Saint Michael's Church

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark



"Always pray and never give up" - Luke 18:1

 

As we face the threats posed by the covid-19 coronavirus the world over, Father Innocent prays for everyone. Let us seek the face of God as children of God. Father Innocent shall continue with celebration of Mass as your Priest and Spiritual guide. 


Join on-line at  http://www.churchservices.tv/stmichaels to pray for all those who have died as well as their grieving dear ones, for all who are affected, for all who are sick and suffering, for all those who work in the medical profession and for God to lead us to a lasting solution. Let us join hands and pray God to heal our world. 


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AUGUST - "SUMMER NOVENA" IN HONOUR OF ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

Friday 6th August to Saturday 14th August, 2021


As a parish Community and children of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we invite all to this "Summer Novena" meant to bring our families and dear ones together as we gradually step out of the covid19 pandemic. Notably, this "Summer Novena" affords us of the opportunity to bring our whole family before the Eucharistic Lord Jesus Christ daily for 9 Consecutive Days, from Friday 6th August to Saturday 14th August, 2021. Eucharistic Adoration starts at 9:00am, followed by Mass and Novena Prayer daily.


Feast Day: Sunday, 15th August 2021


To Join the Novena click on

Mary is my Mother too! 


Mary, Mother of Jesus, pray for us!


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JULY - MONTH OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST

Friday 16th July  to Saturday July 24th, 2021


Click to join Novena to Precious Blood of Jesus Christ 


The whole month of July is dedicated to the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ. However, as a Parish Community, we are having a novena prayer from Friday  16th July  to Saturday 24th July 2021.

Send your Petitions  & Join us in the Novena


Precious Blood of Jesus Christ, Ocean of Divine Mercy:

Flow upon Us.

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THE LEGION OF MARY ASSOCIATION


Weekly Legion of Mary Devotion will take place on Saturdays every week, at 10:15 am.

Feel free to join as an active member or an auxiliary member.

Ave Maria!

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PASCHAL TRIDUUM PROGRAMME 2021


Maundy Thursday Mass

Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper 19:30

As we celebrate the Institution of the Eucharist and Ministerial Priesthood, you may say The Chaplet of Reparation or Offering of the Precious Blood for Priests.  The prayer is taken from: In Sinu Jesu: When Heart Speaks to Heart - The Journal of a Priest at Prayer

By a Benedictine Monk.   

 See the prayer below.


Good Friday

Stations of the Cross 10:00

Solemn Liturgy of the Lord's Passion 15:00

Divine Mercy Novena begins. To pray the Novena, kindly click here


Easter Vigil Mass

Solemn Easter Vigil and First Mass of the Resurrection 19:30


Easter Sunday Masses

Masses of the Resurrection of the Lord 09:00 and 11:00

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Alleluia! Christ is truly risen!

We are the Alleluia People!

Happy Easter to you all!

Wishing you and your dear ones every 

blessing of the Easter season.

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St Michael's .....We are a family!



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THE CHAPLET OF REPARATION 

or Offering of the Precious Blood for Priests


(This Chaplet of reparation and intercession is meant to be prayed on an ordinary five decade rosary.)


Incline + unto my aid, O God; O Lord, make haste to help me. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Alleluia. (After Septuagesima: Praise be to Thee, O Lord, King of eternal glory.)


(On the ‘Our Father’ beads):

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Precious Blood of Thy Beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb without blemish or spot, in reparation for my sins and for the sins of Thy priests.”


(On the ‘Hail Mary’ beads):

By Thy Precious Blood, O Jesus, purify and sanctify Thy priests.


(In place of the ‘Glory be to the Father’):

O Father, from whom all fatherhood in heaven and earth is named, have mercy on all Thy priests, and wash them in the Blood of the Lamb.


Conclusion:

O Virgin Mary, my Mother of Perpetual Help, my hands are in Thy hands, and my hearts is in Thy heart, and this forever. 


O sweet Virgin Mary, I am thy child. Keep my hands in Thy hands and my heart in thy heart all throughout this day and even during the night. So do I want to live and die. Amen  


In Sinu Jesu, Pages 269-270


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“You pleased Me by praying the Chaplet of Reparation and by offering My precious Blood to My Father for the purification and sanctification of My priests. I received that prayer and brought it before My Father abundant graces fell upon the priests of My Church in response to that simple prayer.”


In Sinu Jesu - Page 150


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Thank you for praying for your priests!

If you are considering  giving a gift to your priest, you may want to bless him with this book: 

In Sinu Jesu: When Heart Speaks to Heart - The Journal of a Priest at Prayer 

by A Benedictine Monk

available on many online shops, including Amazon



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CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF ENGLAND AND WALES

Vade Mecum for Holy Week 2021

General Principles

This year, the Celebrations for Holy Week and the Sacred Triduum will be in the presence of Christ’s faithful. This differs from the situation faced last year when acts of public worship were suspended because of the covid-19 pandemic.


The Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments has issued a Note (Prot. N. 96/21 – 17 February 2021) to assist the Bishops in their task of “judging concrete situation and providing for the spiritual welfare of pastors and faithful in living this great Week of the liturgical year.”


The Note stresses that whilst the use of social media has greatly enhanced the participation of the faithful during the pandemic, there should be a focus on the media coverage of liturgies presided over by the Diocesan Bishop so that those who are “unable to attend their own church [should] follow the diocesan celebrations as a sign of unity.” Thus the times of the Cathedral celebrations of the Sacred Triduum should be promoted in each of the Dioceses of England and Wales alongside the local parochial celebrations. The Liturgy of the

Hours should be promoted by parish priests to the faithful who are unable to attend the local church as an additional means of uniting themselves in prayer to the worship of the Universal Church.


The Note states that the Decree issued by the Congregation last year (Prot. N. 154/20) is still valid for this year’s celebrations. The contents of this have been incorporated into the

Guidance given below.


The theological meaning found through the celebrations of Holy Week with their richness

of sign and symbol have to be tempered by the provision that the Church in England and Wales is part of a broader community in which the possibilities of virus transmission are still high. Therefore the general guidance for the safety of those participating in acts of

worship have to be strictly adhered to. These include:

• The wearing of face coverings in church by the faithful (unless the person has a valid exemption from this regulation)

• Social distancing of people within the church building

• Stewarding of the church premises to assist the faithful whilst in church

• Frequent hand cleansing, either with sanitiser or washing

• Suitable one-way systems in the building to prevent excessive interaction between

people from different households or bubbles

• Good ventilation of the church building to refresh the air quality within

• Cleaning of the church building after each act of public worship

• The timely dispersing of the faithful after the acts of worship avoiding congregating in car parks or on the streets outside the church.


Consideration should also be given to the times of the liturgical celebrations so that those who have to travel via public transport to the local church are doing so in periods where there is less congestion on these services.


Because of the nature of the Holy Week Liturgies, a small number of ministers to assist the priest is permitted. These should be chosen so that a minimum number of assistants are present in the sanctuary during the liturgies.


The celebrations of the various liturgies of Holy Week should include those things that are

necessary for the celebration, but not be prolonged in any way. In particular, those responsible for the planning of the liturgy should take into account:

• The time that people will be within the church buildings; the tension between a dignified celebration and the time to execute that celebration has to be recognised.

• The use of choirs and music has to be taken into consideration as a prolonging factor in this case, remembering that congregational singing is not permitted.

• The movement of people within the church building itself as a potential risk factor.


Specific Guidance for the Celebrations of Holy Week

Palm Sunday

The Commemoration of the Lord’s Entrance into Jerusalem should be celebrated within the church buildings and not outside. The Procession should not take place and the Second Form: The Solemn Entrance should be used. The ministers should enter into the Church at a suitable place where the palm branches to be blessed are provided. These should be blessed at the appropriate point and the Gospel of the Lord’s Entry into Jerusalem is proclaimed. After the Gospel, the ministers move to the Sanctuary and the Mass continues with the Collect.


The shorter form of the Passion from the Gospel of St Mark should be read in a dignified yet expeditious manner with or without multiple readers. The turba parts should not be exclaimed by the congregation.


The palm branches blessed during the celebration of the liturgy should be distributed to the faithful as they leave the church after Mass. Those distributing the palm branches should wear single-use gloves when doing so.


The Chrism Mass

If the Chrism Mass is not deferred to a later date, then this should take place in the Cathedral Church of the Diocese (or in another church adept for the purpose). Those who participate

in the Chrism Mass should represent the life of the diocese, in the first place and foremost with a good representation of the diocesan presbyterate, but also recognising the role of the religious and lay faithful. The conditions for social distancing for those participating must be a prime consideration as the celebration of the Chrism Mass is universally popular.


A number of priests (preferably from different regions of the diocese) should concelebrate with the Bishop; others may participate in choir. The concelebrants should receive communion by intinction with care to ensure the bread and wine to be consecrated is covered until reception. Those participating in choir may receive communion only under one kind, in the same manner as the faithful.


The Renewal of Priestly Promises should take place at the usual point in the Mass. Those priests who are unable to attend should be encouraged to participate in the Mass, and particularly in this act of renewal, from their homes via electronic means.


The distribution of the Holy Oils and the Sacred Chrism to the priests of the diocese needs particular consideration which should take place at the diocesan level.


Mass of the Lord’s Supper

In the Decree of March 2020, the exceptional faculty to celebrate this Mass without the faithful was granted to all priests on this day, and it is assumed via the Note of 2021 that this is still permitted. However, the celebration of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper finds its fullest expression with a congregation.


The Washing of the Feet is to be omitted and there is to be no procession to the Altar of Repose. The Reserved Sacrament is to be kept in the Tabernacle of the church. Those who are not able to celebrate this Mass should pray Vespers from the Liturgy of the Hours. The altar should not be stripped in the usual manner, and most certainly not if the Blessed Sacrament is reserved at that altar.


Holy Communion should be given under one kind according the previous Guidance offered by the Bishops’ Conference.


The priest and ministers may wish to spend some time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle before exiting the sanctuary. For reasons of safety, Watching in lieu of the Altar of Repose is not possible this year.


Good Friday

The Celebration of the Passion of the Lord should take place in the church with a congregation wherever possible. Sufficient ministers should be prepared to assist in this liturgy. Care should be taken for the numbers of people present for this liturgy which is very popular with the faithful. If necessary, additional celebrations can be considered, taking into account the risks associated for the faithful in travelling to and from church. The proclamation of the Passion according to St John should be read in a dignified yet expeditious manner with or without multiple readers. The turba parts should not be exclaimed by the congregation.


The Universal Prayer should be carried out without undue delay. Like last year, a special intention (For the afflicted in time of Pandemic) is to be inserted before the intercession For those in Tribulation (X). This prayer is circulated with this document in Appendix 1.


For The Adoration of the Holy Cross, the Cross can either be veiled or unveiled according to whether the first or second form of the Showing is used. It may be expedient to use the second form for ease. For the Adoration, the Veneration of the Cross is limited to the

celebrant alone. After he has done this, he should “invite the people present in a few words to adore the Holy Cross and afterwards, holds the Cross elevated higher for a brief time, for the faithful to adore in silence.” (Rubrics #19). This may be expressed by the faithful through a short period of silent prayer, a gesture such as a genuflection or bow in their places, followed by another short period of silent prayer.


Holy Communion should be given under one kind from the Reserved Sacrament according the previous Guidance offered by the Bishops’ Conference.


Other Celebrations on Good Friday

The provision of other devotions on Good Friday may mitigate against the numbers which could congregate in parish churches for the singular celebration of the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion. Celebrations of the Stations of the Cross should not involve the moving of the congregation on pilgrimage around the church. The celebrant should move from Station to Station with the people remaining in their places. Walks of Witness should not take place.

Outdoor congregations for Witness Services (which are often the culmination of a Walk of Witness) must take into account the requirements for permission by the civil authorities if this is not to take place within the boundaries of a place of worship. Government Guidance for social distancing, outdoor singing (if this is to take place) and non-returnable service sheets must also be adhered.


It is recommended that at all acts of worship on Good Friday in the churches of England and Wales, the opportunity for the faithful to contribute to the Holy See collection for the Holy Places of Palestine should be available.


The Easter Vigil

This should be celebrated in Cathedrals and Parish Churches only. If a priest is unable to celebrate the Easter Vigil, he should pray the prescribed Office of Readings for Easter Day noting the number of readings, chants and prayers to be used.


For the celebration of the Easter Vigil, the Paschal candle should be prepared, enthroned and lit in the Sanctuary before the people gather in the church, or simply lit at the beginning of the celebration. The ministers should process in silence to the sanctuary where the Celebrant begins the celebration with the Sign of the Cross and the Greeting, Dear brothers and sisters, on this most sacred night…. At the end of the Greeting, the Easter Proclamation (the Exsultet) immediately follows, preferably using the Shorter Form. This is either said or sung by a single voice. The faithful should not have votive candles for the Easter Vigil.


The Liturgy of the Word follows. In order to expedite the liturgy in a dignified way, it is recommended that two Old Testament readings from both the Law and the Prophets with their respective psalms, in addition to the reading of Exodus 14 and its canticle (which may never be omitted) are used (Rubrics, #21). The homily, after the proclamation of the Gospel, is not to be omitted, but is to be brief (Rubrics, #36)


The Baptism of Catechumens, the Reception of other Christians into full Communion with the Catholic Church and the Confirmation is not recommended at the Easter Vigil but should take place at another time. The celebrant should bless the baptismal water in the

font or in a suitable receptacle in the sanctuary. The Renewal of Baptismal Promises should be made by those present, but the celebrant should not sprinkle the faithful, nor should the holy water stoups be refilled.


The Liturgy of the Eucharist follows. Holy Communion should be given under one kind from the newly consecrated Sacrament according the previous Guidance offered by the Bishops’ Conference.


Mass of Easter Day

All priests should endeavour to celebrate Mass for their people on Easter Sunday. The Mass should be as prescribed in the Roman Missal but without the sprinkling of water as part of the Renewal of Baptismal Promises.


Rev. Canon Christopher Thomas

28th February 2021


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            Thomas More Catholic School, Purley (11-19)


Thomas More Catholic School, Purley, on the Croydon-Sutton border invites all parish families to watch a video, the link is below:

https://youtu.be/4k5uPTIWM2M


You may book a visit to the school which is a chance to meet  key staff members, see the school in action and ask any questions you may have.


You may also like to follow on social media where the life of the school is frequently showcased.

The links are below.

Instagram - @tmcspurley

https://www.instagram.com/tmcspurley/


Twitter - @tmcspurley

https://twitter.com/TMCSPurley


Facebook - Thomas More Purley

https://www.facebook.com/tmcspurley/?ref=nf


                     

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AN OPEN VIRTUAL EVENT

Ursuline Preparatory School

18 The Downs , Wimbledon 

A Catholic Independent Preparatory School for Girls aged 4 to 11 and a Coeducational Nursery   

We have a virtual open event on 18th March at 1pm.  Registrations can be made at: Open Events | Ursuline Preparatory School

Our next Open Event is on 29th April. 

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Discernment Weekend for Men aged 30 to 55 

The Beda College in Rome is running a discernment weekend for men between the ages of 30 and 55 from Friday 3rd September to Sunday 5th September 2021. It takes place at St Beuno’s Spirituality Centre in North Wales.

The weekend is to reach men who are not already in touch with their diocese and is a first step for those who may be exploring the possibility of priestly vocation in later life. Promoting similar weekends in past years through parish notices proved to be most fruitful, and the results from these weekends are now in the seminaries.

Information and registration forms are at: https://www.pathwaystogod.org/courses-events-retreats/discernment-weekend-older-men-1

A poster and flier for the weekend can be downloaded from:  https://bedacollege.org/vocation-promotion .

More details for Vocation Directors, Parish Priests or Dioceses: 

Canon Philip Gillespie (Rector): rector@bedacollege.com

Fr Peter Verity (Spiritual Director): p.verity@bedacollege.com  

Further information about the Beda College:  https://bedacollege.org

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                       RETREAT FOR LENT 2021


        "FOLLOW ME"- MAKING A RETREAT FROM HOME


Dear friends in Christ,

May we introduce to you, "FOLLOW ME", an online retreat for Lent introduced by Archbishop John Wilson, led by the Archdiocese  of Southwark

Spirituality Commission. The  Spirituality Commission is offering all a retreat for Lent we can all make from the home.  The Spirituality Commission will provide a video exploring themes connected with the Sunday Gospel every week of Lent. Kindly click on Making a retreat from home  to know what to expect. Each week a video link will be sent on our website so that you can view it when you are able to and carry out the spiritual exercises.


You may want to register directly so as to receive the  materials for the retreat for Lent through your personal email, click on http://www.southwarkdsc.org.uk/followme


May the blessings and graces of this Season of Lent help us to come closer to God and radiate Jesus in our world. Amen.


Welcome to Week 1 of our Lenten Retreat

You will find your video for the week here (and embedded below)


Materials for reflection and prayer here (and via the button below)

Week 1 - Prayer and Reflection Exercises

If you would like some guidance on making space for your retreat at home please see here - http://www.southwarkdsc.org.uk/followme

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       Welcome to Week 2 of our Lenten Retreat


You will find your video for the week here (and embedded below)


Materials for reflection and prayer here (and via the button below)

Week 2 - Prayer and Reflection Exercises

If you would like some guidance on making space for your retreat at home please see here -http://www.southwarkdsc.org.uk/followme


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Welcome to Week 3 of our Lenten Retreat.

You will find your video for the week here (and embedded below)


Materials for reflection and prayer here (and via the button below)

Week 3 - Prayer and Reflection Exercises

If you would like some guidance on making space for your retreat at home please see here - http://www.southwarkdsc.org.uk/followme


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Welcome to Week 4 of our Lenten Retreat

You will find your video for the week here (and embedded below)


Materials for reflection and prayer here (and via the button below)

Week 4 - Prayer and Reflection Exercises

If you would like some guidance on making space for your retreat at home please see here - http://www.southwarkdsc.org.uk/followme


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Welcome to Week 5 of our Lenten Retreat

You will find your video for the week here (and embedded below)


Materials for reflection and prayer here (and via the button below)

Week 5 - Prayer and Reflection Exercises

If you would like some guidance on making space for your retreat at home please see here - http://www.southwarkdsc.org.uk/followme

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Welcome to Week 6 of our Lenten Retreat.

You will find your video for the week here (and embedded below)


Materials for reflection and prayer here (and via the button below)

Week 6 - Prayer and Reflection Exercises

If you would like some guidance on making space for your retreat at home please see here - http://www.southwarkdsc.org.uk/followme


We hope you find the space to enter into prayer this week.

God bless

Archdiocese of Southwark Spirituality Commission

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                                                  INVOCATION

Priest: Let us offer our prayers for those who are sick and suffering right now, grieving families of those who have passed away, those who have died, medical professionals, scientists, religious and political leaders.


Priest: O Jesus King of Love

People: I put my trust in Thy merciful goodness. (3 Times)


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                           KNOWING JESUS: 

           JESUIT LENT ONLINE RETREAT 2021


Walk with the Jesuits through Lent and Easter and really come to understand and love Jesus. They will ponder Gospel stories, reflect on their meaning and see how startlingly relevant Jesus is to living a truly human life in the 21st Century.

Follow the retreat online, and sign up to an online group (places limited): 
https://www.onlineprayer.net/

Sign up to receive daily emails during Lent and additional resources:
http://eepurl.com/hnIXAn

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    FREE ALPHA COURSE

Most of you will be familiar with the Alpha Course. Perhaps you have ran it before or just heard of it. St Elizabeth of Portugal parish in Richmond (Fr Stephen Langridge) is an Alpha hub parish and is hosting an Online Alpha starting next week, February 23rd.

The sign up link can be found here: 

"FREE" ALPHA COURSE  


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Christmas Programme 2020

 

Saturday 19th December

Adoration 9:00am followed by Mass at 9:30am

Sacrament of Reconciliation 10:00am – 11:00am 

Sunday Mass in Anticipation at 6:00pm

 

Sunday 20th December

Mass at 9:00am

Mass at 11:00am

 

Monday 21st December

Rosary 9:00am followed by Mass at 9: 30am

Sacrament of Reconciliation   10:00am – 11:00am

 

Tuesday 22nd December

Rosary 9:00am followed by Mass at 9: 30 am

Sacrament of Reconciliation 10:00am – 11:00am

 

Wednesday 23rd December – New Year Novena Begins

Adoration 9:00am followed by Mass at 9: 30am

Sacrament of Reconciliation 10:00am – 11:00am

 

Thursday 24th December

Rosary 9:00am followed by Mass at 9: 30am

Vigil Mass of Christmas at 6:00pm

Christmas Night Mass at 11:00pm

 

Friday 25th December - Christmas Day

Mass at 9:00 am

Mass at 11:00 am

 

Saturday 26th December - St Stephen’s Day

Altar Servers’ Day Mass at 10:00am

Christmas Octave Youth Mass at 6:00pm

 

Sunday 27th December - Feast of the Holy Family

Mass at 9:00 am

Mass at 11:00 am

 

Friday 1st January 2021 - New Year & Thanksgiving Day

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Mass at 9:00 am

Mass at 11:00 am

Adoration & New Year Ministration 12:00noon - 1:00pm

 

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Christmas Message & Blessings 2020

 

It is that time of the year when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Although this year has been different due to the corona virus pandemic but remember that Jesus was born in a manger. Neither the rejection of the inn keepers nor the wickedness of Herod could make Jesus abandon his mission of coming to identify with the suffering humanity. His name is Emmanuel, God-with-us.

 

Thank you for your support to our parish for the past years. God knows your support and blesses you. I pray that this Christmas will bring you restoration of hope in Jesus, who has come to bless you. May the grace of this Christmas season sanctify and ennoble our sacrifices, bring healing, joy, peace and solace to all.  

 

Wishing you and your dear ones every blessing of this Christmas season and the New Year.

 

From

The Parish Priest, The Reverend Father Innocent Ezeonyeasi

& The Parish Pastoral Team

 

St Michael’s… We are a family!


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Our Lady of Good Counsel Novena

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23rd December – 31st December 2020

Friday 1st January, 2021 – Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

New Year and Thanksgiving Day

Mass at 9:00am

Mass at 11:00am

Adoration & New Year Ministration    12:00noon – 1:00pm

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Our Lady of Good Counsel Novena - Day 1 – 23rd December 2020

Mary, our Mother, you have always been concerned with the affairs of the world and of each person throughout history. In your “yes” to the angel Gabriel to accept your role as the Mother of God, you accepted a unique role as a mediator between Heaven and Earth. Our Lady of Good Counsel, today, I ask for your intercession for a world in need of your guidance and for counsel in my own life. (State your intentions here)

 

Our Lady of Good Counsel Novena - Day 2 – 24th December 2020

Mary, our Mother, you have always been concerned with the affairs of the world and of each person throughout history. You have provided counsel and comfort to those who needed you, even during your earthly life when you visited your cousin Elizabeth while she carried John the Baptist in her womb. Our Lady of Good Counsel, today, I ask for your intercession for a world in need of your guidance and for counsel in my own life. (State your intentions here)

 

Our Lady of Good Counsel Novena - Day 3 - 25th December 2020

Mary, our Mother, you have always been concerned with the affairs of the world and of each person throughout history. Your counsel to us extends back to your earthly life when you spoke of your Son, commanding us: “Do whatever He tells you”. Our Lady of Good Counsel, today, I ask for your intercession for a world in need of your guidance and for counsel in my own life. (State your intentions here)

 

Our Lady of Good Counsel Novena - Day 4 - 26th December 2020

Mary, our Mother, you have always been concerned with the affairs of the world and of each person throughout history. At the Cross, Jesus gave you to the disciple St. John, saying “Behold, your mother” to him and to all of us who follow after him. Our Lady of Good Counsel, today, I ask for your intercession for a world in need of your guidance and for counsel in my own life. (State your intentions here)

 

Our Lady of Good Counsel Novena - Day 5 - 27th December 2020

Mary, our Mother, you have always been concerned with the affairs of the world and of each person throughout history. In the 16th century in Mexico, you counseled Juan Diego, saying, “Do not be troubled or weighed down with grief. Do not fear any illness or vexation, anxiety or pain. Am I not here, who am your Mother? Is there anything else you need?” Our Lady of Good Counsel, today, I ask for your intercession for a world in need of your guidance and for counsel in my own life. (State your intentions here)

 

Our Lady of Good Counsel Novena - Day 6 - 28th December 2020

Mary, our Mother, you have always been concerned with the affairs of the world and of each person throughout history. In 1830, you counseled Catherine Laboure in Paris, instructing her on the design for the Miraculous Medal and saying, “All who wear this medal will receive great graces.” Our Lady of Good Counsel, today, I ask for your intercession for a world in need of your guidance and for counsel in my own life. (State your intentions here)

 

Our Lady of Good Counsel Novena - Day 7 - 29th December 2020

Mary, our Mother, you have always been concerned with the affairs of the world and of each person throughout history. In 1858, you counseled Bernadette Soubirous in France, telling her where to dig in the ground to bring forth a spring where a great multitude of people would be healed of illnesses and infirmities for decades to come. Our Lady of Good Counsel, today, I ask for your intercession for a world in need of your guidance and for counsel in my own life. (State your intentions here)

 

Our Lady of Good Counsel Novena - Day 8 - 30th December 2020

Mary, our Mother, you have always been concerned with the affairs of the world and of each person throughout history. In 1917 in Fatima, Portugal, you counseled three shepherd children, saying, “My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.” Our Lady of Good Counsel, today, I ask for your intercession for a world in need of your guidance and for counsel in my own life. (State your intentions here)

 

Our Lady of Good Counsel Novena - Day 9 – 31st December 2020

Mary, our Mother, you have always been concerned with the affairs of the world and of each person throughout history. In 1933, you counseled Mariette Beco in Belgium, saying, “Believe in me and I will believe in you.” Our Lady of Good Counsel, today, I ask for your intercession for a world in need of your guidance and for counsel in my own life. (State your intentions here)

 

(Novena Prayer Continues Day 1- 9)

For guidance for all those who pray this novena, pray for us. For counsel to seek your Son every day of our lives, pray for us. For an increase in love, trust, and devotion to your Immaculate Heart that leads us to Jesus, pray for us. Blessed Mary, Star of the Sea, guide us now as you have guided pilgrims in years past. Be our constant beacon, a blazing light in this dark night, and lead us home to dwell with your Son forever and ever. Amen.

 

Mary, Our Lady of Good Counsel… Pray for us!
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Government Consultation on Faith Engagement

Government Consultation on Faith Engagement - Officials of the MHCLG have asked for individual Catholics to respond to this open consultation on the way Government engages with faith communities.  The link to the online submission is:https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/independent-faith-engagement-review-call-for-evidence 

This call for evidence aims to collect views to underpin the Faith Engagement Review. This call for evidence opened on 13th November and will run for a period of 4 weeks closing at 11:45pm on 11 December 2020.

   Colin Bloom, the Faith Engagement Adviser at the Ministry or Housing, Communities and Local Government, will present and promote the government consultation on the issue.  Link and registration: https://www.catholicvoices.org.uk/events/independent-faith-review


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Covid-19 Coronavirus Modified Prayer Times

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Church Re-opens After Second Lockdown, on Thursday 3rd December, 2020: Communal Worship & Live Streaming of Masses 

  Mondays                         9:30am                          

 Tuesdays                        9:30am                         

 Wednesdays                   9:30am (Adoration: 9:00am)          

 Thursdays                      9:30am          

 Fridays                          9:30am             

 Saturdays                      9:30am (Adoration: 9:00am)

 Saturdays                      6:00pm 

 Sundays                        9:00am

 Sundays                       11:00am              


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Immaculate Conception Novena

Sunday 29th November to 7th December, 2020

Feast Day: 8th December, 2020

Novena Prayer: Day 1-9

O most pure Virgin Mary conceived without sin, from the very first instant, you were entirely immaculate. O glorious Mary full of grace, you are the mother of my God – the Queen of Angels and of men. I humbly venerate you as the chosen mother of my Saviour, Jesus Christ. The Prince of Peace and the Lord of Lords chose you for the singular grace and honour of being His beloved mother. By the power of His Cross, He preserved you from all sin. Therefore, by His power and love, I have hope and bold confidence in your prayers for my holiness and salvation. I pray that your prayers will bring me to imitate your holiness and submission to Jesus and the Divine Will. Queen of Heaven, I beg you to beg my Saviour to grant me these requests… (Mention your intentions)


My holy Mother, I know that you were obedient to the will of God. In making this petition, I know that God’s will is more perfect than mine. So, grant that I may receive God’s grace with humility as you did. As my final request, I ask that you pray for me to increase in faith in our risen Lord; I ask that you pray for me to increase in hope in our risen Lord; I ask that you pray for me to increase in love for the risen Jesus! Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Read more at: 
https://www.praymorenovenas.com/immaculate-conception-novena

 


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MONTH OF NOVEMBER

PRAYER FOR THE DEAD 

God our Father, your power brings us to birth, your providence guides our lives, and by your command we return to dust. Lord, those who die still live in your presence, their lives change but do not end. I pray in hope for my family, relatives and friends, and for all the dead known to you alone. In company with Christ, who died and now lives, may they rejoice in your kingdom, where all our tears are wiped away. Unite us together again in one family, to sing your praise forever and ever. Amen.

 

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.


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Suspended Covid-19 Coronavirus Modified Prayer Times

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Live Streaming of Masses


   Mondays                       9:30am                          Live stream only

 Tuesdays                       9:30am                          Live stream only

 Wednesdays                  9:30am            Communal  & Live stream

 Thursdays                     9:30am            Communal  & Live stream

Fridays                         9:30am             Communal & Live stream

 Saturdays                     9:30am                          Live stream only

 Saturdays                     6:00pm              Communal & Live stream

  Sundays                        9:00am             Communal & Live stream 

 Sundays                        11:00am           Communal & Live stream

 



OPENING OF CHURCH FOR INDIVIDUAL

PRAYER AND COMMUNAL WORSHIP


 Wednesdays                Adoration                               9:00am – 9:30am

  Saturdays                   Confessions                        10:30am, on request


Saturdays             Mass of Anticipation                              6:00pm

          Sundays                Mass                                                     9:00am            

Sundays                Mass                                                     11:00am




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DOCUMENTS ON GRADUAL RE-OPENING OF CHURCHES 

FOR INDIVIDUAL AND COMMUNAL WORSHIP FROM 4TH JULY, 2020


CBCEW Guidance for Re-opening of Catholic Churches for Individual Prayer


A Message from the Archbishops’ of England about the re-opening of Churches for Mass


New Updated Guidance for Acts of Worship - Mass


Guidance for Acts of Worship – Confession


Guidance for Acts of Worship – Funerals


St Michael's Catholic Church, Pollards Hill Guidance for Individual Prayer and Communal Worship


NHS Test and Trace Cards


Church Re-Opens after Second Lockdown

From Thursday 3rd December, 2020 churches will be allowed to open again for public celebration of Mass and other acts of worship.  

The Bishop’s Conference of England & Wales have issued a statement welcoming this news. 

https://www.cbcew.org.uk/bishops-welcome-return-to-public-worship/ 



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OCTOBER: THE MONTH OF THE HOLY ROSARY

The month of October is regarded as the Month of the Holy Rosary in the Catholic Church. This is as a result of the liturgical feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary celebrated on 7th of October in gratitude to the Blessed Virgin Mary for her protection to the Church, in answer to praying the Rosary during the battle of Lepanto in 1571. Remember to say your Rosary daily and meditate on its mysteries.

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, pray for us!

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NOVENA PRAYER TO ST MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL

20th – 28th September, 2020

Feast Day: 29th September, 2020

 

St. Michael the Archangel, we honor you as a powerful protector of the Church and guardian of our souls. Inspire us with your humility, courage and strength that we may reject sin and perfect our love for our Heavenly Father. In your strength and humility, slay the evil and pride in our hearts so that nothing will keep us from God.

 

Day 1: St. Michael the Archangel, pray that we may be blessed by God with the zeal to live our lives in accordance with Christ’s teachings. 

Day 2: St. Michael the Archangel, pray that we may have the grace to see the image of God in the least of our brothers and sisters.

Day 3: St. Michael the Archangel, pray that we may be protected from the snares of the devil, that we may avoid all occasions of sin.

Day 4: St. Michael the Archangel, pray that we may have an overwhelming desire to humble ourselves before God in service to His Will.

Day 5: St. Michael the Archangel, pray that we may have the moral strength to defeat disordered desires and passions that would take the place of Almighty God.

Day 6: St. Michael the Archangel, pray that we may have the faith to truly entrust our lives to the loving care of our Heavenly Father.

Day 7: St. Michael the Archangel, pray that we may have the grace to joyfully dedicate everything that we do to the greater glory of God.

Day 8: St. Michael the Archangel, pray that we may have the will to faithfully obey God in all of his commandments.

Day 9: St. Michael the Archangel, pray that we may have the grace to share eternity with our Heavenly Father.

 

St. Michael the Archangel, you are the prince of angels but in your humility you recognized that God is God and you are but His servant. Unlike satan, you were not overcome with pride but were steadfast in humility. Pray that we will have this same humility. It is in the spirit of that humility that we ask for your intercession for our petitions… (state your petitions)

 

“Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.” Amen.


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BAPTISM PREPARATION CLASS

Saturday, 29th August, 2020 @ 11:00am


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CONFIRMATION 2020 

Confirmation Classes will resume on Saturday 12th September 2020, 11am to 1pm. We will have 6 sessions to complete the course made up of: 2 lesson sessions, a parent's meeting and candidate's short test, retreat with confessions and 2 sessions for rehearsals. Sessions should end 17th October 2020. We look forward to meeting you soon. 

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FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2020 

Friday, 21st August – Parents’ Meeting - 7:00pm

Saturday, 22nd August - Last Session & Confession– 10:00am

Friday, 4th September – Rehearsal – 6:00pm

   

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION MASS

Saturday, 5th September – 12:00 noon 


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AUGUST NOVENA


Novena for the Anniversary of Priestly Ordination Prayers

Friday 14th August, 2020 – Saturday 22nd August, 2020

There are so many wonderful priests out there. We are so blessed to have them and it is important that we pray for them. Our priests make so many sacrifices and they pray for us so much! So, we’ve created a novena for you to pray for those special priests in your lives who are celebrating the anniversary of their ordination. Pray these prayers for 9 days, preferably leading up to the anniversary.

 

Novena for the Anniversary of Priestly Ordination Prayers - Day 1-9

 

Dear Lord Jesus, You have given us holy priests. We are grateful for the many blessings of your priests who bring us Your holy sacraments of salvation. Your priests’ hands and prayers bring us Your saving grace in the waters of baptism, Your infinite mercy in forgiving our sins and Your sustaining and saving grace in the most Holy Eucharist. We pray that they will have a long life with which to bless Your Church and happy death as they are ushered into Your eternal bliss. Just as your priests are there to anoint the dying, grant that they will receive the same grace at their death. We beg You, Jesus, that these holy priests will be protected from all spiritual and temporal attacks and that their fidelity to the Church and their faith in You will endure, unwavering, until the end. Father in heaven, bless and multiply your priests’ ministry so that Your Church will multiply for Your glory and for our salvation. Please shower these priests with your blessings every day. We praise and thank You, most Holy God, for the gift of your priests, especially… (mention the priests’ names here). We thank You for their years of service and ask You to bless us with many more years with our beloved priests. Amen.


Hail Mary… Our Father… Glory Be…


Modified from original copy: https://www.praymorenovenas.com/novena-anniversary-priestly-ordination


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JULY NOVENA

Novena to St. Anne, Mother of Mary, Grandmother of Jesus Christ

17th July to 25th July

Feast day 26th July 2020

Although Saint Anne is not mentioned in the Bible, she is the holy mother of Mary and grandmother of Jesus. When we pray the St. Anne Novena, we are asking help from our Blessed Mother’s mother! Saint Anne’s feast day is on July 26th, so the St. Anne Novena is traditionally started on July 17th — but you can pray it anytime. Devotion to St. Anne began early in the history of the Catholic Church. As she was favored by God to become the mother of the holy Virgin Mary, she is often invoked as the Patron of mothers as well as for relationships, among other things.

St. Anne is the Patron of… The intercession of St. Anne is called on especially in the following cases: Mothers, Grandmothers, Unmarried women, Women in labor, Infertile women, Housewives, Cabinet-makers, Miners. You can pray the St. Anne Novena for any reason that you want, so go ahead and start praying!

To join, click on St Anne Novena

St Anne, pray for us!

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JUNE - MONTH OF THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS

FEAST DAY: FRIDAY, 19TH JUNE, 2020

The month of June Spiritual Reading and Guide Book for Daily Reflections


The Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

How to Practice the Sacred Heart Devotion

Author: Fr John Croiset, S.J.

Translated by

Father Patrick O'Connell, B.D.

Second Edition

Charlotte, North Carolina: TAN Books, 1988


 The Book explained  "in Part One the motives which should urge us to practice this devotion, we give the means for acquiring it in Part Two, while in Part Three we explain the practice of the devotion and give a number of special exercises of it."


Most Sacred Heart of Jesus... Have Mercy on us!



Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Prayers Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus - Day 1 to Day 9

O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.” Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of… (Mention your Intention Here)

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you. O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.” Behold, in your name, I ask the Father for the grace of… (Mention your Intention Here)

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you. O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away.” Encouraged by your infallible words I now ask for the grace of… (Mention your Intention Here)

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you. O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have pity on us miserable sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of you, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, your tender Mother and ours. Amen.

 

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

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Novena Prayers to the Holy Spirit

 Beginning Friday 22nd May to Saturday 30th May, 2020.

The Solemnity of Pentecost on 31st May, 2020  

 

Day 1 Novena to the Holy Spirit - Charity

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Let us bow down in humility at the power and grandeur of the Holy Spirit. Let us worship the Holy Trinity and give glory today to the Paraclete, our Advocate. Oh Holy Spirit, by Your power, Christ was raised from the dead to save us all. By Your grace, miracles are performed in Jesus’ name. By Your love, we are protected from evil. And so, we ask with humility and a beggar’s heart for Your gift of Charity within us. The great charity of all the the host of Saints is only made possible by your power, Oh Divine Spirit. Increase in me, the virtue of charity that I may love as God loves with the selflessness of the Saints. Amen. Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, through Christ Our Lord, Amen. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Day 2 Novena to the Holy Spirit - Joy

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Let us bow down in humility at the power and grandeur of the Holy Spirit. Let us worship the Holy Trinity and give glory today to the Paraclete, our Advocate. Oh Holy Spirit, by Your power, Christ was raised from the dead to save us all. By Your grace, miracles are performed in Jesus’ name. By Your love, we are protected from evil. And so, we ask with humility and a beggar’s heart for Your gift of Joy within us. All of the Saints are marked with an uncompromisable Joy in times of trial, difficulty and pain. Give us, Oh Holy Spirit, the Joy that surpasses all understanding that we may live as a witness to Your love and fidelity! Amen. Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, through Christ Our Lord, Amen. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

Day 3 Novena to the Holy Spirit - Peace

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Let us bow down in humility at the power and grandeur of the Holy Spirit. Let us worship the Holy Trinity and give glory today to the Paraclete, our Advocate. Oh Holy Spirit, by Your power, Christ was raised from the dead to save us all. By Your grace, miracles are performed in Jesus’ name. By Your love, we are protected from evil. And so, we ask with humility and a beggar’s heart for Your gift of Peace within us. The Saints were tempted, attacked and accused by the devil who is the destroyer of peace. When we are accused by the devil, come to our aid as our Advocate and give us Peace that lasts through all trials! Amen. Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, through Christ Our Lord, Amen. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

Day 4 Novena to the Holy Spirit - Patience

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Let us bow down in humility at the power and grandeur of the Holy Spirit. Let us worship the Holy Trinity and give glory today to the Paraclete, our Advocate. Oh Holy Spirit, by Your power, Christ was raised from the dead to save us all. By Your grace, miracles are performed in Jesus’ name. By Your love, we are protected from evil. And so, we ask with humility and a beggar’s heart for Your gift of Patience within us. Oh Holy Spirit, you give lavishly to those who ask. Please give us the patience of the Saints who are now with you in heaven. Help us to endure everything with an eternal patience that is only possible with your help. Amen. Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, through Christ Our Lord, Amen. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

Day 5 Novena to the Holy Spirit - Kindness

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Let us bow down in humility at the power and grandeur of the Holy Spirit. Let us worship the Holy Trinity and give glory today to the Paraclete, our Advocate. Oh Holy Spirit, by Your power, Christ was raised from the dead to save us all. By Your grace, miracles are performed in Jesus’ name. By Your love, we are protected from evil. And so, we ask with humility and a beggar’s heart for Your gift of Kindness within us. Jesus approached sinners with immense kindness. Holy Paraclete, please treat us humble sinners with the same kindness and give us the ability to treat all others with that kindness as well. Amen. Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, through Christ Our Lord, Amen. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

Day 6 Novena to the Holy Spirit - Faithfulness

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Let us bow down in humility at the power and grandeur of the Holy Spirit. Let us worship the Holy Trinity and give glory today to the Paraclete, our Advocate. Oh Holy Spirit, by Your power, Christ was raised from the dead to save us all. By Your grace, miracles are performed in Jesus’ name. By Your love, we are protected from evil. And so, we ask with humility and a beggar’s heart for Your gift of Faithfulness within us. You, oh Lord, are ever faithful. You are faithful until the end. Though we are weak and distracted, please give us the grace to be faithful to You as you are to us! Amen. Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, through Christ Our Lord, Amen. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

Day 7 Novena to the Holy Spirit - Gentleness

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Let us bow down in humility at the power and grandeur of the Holy Spirit. Let us worship the Holy Trinity and give glory today to the Paraclete, our Advocate. Oh Holy Spirit, by Your power, Christ was raised from the dead to save us all. By Your grace, miracles are performed in Jesus’ name. By Your love, we are protected from evil. And so, we ask with humility and a beggar’s heart for Your gift of Gentleness within us. Despite the gravity of our sins, oh Lord you treat us with Gentleness. Dear Holy Spirit, give us your power to treat all in our lives with the Gentleness of the Saints. Amen. Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, through Christ Our Lord, Amen. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

Day 8 Novena to the Holy Spirit - Self-Control

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Let us bow down in humility at the power and grandeur of the Holy Spirit. Let us worship the Holy Trinity and give glory today to the Paraclete, our Advocate. Oh Holy Spirit, by Your power, Christ was raised from the dead to save us all. By Your grace, miracles are performed in Jesus’ name. By Your love, we are protected from evil. And so, we ask with humility and a beggar’s heart for Your gift of Self-Control within us. Your Martyrs had the overwhelming self-control to go joyfully to a painful death without shrinking from the opportunity to join You in heaven. Give us this self-control to have command over our emotions and desires that we may serve You more fully. Amen. Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, through Christ Our Lord, Amen. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

Day 9 Novena to the Holy Spirit - Goodness

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Let us bow down in humility at the power and grandeur of the Holy Spirit. Let us worship the Holy Trinity and give glory today to the Paraclete, our Advocate. Oh Holy Spirit, by Your power, Christ was raised from the dead to save us all. By Your grace, miracles are performed in Jesus’ name. By Your love, we are protected from evil. And so, we ask with humility and a beggar’s heart for Goodness within us. We want to be like your Saints in heaven. Holy Spirit, renew us by your power with your Goodness that we may bring the Good News to the world. Amen. Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, through Christ Our Lord, Amen. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.



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33 DAYS TO MORNING GLORY

A Do-It-Yourself Retreat

In Preparation for Marian Consecration

Beginning on Tuesday, 28th April 2020, with the Marian Consecration on Pentecost Sunday, 31st May 2020.

 

The retreat booklet examines the life of four great saints:

Week 1: St Louis de Montfort

Week 2: St Maximillian Kolbe

Week 3: St Mother Teresa

Week 4: St John Paul II

 

For free electronic booklet, search online – 33 Days to Morning Glory

 

The daily readings in the booklet will be briefly explored during the daily Masses. Endeavour to pray your daily rosary and other prayers. Get yourself a miraculous medal and/ or a scapular in preparation for the Marian Consecration Day.

Glory to Jesus, honour to Mary!


THE CORONAVIRUS NOVENA PRAYERS


During this novena we will be asking the intercession of these saints: The Fourteen Holy Helpers - those who lived during the time of the plague. St. Anthony the Great - patron of those affected by infectious diseases. St. Edmund - patron for victims of pandemics. St. Damien of Molokai - who put himself at risk to minister to lepers. St. Rocco - who is venerated for his prayers for those suffering from infectious diseases. St. Joseph - patron of the dying. St. Jude and St. Rita - patrons of impossible causes. St. Frances Xavier Cabrini - who founded hospitals dedicated to caring for the sick. The Blessed Virgin Mary - Undoer of Knots.

 

Begin the novena each day with the Opening Prayer:

 

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

Opening Prayer:

Father in Heaven, have mercy on us and on the whole world. We come to you today with our fears and concerns -- You know what's in our hearts. We love You, trust You, we need You. We ask You to be with us. Stay with us. Help us through these times of uncertainty and sorrow. We know you are the Divine Physician, the healer of all. And so we ask that you bring your loving and healing presence to all those who are sick and suffering right now. Please comfort them. Please be with the grieving families of those who have passed away.  Please have mercy on those who have died, may they be with You in heaven.  Please stand at the side of all medical professionals who are putting themselves at risk while they work to bring healing to others. Lord, we are scared and we are sorrowful. Please heal us. Send us your peace and overwhelming presence. 

 

(Mention your intentions here and continue with the day’s prayer)

 

Day 1: The Coronavirus Novena Prayer

We ask the Fourteen Holy Helpers, those who lived during the time of the plague, to pray for us and all who are at-risk! Jesus, we thirst for You. You chose to enter this world as a vulnerable baby. Be with the most vulnerable now. Help us to continue to return to You with our whole hearts throughout this ordeal.  Amen.

 

 

Day 2: The Coronavirus Novena Prayer

St. Anthony the Great, patron of those affected by infectious diseases, pray for us! Jesus, we thirst for You. You chose to enter this world as a vulnerable baby. Be with the most vulnerable now. Help us to continue to return to You with our whole hearts throughout this ordeal.  Amen. 

 

Day 3: The Coronavirus Novena Prayer

St. Edmund, patron for victims of pandemics, pray for us! Jesus, we thirst for You. You chose to enter this world as a vulnerable baby. Be with the most vulnerable now. Help us to continue to return to You with our whole hearts throughout this ordeal.  Amen. 

 

Day 4: The Coronavirus Novena Prayer

St. Damien of Molokai, you put yourself at risk to minister to lepers, pray for us! Jesus, we thirst for You. You chose to enter this world as a vulnerable baby. Be with the most vulnerable now. Help us to continue to return to You with our whole hearts throughout this ordeal.  Amen. 

 

Day 5: The Coronavirus Novena Prayer

St. Rocco, you are venerated for your prayers for those suffering from infectious diseases, pray for us! Jesus, we thirst for You. You chose to enter this world as a vulnerable baby. Be with the most vulnerable now. Help us to continue to return to You with our whole hearts throughout this ordeal.  Amen.

 

Day 6: The Coronavirus Novena Prayer

St. Joseph, patron of the dying, pray for us! Jesus, we thirst for You. You chose to enter this world as a vulnerable baby. Be with the most vulnerable now. Help us to continue to return to You with our whole hearts throughout this ordeal.  Amen. 

 

Day 7: The Coronavirus Novena Prayer

St. Jude and St. Rita, patrons of impossible causes, pray for us! Jesus, we thirst for You. You chose to enter this world as a vulnerable baby. Be with the most vulnerable now. Help us to continue to return to You with our whole hearts throughout this ordeal.  Amen. 

 

Day 8: The Coronavirus Novena Prayer

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, you founded hospitals dedicated to caring for the sick, pray for us! Jesus, we thirst for You. You chose to enter this world as a vulnerable baby. Be with the most vulnerable now. Help us to continue to return to You with our whole hearts throughout this ordeal.  Amen.

 

Day 9: The Coronavirus Novena Prayer

Mary, Undoer of Knots, please pray for the knot of this virus to be undone for the greater glory of God! Jesus, we thirst for You. You chose to enter this world as a vulnerable baby. Be with the most vulnerable now. Help us to continue to return to You with our whole hearts throughout this ordeal.  Amen. 

(Read more at: https://www.praymorenovenas.com/pandemic-novena)

 

One “Our Father”

One “Hail Mary”

One “Glory be to the Father”

 

Jesus, I trust in you – (3x)

 

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 


SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there, and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.





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St. Michael’s news, items of note and future events


Posted 11th December, 2019.


Christmas Programme 2019

 

Sunday 15th December

Senior Citizens’ Dinner & Friends of St Michael’s Draw at 2:00 pm

 

Sunday 22nd December

Children’s Christmas Party, 12: 00 noon

Carol Service at 3:00 pm followed by Christmas Raffle Draw

 

Monday 23rd December

Sacrament of Reconciliation   10:00 am – 11:00 am, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm 

 

Tuesday 24th December

Rosary 9:00 am followed by Mass at 9: 30 am

Sacrament of Reconciliation 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Vigil Mass of Christmas 6:00 pm

Christmas Midnight Mass 12:00 midnight

 

Christmas Day - Wednesday 25th December

Mass at 10:00 am

 

Thursday 26th December

St Stephen’s Day Mass at 10:00 am

 

Sunday 29th December

Feast of the Holy Family

Masses at 9:00 am   & 11:00 am

 

Wednesday 1st January 2020

New Year Day, Adoration 9:00 am, Mass 10:00 am



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Posted 20th September, 2019.


Sunday 8th December, 2019 - Total Consecration to Jesus through the Blessed Virgin Mary at 11:00 am Mass


In preparation for the Marian Consecration, A Do-It-Yourself Retreat booklet is given FREE  by Father Innocent. The 33 days preparatory prayer begins on November 5, 2019. 


If you are interested contact Father Innocent after each Mass daily. 


May the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary triumph in our lives. Amen


All to Jesus through Mary, Our Mother! 

Ave Maria!





Posted 20th September, 2019.


Sunday, 29th September, 2019 - St Michael's Feast Day Celebrations. 


There will be LUNCH in the Parish Hall from 2:00 pm. Individual and family tickets are on sale NOW!


Let's celebrate as one family!

St Michael's.... We are a family!




Gift Aid and Standing Orders

Posted 23 August 2019

Are you aware of just how much your parish benefits from your donations
and offertory collections if you are able to Gift Aid them? We have added guidance to our Donations/Gifts page - do have a look, and see if you are able to add additional funding at no cost to yourself.




Does anyone have long memories of St. Michael's?


Posted 19 August 2019

We have dug deep over recent days, but we're struggling to find a number of dates to apply to some of our previous Parish Priests for the Parish History page.

Are you able to provide authoritative links that might help us? 
Drop us a line if you can help. Thank you!



A brief Parish History


Posted 25 July 2019

We have now completely revised our Parish History page.

Do have a look, and then dig through your own archives to see if you have anything that we might consider adding to the page.



Installation of our new Archbishop - Thursday 25 July - UPDATED


Updated 25 July 2019

If you were among the many disappointed that the technical difficulties encountered at St. George's Cathedral prevented you from following the Installation of Bishop John as the 11th Archbishop of Southwark on Thursday 25 July, then you may wish to be aware that the Archdiocese has released this recording of the occasion.

Posted 23 July 2019


Bishop John Wilson will be installed as the 11th Archbishop of Southwark on Thursday 25 July at St. George's Cathedral at 12:00.

There will be no parking available at the Cathedral. Refreshments will be provided.

The ceremony will be broadcast live, and may be viewed (from 12:00 on the day) from 
here
.



Preparation for Father Innocent’s Induction Ceremony


Posted 22 July 2019

DIARY DATES - Wednesday 4 to Friday 6 September from 19:00 to 20:00 in the church. See here for more details.




Father Innocent’s Induction as Parochial Administrator at St. Michael’s


Posted 12 July 2019

DIARY DATE - This will take place with Bishop Pat on Saturday 7 September at 12:00 - see here for further details.