Newsletters during the Coronavirus for Totton/Lyndhurst

Fr Gerry’s Homily is on the parish webpage

Government 2nd lockdown from Thursday 5th November to Wednesday 2nd December 2020. Churches closed for public worship.

Times for Private Prayer

St Theresa’s , Totton

10-11am

Monday

Tuesday

Sunday with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

Our Lady of the Assumption & Edward the Confessor, Lyndhurst

9 - 10am.

Tuesday

Thursday

Sunday

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Join Bishop Philip on an Advent Journey

Bishop Philip invites you to join him as he journeys through Advent this year by having in your home an Advent Wreath. Lighting and praying around it each evening using the prayers, songs and scripture found in the Diocesan Advent Booklet. The booklet, a step by step guide to making your own Advent Wreath, together with Bishop Philip’s film of invitation can all be found on the Diocesan website https://www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/advent-project

PRIVATE PRAYER

We remind you that our churches are still open and safe for private prayer, visits to the Blessed Sacrament etc. So dear parishioners I encourage you to come to the church for your private prayers. Every day of the week, including Sunday, I offer private Mass for your intentions and for my own private intentions. Of course, you can still offer Masses for your intentions by posting them through the presbytery door at 20 Beaumont Road, Totton. You can quickly reach me at

fathergerryo@yahoo.co.uk ;

Tel: 07828556917; 023 80862270.

I am very much available for the Sacraments e.g for Holy Communion, Anointing, Reconciliation, etc. You can easily reach me through the above contacts.

Bishop Philip invites us to join him for

A Day of Prayer and Fasting for an end to Corona virus Pandemic Friday 27th November 2020

for '24 HOURS WITH THE LORD'. We can join the Bishop this day by live-stream:https://www.portsmouthcatholiccathedral.org.uk/live-mass.php

It is a Christian charity to carry each other along with our prayers, phone calls, and safeguarded visits and other safe Christian ways of reaching out to one another. You are always in my prayers and Masses. The Lord is always with you!

Death in our Parish Family

With heavy heart we announce the passing on of the Late Kathleen Elizabeth Liguz.

Her funeral Mass will take place at

St Theresa's Catholic Church Totton on Monday 23rd November 2020 at 11.45 am.

We pray for her happy repose and for healing and consolation for her family and friends who mourn her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

 

Apologies!

I forgot to publish these names of winners of 100 Club St Theresa's Catholic Church Totton for the month of October 2020 earlier than now.

The Happy Winners Are:

David White

Grace Carter

Bryony Burch

CHRISTMAS CARDS FROM THE SISTERS: Our talented sisters have been working very hard during this last six months of lock down building up our stocks for Christmas. Sr Lucy and Sr Catherine have built up a beautiful stock of original watercolours and calligraphy cards. https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Dominicards In this time of lockdown when you cannot go out to do normal Christmas shopping you may find something special for Christmas here. and be able to support our community in a very special way at the same by purchasing our cards! It is not always easy to find suitable Christian cards in our increasingly secular world. We hope we can fill a gap in this area.

Bitesize

“Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade?” – Ben Franklin

ANNOUNCEMENTS 15th November

 

We are now in general lockdown again! However, thank God, this time our churches, with safety arrangements, can remain open for private prayer, visits to the Blessed Sacrament etc. Dear parishioners I encourage you to come to the church for your private prayers. Every day of the week, including Sunday, I offer private Mass for your intentions and for my own private intentions.

Of course, you can still offer Masses for your intentions by posting them through the presbytery door at 20 Beaumont Road, Totton.

You can quickly reach me at

fathergerryo@yahoo.co.uk

Tel: 07828556917; 023 80862270.

I am very much available for the Sacraments e.g for Holy Communion, Anointing, Reconciliation, etc. You can easily reach me through the above contacts.

 

Cardinal Nichols has encouraged Catholics to pray at 6 pm each day and also for a national Day of Prayer on Saturday 21st November 2020. This is also the day Cardinal Peter Erdo of Budapest has proposed a Holy Hour to be held across Europe for an end to the pandemic and in preparation for next year’s Eucharistic Congress.

 

Again our own Bishop Philip invites us to join him for

A Day of Prayer and Fasting for an end to Corona virus Pandemic

Friday 27th November 2020 for

24 HOURS WITH THE LORD.

We can join the Bishop this day by live-stream:https://www.portsmouthcatholiccathedral.org.uk/live-mass.php

 

It is a Christian charity to carry each other along with our prayers, phone calls, and safeguarded visits and other safe Christian ways of reaching out to one another. You are always in my prayers and Masses. The Lord is always with you!

 

For private prayer the church is open at St Theresa’s Totton, Monday, Tuesday and Sunday (10 to 1100am) with exposition of the Blessed Eucharist.

 

Our Lady & St Edward Lyndhurst church is open for private prayer, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday (9 to 10 am).

 

 

Note: For parishioners and friends of the parish, who wish to write a cheque in favour of St. Theresa’s Totton, please write as follows: PRCDTR Totton

 

Also, Parishioners and friends of Our Lady and St Edward Lyndhurst who wish to write a cheque in favour of the parish may write as follows: PRCDTR Lyndhurst Our Lady

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS 8th NOVEMBER

We are now in general lockdown again!

However, thank God, this time our churches, with safety arrangements, can remain open for private prayer, visits to the Blessed Sacrament etc. Dear parishioners I encourage you to come to the church for your private prayers.

Every day of the week, including Sunday, I offer private Mass for your intentions and for my own private intentions. Of course, you can still offer Masses for your intentions by posting them through the presbytery door at 20 Beaumont Road, Totton.

You can quickly reach me at fathergerryo@yahoo.co.uk ; Tel: 07828556917; 023 80862270. I am very much available for the Sacraments e.g for Holy Communion, Anointing, Reconciliation, etc. You can easily reach through the above contacts.

Cardinal Nichols has encouraged Catholics to pray at 6 pm each day and also for a national Day of Prayer on Saturday 21st November 2020. This is also the day Cardinal Peter Erdo of Budapest has proposed a Holy Hour to be held across Europe for an end to the pandemic and in preparation for next year’s Eucharistic Congress.

Again our own Bishop Philip invites us to join him for A Day of Prayer and Fasting for an end to Coronavirus Pandemic Friday 27th November 2020 for 24 HOURS WITH THE LORD. We can join the Bishop this day by live-stream:https://www.portsmouthcatholiccathedral.org.uk/live-mass.php

It is a Christian charity to carry each other along with our prayers, phone calls, and safeguarded visits and other safe Christian ways of reaching out to one another. You are always in my prayers and Masses. The Lord is always with you!

HOW TO ACCESS LIVE STREAMING OF MASS ON THE INTERNET:

Go back to the Coronavirus menu on the left, click on

Coronavirus Live Streaming of Mass.

There are direct links here to Masses each day from:-

-Our Lady of Lourdes, New Milton-Fr George

-Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Westminster

-Bishop Philip from his chapel

-Portsmouth cathedral

-Our Lady & St Edmund, Abingdon - Fr Jamie Mc Grath

-Fr Denis McBride C. Ss. R. (Redemptorists.Sunday Mass repeated)

You can also find many daily Masses from different Catholic parishes available on the internet. Go to

www.churchestv.com;

OR

www.churchservices.tv;

OR

www.mcnmedia.tv

CORONAVIRUS

Statement on the Four-Week National Lockdown in England

and a Call to Prayer

from the Bishops of England and Wales

Wednesday, November 4th, 2020 @ 6:16 pm

 

Today, Parliament passed into law the Regulations governing many aspects of activity in the whole of England until Wednesday, 2 December.

These Regulations prohibit the gathering of people for communal worship in churches and other religious buildings.

Churches remain open and in use for activities other than communal worship, including personal prayer and support for those in need.

Funeral Masses and funeral services may be held. Please refer to the Regulations (for places of worship see paragraph 18) and associated Guidance.

Despite profound misgivings it is important that we, as responsible citizens, observe these Regulations, which have the force of law:

“Remind them to be obedient to the officials in authority; to be ready to do good at every opportunity”           Titus 3:1

We do this in solidarity with so many others on whom are being imposed restrictions which impact severely on their lives and livelihoods.

It is also important to recognise that these Regulations are not an attack on religious belief. However, they do demonstrate a fundamental lack of understanding of the essential contribution made by faith communities to the well-being, resilience and health of our society. At this difficult moment, we ask that, as a Catholic community, we make full use of our churches as places of individual prayer and sources of solace and help.

Daily Prayer

We must sustain each other in our patterns of prayer, joining a national shared moment of prayer each day at 6pm, and observing the Vigil of Christ the King (21 November) as a day of prayer for the ending of this pandemic.

We encourage you all in your practical service and support of each other and those around you in need. This pathway of prayer and service is the royal road we are to take as a gracious witness in our society today.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols              President

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP      Vice-President

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4th October: Congratulations!

Our congratulations go to our friends who are happy winners for the month of September 2020 in 100 Club of St Theresa's parish Totton                 

J. Taplin

D. A. Smyth

M. Lister  

27th September 2020

Congratulations to Baby Daniel Richard Willis Baptised!

The parish family happily welcomes into its fold Baby Daniel Richard Willis, the son of Stephen Willis and Natalia Potreba who was baptised last Sunday 20th September 2020. May he grow up to love and serve God and humanity. Baby Daniel remains the newest member of our parish! It is a happy and grateful parents that baptise their children! The Lord is always with them!

 

Death in the parish family

With heavy heart the parish of Our Lady and St Edward announces the passing of her member late Raymond Templeman who died during the week. We ask parishioners to pray for his happy repose and consolation and healing for the members of his family. May he rest in peace. Amen.

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No homily or newsletter 13th September

6th September

Winners of August 2020 100 Club Draw

 

1)      Christine Bourne

 

2)      Peggy O’Connor

 

3)      J.T. Percival

Below are two of initiatives that may be of interest to your

readers and catechists:

 

Our Formation for Mission is now offering diocesan Readers Workshops online.

We had started offering them in parishes for the God who Speaks campaign, and had to cancel them due to Lockdown.

 

We’ll now be offering two sets of workshops on Zoom:

 

    on Saturdays 17th October (workshop 1) and 24th October (workshop 2) at 10 am

    on Saturdays 14th November (workshop 1) and 21st November (workshop 2) at 10 am

 

You can find a registration page for the workshops here: https://www.godwhospeaks.org/readers

 

As part of the training, we will be offering one-to-one online meetings to each participant to give them a chance to practice their reading. This will be organized separately, once they have attended the workshops.

 

    In response to a few requests, I am also offering the Catechists training on Monday evenings, at 7.30 pm, starting on the 7th September for five weeks. The registration link for the Evening Catechists course is here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/

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This course is certified by the diocese and offers an essential foundation for the work of catechists. It is open also for children's Liturgy leaders, parents, grandparents, church readers and ministers: for all those who wants to grow in their understanding and love of the faith.

Note: We remind our parishioners that we have resumed our Mass times for weekday and Sunday.

 

For St Theresa’s Totton

 

Saturday vigil Mass at 6.00 pm

 

Sunday Mass: 10.30 pm  

 

Monday: 9.30 am

 

Tuesday: 9.30 am

 

Wednesday: 9.30 am

 

Our Lady’s & St Edward Lyndhurst

 

Sunday Mass: 9.00 am 

Thursday: 10.00 am

 

Note: For parishioners and friends of our parish who wish to write a cheque in favour of St. Theresa’s Totton, please write as follows: PRCDTR Totton

 

And Our Lady and St Edward Lyndhurst write as follows:  PRCDTR Lyndhurst our Lady

 

Here are the July 2020 100 Club winners:

 

1.      Christine Bourne

 

2.      Geraldine Elliot

 

3.      Juanita Jenkins

 

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Our churches reopen

 

After the three months of lockdown. We are delighted that the government is allowing places of worship to open for Holy Mass by following the guidelines laid down. Many thanks to the Health and Safety team who have introduced the social distancing and safety procedures and the stewards needed to welcome safely back all our parishioners and visitors to both our churches.

 

Also, we have been busy preparing the church as laid down by the guidelines; available sanitise for hands on entry/leaving, floor markings and signage etc.

 

There are changes to the way we attend and move round the church to ensure the safety of those attending.

Stewards will be there to monitor your safety and direct you to your seat, there is a limit to the number that can sit in the church, so we have had to reduce the number of available seating indicated by a green tick, red cross are not for seating on.

 

Stewards will direct you for Holy Communion.

 

We are observing one metre distancing and of course face coverings are required, I do have a supply if you forget to bring yours.

 

There will be no offertory procession or collection during Mass, but a box is available in the porch for you to leave your offering.

 

Gathering in groups in the church after Mass is not permitted, so please leave the church straight after Mass, starting from the backrow and leaving under the guidance of the Stewards, then out onto the church grounds grass area, were you will be able to chat to those you haven't seen for a while, bearing in mind social distancing.

 

Refreshments will not be available after Mass.

 

Please note: that only in a dire emergency there will be no

toilet facilities.

 

All this will only continue until we return to normality without any restrictions due to this terrible pandemic.

 

I remind you, that please be assured that you are currently not obliged to attend Sunday Mass.

 

Out of concern for others, you ought not to attend if the following apply:

1)You are sick, for example, if you are experiencing cold or flu like symptoms,

 

2) You are experiencing symptoms of a serious illness, or if you are in the “vulnerable” category (the elderly, people with weakened immune systems, people with long term conditions such as cancer, diabetes, heart conditions etc.)

 

3)It is envisaged that the Sunday obligation will not be imposed until the latter phases of the lifting of restrictions.

 

 

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31st May

Congratulations to winners of 100 Club, Friends of St Theresa’s of the Child Jesus Church Totton, for the month of May 2020:

Rosemary Bugbee

Jean Taplin

Margaret Jarvis

CAFOD

Coronavirus Appeal

Coronavirus (Covid-19) has now spread worldwide, with confirmed cases in several countries where we work. Its spread to countries with poor health systems will be devastating. Our local experts need your support to continue protecting lives.

Catholics admitted to Hospitals

It is important when a Catholic is admitted to hospital, the family ensure that the Catholic Chaplaincy is contacted so that appropriate support can be given. As access to the hospital may be restricted, it is suggested that the patient have a note to give to hospital staff on admission notifying staff that they are Catholic and would appreciate the Catholic chaplaincy service. This could be followed up by a telephone call from the family to the ward making the request.

Thank you from CAFOD

Many thanks for sending in the Lent fast day collection especially in these difficult times. Please thank the parishioners from Lyndhurst for their generous donation of £259 and from Totton for £816.63​

 

Message from Fr Gerry  19th April

I celebrate Mass everyday for the intentions of our parishioners, and for God to save his children from this deadly scourge. Let us continue to pray for one another that we keep well.

It is with sadness that we have to announce the passing of, Hilary Kathleen Hartley-Ayres, Mary Raphael Burton and Michelle Brigid Morrison. Please pray for the repose of their souls and also for healing and consolation for their families at this sad time, may they Rest In Peace and Rise in Glory.

Please pray for the following members of our community who are ill or housebound: Bella Calder, Claire Sorrell, Tony Wright, John Tobin, Christopher Brown, Peggy Crooke, Greg Borkowski, Jay Dosanjh, John Vidal, Clara Nolan, Eve Barry, Ray & Mary Templeman, Chris Phelan, Miss Fahim, Alaric Rosman and Mary Taylor. For all those in nursing homes or hospital and other Parish Family members who are ill or need our prayers.

Spiritual Communion:

Prayer of St Alphonsus Liguori - For the times in the days and weeks ahead where you will be unable to attend Mass and receive Holy Communion, you can still reach out to Christ in the Blessed Sacrament with an act of Spiritual Communion. When you are watching a livestream of the Mass, at the time when you would normally receive Communion you can instead say this prayer (written by the 18th Century Italian Saint Alphonsus Liguori):

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

 

Masses on the internet:  You can find many daily Masses from different Catholic parishes available on the internet. Go to www.churchestv.com; http://www.churchservices.tv : http://www.mcnmedia.tv  and https://www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk. Also here: https://www.rpbooks.co.uk/holy-mass-online. For Sunday Mass with Fr Denis McBride, Redemptorist scholar

Financial support for the parish: For many of you this crisis will involve financial hardship and I do understand that. But, this crisis will also significantly affect the upkeep of our parishes. I'd like to thank those who are continuing to contribute by Standing Order or Direct debit. For those who use the envelope scheme or give cash each Sunday, perhaps you will consider setting aside an amount each week that you can afford. You could put the contribution in a marked envelope and keep it until such a time when it can be handed in. If you wish to contribute by Standing Order or Direct Debit instead please contact the parish office.

To Fr David, Fr Abraham, Fr George, Fr Gerry

and Deacons Anthony, Ian, Stephen, and Steve

Easter is a time to give thanks for the new life

given through Christ’s resurrection.

It is also a time to ask God’s blessings for you,

For all you give and all you do.

With Gratitude and Prayers

from your Parishioners.

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