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We are a busy and active Catholic parish in the north of Luton with two churches – St John the Apostle and The Holy Family – where we warmly welcome new and past visitors. If you are new to the area please visit us at any time and make your self known. We have a number of groups and activities in the parish as well as sacramental programmes for our young people, and courses for those interested in finding out more about our faith. Please do visit us or contact us  if you would like further information or if we can help in any way.

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Daily – Mass 9:30am followed by the rosary.
Angelus at Midday and 6:00pm

Information regarding Coronavirus

Dear Parishioners,Fr Andy

In response to the spread of the Coronavirus and in order to protect the elderly and vulnerable in our parishes, the Bishops of England and Wales have asked that all churches close until further notice.

For the latest advice on Confessions, Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals, Confirmation, First Holy Communion, Anointing of the Sick and Communion Visits, please click here.

In addition the Young@Heart Café is also closed until further notice.

While this will be a very challenging time for us as a parish community, it is nevertheless an opportunity to grow deeper in our faith in other ways, such as, for example, becoming more familiar with the scriptures.  An inspiring definition of L.O.C.K.D.O.W.N. is that it can be a time to:

L-isten to God’s Voice and reflect.  Let go and Let God.
O-bey His word and His teachings.
C-all on Jesus’ name and be Calm.
K-now that God is with us and will never abandon us.
D-well in His presence.  Do not panic.
O-ffer a prayer for everyone’s safety.
W-ait and be patient.  This too, shall pass.
N-urture our personal relationship with Him.

We can all continue to exercise our “common priesthood” in which all the baptised share, and through which we are called to pray for our world, country, parish, family, and for those who may have no one to pray for them as well as for all who have died.  The following are examples of how we can do this from our own home:

Parish Mass: I will continue to celebrate a private Mass for the intentions of the Parish at 10am daily (including Saturdays and Sundays), and you are invited to join with me in prayer from home if you can, pondering the readings for the Mass that day, and uniting your personal intentions to the offering of the daily Mass.  To help you please download – please download – Guidance for making a Spiritual Communion. For particular Mass Intentions see here.

Live-Streamed Mass: There is the opportunity to participate from home in Masses that are live-streamed via the internet from Northampton Cathedral here northamptoncathedral.org/live or from The National Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham here walsingham.org.uk/live-stream

Parish Prayer Hour: A number of parishioners are joining in a prayer hour between 11am and 12pm each day to pray for the current situation locally and throughout the world. Although praying from our own home, this joining together of all our prayers in a common purpose offered to the Lord, is very powerful. Do please join the parish in prayer, if only for a short time, between 11am and 12pm each day in whatever way you choose, asking God’s blessing on all those in need throughout the world.

Personal Prayer:  If it is not possible for you to participate in any of the above, then please pray whenever you can.

Also of help may be websites such as “Universalis” (see http://universalis.com/), which has the Liturgy of the Hours and Readings for Mass each day, and “Sacred Space” (see https://www.sacredspace.ie/), which takes one prayerfully through the Gospel of the day.

As well as the power of prayer, we can look out for others practically through phone calls and acts of practical service, such as contributing to food banks and obtaining necessities for those who cannot get out to obtain them for themselves. This is a time when we need to especially, as a parish family, all keep an eye out for one another!

Let’s keep in mind that the reason for all these temporary changes is to protect those who are most vulnerable, many of whom are in our own parish family. And while these days we are living in at the moment are uncertain and difficult, let’s also in faith see them as a time of great opportunity through which the Lord will be able to do marvellous things in us and through us, and bring many people back to the basics, to what’s most important in this life, indeed, back to Himself!

As much as I would like to avoid mentioning finances at this time, I do need to bring to your attention the fact that because a large majority of income for parishes is via the collection plate, church income will significantly reduce as a result of the current ban on public liturgies. Considering there are 69 parishes in our diocese, this is magnified greatly for our diocese as a whole. While I will endeavour to keep parish outgoings as low as possible, please could I ask those parishioners who can afford it at this time, to consider setting up a Standing Order or donating online.

Standing Order:  You can set up a Standing Order using your on-line bank account.  The information required to make the donation to the Parish is as follows:

Bank: NatWest
Sort Code: 60-06-11
Account Number: 46898093
Account Name: Northampton Roman Catholic Diocesan Trust
Payment Ref: Holy Family & St John, Luton

Online Donation: Go to the Northampton Diocese website at northamptondiocese.org/donate. Follow the instructions on the Catholic Diocese of Northampton Virgin Money giving page. By indicating in the notes section of the donate page that the donation is for ‘Holy Family & St John, Luton’ your donation will go into our parish account with the diocese, and will at the same time help our diocese as a whole. 

If you would like to make an Easter Offering for the parish priest then please indicate in the notes section that the donation is for ‘Fr Andrew Richardson.’

Please visit our parish news page here for the very latest news from the parish.

Finally, please remember to keep an eye on this web site as there will be regular updates over the coming weeks and let others know also to check here.

God bless,

Fr Andy

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A SPECIAL URBI ET ORBI BLESSING

On Friday, 27 March, The Pope presided over a moment of prayer on the sagrato of St Peter’s Basilica, the platform at the top of the steps immediately in front of the facade of the Church.

The ceremony consisted of readings from the Scriptures, prayers of supplication, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; and concluded with Pope Francis giving the Urbi et Orbi Blessing, with the possibility of gaining a plenary indulgence (subject to the conditions foreseen by the recent Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary) for all those who listened to it live through the various forms of communication. The blessing “to the City of Rome and to the World” is normally only given at Christmas and Easter.

The full text of The Pope’s message can be read here.

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