FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT (YEAR B)
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PARISH OFFICE Yvonne has returned to her duties as Parish Secretary, albeit working from home for two days per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9.00am to 2.00pm, until further notice. For all Parish matters please contact Yvonne via email on office.ourladyofpeace[AT]northamptondiocese.org or Fr Joseph via email on frjosephudoh[AT]northamptondiocese.org or you can telephone the Parish office on 01628 605764 and leave a message.
FEELING ISOLATED? We realise there are many parishioners who are not on our data base who may be feeling isolated from the Parish because they hear nothing from us. To enable us to reach out and find out where people live and how they are managing, we are making a plea for Parishioners to contact people – via telephone or from a 2m distance wearing a mask, who have no access to the internet and encourage them to provide a telephone number to allow us to check on how they are. If you know of any parishioner please let Yvonne know, either via email office.ourladyofpeace[AT]northamptondiocese.org or telephone the office on 01628 605764.
MASS CHANGE Please note there will be no Mass at St Andrew’s this Thursday.
DECEASED Please pray for Maria Antonieta Ophelia Almeida RIP who died recently, her Requiem Mass will be strictly private on Thursday, 25th February at 9.30am in Our Lady of Peace, followed by burial at Slough Cemetery. Also please pray for Mavis Doyle RIP who died recently, no details of her funeral service are available currently. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace, Amen. Funerals will be strictly private due to a limit of 30 people attending.
GRATEFUL THANKS Riv wishes to say “Thank You” to all Parishioners for the many Mass Cards, flowers, good wishes, Masses offered for happy repose of Mike’s soul and offers of help following Mike’s sudden passing. May God bless you all.
HOMELESS SUNDAY This Sunday, 21st February will be celebrated as Homeless Sunday in our parish. Our parish Charity The London and Slough Run for the homeless has been working hard in Slough for the past year alongside Slough Council and SHOC (Slough Homeless our Concern) to provide for the homeless in the area. Many have been found accommodation and some of which has been funded by the Charity to help people back into Society and to find work. They also collect food from supermarkets and Heathrow caterers, and distribute it to the needy via the Food Banks, hostels and faith communities. The Parish usually supports the annual ‘Sleep out’ which could not take place last year. Knowing that many people are struggling financially the Charity is asking those who can afford to give something to go to the Just Giving page of the website, or drop it in to the Presbytery in an envelope marked ‘London Run’. Very many thanks.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS This will be via Zoom every Friday at 7.30pm, until March 26th.
Dates: February 26th, March 5th, March 12th, March 19th, March 26th.
Zoom Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82187666198?pwd=MTVES2Q5M2NuNzBWUEpKY0VvcTdOdz09
Meeting ID: 821 8766 6198 with passcode: 797376
Download a calendar reminder: iCalendar format (.ics)
MASS SCHEDULE In this current situation which has deteriorated alarmingly in recent weeks, it is our responsibility to ensure that our Parishioners are kept safe, together with our Stewards. The number of people attending Masses is understandably reducing each week, as a further step to keep everybody safe we have taken the decision to reduce the number of Public Masses offered during the week.
The Monday 9.30am Mass is private and therefore livestream only.
Please see revised schedule:
9.30am in Our Lady of Peace – Normal Public Mass (Livestreamed online)
11.30am in St Andrew’s – Normal Public Mass (No livestream)
9.30am in Our Lady of Peace – Private Mass (Livestream only)
9.30am in Our Lady of Peace – Normal Public Mass (Livestreamed)
9.30am in Our Lady of Peace – PRIVATE FUNERAL MASS (Livestream only)
9.30am in Our Lady of Peace – Normal Public Mass (Livestreamed)
6.00pm in Our Lady of Peace – Normal Public Mass (No livestream)
LIVE MASS ON THE RADIO For those unable to follow via livestreaming, Mass is available on a new Catholic station on DAB Digital Radio. If your radio receives DAB+ stations select ‘Radio Maria Eng’ (DAB band 12A 223.936 MHz), or listen online https://radiomariaengland.uk.
WITH CURRENT GOVERNMENT RULES More than ever we must take every precaution to ensure that we are all following Government rules by staying at home ensuring that contact with others is strictly ‘essential’ only. Please remember there is no duty or responsibility to come to Church, and there is no obligation to attend Mass on Sunday. If you are feeling unwell please do not attend mass – stay at home.
STAYING ALERT As we enter this phase of the pandemic, it is critical we continue to follow Government rules and guidance. Please remember if you experience any COVID-19 symptoms, stay at home. If you tested positive for COVID-19 and were in Church recently, stay at home and inform us immediately by calling 01628 605764 so that we can take the necessary steps to ensure everyone’s safety. Thank you for your continued vigilance and please God, we will see the vaccine rollout soon, but in the meantime, stay safe.
RED BOXES Definitely not forgotten your long overdue ‘swap over’, hopefully this will take place at the earliest date after lockdown easing. Last year’s magazines will be used for this year and can be collected with the new Red Boxes when distributed/collected.
PATHWAYS OF PRAYER Pathways or Prayer is a programme of 6 sessions during which we will explore the nature and purpose of prayer and how it fits into everyday life. We will be reflecting on our own way of praying and how it may have changed over time, try out some new ways of praying, and think about prayer in good times and bad. The course will run on Monday evenings for 6 weeks on the Zoom platform starting on Monday, 22nd February at 7.30pm and each session will last a maximum of one and a half hours. If you would like to join the Parish group on this journey through Lent, then please contact me to register on 01628 543650 or email: email@example.com
ONLINE GATHERING FOR NORTHAMPTON DIOCESE PARISHES WITH DIVINE RENOVATION Thursday, 25th February, 3.00-4.00pm Parishes have been hard hit by the pandemic, but is now the time to lead change in our parishes? And is it possible in our current context? Bishop David invites you to this online gathering together with parishes from around the Diocese of Northampton and Divine Renovation where we explore the case for hope. Hear from St Joseph’s parish, Lancaster as they share their experiences of leading parish renewal. Come and be inspired, encouraged and filled with hope! Sign up link: https://www.tfaforms.com/4877664
NATIONAL NOVENA TO ST JOSEPH : 10TH – 18TH MARCH This year’s Novena will take place in a different way from previous years. The Novena will be celebrated from St Joseph’s Church in Maidenhead from Wednesday, 10th March to Thursday, 18th March, the Masses from St Joseph’s Church will be made available to view on Zoom, via our Mill Hill website : www.millhillmissionaries.com/novena. If you would like to have a Novena prayer leaflet to enable you to join them from home by praying the daily Novena prayer, please write to the Novena Director at St Joseph’s Missionary Society, 41 Victoria Road, Liverpool, L37 1LW, enclosing a stamped addressed envelope, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your petitions and intentions are very welcome, they will be placed at St Joseph’s Altar and will be remembered in the Masses and prayers during the Novena. On 8th December 2020, Pope Francis proclaimed a Year of St Joseph, to mark the 150th Anniversary of the declaration of Pope Pius IX of St Joseph as the Patron of the Universal Church, his Apostolic Letter Patris Corde (“With a Father’s Heart”) can be accessed from the Vatican.va news website.
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER This year’s World day of Prayer is being organized by St Mary’s Hitcham. The theme is “Build on a Strong Foundation” and has been prepared by the people of Vanatu The service will be broadcast on Friday, 5th March at 10.30am on Facebook. The link will be on St Mary’s public Facebook page. We hope many of you will be able to join.
PEACE IN A LENTEN LOCKDOWN Lenten Lockdown may not sound very appealing but even during these tough times of home working and schooling, isolation and general fear, there is also hope. In this Lenten Lockdown resource you will find a number of ideas which can help you through this difficult period, from 5 minute daily prayer, to longer retreat style activities and I would encourage you to explore them in the hope that they help you to find peace and inspiration in our Saviour. This could be a wonderful opportunity to take stock, reflect and to reconnect with Him and bring His light into this darkness’. To find out more, please visit: https://pastoralministryoffice.org/home-copy/growing-in-faith/parish-resources/lent-resources/ and https://formationpathways.co.uk
GOSPEL POWER 2021 Using the Gospel from the daily liturgy is an excellent way to pray! Copies of Gospel Power 2021 are available at the back of Our Lady of Peace Church. The book is for Sunday Cycle B, Weekday Year 1, it contains Scripture references for daily Mass; Response to the Psalm; Three Scripture readings for Sunday Mass and the Weekday Gospel; Excellent, short reflection on the Gospel reading for the day; A prayer to Jesus for the day. These books are free, if you wish to leave a donation please place in the donation box.
CCRS Would you like to learn more about your faith? Consider joining online to follow the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies or Diocesan Certificate in Religious Studies? Both courses offerthe same eight modules in Scripture and Catholic Theology with the CCRS leading to a nationally recognised qualification. Those who follow the CCRS/DCRS say they gain a great deal fram the course, deepening their knowledge and understanding of their faith. To find out more about the course, contact Steve O’Brien E-mail: email@example.com or for an application form contact Ann Collon: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website: www.nores.org.uk/Adult Education.
FACE MASKS Many thanks to all who have donated disposable face masks. We remind you that proper face coverings must be worn over the nose and mouth before entering the Church and throughout the duration of services.
MASS BOOKING Kindly drop off your intentions at the Presbytery, place it in the donation box in the Church or give it to Fr Joseph. You can still make a request for Masses by email and telephone.
PARISH ONLINE PRAYER SERVICE A dedicated email has been set up for you to send prayer requests. The email address is: prayerministry.ourladyofpeace[AT]northamptondiocese.org Meanwhile, let us continue to support and pray for one another in the parish.
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 or Fr Joseph, or delivered to the Presbytery. The deadline for items for the printed bulletin is Thursday 12 noon.
RESUMPTION OF PUBLIC LITURGIES AT OUR LADY OF PEACE AND ST ANDREW’S
- Restrictions apply on number of attendances at Baptism, funerals, and marriage.
- Proper face coverings must be worn over the nose and mouth before entering the Church and throughout the duration of Mass and services.
- Please provide contact details on entry. We have a number of methods (QR code, form or tick list). The NHS QR App can be found via this link: https://covid19.nhs.uk/.
- After Mass, please stay seated until a Steward advises when you can safely leave.
- To light a candle after Mass, please wait until others have left and advise a Steward.
- Doors will remain open for proper ventilation – do wrap up well before coming to Mass.
- Please avoid congregating in the car park in groups – in line with Government guidance.
- If you need to speak to Fr Joseph please contact the office by phone or email to set up a time: Phone (01628 605764). E-mail (frjosephudoh[AT]northamptondiocese.org).
Thank you for your cooperation and God bless.
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FINANCES We are extremely grateful, not only for your financial support, but also to the volunteers who help in so many ways for the Church to remain open for Masses.
Your valued ongoing support to the Parish can be made through the following options:
- Donating by phone: ‘Giving Tuesday’ – Telephone Donation In addition to the online donation facilities currently available, the Diocese has begun a ‘Giving Tuesday’. Each Tuesday between 10:00am and 4:00pm, you can call this number, 01604 712065, and donate 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 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: northamptondiocese.org/donate/
- 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. 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: https://northamptondiocese.org/wp-content/uploads/GAD-general-June-18-v2-revision.pdf 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.
- There is also a donation box in Our Lady of Peace for Mass intentions, offertory, donations, etc.
Thank you for any help you are able to give and God bless. Fr Joseph
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Masses & Intentions
February 20th – February 28th
Sunday Readings: Year B
Weekday Readings: Cycle I
N.B. Changes and new events are in bold text.
Please note that the Monday 9.30am Mass is private and therefore livestream only.
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February 20th – February 28th
|Saturday 20th February | FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT|
Mass Readings (year B)
6.00pm Our Lady of Peace – Ralph & Eileen Lockey RIP (O’Donnell); Rose Brophy RIP (Walsh); Nuala Allis Int. (Sugrue)
|Sunday 21st February | FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT|
Mass Readings (year B)
9.30am Our Lady of Peace* – Margaret & James Kearney (Boundy); Brid & Tony Vaughan Intentions (Rosary Group); Abigail Birthday Intentions (Francis family)
11.30am St Andrew’s – Mike Connolly RIP (McGarry); Suzanne Brown RIP (Basey); People of the Parish
|Monday 22nd February | ST PETER’S CHAIR|
9.30am Livestreamed only – Margaret Lawrence Intentions (Flannery); Ben Duffy RIP (Rosary Group); Harry Donnelly RIP (Shiels)
|Tuesday 23rd February | ST POLYCARP, Bishop & Martyr|
9.30am Our Lady of Peace* – Philip O’Neill RIP (Gatt); Kenneth Boundy (Boundy); Julia Murphy & Marie Chamberlain RIP (P&C); Shelagh Whitehouse Int. (Rosary Group); Edwin & Deceased Homeless 2021 (Rosary Group)
|Thursday 25th February|
9.30am Our Lady of Peace* – PRIVATE REQUIEM MASS for Maria Antonieta Ophelia Almeida RIP
|Friday 26th February|
9.30am Our Lady of Peace* – Florence & Tony Intentions and Conversion of indifferent hearts (Rosary Group); Carl Berry RIP (Goldberg)
7.30pm Online via Zoom – Stations of the Cross (see notice for further information)
|Saturday 27th February | SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT|
Mass Readings (year B)
6.00pm Our Lady of Peace – Vocations to Priesthood & Religious life (Rosary Group); Patrick Arterton RIP (Arterton); Jack & Daphne Lavender and Clarry & Winifred Murphy RIP (P&C)
|Sunday 28th February | SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT|
Mass Readings (year B)
9.30am Our Lady of Peace* – Alfie Morrissey RIP (Morrissey); Rose Brophy RIP (Turmer); Denise Birthday Intentions (Cafferty)
11.30am St Andrew’s – Mike Connolly RIP (Rosary Group); People of the Parish
* Mass livestreamed on Facebook and Youtube.
Liturgy Office resources:
Calendar notes for 2021 (PDF)
Our Lady of Peace Church – Lower Britwell Road, Burnham | SL2 2NL
St Andrew’s – Elmshott La/Washington Drive, Cippenham, Berks | SL1 5RE