FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (YEAR B)
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- Liturgical Guide: May devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary
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PRIESTS’ TRAINING FUND Many thanks for your donations, the collection amounted to £1,088.09.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Classes for preparation for First Holy Communion and First Reconciliation started last week, please continue to pray for our beloved children as they begin an important step towards sharing in the banquet of Christ’s sacrifice.
ENROLMENT FOR SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION Young people in Year 9 and above who would like to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation are invited to write to the Parish Priest to express their intention to join the preparation class. Interested young people should personally hand in their application to Fr Joe. Deadline for submission of applications is Sunday, 16th May.
RESUMPTION OF MONDAY MASSES WITH THE CONGREGATION Parishioners are now welcome to physically attend Monday Masses in the parish. Live-streaming service will still be available for those who are not able to come physically to Church.
DECEASED Please pray for Anne McCarthy RIP who died recently, her Requiem Mass will be on Friday, 14th May at 12 noon in Our Lady of Peace, followed by burial in Slough Cemetery. May her soul and the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace, Amen. Funerals are strictly private due to a maximum of 30 people attending.
GIFT AID OFFERTORY ENVELOPES If in previous years you used envelopes, the new envelopes from April 2021 have been distributed, please write your name on the outside of your envelope for the next couple of weeks. If you are currently not able to attend Mass to return your envelope please drop through the Presbytery door (only if safe for you to go out). If you are a UK taxpayer, you could add 25p to every £1 that you give to your Parish (at no cost to yourself) through Gift Aid.
If you would like to make your offering via a Standing Order, you can set up a standing order for donations to the parish using either your online bank account or in branch. The information you require to make this donation is as follows: Bank: NatWest. Sort Code; 60-06-11. Account Name; 46716203. Account Name; RCDN Our Lady of Peace. Payment Ref: Our Lady of Peace, Slough. Or through this link: https://northamptondiocese.org/wp-content/uploads/GAD-general-June-18-v2-revision.pdf Please contact Yvonne if you require any further information or wish to request for offertory envelopes on 01628 605764 or email office.ourladyofpeace[AT]northamptondiocese.org
MAY DEVOTION Individual and family devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Month of May. Families and groups encouraged to include the Rosary in their prayer meetings. Please see the Liturgical Guide (link opens in Google docs): May devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary
DIOCESAN SUMMER WEBINAR Monday 3rd May, 7.30pm. Diocesan Summer Webinar: Divine Renovation week 3, Clearing out the junk. Reflecting on some of the baggage that holds us back in our faith lives and finding new inspiration in the Gospel, with well known speaker and writer Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ. You can find out more and register here: https://readalong_divine_renovation.eventbrite.co.uk.
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR SURVIVORS OF ABUSE ON 4TH MAY 2021 You are invited to attend a service to be led by Bishop David Oakley, on Tuesday, 4th May at 6.00pm. The service is being dedicated to survivors of abuse and provides an opportunity for our community to positively come together in prayer. You can attend the service in person, at Northampton Cathedral, or join the event online as the service will be livestreamed.
ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY IS LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS The St Vincent de Paul Society (England & Wales) is part of an international Christian voluntary network dedicated to tackling poverty in all its forms by providing practical assistance to people in need. Members, motivated by their faith, visit vulnerable or isolated people across England and Wales and offer them friendship and practical support. The essence of their work is person-to-person contact and spending time with people is their greatest gift. During this time of pandemic, their work has been more valuable than ever.
Despite not being able to carry out personal visits, they have continued to contact people by phone and have been particularly concerned for the mental well-being of those in need. We have merged the existing SVP Groups from each Parish within the Slough Pastoral Area to create one Slough Conference and are looking for volunteers who would be interested in joining to help those in need in our Parish and the surrounding areas. If you feel you could help with this very worthy cause or would like some more information, please contact the Parish office by email office.ourladyofpeace[AT]northamptondiocese.org.
CATHOLIC CONVERSATIONS – ‘LUCKY DIP’ continues Wednesday evenings on Zoom at 7.30pm. (Zoom will be open at 7.15pm). This will be an informal conversation group for people who wish to explore their faith and find answers to some of the questions they may have. We will be using reflections from well-known Catholic speakers to set the agenda each week. People such as Bishop Robert Barron, Fr Mike Schmitz, Scott Hahn to name a few. The subject matter will be wide ranging covering all aspects of our faith. If you feel this could help you in your understanding of the Catholic Faith then please contact Bob on 01628 543650 or bobryant144[AT]gmail.com to be included in the group.
WITH CURRENT GOVERNMENT RULES: 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 is critical as we continue to follow Government rules and guidance. If you tested positive for COVID-19 and were in Church recently, stay at home and inform us immediately by calling 01628 605764. Thank you for your continued vigilance. Stay safe.
SETTLEMENT SCHEME FOR EUROPEAN CITIZENS A reminder that EU, EEA and Swiss citizens who were living in the UK by 31 December 2020 have until 30 June 2021 to apply for the Settlement Scheme. Those who do not apply are at risk of losing their rights to live and work here or access important services such as healthcare. Please note that Irish citizens do not need to apply. All the relevant information can be found on the official Government website (www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families), from the European Commission (www.eurights.uk/what-you-need-to-know) or from the charity Settled (www.settled.org.uk).
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.
A PARISHIONER HAS VERY KINDLY OFFERED TO PRINT AND DELIVER A COPY OF OUR WEEKLY BULLETIN to those unable to attend Mass each week, this would only be posted through the letterbox. If you know of anyone who would like a copy delivered, please contact Yvonne via email or contact the Parish office on 01628 605764. Please obtain the permission of the Parishioner to provide their address to Yvonne.
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.
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.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Please read Attending Mass After Lockdown: Your Questions Answered.
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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.
- 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
May 1st – May 9th
Sunday Readings: Year B
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May 1st – May 9th
|Saturday 1st May | St Joseph the Worker|
10.00am Our Lady of Peace LS – Meade (Foundation)
|Saturday 1st May | FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER|
Mass Readings (Year B)
6.00pm Our Lady of Peace – Christopher Potter RIP (Potter)
|Sunday 2nd May | FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER|
Mass Readings (Year B)
9.30am Our Lady of Peace LS – Terry & Kate Keenaghan RIP (Boundy); Stewards & Livestream team (Rosary Group)
11.30am St Andrew’s – Bishop David Intentions (Rosary Group); Anne Lager RIP (Heys); People of the Parish
|Monday 3rd May | SS PHILIP & JAMES Apostles|
9.30am Our Lady of Peace LS – Forgotten Souls of refugees in Mediterranean (Rosary Group); Dearing (Foundation); Mel McCabe, RIP (McCabe)
|Tuesday 4th May | THE ENGLISH MARTYRS|
9.30am Our Lady of Peace LS – Margery Christian RIP (1st Anniversary); Edwin & Deceased Homeless 2021 (Rosary Group);
|Thursday 6th May|
9.30am St Andrew’s – Joanna Intentions (Heys); Thanksgiving for Grandson Luas (Zeena)
|Friday 7th May|
9.30am Our Lady of Peace LS – For the conversion of Hearts of the ‘Indifferent’ & Persecuted Christians (Rosary Group); Intentions of John McCabe & Family (McCabe)
|Saturday 8th May | SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER|
Mass Readings (Year B)
6.00pm Our Lady of Peace – Priests & Missionaries (Rosary Group); Ann Gurrie RIP (SVP)
|Sunday 9th May | SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER|
Mass Readings (Year B)
9.30am Our Lady of Peace LS – Casimir Otta RIP and Thanksgiving and Intentions of Otta family (Christian); Clement Int. (Francis family); Breda Flynn RIP (Sugrue); First Holy Communion children (Rosary Group); David Sparks RIP (Bamber)
11.30am St Andrew’s Thanksgiving Mascarenhas family (Zeena); People of the Parish
LS = 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
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