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37th annual Pilgrimage of Reparation & Prayer for the Sanctity of Life Walsingham – Sunday, 27th September 2020
Bishop Marcus will be in Walsingham, God willing, but Covid-19 limitations result in the Shrine discouraging visits at weekend, therefore we are not running any coaches this year. Instead we will be offering online participation which presents us with an opportunity to reach many more people than in previous years. We are also hopeful that the Relic Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be present in Walsingham. Online participation is available here  https://www.walsingham.org.uk/live-stream/or https://www.youtube.com/WalsinghamCatholicTV Full details of the program for the day are available here   

On 5th August Pope Francis called on the Church to reflect on our current situation.  In response, the diocesan Pastoral Ministry Office is hosting a series of online webinars on Monday evenings through the autumn. We begin on 21st September with Bishop David reflecting on the last six months, and posing some key questions as we go forward. Other topics include reaching out to the needy, building community, prayer and spirituality, and catechesis. The webinars are free to attend, but you will need to register to receive the web link. For more information and to register, please Click here.

APPLICATIONS to CATHOLIC SCHOOLS within and without LUTON for September 2021. In the CoVid crisis we cannot arrange the usual Sign Up Sundays this year. If you need Fr Andy to support your application for your child to go to a Catholic primary or secondary school n September 2021 in Luton or elsewhere you must contact him with the details he will need to provide you with that support. Name of child – date of birth – school[s] to which you will applying. You must do this by email or in writing at least two weeks before the closing date for applications. Secondary applications must be submitted by 31 October 2020 and Primary applications by 15 January 2021. Fr Andy will not be able to take down details after a Sunday mass. This applies to all schools including those requiring the Catholic Education Service Certificate of Practice.

Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), of which CAFOD is an active member, launched a nationwide Coronavirus appeal on Tuesday 14 July. Thanks to generous support from the Catholic community, CAFOD are already working across 26 countries, to prevent the virus’ spread, and limit the food shortages it has caused in the poorest communities. But there is so much more to be done. The needs are immense, long term, complex, and evolving, and so the response needs to be large scale, and multifaceted. So this month, as the DEC raises awareness of the global situation, we are asking you to keep those worst affected in your thoughts, prayers and where possible, your alms giving. More details are available here: www.cafod.org.uk/coronavirus Whatever is possible at this time, please continue to pray for the communities throughout the world who are worst hit by this pandemic and its many effects.

Cor et Lumen Christi (Heart & Light of Christ), a Catholic Charismatic Community of which Fr Andy is a member, invite you to events on their YouTube channel Click here.
On Sunday evenings at 7pm there is a 30 minute talk, and on 3rd Wednesdays at 8pm there is a healing service. There are also talks and videos that can be accessed at any time. The community are recognised internationally as having a charism of healing, and already testimonies have been received of people receiving physical healing while watching from home.  Fr Andy hopes that this may help to build your faith during this challenging time.

The Act of Prayer and Witness in support of life and against abortion on Saturday 5th September is CANCELLED due to coronavirus restrictions. We hope you will be able to pray for an hour at home for this intention and especially for all the current threats to the life of the unborn. We are hoping the next Act of Witness will be on Saturday 24th October 2020

At Young@Heart – we’ve been providing support, signposting & song for people with memory difficulties and their carers in the Luton and Dunstable. More information here

For very nearly ten years, Goodnews Books has been open to callers at the upper car park opposite the bungalow at the rear of St. John’s hall. Now the Covid 19 situation has stopped physical callers, we are open to browse and order through the website www.goodnewsbooks.co.uk, or contact us by email orders@goodnewsbooks.co.uk, and by phone 01582 571011.

Their  recommended book to lift your spirits is: Love is the Key – Fr Chris Thomas is a gifted storyteller who links real and inspiring stories from his own life and ministry with the stories that Jesus told. In each chapter he confronts and yet reassures us of Jesus’ presence in every part of our lives. Price: £8.99 – delivered free in the parish area or by post an extra £1.50 Details here.

To our Catholic Universe and Catholic Times readers in the parish:- at the moment you are unable to collect your paper at Mass, but you can get it delivered direct to your home every week, POST FREE.   Please go to www.thecatholicuniverse.com or call them on 0161 820 5722 and they will arrange delivery for you.

200 Club winners for August

£50 No 36 – Jim Harte
£25 No 46 – Barbara O’Brien
£15 No 125 – Helen Doherty
£15 No 146 – James Scott
£15 No 197 – Liam Cassidy
£10 No 255 – Karen Dorrington
£10 No 265 – Kathy Harrison
£10 No 278 – Michael Harrison

The draw was made using an online random number selector. Please phone Ted on 503533 if you have not been contacted. Thanks for your support.

Confessions are available on request. The Bishops have announced that, during this time, all of us can make a Perfect Act of Contrition, which means true sorrow for our sins and a resolution not to sin again when we realise how we offend God by our sinful words, deeds and omissions in contrast to the immeasurable love and mercy that He continually shows us. We also resolve to confess the more serious sins to a priest at confession. Below is a video of Pope Francis’ message in this regard.

The following is one example of such an Act of Contrition:  “My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.  In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things.  I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.  Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us.  In his name, my God, have mercy.”

Mass Intentions will be offered by Fr Andy daily during a private Mass at 10am as well as at our public masses on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. If you would like to book a particular intention then please contact the parish office.

Baptisms please talk to Deacon Jim after mass on Sunday or during the week.

Confirmation will now be celebrated on 1st December. All parents / guardians have been contacted.

Holy Communion to the sick or housebound, whether at home or in hospital, will cease until further notice.  They will, however, be kept in touch with by phone where possible.

Anointing of the Sick will take place only in emergencies.

Weddings and Funerals can now be celebrated in church but with no more than 30 attendees and following all the current guidelines to allow us to gather together safely.