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.
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
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.