Whilst our lockdown is easing we can still attend communal worship (Mass) but we must only sit with our own house-hold or support bubble and we cannot mingle with other households before, during, or after coming to Church. It is good to be able to have the choice of coming to Mass but remember that the obligation to do so is still suspended and it is important not only to be safe but to feel safe.
Wednesday – St Joseph’s 5.30pm – 6.30pm Private Prayer
Friday – St Joseph’s Church 10.00am Mass
Saturday – St Joseph’s Church 5.30pm
Sunday – Holy Family Church 9.00am
St Joseph’s Church 11.00am
St Teresa’s Church 5.30pm
Please be mindful that the numbers are limited due to Government guidelines and that at St Joseph’s and Holy Family we can overspill into the halls, so Mass at those churches can accommodate more people. Guidance for face covering, sanitising, social distancing, stewarding, remains in place.
Those entering are asked not to touch or physically venerate statues or other sacred objects.
Toilets and washing/baby changing facilities are to remain closed
Spiritual Communion to express our desire – My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen (St. Alphonsus Liguori, 18th Century).
Volunteer Stewards are still needed for our Masses and private prayer opportunities, you must not be from those instructed to shield themselves, nor from those under 18 or over 70 years old, or from groups considered more vulnerable to coronavirus. If you can help in please email the parish office with the subject line ‘Volunteer’ and encourage others to offer as well.
Track & Trace. In order to comply with Track & Trace, we have provided a QR Code in all churches, if you have a smart phone please scan the code, on entry, or please give your contact details to a Steward. Details will be kept for 21 days. Thank you for your co-operation.
Details of live-streamed Masses in the Diocese can be found here
Mass by phone, Sundays 11.30am from Middlesbrough Cathedral, dial 01642 130120 five minutes before the start.
Food Bank the SVP have started the weekly collection again in the big yellow basket. They will stand outside of the church before Mass for parishioners to place their food donations into the basket prior to entering the church (please keep social distancing). St Matthews’ Food Bank are in particular need at the moment. Please check their website and deliver to them what you can or donate online so that they can obtain foods directly : https://www.redhillfoodbank.org.uk/
Volunteers needed for Food Bank – St Matthew’s food bank are looking for a someone who can help on a Mon- day 10am -2pm lifting and moving crates, and some folks to deliver food bags to clients during lunchtimes – if you might be able to help please contact the parish office.
The SVP are still reaching out to those in need (who would normally receive a visit) and are acquiring a mobile phone for this purpose. Should you, or someone you know, like some support, or would like a friendly phone call, please ring 07918980330 and they will call back.
Pope Francis’s monthly prayer intention for the month of June, invites everyone to pray for those preparing for marriage, which is “a vocation born from the heart.”
This year’s Day for Life is celebrated this Sunday (20 June) and we have a retiring collection contributing to charities associated with this work. The annual event is dedicated to raising awareness of the meaning and value of human life at every stage and in every condition. The Church teaches that life is to be nurtured from conception to natural death. Visit http://www.dayforlife.org for more information and also to donate directly.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE REPOSE OF SOUL OF:
Jamie Davies RIP his funeral will take place at the Surrey and Sussex Crematorium on Thur 24th June at 11.15am
Please remember him and his family in your prayers.
Nurturing the growth of Church – along with lockdown easing comes more opportunity to enliven the parish again – can you gift some time to help the celebration of the liturgy, the nurturing of faith and sacramental preparation, the care of the grounds, visits to the housebound etc?
The monthly Invited Reflection from the Formation Team is out now! ‘The month of June brings us the Solemnity of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Corpus Christi, which celebrates the institution of the Holy Eucharist…’ Click here to read more. The monthly links can also be found on this website at https://thenativityofthelord.org.uk/news/diocesan-news
To sign up to receive the reflection by email each month please contact the team
BeCome a new group for young adults (18-25 yr olds) If you are looking to deepen your faith and make like-minded friends, sign up to join our virtual diocesan community. We will be using the Sycamore materials as a starter for our conversations, and will meet once a fortnight, on alternate Mondays, starting 14th June at 7pm on Zoom. To register contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Refugee Week comes to a close this Sunday but there are plenty of activities and initiatives taking place after this date. Refugee Tales is an outreach project of Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group inspired by the experiences of men held in immigration detention at Gatwick, and the work of GDWG in 20 years of visiting. On 3rd and 4th of July Refugee Tales walkers will be gathering in Canterbury (and across the world). They will walk and share tales, celebrating our world wide community while taking steps towards our collective destination: a future without immigration detention. The routes for July are being walked, notes made, stops explored and hazards assessed. By July, there will be a change to the countryside, the blossom will be transformed to swelling fruit and all the trees will be in full leaf. To book your place or find out more visit the Gatwick Detainees website: www.gdwg.org.uk
Mass for Engaged Couples at Arundel Cathedral, this Friday 25th June, 7pm. Join Bishop Richard for a special Cathedral Mass celebrating the momentous journey of discernment that is engagement towards the lifelong commitment made by couples preparing for marriage. To find out more, email our Marriage and Family Life Adviser, email@example.com who will be happy to help – it will also be live streamed from the Cathedral.
ADoRE Online spiritual mini-retreat morning. June 26th, 10.00-13.00 with Mass, Adoration, Reflection, Praise, Talk, Prayer and Discussion. Theme: “Growth in the Holy Spirit” – Grow your Christian life in the Spirit through Prayer, Scripture, Service and Community. Speaker: Carol Ann Harnett, Catechist trainer. Please register in advance at bit.ly/ADOREJUN2021
Sacramental programmes – we still don’t know when we might be able to meet in person to prepare for our children and young people’s sacraments, but if you would like to register interest at this stage please email: First Reconciliation/ Holy Communion firstname.lastname@example.org and Confirmation email@example.com. For Baptism contact the parish office.
Grandparents and honorary grandparents, are invited to join Bishop Richard for our annual pilgrimage to the Shrine at West Grinstead on Wednesday, 7th July, from 10.30am – 3pm. It is a day to meet and share the joys and excitement of this wonderful vocation. There will be opportunities for Mass, Adoration, Reconciliation, Stations of the Cross, Rosary, and a visit to the Secret Chapel (flat shoes are advised). Please bring a packed lunch, drinks will be provided. Click here to book your free place .
Are you aged 18-30? CAFOD offers a gap year programme called Step into the Gap. As part of the 10-month programme, you will be based in either a youth retreat centre, university chaplaincy or a secondary school chaplaincy team gaining new skills, developing as a leader and gaining work experience. Accommodation and travel expenses are included. Full time placements include stipends. Find out more information including how to apply at www.cafod.org.uk/gapyear
25th September – Day for Catechists Bishop Richard invites Catechists across the Diocese to a day of inspiration and reflection. This event will provide a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the ministry of Catechist in light of a difficult year for Catechesis, the publication of the new Directory for Catechesis and the recent Apostolic Letter on Catechists from Pope Francis. The day begins at 10am for more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
UN Climate Talks This year, the UK will host the ‘COP26’ climate talks in Glasgow in November. Many of the world’s poorest countries are struggling to cope with the effects of climate change such as increased droughts, floods and cyclones. We need world leaders to put the poorest people at the heart of their talks and the UK has a critical role to play as host. Please sign our petition to the Prime Minister at www.cafod.org.uk/reclaim.
Gift Aid Annual Statements Annual statements of your Gift Aid donations for the tax year 2020/21 have been e-mailed to all donors for whom we have email addresses and who have given their consent. All remaining statements have been printed and posted to arrive in the next few days. If you do not receive yours, please contact our gift aid team email@example.com
Fighting Modern Slavery – Steering Group: The latest edition of the Fighting Modern Slavery Newsletter is available to download from the diocesan website www.abdiocese.org.uk The Steering Group is seeking individuals to be parish/deanery Modern Slavery Awareness Ambassadors. More information on what this voluntary role entails from firstname.lastname@example.org
The parish Justice & Peace group have a new newsletter on the parish website. Click here Do read it for news of local homelessness, the Medaille Trust, Cafod, and the climate, as well as those detained at Gatwick. For further details of the J&P group which meets monthly online please contact the parish office.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church How can you deepen your Catholic faith without going on a course or sitting down and reading the whole book from cover to cover? The answer is that each week we are publishing short extract summaries from the Catechism of the Catholic Church which have been thematically arranged in bite-size chunks that take no more than 10 minutes to read. Teach yourself and deepen your faith: click here to take you to our feature page.
DO YOU SHOP ONLINE? AND WISH TO HELP PNL? If you shop online at no cost to you a small donation can be made to the parish for each purchase you make! All you need do is enter your details by going to www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/pnl and clicking ‘Support us for free’. Then, when shopping online, you will be asked if you want to claim a donation for PNL. Click ‘Claim Donation’ and a small percentage of what you spend will be sent to our Parish Development Fund. So, please get clicking. Thank you.
TELEPHONE SUPPORT If you would like to have a chat with someone for whatever reason in the parish, or would like to offer a bit of support at this time, please contact the parish office to share your details
Telephone Support of the bereaved, members of our Deanery Bereavement Team are able to offer you the time and space to talk If you have been recently bereaved. In the current circumstances, face to face visiting may prove difficult, but a chat on the phone is simple to arrange. If you would like to talk to someone then please contact the Parish office and this can be arranged.
PARISH ONLINE ZOOM GROUP There is a small group of parishioners who meet via Zoom each week on a Sunday evening at 6pm for about 40mins to share the Gospel for that week, prayer requests and a song / hymn. We are keen to welcome anyone and if you are interested, please get in touch via the parish office.
MARRIAGE CARE write to say: Please encourage your parishioners to seek support if they are experiencing relationship distress. Our professional relationship counselling service is provided on a donation-only basis and seeking help at whatever stage can make a real difference. You can find out more and book counselling sessions at www.marriagecare.org.uk
VINCENTIAN VOLUNTEER Aged 18-35 with a year to spare to live in a faith-filled community and make a difference serving the needy in our society? Then visit www.vincentianvolunteers.org.uk
ST JOHN VIANNEY GROUP “I have a vocation from God. If I already know what it is, I pray to be faithful. If I am still searching, I pray to hear God’s voice and to respond generously.” Is God calling you to the priesthood? The St John Vianney Group is a group for men, aged 18-45 who wish to explore whether they have a calling. For further details contact Fr Con Foley via email foleycon@gmail .com or call 01932 842 643.
SAFEGUARDING IN THE PARISH Some roles in the parish require volunteers to have a DBS check which are renewed every 3 years. Katie Jones, our Safeguarding Rep, will be contacting people if a re-check is needed. However if you are in a role in the parish and have not had a recheck or if you have any query on the DBS process please contact Katie on 01737 761017.
BEQUESTS THANK YOU We are very grateful that a number of parishioners from our three churches have assisted our parish by gifting a donation to the parish in their wills. A sheet has been prepared by the diocese outlining the wording that should be used for this. It also includes information on Foundation Masses and bequests to our diocese. If you would like more information please take one of the blue sheets at the backs of all our churches.
God knows that the only way to save us, to heal us from within, is by loving us. He knows that we become better only by accepting his unfailing love, an unchanging love that changes us.