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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Sermon for 5th Sunday of Lent

Sermon for 5th Sunday of Lent

I had some great ideas for this sermon. Then on Friday Pope Francis used up all my ideas in his powerful sermon in the Vatican and I was back to the drawing board. By Saturday lunchtime I scraped some other ideas, planning to turn them into a sermon, but then Bishop Hugh recorded and published on social media his powerful message, accidentally depriving me of my scraps. Usually, I wouldn’t bother too much about the Pope or the Bishop ‘stealing’ my homiletic ideas; I would simply carry on regardless. But nothing is usual here and now. It seems that massive chunks of our lives have moved to the internet; it’s not a great exaggeration to say that effectively we live in it now: children have classes, people work from home, hold working and social meetings. Even religious services are streamed online! In such circumstances, virtually everyone interested has heard or read the Pope’s sermon and heard Bishop Hugh’s message. So,...
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CANCELLED – Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions

In wake of the newest restrictions introduced by the British government, the planned daily Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in Holy Family Church is now cancelled with immediate effect. We will continue to offer Masses and services online for as long as we can. From Monday 23rd March the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed at Holy Family Church in Mastrick every weekday between 7pm and 8pm. During the Exposition, there will be an opportunity to make individual Confessions. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays Confessions possible in Polish....
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