Next Sunday, 31st May, is the great Feast of the Holy Spirit, Pentecost Sunday. We are all encouraged to join in a week of prayer, in union with Christians throughout the world. Those who wish to do so are encouraged to join in a novena to the Holy Spirit by accessing www.praymorenovenas.com/novena-to-the-holy-spirit, or the global ecumenical prayer initiative at www.theykingdomcome.global. We are all asked to pray the rosary on Pentecost Sunday between 10am and 11am, which is the allotted time for the Diocese of Nottingham in the Pentecost Sunday Rosary Rally.
Leicestershire Active Catholic Youth (LACY) will hold a virtual celebration of the Via Lucis, the Stations of the Resurrection, in response to the call from the Holy See to place greater importance on the Resurrection. The celebration will last for about 40 minutes, and will be led by Fr. Simon Gillespie. To take part you will need Zoom on your computer, ipad, or mobile phone. The ID is 77543425527. You will need a password which is obtainable from [email protected]. All young people under the age of 18 will need to have an adult with them.
The Bishops of England and Wales have submitted to the Government a detailed plan, following medical advice, for Churches to reopen for private prayer as a first step towards their use for public worship. Very detailed instructions will be given when the current provisions are relaxed sufficiently to allow private prayer in some Churches; the Bishops think that to start with only a few Churches will be able to open at all, and will need to have in place arrangements for marshalling the requirements for social distancing and hygienic cleaning of all surfaces. Public worship will not be allowed for some further time, and we do not know what sorts of restrictions will be put on Churches then. There have been suggestions that we could hold Mass outside – which I would be happy to do, but it would rather require good weather, which in this country is not something on which we can easily rely! Meanwhile we are reminded that until further notice there can be no services in Church, and that this means no weddings, no baptisms, and no Church funerals.
Our Muslim brothers and sisters are just completing their holy season of Ramadan, during which they are called to fast every day between sunrise and sunset. Through their fast, they hope to appreciate more the gifts they have received from God’s hands, and be more keenly aware of the needs of so many of our fellow human beings all over the world. Their experience helps us to reflect on the restrictions we share during this time of pandemic, and be more thankful to God and to our fellow men and women for all the good things that we receive throughout our lives.
Meanwhile, it is most important that we continue to pray together, even though we cannot meet physically. I know many of you access celebrations of Mass which are available via the internet, and I celebrate Mass each day, and have you all in mind as I do so. At the Rosmini House (on the A46 just north of Syston) Fr. Denys Labourette will celebrate a Mass of Healing with the Rosary every Wednesday at 11am until the end of August.
This week I will celebrate Mass at approximately 9am each day for the following intentions:
Sunday Frances Sullivan RIP; Monday Brian Peverdy RIP; Tuesday Veronica Simpson RIP; Wednesday Welfare of Michael Ginnerty; Thursday for the people of the parish (Mass in time of pandemic); Friday Susan O’Gorman RIP; Saturday Intentions of Joan Peverdy; next Sunday Sean O’Neill RIP. We celebrate the Feast of St Bede, the Venerable, on Monday and St. Augustine of Canterbury on Wednesday. Next Sunday is the Feast of Pentecost (Whit Sunday).
Please pray for Elizabeth Fullerton, Michael Ginnerty, Joan Lamyman, Mary Dunne, Ranjit Mann, Juanita Zaman, (all parishioners or relatives of parishioners) who are seriously ill; and for Sean O’Neill, Bishop Vincent Malone, Brian Peverdy, Winifred Foot, Denis Crimmins, Veronica Simpson, Pauline Grummett, Peter Gibbon, Joyce King, Jessica Lowndes, Anne Murray, Maureen Condon, and Assumpta Cummins, and all who have died recently. Please let me know of any others who have died, or anyone who is ill and wishes to ask for prayers, so that I can add them to the list.
Meanwhile, please know that I am thinking of you all and looking forward to meeting you again in person. I pray for you, and ask that you pray for me and for all members of our two communities. I hope you are all keeping well, happy, and virus free. If there is any way that I can help, please do let me know.
The Diocese of Nottingham wishes to appoint a Director of Communications for the Diocese, to work with the Bishop, parishes, chaplaincies, and schools to lead the development and implementation of an effective communications framework across the diocese, promoting the Diocesan Mission and the three themes of Encounter with Christ, Discipleship, and Missionary Discipleship. The post would suit a committed Catholic with a strong track record in communications, and experienced media professional or journalist who has been involved recently in leading communications. Salary £45-50K. For more information and application pack please email [email protected]. Closing date 22nd June 2020.
I am very grateful to all of you who have been distributing my thoughts and messages to those who may not have been receiving them directly. Please continue to do so, so that as many people as possible can be brought together into our ‘virtual community’. You are welcome to share them with anyone else who you feel may benefit from them or would like to read them. Please also continue to pass on to me any messages from them – including email addresses. I have already been able to add a number of email addresses to my list, and I would very much like to reach as many members of our communities as possible.
A few people have asked me for the prayers of the Mass in time of pandemic, or ‘May Prayer with the Pope’. If anyone else would like me to send them, please let me know.