Financial Information for Parishioners

Financial Information for Parishioners

The present global pandemic is having a profound effect on everyone. It presents an enormous challenge to us all. That challenge is survival, survival in all sorts of ways: physically, emotionally, spiritually and financially. Apart from the very real difficulties of continuing sacramental and pastoral care, the Church also faces serious financial challenges, particularly as long as churches are closed and there are no public liturgies. In order to secure the future financial viability of parishes, a set of Interim Guidelines has been issued to all parishes by the Diocesan Trustees. I think it’s important to share some of the key points and extracts with you all. (more…)...
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Extended restrictions

Extended restrictions

The British and Scottish governments decided on Thursday 16th April to extend the current lockdown for at least another 3 weeks. This will have repercussions in our lives in many ways and aspects. One of them is our inability to gather in our churches to celebrate the Eucharist or to administer any sacraments - the only exception is a life-threatening situation. As your priests, we will continue to offer as much pastoral care as we can by providing online services and offering individual prayers for you. I hope that a number of parishioners will also continue keeping in touch with other parishioners, particularly those who are vulnerable and/or alone. We can and we will go through this challenge together. (more…)...
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Financial Support

Financial Support

The current situation is badly affecting individuals, families and businesses. Many face very difficult decisions on a daily basis and now it’s exacerbated by a very uncertain future. Because our churches remain closed to fight the coronavirus threat, our usual means of upkeeping the parish (Sunday collection) isn’t possible. Some of you have asked how they could continue to support our parish financially, some of you have already made donations (for which I am very grateful). I’m writing this extremely reluctantly because I understand that many of you struggle to keep yourselves above the water. (more…)...
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Family Craft: Resurrection Eggs

Family Craft: Resurrection Eggs

A lovely way to explore the Easter story is by using Resurrection Eggs. Each egg contains a symbol of the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus, making for an interactive, flexible and fun way to talk about each part of the story, either as a family, couple or individual. They are simple to make (and cheap - use things from around your house!) (more…)...
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Morning & Evening Prayer

Morning & Evening Prayer

The Liturgy of Hours, also known as the Divine Office is the daily prayer of the Church, which is said seven times throughout each day. The two main Hours are the Lauds (Morning Prayer) and Vespers (Evening Prayer). Starting this Tuesday 31 March we will say those two hours each day online at 8 am and 6pm respectively. You are welcome to join the prayer; its text is available online on the Universalis website, it will also be displayed during the prayer. The prayer will be broadcast online here....
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