Newsletters during the Coronavirus for Waterside- Hythe & Holbury

Fr Abraham's Homily can be found on the parish page.

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

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.

TIMES OF LIVE STREAMING OF MASS ST JOHN’S CATHEDRAL, PORTSMOUTH

Monday – Saturday 12.15pm

Saturday - 6pm Sunday Vigil Mass

Sunday- 8am, 10am,  12noon,  6pm

DAY OF PRAYER & FASTING FOR AN END TO PANDEMIC

Bishop Philip is calling for

“Twenty-Four Hours with the Lord”

from the Cathedral on Fri 27 Nov with Mass, prayer, Rosary

and All-Night Eucharistic Adoration livestreamed.

Please join in the Watching List

by emailing:

cathedral@portsmouthdiocese

15th November

SUNDAY 15th NOVEMBER   St Michael’s is open for

private prayer at 10-11 a.m

WEEK DAY OPENING TIMES FOR PRIVATE PRAYER

NOT OPEN MONDAY 16th NOVEMBER

TUESDAY  17th  NOVEMBER       10-11 am

WEDNESDAY 18th NOVEMBER 10-11 am

THURSDAY 19th  NOVEMBER    10-11 am

FRIDAY 20th NOVEMBER             10-11 am

SATURDAY 21st NOVEMBER        2-3 p.m

SUNDAY 22nd NOVEMBER           2-3 p.m

I will offer Mass Privately every day and Pray for Holy Souls.

Stay well.Stay safe.

I will keep all your intentions at Mass and will pray for you.

Fr Abraham

 

Bitesize

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

During lockdown St.Michael's will be open  

for individual prayer 

Sunday 8th November                               10-11am

Monday  9th November  -                           1-2 pm

NOT TUESDAY

Wednesday 10th November  -                   10-11am

NOT THURSDAY OR FRIDAY

Saturday 14th November       -                  2-3pm

Sunday 15th November -                          10- 11 am

 

Please contact the office if any queries

Telephone: 02380 843479

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

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

 

From Fr Abraham 1st November 2020

Sunday Mass at 10 a.m (ALL SAINTS DAY)

Second collection for Bamenda

Weekday Masses:

Monday - ALL SOULS DAY - 9 a.m

Tuesday   Mass at 9a.m

Wednesday Cecilia Davis' requiem Mass 

Thursday   Mass at 9a.m

Friday   Mass at 9a.m

Stay Safe , Stay Happy

Fr.Abraham

From Fr Abraham   26th October

Next Sunday We celebrate the ALLSAINTS DAY

Next Monday ALL SOULS DAY

November is the month to pray for our departed souls. If we want Mass to be offered throughout the month, please give your mass intentions for all departed from the family ,friends and relations in goodtime

Next weekend second collection for Bamenda

Thanks

Fr.Abraham

Fom Fr Abraham 25th October

 

Sunday Mass at 10 am St Michael’s

 

Mass intention: . People of the Parish, Jane RIP

 

Weekday Mass - Tuesday and Friday at 9 am

 

Our parishioner Cecilia Davis died this week. R.I.P.

Our condolences and prayers to the family.

 

Stay Safe, Stay well

Fr.Abraham

From  Fr Abraham   18th October

Sunday Mass           10 a.m St Michael’s

Mass Intention :    People of the Parish

Weekday Mass - There is a time change on weekday mass - Please note Wednesday (21st) and Thursday (22nd). @ 9.30 a.m St Michael’s

Stay Safe, Stay Well.

11th October from Fr Abraham

Sunday Mass :-                    10 a.m @ St.Michael’s

Mass Intention :-                    People of the Parish

Weekday Mass:-                  Tuesday ,Wednesday and                                                          Frida @ 9am

Booking a seat at Mass:-    Telephone the office

                                               02380 843479

Stay Well, Stay Safe,

Fr Abraham

RED BOXES AND MISSION SUNDAY

Missio have appealed for funds.

Red Boxes cannot be collected at present and on 18 October there is usually a collection for Missio.

Missio have asked that contributions from Red Boxes or for Mission Sunday should be sent direct to them by either cheque to Red Box, Eccleston Square London SW1V 1NU, by phone on 020 7821 9755, or online at missio.org/redbox.

Sunday 4th October: From Fr Abraham

Sunday Mass at 10a.m @St.Michael’s

Mass Intention :People of the Parish

Sunday Mass Booking - Telephone the Office 02380 843479

Weekday Mass - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday @9a.m.

Mass at 10 am on Sunday 27th September

Mass Intention:  People of the Parish

 

Weekday Mass - Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 9 a.m.

 

One of our Parishioners, Rita Evans, died last week.

Let us pray for her repose of the Soul.

We offer our condolences to the bereaved family.

 

Stay well, stay happy.

 

Thanks

 

Greetings from Fr.Abraham   20th September

 

Mass Intention. People of the Parish

 

Weekday Mass this week - 22nd Tuesday and 23rd Wednesday

Mass Booking - Telephone the Office  02380 843479

If anyone wants to give mass intentions, you are free to do so.

 

Stay Safe Stay Well.

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Sunday 13th September

 

Sunday Mass                                 10a.m St.Michael’s.

Mass Intention                                People of the Parish

Weekday Mass                               Tuesday and Wednesday                                                           15th &16th at 9 a.m.

Sunday Mass Booking                   Telephone the office                                                                    02380 843479

 

Stay Safe - Stay Well

 

Fr.Abraham

Sunday 6th September

WHERE TWO OR THREE ARE GATHERED IN MY NAME

 I SHALL BE THERE WITH THEM"

 

Sunday Mass at 10 am. St Michael’s church

 

Mass Intention: . People of the Parish and for intentions of Anthony, Michael and Edward Blacker.

 

Weekday Masses  - Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 9 a.m

 

STAY SAFE, STAY WELL.

 

PLEASE DO THE  BOOKING FOR MASS THE SAME WAY FROM MONDAY FOR NEXT SUNDAY.

 

CONGRATULATIONS AND WELCOME TO ANTHONY SCOT BLACKER, MICHAEL XAVIER BLACKER AND EDWARD BENEDICT BLACKER  ON THE BLESSED OCCASSION OF CONFIRMATION AND FIRST HOLY COMMUNION.

 

GOD BLESS YOU ALL ABUNDANTLY. IT IS INDEED A PROUD MOMENT.

 

Fr Abraham

 

 

Fr Abraham 30th August

 

30th AUGUST

We will have Sunday Mass now onwards at

St.Michael's at 10 a.m.

Booking is required for each Sunday Mass.

If we do not have Stewards on a particular Sunday we will keep you informe, otherwise there will be Sunday Mass.

Our capacity is 28 spaces.

 

People with Flu symptoms should keep away.

Toilet not in use except very urgent cases.

 

Mass Intention. - People of the Parish

Weekday Mass this week - Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 9 a.m.

 

Next Sunday -6th September at 10 a.m Mass

Anthony Scot Blacker will have Reception, Confirmation and Communion.

Michael Xavier Blacker and Edward Benedict Blacker will have First Holy Communion.

We wish them God's Blessings on this special Occasion.

 

 

Please Listen to the guidance of Stewards at all times while you are in the Church for Mass.

One way Entry and Exit.

 

Stay Safe, Stay Well.

 

 

23rd August

Mass Intention:  People of the Parish

 

THERE IS NO PUBLIC MASS ON 23/08/20.

 

WE HAVE MASS ON THE

 TUESDAY, THURSDAY AND FRIDAY DURING THE WEEK.

 

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!GOOD NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WE WILL HAVE MASS ON THE 30TH AUGUST (SUNDAY) at 10 am.

ANYONE WHO WISH TO PARTICIPATE NEEDS TO BOOK THEIR PLACES FOR MASS. BOOKING IS DONE BY  TELEPHONING

ON THE OFFICE NUMBER OR BY EMAIL.

 

THE MOST PREFERRED BOOKING IS BY PHONE. PLEASE TRY TO SPEAK TO ME ON PHONE, NOT TO LEAVE MESSAGES.

 

FOR THE MOST LATEST UPDATES CHECK ON THE OFFICE WINDOW AT ST.MICHAEL'S.

 

Thanks

Fr.Abraham

15th August

 

Mass Intention: . People of the Parish.

 

No Public Sunday Mass on 16/08/2020  as there aren't sufficient number of Stewards and  Cleaners.

 

Next week we will have Mass at 9am on:

Monday 17th

Tuesday 18th

Wednesday 19th

 

Hope you all fine.

 

Stay Healthy, Stay Safe.

 

Fr Abraham

From Fr Abraham   9th August

Mass Intention : The people of the Parish.All parishioners and their intentions are celebrated at the mass. All who are sick and housebound.

We cannot have mass next week from August 10 - 15th . We do not have two stewards for the week. Though 15th August is a big day, we cannot open for public  mass.

Please check on office window and webpage for mass update.

I will offer mass everyday.

As per clear instructions and protocol, we cannot open without two stewards. No compromise on cleaning and safe practices. All who come for mass should listen to our Stewards on Safety of you and others.

When there is possibility, and battling with the question of existance and survival, we should keep aside small preferences and come forward to be volunteers so we can have Sunday masses. I appeal the entire parish, I mean entire parish to come forward to volunteer as Stewards and Cleaners without whom we cannot open with best of our willingness.It should be done only with happiness and joy by a person.

Only an appeal . Have no doubt appeal extends to all parishioners. Help me to be helped.

No one from the shielding bracket group and self isolating are allowed to be volunteers.

From Fr Abraham           1st August

Mass Intention: People of the Parish

We have No Sunday Mass on 2nd August as we have no stewards and cleaners for Sunday.

We have Weekday Masses Monday - Saturday 9am. Please avail one of these masses if possible.

We need volunteers outside shielding group.

Sacraments and others need to be catered by those who organise, like 2 stewards and 2 cleaners.

Stay Safe, Keep Well.

From Fr Abraham 26th July

 

Mass Intention Sunday - People of the Parish

 

There is no Public Sunday Mass tomorrow (26/07/2020) as there are no volunteers as Stewards and Cleaners.

 

We have Mass Monday to Friday at 9am coming week.

Each person present must act as a Steward and Cleaner for the weekday Masses.

Sanitise hands before entry and before leaving.

After Mass the Stewards will disinfectant all surfaces which have been touched, thoroughly - door handles, pews etc- with the wipes provided. Masks, gloves to be used. 

 

Instructions are displayed on office window, noticeboard and entrance of church.

2 Metre signage inside on all benches, entrance etc.

 

From Fr Abraham 19th July

Mass Intention: People of the parish

We have not yet got Stewards and Cleaners to open the Church on Sundays.

However, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we have mass at 9 am.

A few people have agreed to clean the spaces used during these Masses.

We have all safe practises, like mask, gloves and sanitiser. No gatherings outside in the campus as safety measure.

Stay Safe.

From Fr Abraham  12th July

 

Mass Intention  People of the parish

 

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy. 

 

NOTICE

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Dear Parishioners

We have made the request for volunteers from the entire parish.

Our Parish at this moment can hold Mass only at St.Michael's Church.

 

Volunteers for mass is for Our Parish Mass. Until now only 1person has shown interest to be a Volunteer.

We can have Parish Mass at St.Michael's if we have 2 stewards and cleaners available for EVERY Mass.

One step away. But an important step.

 

If we are to open for Mass, Stewards are required to: 

-show people to their seat while maintaining social distancing;

-take names and contact telephone numebrs for 'Track & Trace' 

-clean any areas which have been touched. 

We cannot open the church for Mass without Stewards.

Anyone who is fit and well and is not in any of the following Shielding groups can volunteer.

 

I am instructed to tell you by the Diocese that those who are especially vulnerable cannot be Stewards and are advised to stay at home and not attend Mass:

• those who are over 70,

• in the shielding group,

• or at especially high risk of infection

If you are in one of these groups you are advised to follow government guidelines and stay at home.

 

+ Anyone displaying symptoms that may indicate a COVID-19 virus infection MUST NOT attempt to come to church.

 

+ Our Bishops remind us that, at this time of pandemic, no one is obliged to go to Mass. Live streaming from many parishes around the world is still available.

 

 

Thanks

Fr.Abraham

 

From Fr Abraham 5th July

 

Mass Intention- People of the Parish.

Keep Well, I remember and pray for you in my daily mass and prayers.

 

N.B  I have tried to reach parishioners through a notice on St.Michael's office window, St.Bernard's , PPC members and the webpage to find volunteers to help open the church for Mass.  With all security measures we now have to have in place, as prescribed by the government & the Diocese, we can only have 28 people per Sunday mass which must be booked in via the parish office.

Unfortunately, I did not get any volunteers so it is not possible to open for Mass today.

For the time being St Bernard’s will not be opening for Sunday Mass.

 

The possibility is still there to open St Michael’s for Mass, provided I have 2 stewards and 2 cleaners per mass at least.

 

SO WE ARE NOT OPENING THIS SUNDAY, 5th JULY. 

OPENING FOR MASS NEXT SUNDAY, 12th JULY, WILL DEPEND ON VOLUNTEERS BEING IN PLACE

 

I apologise for any inconvenience caused. Fr.Abraham

 

For any update please contact the parish office number, the notice board/ office window at St.Michaels, and Pastoral area Webpage where you will find the latest updates

 

RE-OPENING OF CHURCHES FOR MASS

 

I will only be opening St Michael's for Mass and private prayer because I can keep to the strict safety guidelines there.

 

STEWARDS URGENTLY NEEDED OR

WE CANNOT OPEN FOR MASS AT ST MICHAEL’S

 

You will have heard on the News that the Government has allowed places of worship to open for services from 4th July.

 

It is important to reaffirm, at present, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended.

 

I know you are eager to return to Mass, but when you return please do not expect everything to be as it was before Lockdown.

We now have a list of extensive restrictions and requirements from the government, and Bishops of England and Wales, which have to be fulfilled before we can open for celebration of Mass with a congregation.

These are in place to avoid the transmission of the virus. Your safety is paramount.

These restrictions mean that the number of seats available for Mass will be greatly reduced.

You will have to ring or email the parish office to book a seat.

But we cannot open until we have Stewards in place.

 

 

Toilet facilities will not be available.

The 2m distancing will be in place.

No Stewards means I cannot safely open for Mass.

 

I am aiming to open for Mass on Sunday 12th July, BUT this is dependent on having the necessary number of Stewards in place. I feel we need to have the minimum of 3 Stewards on duty each week. If only 3 come forward, then they have to be available each week.

 

Before you volunteer to be a Steward:

 

Stewards can be parishioners from St Bernard's and/or St Michael's, providing they meet the criteria below.

 

Stewards have to be in good health and NOT from the 70+ vulnerable or shielding groups. 

 

They will have to clean areas of the church before the congregation arrives.

 

They will be required to ease the flow into church, so I'm afraid it is likely parishioners will have to queue.

 

They will ask you to sanitize your hands before entry and when leaving and advise you to wear a face covering.

 

They may also have to record your details to assist the Track and Trace system should it be needed.

 

They will have to ensure you keep a 2metre distance at all times and will direct you to a pew from the front of the church working their way backwards.

 

At the end of the service they will direct you out of church one pew at a time.

 

If you feel you can help, or wish to discuss this further, please ring or email the parish office:-

 

Contact Fr Abraham: Tel  02380 843479

Email: waterside@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk

 

From Fr Abraham 28th June 2020

 

Mass Intention:  People of the Parish

 

I hope you are all well and safe in this difficult time. Please let me know by phone  if you have special Intentions.

 

Important Information-

As per the regulations of the government, we are allowed to have Mass under guidelines from the 4th of July.

I have asked PPC members to reach the communications to as many people as possible.

We can open provided we have stewards and cleaners in place for each Mass. People who are willing to help, either telephone the office or contact any PPC member who is in contact with you.

We need to follow the safety of ourselves and others, so it cannot be compromised.

We can have not more than 28 people people per Mass at St.Michael's, which could be opened.

The other guidelines and instructions could be found on the noticeboard and office window at St.Michael's asap.

Provision is available under conditions.

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From Fr Abraham 21st June

 

Mass Intention: . For the people of the Parish.

 

For all people of my parish and their well being.

 

I hope you  are all fine and safe.

 

Please contact the office for any information.

 

We are trying to organise Stewards and Cleaners for opening church for Private Prayer.

 Once we have it in place we will let you know via our webpage, by phone enquiry or the noticeboard.

 From Fr Abraham 13th June

 

 Mass Intention:  For the people of the parish - a special   remembrance for the Holy Communion children

 

 I offer all your intentions at Mass

 

 I hope you all well and safe! Fr Abraham

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From Father Abraham 7th June

 

Mass Intention: People of the Parish

 

I offer my prayers and support to all of you.

 

Stay Safe and Alert.

31st May

From Fr Abraham

 

Intention :    For the people of the parish

Prayers:       For all intentions of parish for their good health

 

 

Contact Fr Abraham: Tel  02380 843479

Email: waterside@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk

 

 

24th May

From Fr Abraham

 

The Mass is offered for the People Of God

 

For a Special Intention

 

Fr.Abraham offers his prayers for all the Parishioners and anyone who is sick, who is bereaved at his daily mass.

 

Keep Safe and stay healthy.

 

Fr.Abraham

 

 

16th May

A message from Fr Abraham

 

There will be a Funeral service for Giorgio Di Carluccio on the 19th of May, Tuesday at Test Valley, Crematorium.

 

Mass Intention on Sunday    People of the Parish.

 

I am offering prayers for all parishioners every day and I send my good wishes to you all.

If anyone would like a particular Mass intention on a particular day, please ring me as I am saying Mass everyday.

 

Fr.Abraham

 

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.

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.

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.