February 21st 2021 – 1st Sunday of Lent
ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Barry Midgley, Anne Knowles, Matthew Lamb, John Berkeszuk, Eleanor Burns, Kenneth Buckminster, Peter McCarthy, Ethel Marsh, Edwin White, Martin Young, Emily Stamp, Thomas Reidy, Dmytro Belej.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH: Lilian Behrendt, Babs Biggadike, Cathleen Bradshaw, Len Boulden, Mary Clarke, Stephen Clarke, Margaret Dunne, Sheila Freeman, Eileen Groves, Deirdre Hanley, Larry Kendle, Joe Lanigan, Eddy Luyten, Brian Nicholls, Jean Power, and all those in hospital, the sick, the housebound and those whose names do not yet appear here. “Lord, keep them in your heart”. If you would like the name of a relative or friend included in the prayer list please collect a form from the porch.
NEXT FRIDAY 26 FEBRUARY CAFOD LENT FAMILY FAST DAY We are invited to pray, fast and give to help people like Abdella: he lives in an extremely remote and mountainous part of Ethiopia. It takes Abdella ten hours a day to collect water. He says his life is being wasted as he has no time for anything else. Please give today to reach vulnerable communities around the world with water and to provide other vital support. Meet Abdella and explore his journey at cafod.org.uk/lent
Please donate ONLINE at cafod.org.uk/give or by using one of the Fast Day ENVELOPES. You can also easily give via TEXT: text LENT to 70460 to donate £10.*
ENVELOPES: please pick up an envelope at church this weekend and return it next weekend or send a cheque (not cash) to CAFOD in the freepost, pre-addressed envelope.
WALK FOR WATER: CAFOD invites you to walk alongside Abdella this Lent by challenging yourself to walk 10,000 steps, every day, for 40 days. Get sponsored and make a huge difference! Sign up at cafod.org.uk/walk
LENT is 'a season of renewal, a time for turning again to the practice of our faith, in prayer, self-denial (fasting) and practical generosity (almsgiving),' writes Cardinal Vincent Nichols in his Pastoral Letter at https://www.cbcew.org.uk
- CAFOD's online Lent Calendar invites you to journey through Lent with our global family, in prayer, reflection and action. There are also calendars for children and young people.
- CAFOD also offers Stations of the Cross: meditate on Christ's journey to the cross, following themes of justice, poverty, mercy, friendship and hope.
- To receive weekly Gospel reflections via email, please sign up to CAFOD's e-newsletter. https://www.cafod.org.uk/Pray/Lent-prayers
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER Friday 5 March "Build on a strong foundation." For news and resources, please visit https://www.wwdp.org.uk
MISSION MADE POSSIBLE is a programme of home-based training in evangelisation run by the Diocese of Plymouth to give us the confidence to have conversations about our faith. Up to 5 participants at a time can take part in a 7-week online programme via Zoom. For more information see https://www.genesismission.co.uk. To take part, please send your telephone number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
COVID-19: Please go to the COVID-19 Emergency Information / News tab on the Home Page of our parish website for information and guidance from the Government and Catholic Church; our parish Covid-19 Risk Assessment; safety measures for our church; booking arrangements for Sunday Mass; livestreaming of Mass and Dial-a-Mass; vaccination and volunteering.
MASS: The Government calls on us to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives during the national lockdown. Physical attendance at Mass is a matter of personal choice for each individual. No one should feel compelled to attend simply because Mass is being celebrated publicly.
Please consider attending on a Thursday when there are likely to be fewer people or participating in the Mass safely at home via livestreaming on the internet or the Dial-a-Mass service on your phone. For more details, please see the Covid-19 tab on the Home Page of our parish website. Dial-a-Mass: Mass available each day from 12 noon to midnight on 01642 130120 for as little as a local call.
YOU ONLY NEED TO BOOK FOR A SUNDAY MASS at www.saintdominics.org.uk or by phone 01366 347455 ( with your name, contact number, date of Mass you wish to attend and number of persons). Our stewards will ask if you have booked. If you book online, please print your "ticket" and hand it to the steward on arrival at church.
HANDS - FACE – SPACE. Please, let's do all we can to keep each other safe
Please pray for our doctors, nurses and all those who work in the NHS; for all carers and volunteers; for all teachers and school staff; for everyone who has died from Covid 19 and for their families and loved ones.
PARISH ROOM and kitchen will be closed for essential work on 22nd and 23rd Feb. Tables and chairs have had to be moved into the church until the work is completed. Sorry for the inconvenience. Mass will continue on Thursday and Sunday.
A MESSAGE FROM EDDY. In the wake of our dwindling funds due to the current situation, may I suggest that you make Mass offerings for intentions for your friends and family directly to Father who says Mass fervently every day. In populous nations priests offer Mass for several intentions; so please join your intentions with others - there’s nothing like the power of collective prayer. Please continue your stipends and Mass offerings; these do not need to stop. Payments can be made online, directly to the bank account or by cheque. Thank you and God Bless. Eddy
GLOW! The Ignite Team of our Diocesan Youth Service invites all young people aged 13 to 19 to Glow, an afternoon online event with other young people featuring inspiring workshops, lively music and powerful prayer. Saturday 27 February 2pm to 4.30pm. Register now at www.rcdea.org.uk/youth or contact email@example.com for more information. All welcome - why not bring a friend!