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The SVP gives help and seeks help

The lockdown has not stopped the SVP offering friendly practical help to whoever needs it.

The Covid pandemic has led to increased loneliness, loss of independence and depression among local people. More people are suffering the results of unemployment and poverty. New problems keep coming. We have been helping local people with food shortage, shopping, telephone support, repairs, medical appointments and more.

The SVP at St Mary of the Angels is part of the St Vincent de Paul Society of England and Wales, more commonly known as the SVP.  The SVP offers friendship and practical help to all without regard to faith, ethnicity, status or sexual orientation.

The SVP is rising to the challenge of the pandemic.  Will you help? We ask you to refer people to us, pray for our work and to think about what other help you might give. Could you give a donation, give your time as a temporary volunteer, or even become a visiting SVP member?

To ask for SVP help or to offer it please contact

     Sue:  mobile:  07913 873 115 or email: sueelizabethw@hotmail.com or Patrick:  mobile:  07929 080 025

 

Help Needed: Parish Shop

For over 32 years (!), the amazingly generous Roz & Michael Burholt have run the parish shop. We all agree that they have done an outstanding job and have cheerfully and efficiently provided this service for the parish. We are immensely grateful to them and cannot thank them enough! Thank you, Roz & Michael.

Roz & Michael now feel that the time has come to hand over the shop keys to somebody else. Could that be you? Are you excited by the idea of supporting the parish in this important way? Roz & Michael have kindly offered to provide all training and support necessary. If you can help or are interested in finding out more about this voluntary role, please speak to Fr Terry.

Thank you

Charity Garden Party

cream teaFr Terry is hosting a (socially distanced) Garden Party to raise funds for CARING FOR THE ANIMALS TRUST (CARAT) on Saturday 8th August from 1.00pm at the Presbytery.

Cakes, teas, Pimms, raffle etc. Gifts of cakes (especially vegan ones!) would be very welcome. All are invited! Do come (but kindly let Fr Terry know by email).

Holy Masses

It’s truly great news that are now permitted to open the church again for Sunday and weekday Masses. Remember, if you are shielding, self-isolating or concerned about public places, please do
stay at home and be safe! However, if you intend to come to Mass, please:

  • Follow the guidance of the stewards for one-way entrance/exit through the church
  • Be sure to use the hand sanitiser provided on entering and leaving
  • DO NOT come to Mass if you have flu-like symptoms
  • Please be sure to sit 2 metres apart, except where you are with people from one household
  • Holy Communion will be distributed in one kind only, on the hand. The priest will explain the procedure to you at the appropriate time

The Sunday Obligation remains suspended, so there is no sin in not attending Sunday Mass. Please, therefore, think about spreading out your Mass attendance to allow the largest number of people to be accommodated within the social distancing arrangements.

You are, of course, free to bring these to Mass and use them if you feel it is safer. Each person will be respected for the decisions that they make in this matter. However, it would
not be appropriate to receive Holy Communion while wearing gloves.

When you come to Mass, kindly bring, if you are able, some packets of anti-bacterial wet wipes, to assist with supplies for sanitising the church.

Volunteer Stewards & Cleaners Needed

To facilitate the safe opening of the church building for private prayer and for Masses we need as many volunteers as we can find…. The volunteers need to be those who have no underlying serious health conditions and who are generally fit, and those not living with anyone who is extremely clinically vulnerable.  Could this be you?  Please contact Fr Terry via email, ‘phone or text, in order to offer your services if you are able.

These volunteers will be absolutely necessary to enable us to move forward with the opening of the church.  Many thanks in advance.

Volunteers Needed to Steward and Clean the Church

To facilitate the safe opening of the church building for private prayer we need as many volunteers as we can find …. The volunteers need to be those who have no underlying serious health conditions and who are generally fit, and those not living with anyone who is extremely clinically vulnerable. Could this be you? Please contact Fr Terry via email, ‘phone or text, in order to offer your services if you are able.

These volunteers will be absolutely necessary to enable us to move forward with the opening of the church. Many thanks in advance.

Divorced, Re-married, Separated?

All those in our parish communities who may be divorced, remarried or simply separated, are warmly invited to come together with Bishop Richard at St John the Evangelist Church in Horsham for afternoon tea, conversation and the celebration of Evening Prayer, which will conclude the afternoon.

This event takes place on Sunday 23rd February at 3.00pm. It would be useful to know approximate numbers simply to allow us to cater appropriately. Please send names of those who are coming along to Katherine.bergin@abdiocese.org.uk or call 01293 651152.

Lent Small Prayer Groups

Would you like to join one of the following Small Lent Prayer Groups?

  • From Monday 24th February at 2.00pm: Aglaia Road, Roz & Michael (507167)
  • From Tuesday 25th February at 2.00pm: West Parade, Marisa and Mike (539970)
  • From Friday 28th February at 8.00pm: West Court Road, Norma (231014)

You would be very welcome to join any of these friendly gatherings. They last about 1.5 hours.
Please telephone any of the above numbers for specific details.

A Plea: Brian Crankshaw’s Funeral Mass

BRIAN CRANKSHAW’S FUNERAL MASS is on Thursday 13th February at 12 noon, here at St Mary of the Angels. Fr Terry believes that one or two of the staff from the Care Home will be there
and also the kind Anglican Chaplain. However, there are no other mourners expected.

A PLEA: Please remember our departed brother Brian and come along to the Funeral Mass if you possible can. The dead need our prayers (and one day it’ll be us hoping that the living will pray for us!). If you are available, and you wish to exercise this particular Spiritual Work of Mercy (of praying for the dead), by coming along and participating in the Mass which will pray for the repose of Brian’s soul, please do!

It’d be great to have a church full …

Your Choir Needs You!

For many years St Mary’s has had a tradition of supporting the Mass with music. We are blessed with some very capable musicians who strive to enhance the spiritual environment by singing and leading the congregation in worship. There is a need to ensure this tradition continues. Unfortunately, many choir members are reaching a certain age and the ability to maintain a credible voice is fading.

There would appear to be a few myths about singing in a choir. The most frequent one is the perception that a choir member needs to be able to read music; WRONG! At the level we are in the parish, what’s needed is the ability to sing and maintain the correct pitch, commit to self-improvement, but most of all enjoy the pleasure of being with a group who celebrate what they are achieving.

If you can do that please think about joining the choir. Contact by email, using newsletter@stmaryoftheangels.org.uk