CORPUS CHRISTI 2020
In accordance with the Archbishops' instruction, all public Masses and Weddings are suspended until further notice. Funerals may take place, but with limited numbers of mourners and the usual distancing measures, restrictions on book use.
The good news is that St Peter's will be open for private prayer, with restrictions in place regarding distancing, cleaning and resources, on Thursdays between 3pm and 5pm and on Sundays between 10am and 12 noon.
Hand sanitisers will be available at the door, seating will be marked out, door handles and seat backs will be cleaned before and after each opening time. Any who come to pray should refrain from touching handles, (doors will be left open) hassocks and seat backs. Books of devotion, e.g. hymn books, prayer books will NOT be available; those who wish to use them should bring their own.
During the time of devotion, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed upon the altar. Silence is therefore reverently necessary both in and outside the church. The special intention for prayer on Thursdays will be for the Shrine, staff and pilgrims, of Our Lady of Walsingham- the use of the Rosary is encouraged on Thursdays. Sundays intentions should be for the individuals needs and those of the community and nation.
I will be praying the Daily Office. The Angelic Salutation in remembrance of the Incarnation will be prayed at 7am, midday and 6pm just preceding Evening Prayer.
Pray with me, as I shall be praying for you. The Daily Office can be found at www.universalis.com
Readings for each daily Mass will be found in church in the Christian Life leaflet and posted on the notice board.
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Finally, keep in touch with vulnerable neighbours and friends, looking out for their and your own needs.
May Our Lady, St Michael the Archangel, St John the Baptist, St Peter, St Matthias & St George and St Luke Evangelist and Physician, pray for us all.
Ever in my prayers, Fr Mike.
Rector: Fr Mike Bartlett. 545709; Team Vicar: Fr Glenn Reading 894436. Team Deacon: Mthr Victoria Barlow
If you know anyone in the locality in need of assistance, being isolated, please contact Fr Mike or the Wardens. We will try our best to find help.
In church there are statues with lamps burning by them representing prayers offered. Why not sponsor a lamp before one of the family portraits, i.e. a statue of a saint in church. £2 for a lamp before St Peter, Our Lady of Walsingham, Our Lady with Child Jesus, the Holy Family, the Transfiguration, the Good Shepherd or St Anthony of Padua (patron of young people)?
If you would like to sponsor a lamp before a favourite saint in church, please contact Fr Michael.
Baptism…………………Contact the Rector
Marriage Banns……….Contact the Rector
Confession or Reconciliation..Contact the Rector
Confession or Reconciliation is part of the Church’s Healing Ministry:
It has always been part of the Church of England’s sacramental life. It is quite clearly laid out in the Book of Common Prayer 1662 under the Visitation of the Sick.
It is a sacrament which liberates and refreshes the penitent; calls for a degree of honesty in that the words have to be spoken and once “out there” can no longer be hidden; it elicits advice which otherwise those struggling with their acknowledged failures before the Lord might not hear, access or heed.
Confessing to one another is encouraged in the letter of St James and Jesus himself in the Gospel gives authority to his apostles to exercise the ministry of forgiveness and healing. The confidential sanctity of the sacrament avoids any misuse of a person’s troubles and perceived weaknesses. Both priest and penitent are bound by this sacramental bond and nothing of what passes between them may ever be repeated to another.
Now the sacrament is known by the more helpful title of Reconciliation. The penitent is reconciled to God by the Lord’s own act of forgiveness, pronounced by the priest; only the Lord can forgive and reconcile us to himself. Only the Lord by the power of his Cross and Resurrection can liberate us from all that wrecks our life.
Here at St Peter’s the sacrament of Reconciliation is available and offered; teaching on how to go about it is also given.
Those desiring to make use of the sacrament can do so by appointment with Fr. Michael.
"Open the Book" a Bible Society initiative which introduces the young in schools to biblical characters and heroes is proving a great success in our local first school. The team form St Peter's is now presenting, with participation of the children a story once per month. Please pray that this venture will draw children and parents to church.
Monday has a "knit and natter" group meeting at 10:30 to midday and from 1:30pm the Art Group meets to paint and draw.
A prayer cell has developed under the patronage of St Catherine of Siena. The cell will meet weekly on Thursday to read the Gospel for the following Sunday in a method called Lectio Divina, a quiet and shared way of looking at what the Lord is saying to us individually through the words of the Bible. Meetings suspended until the sanctions on public gatherings are lifted.
St. Peter’s also has a Cell for members of the Society of Our Lady of Walsingham. It meets for Mass and other Marian devotions. See Walsingham page.
The Rosary is prayed once a fortnight in people's homes. Details from Fr Mike.
The Mission Society of St Wilfred & St Hilda was launched at St. Peter’s Crabbs Cross Redditch by Bishop Jonathan Baker SSC, at the time bishop of Ebbsfleet. The Society’s aims and constitution can be read on its own website www.sswsh.com . Bishop Jonathan came to inaugurate the Society for the Region of the Marches-the dioceses of Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester- he is now Bishop of Fulham in the diocese of London. Society is episcopally led, by the 14 Catholic bishops, and our Bishop Jonathan Goodall serves us pastorally and sacramentally.