Newsletter items from the Justice & Peace Group Week Commencing 5th July

Parish Project – Over the last 2 years we supported Worthing for Refugees & usually after this period of time we look for a new project. From now on we will be supporting two projects “Living Pearl” – an orphanage for boys in the Ukraine plus a project run by Aid to the Church in Need supporting vulnerable people in Syria. The money tithed from the collection will be divided equally at £50 each project per week. More information will be given about these projects over the coming weeks

KITKAT many peoples Favourite Snack Nestle have announced KitKats will no longer be Fairtrade. From October they will stop buying from cocoa and sugar farmers in Cote d’Ivoire, Fiji and Malawi on Fairtrade terms. That means ripping away around £2 million of annual Fairtrade Premium payments, in the middle of a huge health and economic crisis. Farmers will be getting less for their hard work and have less control over how they spend their money. This can’t be right, especially when Nestle turned a profit of over $10 billion last year. We are a Fairtrade Church, please sign the petition & tell Nestle’s CEO that we want KitKat to stay Fairtrade. Go to https://www.change.org/p/ulf-mark-schneider-nestle-global-ceo-keep-kitkat-fairtrade

Live Simply Tip of the Week – Zero Waste Home Buy second-hand clothing. Support the town’s charity shop’s for some great bargains. Some of them are also looking for volunteer’s as they prepare to re-open for business http://www.zerowastehome.com/about/tips/
G20 Finance Meeting on 18th/19th July. £568 million of aid money has been used to fund fossil fuel infrastructure overseas since the government signed up to the Paris Agreement. Combined with other sources of UK funding, the total figure is nearly £4 billion. You can read the full briefing here https://www.globaljustice.org.uk/resources/decarbonising-aid-why-uk-must-end-its-overseas-fossil-fuel-financing-cop26 plus the following article in the Ecologist https://theecologist.org/2020/jun/17/uk-funding-fossil-fuels-overseas This shouldn’t be happening. Please email the Prime Minister about this matter & ask him to end all UK public finance for fossil fuels overseas shifting instead to renewable, efficient energy and energy access for poor communities. Email address for PM is https://email.number10.gov.uk/ please also send a copy to the Chancellor of the Exchequer ceu.enquiries@hmtreasury.gov.uk

CAFOD Online Events. There’s some excellent talks about CAFOD’s work around the world, to listen to recordings go to https://www.gotostage.com/channel/66fbdaf62d7f4c6a911bede6389f7d2f

Needed: Bottles of Cleaner Spray

When you return to Mass for the first time, please bring, if you are able, a bottle or two of regular surface cleaning spray, to assist with supplies for cleaning the church.  Thank you.

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.

Can you offer a meal?

cream teaFrom Friday 26th June, a seminarian (trainee-priest) will be spending a month on placement in the parish.

GARY CARTER will be living with Fr Terry while he is here.  Given the strange circumstances in which we find ourselves, pastoral work for him to do is inevitably somewhat limited.  Fr Terry would, therefore, like him to visit parishioners at home (where it is safe to do so) and, if they are able, for that family/couple/individual to provide him with a meal.

If you are happy to help in this way, kindly let Fr Terry know (preferably by email to father@stmaryofthesngels.org.uk, if possible).  Please pray for Gary as he prepares to join us from St John’s seminary.

Public Holy Mass 5th July – Important

HOLY MASSES  I am pleased to say that we are now permitted to open the church again for Sunday and weekday Masses.  This is good news!  Masses will resume from Sunday 5th July at the ‘usual’ times (8:30am,  10:30am and 5:30pm).

Please bear in mind the following if you intend to come to Mass:

  • 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 Gloves and Masks 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.

Opening of the Church for Private Prayer

We expect to be open from today (Sunday), 28th June, from 11.30 am until 2.30pm and, thereafter, on Sundays (11.30am – 2.30pm) and Wednesdays (4.00pm – 7.00pm).

Please continue to check the newsletter and the website for updates.

Witnessing to the Gospel

Having met Jesus and experienced his forgiveness, St Peter & St Paul bore witness to him by living a new life: they no longer held back but gave themselves over completely. They were no longer content with half-measures but embraced the only measure possible for those who follow Jesus: that of boundless love. Let us ask for the grace not to be lukewarm Christians living by half measures, allowing our love to grow cold. Let us rediscover who we truly are through a daily relationship with Jesus and through the power of his forgiveness. Just as he asked Peter, Jesus is now asking us: “Who do you say that I am?”, “Do you love me?” Let us allow these words to penetrate our hearts and inspire us not to remain content with a minimum, but to aim for the heights so that we too can become living witnesses to Jesus.

Pope Francis, St Peter & St Paul 2019, Rome

Newsletter items from the Justice & Peace Group Week Commencing 28th June

KITKAT many peoples Favourite Snack Nestle have announced KitKats will no longer be Fairtrade. From October they will stop buying from cocoa and sugar farmers in Cote d’Ivoire, Fiji and Malawi on Fairtrade terms. That means ripping away around £2 million of annual Fairtrade Premium payments, in the middle of a huge health and economic crisis. Farmers will be getting less for their hard work and have less control over how they spend their money.  This can’t be right, especially when Nestle turned a profit of over $10 billion last year. We are a Fairtrade Church, please tell Nestle’s CEO that we want KitKat to stay Fairtrade. Go to https://action.fairtrade.org.uk/page/63096/subscribe/1?utm_medium=email&utm_source=engagingnetworks&utm_campaign=++&utm_content=SC:+Nestle+KitKat+M&ea.url.id=4778870&forwarded=true

 

SIMPLY Tip of the Week –Treat your greens. Save water with every meal by washing your vegetables in a bowl, instead of under a running tap. Then keep your houseplants happy by giving them a drink with the discarded water. Provided by Friends of the Earth  http://www.foe.co.uk

 

CAFOD’s Coronavirus Emergency Appeal. The effects of coronavirus on developing countries where CAFOD works are likely to be devastating. Families without enough to eat and without access to clean water and healthcare are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus. The poorest and most marginalised communities will be pushed further into poverty. Your prayers and gifts are needed now more than ever to help protect the lives of those in poor communities. While we are not able to hold physical collections in our church, you can donate as individual at cafod.org.uk/coronavirusappeal

 

CAFOD Online Events.  There’s some excellent talks about CAFOD’s work around the world, to listen to recordings go to https://www.gotostage.com/channel/66fbdaf62d7f4c6a911bede6389f7d2f