Easter Offering

OPTIONS FOR GIVING AT HOME
The Diocesan Finance committee has made available some options to allow us support Our Lady of Peace Parish (Our Lady of Peace Church and St Andrew’s) and Fr Joseph through this time of not being able to attend Mass.
You are welcome to make an Easter Offering for Fr. Joseph, being mindful that Easter and Christmas are the two times in our Church year when our offering goes directly to the priest.

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Watch our Masses on Faceboook

LIVE STREAMING
All Masses are being live streamed on Facebook (these can also be replayed). There is no need to login or join to view. Go to facebook.com/BurnhamCatholicParish

SUPPORTING FROM HOME
The Diocesan Finance committee has made available some options to allow us support Our Lady of Peace Parish (Our Lady of Peace Church and St Andrew’s) and Fr Joseph through this time of not being able to attend Mass.

‘GIVING TUESDAY’ – From enquiries we have received, some of our parishioners would prefer to donate by telephone rather than our online donation facilities. Therefore, 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. Should you wish to use this option, you would be required to have your debit or credit card to hand when you call. You can make a one-off donation to cover your missed Sunday offerings or call each week knowing your offering is going to your parish.

STANDING ORDERS You can set up a standing order for donations to Our Lady of Peace parish using your online bank account. The information required to make the donation is as follows:

Bank: NatWest
Sort Code: 60-06-11
Account Number: 46716203
Account Name: RCDN Our Lady of Peace
Payment Ref.: OLOP Burnham
For a one off – payment to Our Lady of Peace, the same details are what you need.

VIA THE WEB There is also an online donation facility on our main Diocesan website northamptondiocese.org/donate through Virgin Money giving. If you use this option we ask that you please indicate in the Notes section that the donation is for Our Lady of Peace. Thank You.

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A Message from Fr Joseph

Dear Brothers and Sisters
Greetings and peace to you all.

I am writing to give you an update from Bishop David, ordained and installed yesterday as the new bishop of Northampton diocese, who we warmly welcome to our diocese. This update is also in tandem with the directive issued by The Catholic Bishops’ Conference or England and Wales following government advice on how to contain the spread of COVID -19. The Conference having consulted the Ordinaries of the Dioceses, has agreed that the cessation of public liturgies should begin from Friday evening 20th March 2020. I am conscious of the impact this will have on us all and would like to assure you that I feel ever closer to you now than ever and will keep praying and supporting you.

Because of the situation the Church finds herself in, the obligation for the faithful to attend Holy Mass on a Sunday or Holy day of Obligation is removed, until further notice. However, I will be celebrating daily Masses without congregation and would fulfil the intentions already booked. Perhaps you could join in spirit as the Masses are offered for you and make a Spiritual Communion. Find a recommendation for Spiritual Communion at the end of this letter.

There is live streaming service from the Cathedral in Northampton https://northamptondiocese.org/live/ which you may wish to follow or follow Masses on EWTN and other TV Channels.

During this period, Our Lady of Peace church will remain open, from 9.00am to 7.30pm for individual private prayer, without any organised services, and offering prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.

Sacrament of Reconciliation: Confession will be offered on request. Please phone the parish office or send me email to arrange a suitable time.

Celebrations of Baptism, First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, Confirmation and Matrimony are postponed until a time that allows for families and friends to gather safely within our churches.

Pastoral care of the sick and housebound will continue with visits and telephone support. Visit to those in hospitals and care homes would depend on the advice of the staff.

It will still be possible to do funerals, so should need arise, please phone or email the parish office to make necessary arrangements. Please note certain restrictions do apply also with funerals.

More than ever, this is a time for all us all to look after each other. As a matter of duty, please phone up and check on one another. Let us continue to support and pray for one another. SVP and other charitable arms of the Church would need to continue their ministries of reaching out to the vulnerable. Leaders of groups in the parish should also endeavour to reach out to their members. Strict hygiene protocols should be maintained, especially when distribution of goods and visits are involved.

There is need to set up a parish response team and I will welcome volunteers. Should you or anyone need support, please telephone or email the parish office.

Particular directives will be given about Holy Week and Sacred Triduum in due course.

For further clarification please click on this link to view the Liturgical Advice in the light of the COVID-19 Pandemic Click here to read the advice (PDF document) . You may also like to read the article published in The Tablet.

We will continue to keep you updated, and thank you for your continued support at this time.

Finally I exhort you with these holy words: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). May our blessed mother, Our Lady Queen of Peace and help of Christians, St Joseph and St Andrew intercede for us all. AMEN.

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