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PARISH NEWS AND UPDATES

A message from Cardinal Nichols on the reopening of places of worship for prayer and services.

RESUMPTION OF COLLECTIVE WORSHIP
From Saturday 4th July collective acts of worship in churches can resume and we expect the first Mass at St Mark's will be the vigil Mass on that day.
Restrictions are still in place and we expect details to be issued in the next day or two

A PEOPLE WHO HOPE IN CHRIST
A message from the Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England and Wales here ......


LETTER OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS

BISHOP’S MASS LIVE STREAMED ON THURSDAYS AT 7.00PM
One of the Bishops of England Wales will celebrate a Mass every Thursday at 7.00pm in his Cathedral for the sick and their families, the front line workers in the NHS and Social Care. This weekly Mass will be live streamed.
For more information and Mass schedule please see the poster here ……
Click on the Cathedral name to access their website.

PUBLICATIONS FROM BISHOP ALAN
Two items from Bishop Alan to the parishes:
1 For those who act as chaplains to the hospitals, an update on good practice during this pandemic and a useful guide as to how patients and others suffering from the virus may be contacted here ……
2 Information on an eight day Retreat led by Mgr John Armitage and is being streamed from Walsingham. Beginning on Sunday 19th April after Compline at 8.00pm and has talks at 10.00am and at 4.00pm every day. The Offices will also be said publicly and Mass celebrated at 12noon. Also information about a new catechetical course which will also be streamed from Walsingham towards the end of April here ……

CHURCH FINANCE / SUNDAY COLLECTIONS
With the suspension of Sunday Mass parishioners have been asking how they can continue to contribute financially. This matter is under discussion with our Priests, Treasurer and the Finance Committee.
The preferred method for people to donate is by Standing Order with a Gift Aid and the forms to enable this are available on the links below.
If you have already made a Gift Aid Declaration then only the Standing Order form is required otherwise both forms are required.
PLEASE DO NOT SEND EITHER OF THESE FORMS TO YOUR BANK.
Return the completed forms to The Parish Treasurer or either of the Priests at St Mark’s Church.

                            GIFT AID DECLARATION           MONTHLY DIRECT FORM

THE EASTER OFFERING
08/04/2020 A message from Bishop Alan concerning the Easter Offerings is available here …

WALSINGHAM CATHOLIC TV
Live stream from the Catholic National Shrine and the Basilica of Our Lady at Walsingham,
England’s Nazareth continues during the Coronavirus pandemic:
View the Live Stream and schedule here ......

CONFIRMATIONS 2020 Effects of Coronavirus
Due to the ongoing situation regarding Coronavirus, all Confirmations which had been booked for April, May, June and July 2020 are now cancelled and will not take place until after Easter next year (2021).
Adults that have been prepared for confirmation can receive the sacrament after normality returns by obtaining the usual permissions from the Chancellor, Mgr Eugene Harkness.
Apologies to the candidates on the bishop's behalf, reminding them that, as a 76 year old, the bishop must now remain in self-isolation until the beginning of June at the earliest.

CORONA VIRUS INFORMATION AND GUIDANCE
From: The Bishops Conference of England and Wales
The agreed statements from The Presidency have been released and are published here for your information:
This guidance will be reviewed weekly.

MASS AND PRAYER TIMES
All Masses and other services with a congregation are suspended until further notice.

WHATSAPP GROUP ST MARK'S
If you would like to join just send your name and mobile number to groups@stmarksparish.org.uk

APOSTLESHIP OF THE SEA  -  STELLA MARIS
Our Julian has been appointed as Port Chaplain for the East Anglian and Haven Ports (Stella Maris & Apostleship of the Sea.
Read his letter which contains extracts of his day to day work helping mariners who are away from their families for long months at a time here …..
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