Arrangements for Christmas

To reduce the pressure for places at Masses on Christmas Day, it has been announced that the obligation to attend Mass on Christmas Day itself has been extended to cover the Octave of Christmas. This means that to fulfil this obligation parishioners are able to attend any Mass up to

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The Banquet of God’s Kingdom

Today’s gospel, the account of the Feeding of the Five Thousand from Matthew 15, reflects the important Advent theme of the Banquet of God’s kingdom, also in our first reading today from Isaiah 25. Banquets and large meals, normally a feature of Advent and Christmas, are something we can only

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Bishop Pat Lynch to retire

It has just been announced that Bishop Pat Lynch SS.CC, whom we know well in this parish, is retiring. This statement has been issued by the archbishop: The Retirement of Bishop Patrick Lynch SS.CC Following Bishop Patrick Lynch’s submission of his resignation to our Holy Father, Pope Francis, we have

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Church to reopen for Mass

I should imagine that most of you have by now, received the news that once the present lockdown has ended on Wednesday 2 December, our churches can reopen for Mass.  Therefore our first Mass will be on Thursday 3 December. at 10.00 am.  Details are in the newsletter.  We will

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CAFOD Update

THANKS. A big thank you for your generous donations to Cafod’s Harvest Fast day collection. This year’s collection exceeded previous years, showing that despite our own misfortunes this year, many have still reached out to the poorest communities in the rest of the world. CHRISTMAS SHOPPING. If you wish to go

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Aid to the Church in Need News

AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED’S PILGRIMAGE STATIONS OF THE CROSS—LIVE STREAMED ACN invites you to join them in prayer on Thursday the 19th November at 5.00 pm, as Father Dominic Robinson SJ, ACN UK’s National Ecclesiastical Assistant, will lead the Stations of The Cross livestreamed from his parish in

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St Edmund: Our Parish’s Feast Day

This Monday is the feast day of our patron, St Edmund of Canterbury.  We know him by this title because he was indeed the Archbishop of Canterbury (1233-1240).  He is also known as Edmund of Abingdon (then in Berkshire, now in Oxfordshire), and St Edmund of Rich after his father

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