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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.

Mass Times This Week

Sunday: 10am at St John’s and 12noon at Holy Family

Wednesday: 10am at St John’s

Thursday: 10am at Holy Family

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Reopening our Churches for mass !!

It is with great joy that we are able to announce, that as a result of the changes in the most recent government guidelines, we are able to begin to return to the public celebration of mass in the parish.

The Archbishops of England have written a letter helping us to prepare for this important moment as we move out of lockdown. They remind us that we ‘cannot simply return to how things were before lockdown’ and that ‘there will be some differences in how the celebration takes place.’ for example:

  • Masses will need to be shorter with no congregational singing and no children’s liturgy
  • Holy Communion will be distributed under one kind and in the hand only
  • We will need to adhere to all social distancing and hygiene guidelines at all times in the church and car park
  • It will not be possible to gather after Mass

We will be celebrating Mass at St John’s at 10am and Holy Family at 12noon on Sundays and during the week, Mass will be celebrated at St John’s at 10am on Wednesdays and Holy Family at 10am on Thursdays

It is important to be aware that there will be a limit on the number of people who are able to attend each Mass, as social distancing means that we cannot use every pew and every seat. We certainly do not want to ever turn people away so please do remember that the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday is still suspended and it may be that some people may prefer to attend Mass during the week when the church will be less busy. Please bear with us as we adjust to these requirements over the coming weeks and follow the signage and instructions from our stewards, without whom we would be unable to open at all.

As we are now celebrating four masses each week, and due to upcoming weddings, baptisms and other events we are ‘not’ able to open Holy Family Church on Saturdays for private Prayer from 31st July.

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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 on the days there is no public mass, 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 Guidance for making a Spiritual Communion. For particular Mass Intentions see here.

Live-Streamed Mass: There is still 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.

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.

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 has significantly reduced as a result of the ban on public liturgies. 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.

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 and sign up for our newsletter, as there will be regular updates over the coming weeks and please let others know also to check here.

God bless,

Fr Andy

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