Parish Reopening for Masses on Sunday 24th January 2021/Third Lockdown
Church Reopening in Third Lockdown January 2021
We hope to reopen St Clare’s Church for Masses with Congregations on Sunday 24th January 2021.
This will be a gradual reopening, later we may be able to do more.
Baptisms and Funerals are permitted.
There will be one Mass each weekend at St Clare’s at 0930h with a congregation.
The Saturday evening Mass will have no congregation but continue to be streamed as will other daily Masses.
If you wish to book a seat for the Sunday morning Mass, please do so in the normal way during office hours.
Our shut down during the past weeks has given us time to reappraise our position by way of:
1 Noting current Government policy for this lockdown necessitated by the rapid spread of the new strain of the COVID-19 Virus – A great emphasis is now placed on each individual playing their part following existing guidelines.
2 Noting the mind of Bishop David and Cardinal Nicholls by way of response to the above. “We are called to be Hope for others in these challenging times by our Church”.
3 Noting the guidelines of the NHS requesting us to stay at home unless journeys are both permitted and necessary, all of us are asked to keep the guidelines in a positive manner always keeping our Hospital and NHS in mind.
Where are we at right now by way of the Law?
1 We are permitted to leave our homes by law for the purpose of Worship within our area.
2 Our Diocese recommends that all parish churches are open for Worship and Private Prayer as a sign of Hope for our People in these difficult times.
(Keeping in touch with each other as we did in the March Lockdown is a lifeline for most of us)
3 Our Diocese also reminds us that our places of Worship must meet the required standards set for us by our government.
4 Each church should be rendered as safe as possible by the parish priest and stewards in meeting the highest standards of protection for their congregations.
With the above in mind, Canon John is now investing in a machine, currently used in eight churches in our Diocese, i.e., the Cathedral at Northampton and St Teresa’s Beaconsfield, to cleanse the church through the process of fogging. Fogging is a process whereby a vapour is blown through the church by a machine, killing viruses including the COVID-19 strain. The cost of this machine will be in the region of £1000 pounds with ongoing costs for the vapour solution. Here eventually we will need stewards to help, so please give this some thought and get back to me if you can help.
5 Our NHS reminds all of us that staying at home, reducing contacts is perhaps the most effective way.
of preventing the spread of the virus. Please carefully consider each journey thus protecting yourself and others. Some of you have informed me that you will not be attending Mass in church to protect yourselves and indeed others you may be caring for. This is a very responsible, wise, and caring attitude setting a good example. If you feel you have symptoms or an underlying condition please do stay in your home. All our Masses are streamed and many of you get back to me letting me know how much you appreciate Mass from your own parish church. So, keep up the good work until we emerge from this darkness.
Canon John Beirne PP
Friday 15th January 2021
Parish Prayer throughout the Year
Parish Prayer During the Year 2021
Father in Heaven
Pour out your Spirit
On our World
May we have eyes that can see
Ears that can hear
Minds that can understand
And Hearts that know your Peace
And Thus, build your Kingdom
In all our undertakings.
Through Christ our Lord
First Confession 2021
St Josephs and St Clare’s Parish.
Due to the rapid rise of the Covid 19 virus and the subsequent Lockdown 5th January, Confessions scheduled for January 2021 are now postponed.
Canon John gave a full statement in the On-line presentation on Wednesday 6th January, which is still available online by going to www.churchservices.tv/aylesbury.
Canon John P Beirne PP
8th January 2021
Schedule (amended) for First Confession/Communion 2020 21
Kindly click on the link for the schedule for First Confession/Communion 2020 21
The activities of our local SVP Conference in Aylesbury.
Marie Woods writes:
Awareness month 2020 for society of St. Vincent de Paul
While we have had to stop our befriending visits, our SVP members have been writing to or phoning many housebound parishioners, who live alone and are not able to visit family and friends. In the fine weather, we enjoyed a chat with one or two in their gardens and left them a newsletter. Fortunately, most have wonderful neighbours to do their shopping.
We have also phoned care homes and sent cards to those residents we used to see every week.
A family of travellers asked us for help while they waited to move on to a permanent site. We showed them where the launderette was, bought them gas bottles and gave them a Tesco voucher so that clothes could be bought for the children.
We continue to sponsor 2 SVP Conferences in India: St. Thomas Conference in Madhapuram and Thuckalay Central Conference. Sister Manju and Brother Iyathurai are very thankful for our support. It enables them to give food and medicine to the old, the sick and widows as well as helping a few students to continue their higher education.
The SVP, particularly during the pandemic, is also focused on raising money for the SVP’s Covid Recovery fund to help pay for the crucial work now and in the future. The website www.svp.org.uk/rise suggests all sorts of imaginative ways to raise much needed money for those in need. If anyone wishes to donate directly to the SVP society, you can do so through the above website, or you can send a cheque to our SVP group at St. Joseph’s, payable to “The St Joseph SVP Conference” and send to St Joseph SVP, St. Joseph’s church, 56 High Street, Aylesbury HP20 1SE.
Thank you very much for all your prayers and generosity