MASS & SERVICE TIMES
Saturday 25th April
Sunday 26th April – 3rd SUNDAY OF EASTER (CYCLE A)
10:30am – Mass – Replay of todays sermon: Sermon 26-04
Monday 27th April
Tuesday 28th April
Wednesday 29th April
Thursday 30th April
Friday 1st May
Saturday 2nd May
Sunday 3rd May
10:30am – Mass – Replay of todays sermon: Sermon 03-05
Monday 4th May
If Fr Simon is unobtainable and you urgently need a Priest please phone the parish mobile: 07548 222133. Please use this number for emergencies only i.e. where a priest is needed urgently.
A message from the Bishop to the people of the Diocese. During the public health crisis, 26th April 2020.
I send this short message to you as we continue to walk day by day through this crisis. I know that tens of thousands have been able to join me in the Cathedral via livestream, yet I am conscious that I have not been able to speak personally to many others in the Diocese. I want to assure you, whether you find yourself today in our hospitals and care homes; in self isolation at home; or living amidst the many restrictions of this time, that we remain united in prayer. Be assured that you have a place in my prayer every day.
I particularly want to thank your priests and deacons who have continued to serve in so many generous ways, not least in the care of the sick and dying and above all by the daily offering of the Mass celebrated alone. I know you are held in their daily prayer.
I also want to record our gratitude at this moment in history to all the doctors, nurses, care workers, cleaners, our police and shop workers and all of the essential services together with so many volunteers. I know many others are praying and interceding hidden from human sight.
Pope Francis reminds us, it is all of you who are quietly and heroically writing the story of this time. In the Gospel, we hear how even in the most desolate and bewildering moments, the Risen Jesus walks with us even when we fail to recognise Him. He allows our hearts to once more burn within us and inspires the prayer, “Stay with us, Lord Jesus.” I hope the re-opening of our churches will not be too long delayed so that we can recognise Jesus Himself as the first disciples recognised Him in the breaking of the bread – in the mystery of the Holy Eucharist with all joy renewed.
In the meantime, let us continue to pray wherever we find ourselves: Stay with us, Lord Jesus as we walk through these days. May God bless you and all your loved ones.
Mark Bishop of Shrewsbury
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Sacred Space from Mairie @ St Nicholas
Hope you all continue to be well and managing in the present circumstances.
Here are the weekly prayers for this week together with a prayer colouring meditation based on the Beatitudes – they are from a youth worker in another diocese (whose name I have lost) but they are able to be shared. Very appropriate for these times.
Also workbook based on this Sunday’s gospel of the Road to Emmaus. Mostly aimed at younger students but with lovely ideas for the family to do together – this is from the Diocese of Ely. It’s been very heartening to see so many parishes and diocesan groups managing to send out virtual resources to share.
As we move into May you may be interested in a few prayer apps
The Rosary is one of the prayers for May as it is linked to Mary
- iRosary (you have to pay for this one)
- Inner Room from 24/7 Prayer
- Pray as you Go – daily gospel reflection
- Click to Pray – Pope Francis’ worldwide prayer network
Please let me know if you would like me to pray for your intentions. Our virtual prayer candle is on our Twitter Page @StNicholasCHS each evening at about 7.00pm.
And my blog – usually on the Sunday gospel – http://wordinthehand.blogspot.com/
Mrs Mairie Gelling, Chaplain, St Nicholas Catholic High School
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