“Yet even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; Joel 2.12

Dear Friends,

On Wednesday our Lenten journey will once again begin anew.
Lent last year was disturbed by the coming of Coronavirus, the shutting of Church for public worship, and worship limited to the Clergy House.

This year we are still dealing with the reality of this virus, and many of you, I know, are continuing to show understandable caution. It is lovely to hear of so many receiving the vaccine amongst our congregation, and a reminder that like all things, this too will pass.

Of course it is still possible to mark a good and observant Lent, even under these circumstances. 

To this end we begin on Wednesday 17th February with Ash Wednesday. Masses on this day will be at 10am & 8pm with ashes being sprinkled on the head at both Masses.

Through the weeks of Lent there will be the opportunity for the three great themes of Lent, prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

Lent course – on Thursday 25th February, 11th March and the 18th March at 8pm there will be a Lent Course looking at examples of famous Christian Art and discussing what these can teach us. This will be on zoom and the link emailed out the week before the sessions.

A book for Lent – if you would like something to read can I suggest Fr James Martin’s book ‘The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything’. It is available on Amazon at this link and other good bookshops.  Paperback editions cost about £11.50 and kindle is about half that price. It is a really, really good basic introduction to the Christian life written in a highly entertaining and often amusing way. I cannot recommend it enough, and would be delighted to have a discussion group coming out of it if people were interested, 

The Rosary is a wonderful way to pray and often underused. Simple, basic, repetitive, it is also a prayer of great depth. I plan form the 18th March to pray it at noon on a Thursday via zoom. If you are very familiar with this or a complete novice why not come along, Twenty minutes of prayer before lunch. Here is the invitation. Words will be on the screen, so it will be really easy. 

Please email Fr Robin or ring for Zoon login details (or sign up for emails)

Topic: Lent Rosary

Stations of the Cross will be held via Zoom on Wednesday evenings at 8pm from Wednesday 24th March. It would be good to have volunteers to read – please let me know if you would like to do this and I will arrange it.

Masses this Sunday will be celebrated at 9am said & 10am Solemn. The choir is allowed, but no congregational singing. Face coverings should be worn, except for those exempt. 

For those at Mass, please be aware of social distancing and the need not to gather together after Mass. These restrictions are far more explicit in the case of tier 3 so we must endeavour to abide by spirit and letter of the law for the time being. 

Please do remember the Church remains open for private prayer and you are very welcome and encouraged to come and spend time in prayer, quiet and reflection in there. 

Do please fell free to ring or update me with anything going on at any point. It is a joy to hear from you, especially those who cannot be with us at this time.

Your parish priest