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Men’s clothes are urgently needed for refugees and asylum seekers in Luton. Please bring them in plastic bags if possible to the Holy Ghost Church.

English Teacher needed to teach some keen refugees and asylum seekers (‘adults only’) mainly Iranian, Iraqi, Syrian and Afghani. If you are interested OR if you know someone who might be contact Revd Jo Burke on 07957 385691/ 

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: 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. The June  act of Witness was 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. The next Act of Witness will be on Saturday 5th September 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, or contact us by email, 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 or call them on 0161 820 5722 and they will arrange delivery for you.

200 Club winners for June

£50 No.52 – R. Clark
£25 No.64 – C. White
£15 No.38 – Deacon Jim
£15 No.61 – M. Blackwell
£15 No.136 – John Anderson
£10 No.215 – Christine Fox
£10 No.221 – S. Quirke
£10 No.18 – Violette Magill

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 are being deferred until such time that the public health advice is that congregations can gather safely.

First Holy Communion is being rescheduled and all parents / guardians will be contacted this week.

Confirmation will be deferred until such time that the public health advice is that congregations can resume public worship.

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.

Matrimony will be deferred until such time that people can gather in numbers safely.

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.