebrate important religious festivals. Our own experience of Easter was unlike any other we have known. Now, in our churches, and with our people, we can look forward again to celebrating the central mysteries of our faith in the Holy Eucharist.
The recent reopening of our churches for individual private prayer was an important milestone on our journey towards resuming communal worship. Our churches that have opened have put in place all the measures needed to ensure the risks of virus transmission are minimised. This includes effective hand sanitisation, social distancing, and cleaning. We remain committed to making sure these systems of hygiene and infection control meet Government and public health standards.
We want to thank everyone within the Catholic community for sustaining the life of faith in such creative ways, not least in the family home. We thank our priests for celebrating Mass faithfully for their people, and for the innovative ways in which they have enabled participation through live-streaming and other means. We are grateful for the pastoral care shown by our clergy to those for whom this time of lockdown has been especially difficult, and, in particular, towards those who have been bereaved. We recognise too the chaplaincy services that have played a vital role in supporting those most in need. Gaining from the experience of all that we have been through, and bringing those lessons into the future, we must now look forward.
With the easing of restrictions on worship with congregations, we tread carefully along the path that lies ahead. Our lives have been changed by the experience of the pandemic and it is clear that we cannot simply return to how things were before lockdown. We remain centred on the Lord Jesus and His command at the Last Supper to “do this in memory of me.” We must now rebuild what it means to be Eucharistic communities, holding fast to all that we hold dear, while at the same time exploring creative ways to meet changed circumstances.
It is important to reaffirm that, at present, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended. A significant number of churches may remain closed as they are unable to meet the requirements for opening for individual prayer. Fulfilling these requirements is a precondition for any church opening after the 4th July for the celebration of Mass with a congregation.
Please be aware that there will be a limit on the number of people who can attend Mass in our churches. This will determined locally in accordance with social distancing requirements. We therefore need to reflect carefully on how and when we might be able to attend Mass. We cannot return immediately to our customary practices. This next step is not, in any sense, a moment when we are going ‘back to normal.’
We ask every Catholic to think carefully about how and when they will return to Mass. Our priests may need to consider whether it is possible to celebrate additional Masses at the weekends. Given there is no Sunday obligation, we ask you to consider the possibility of attending Mass on a weekday. This will ease the pressure of numbers for Sunday celebrations and allow a gradual return to the Eucharist for more people.
Moving forward, there will still be many people who cannot attend Mass in person. We therefore ask parishes, wherever possible, to continue live-streaming Sunday Mass, both for those who remain shielding and vulnerable, and also for those unable to leave home because of advanced age or illness.
When we return to Mass there will some differences in how the celebration takes place. For the time being, there will be no congregational singing and Mass will be shorter than usual. None of this detracts from the centrality of our encounter with the Risen Christ in the Eucharist. We ask everyone to respect and follow the guidance that will be issued and the instructions in each church.
“As I have loved you,” said the Lord Jesus, “so you must love each other.” (Jn 13:34) The lockdown has brought forth remarkable acts of charity, of loving kindness, from Catholics across our communities as they have cared for the needy and vulnerable. We have seen love in action through charitable works, and through the service of many front-line key workers who are members of our Church. Now we can begin to return to the source of that charity, Christ himself, present for us sacramentally, body, blood, soul and divinity, in Holy Communion. As we prepare to gather again to worship, let us, respectful of each other, come together in thanksgiving to God for the immense gift of the Holy Eucharist.
Yours devotedly in Christ,
+ Vincent Cardinal Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster
+ Malcolm McMahon OP, Archbishop of Liverpool
+ Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham
+ John Wilson, Archbishop of Southwark
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.
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.
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.
- Donating by phone: ‘Giving Tuesday’ – The Diocese has set up ‘Giving Tuesday’. On Tuesdays between 10:00am and 4:00pm, you can donate to your parish by calling 01604 712065. Should you wish to use this option, you will need your debit or credit card to hand when you call. You can either make a one-off donation to cover your missed Sunday offerings or call each week knowing your offering is going to your parish.
- Online Donation 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. Please go to northamptondiocese.org/donate.
- Donation 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 to – The Presbytery, Our Lady of Peace Church, Lower Britwell Road, Burnham, Slough SL2 2NL. If you are posting please do not post cash, cheque only. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Our Lady of Peace’.
- 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 Priest’s Easter offering.
- Standing Order using the form: This is available on our Diocesan website under Diocese > Departments > Finance and then within the Gift Aid paragraph. You can complete the 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
SUBMISSIONS FOR THE PARISH WEBSITE OR WEEKLY NEWSLETTER can be sent to Fr Joseph. Items on paper and print are also accepted and can be given to 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
Times for Private Prayers
July 4th – July 12th
Sunday Readings: Year A
Weekday Readings: Cycle II
Week 14 in Ordinary Time
N.B. Changes and new events are in bold text.
Resumption of Public Masses: Please arrive early to allow for the new pre-Mass protocols and remember to bring face coverings 😷. Doors will be opened 30 minutes before the start of Mass. If the Church is full, you will not be allowed inside.
July 4th – July 12th
|Saturday 4th July|
🖥️ 9.30am Our Lady of Peace – All Volunteers in the Parish
|Saturday, 4th July | 14TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME|
Mass Readings (Year A)
6.00pm (Vigil Mass) Our Lady of Peace – Mary Harris, RIP (Cafferty); Marjorie Rosemeyer, RIP (Potter)
|Sunday, 5th July | 14TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME|
Mass Readings (Year A)
🖥️ 9.30am Our Lady of Peace – McCann Family (B. O’Donnell); People of the Parish
11.30am St Andrew’s – People of the Parish
|Monday, 6th June|
🖥️ 9.30am Our Lady of Peace – Barry (Foundation Mass); Jose Tharakan, RIP (Family)
|Tuesday, 7th June|
🖥️ 9.30am Our Lady of Peace – Tommy Hartigan, RIP; Green (Foundation Mass); Prince Kwabena Fosu, RIP
11.00am-1.00pm Our Lady of Peace – open for private prayer
|Wednesday, 8th July|
🖥️ 9.30am Our Lady of Peace – Isabella & Dominic McGlynn, RIP (O’Donnell)
|Thursday, 9th July|
9.30am St Andrew’s – Margery Christian, RIP (O’Donnell)
10.30am-12noon St Andrew’s – open for private prayer
6.00pm-8.00pm Our Lady of Peace – open for private prayer
|Friday, 10th July|
🖥️ 9.30am Our Lady of Peace – Caroline Achi: Bd; Adriana Burton
|Saturday 11th July | St Benedict, Abbot|
🔷 🖥️ 10.00am Our Lady of Peace – End to the Pandemic; Sick and Housebound
|Saturday, 11th July | 15TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME|
Mass Readings (Year A)
6.00pm Our Lady of Peace – Vincent Lambert, RIP (Rosary Group); Liam, Claire and Danny.
|Sunday, 12th July | 15TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME|
Mass Readings (Year A)
🖥️ 9.30am Our Lady of Peace – John Lawlor, RIP Anniv. (Goldberg); People of the Parish
09.30am-11.00am St Andrew’s – open for private prayer
11.30am St Andrew’s – People of the Parish; Millie & Thomas Fernandez
🖥️ Mass live streamed on Facebook & YouTube.
🔷 Public Mass intended for the elderly and those who need to take extra care, but who are permitted outside of the home.
Our Lady of Peace Church – Lower Britwell Road, Burnham | SL2 2NL
St Andrew’s – Elmshott La/Washington Drive, Cippenham, Berks | SL1 5RE