Newsletters during the Coronavirus for Totton/Lyndhurst

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CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES  2021   

   

Our Lady of the Assumption, Lyndhurst

 

Christmas Eve    Carols 6.30pm Holy Mass 7pm

 

Christmas Day    Nativity of the Lord 9am   

 

Boxing Day          9am                      

 

 

St Theresa’s, Totton

 

Christmas Eve  Carols 8.30pm Holy Mass 9pm

 

Christmas Day  Nativity of the Lord 10.30am

 

Boxing Day       10.30am

 

 

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GOD’S CREATION – PASTORAL LETTER FROM BISHOP PHILIP

7th November 2021

 

At this time, the COP26 Climate Change Conference is taking place in Glasgow.

World leaders and experts are discussing how best to tackle the environmental emergency the world faces. Let us ask the Holy Spirit to guide them towards a good outcome. Let us also ask the Holy Spirit to change our own attitudes and

lifestyles, so that we will be more virtuous stewards of God’s creation.

 

Sadly, much popular discussion about climate change, however welcome,is shallow or functional: the loss of animal habitats, the mess passed on to the grandchildren, melting ice-caps and rising sea levels, the damage caused by extreme weather. Vested interests focus on the climate emergency whilst ignoring the emergency of poverty and inequality, excessive consumption and the  throwaway culture. What is missing here is an important ecological triad: love of God - love of humanity - love of creation. This integral vision - love of God and love of humanity leading to love of creation – should make us as Catholics people of immense ecological passion. We love the Earth because God has made it: the Spirit hovered over the waters. He has given it to us so that in Christ we can build a Kingdom of justice, peace and love for all. This is why ecological concern must be about more than recycling however important. The way we treat the Earth is linked to the way we treat others, and vice versa.

 

 The Church’s vision is gloriously comprehensive. God has created this passing world in all its beauty, splendour, diversity and interdependence. Every creature is a ‘sacramental’ with its own intrinsic grammar pointing to Him. There is a hierarchy of creatures, plants and animals, with humanity the summit of His work. Human beings, made in God’s image and likeness, lie at the crossroads between the visible and the invisible, with bodies that come from the earth and souls that come from above, and God has entrusted the whole world to our care.

 

He loves this blue planet, so precious and fragile, the third from the Sun, speeding through space at eighteen miles a second: He loves it with a limitless love. To damage it, to squander its resources, to mistreat animals and wreck the climate, to abuse fellow humans or to deprive those less fortunate of what they need, is to commit a grave sin.

 

 Today, the Earth our sister cries out to us. The way things are going is not right. We need to change, to do our bit. We must hear the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. In Christ and in the Holy Spirit, we must seek to resolve the crisis by adopting a simpler, more sustainable way of living, with less consumerism, within a new economic order advantageous to the needy. What can we do? As Catholics, we should work with other environmentalists to promote the care of  creation and the integral ecological conversion that is needed.

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Our Lady of the Assumption Lyndhurst & St Theresa of the Child Jesus Totton

Lifting restrictions 19th July 2021

 

Our primary aim is to keep all safe as best we can who use our churches. Most legal restrictions to control COVID-19 have been lifted at step 4.

As COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, it is important that we all use personal judgement to manage our own risk. All of us can play our part by exercising common sense and considering the risks. There following are steps everyone should take to reduce the risk of transmission:

Social distancing

There are no longer restrictions on group sizes for attending communal worship. COVID-19 has not gone away, so it’s important to remember the actions we can take to keep ourselves and others safe. Everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious.

 

However, to minimise risk at a time of high prevalence, we should limit the close contact we have with those we do not usually live with. This includes minimising the number, proximity, and duration of social contacts. We ask you not to gather in church to socialise after Mass.

 

Entry On entering the church please observe a distance between others whist entering and leaving and at Communion. Follow the one-way route.

Hand sanitisers are still available for your use. As before located in porch to use on entry and exit from the church.

Face Coverings. Wearing of a face covering are now a personal choice. Please continue to use your face covering. It is sensible as a congregation to wear face covering for a little longer.

Track and Trace. Will continue for the present. Either by Q.R. code or by us taking contact phone number.

Seating. Is not restricted by a distance of 2 meters but please leave room between different families.

Communion. Marshalls will as previously direct congregation to go forward for communion starting from rear of church. Please allow a little distance between each other. Avoid close contact.

Singing. Is now permitted by a Cantor or small choir in a designated area.

Weddings, funerals and other life events. There are no longer limits on the number of people who can attend these services. 

Keeping yourself and others safe. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19, even if they’re mild, should not attend. They should self-isolate immediately and get a PCR test.

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DEATH The parish family commiserates with the family of Darren Stevens and Stephanie Chessman over the death of their beloved Toddler, Baby Hughie Colin Alan Stevens. Baby Hughie will be buried on Wednesday 14th July 2021 after a funeral service at St Theresa Totton at 11.00am. We pray for healing and consolation for the family of Darren and Stephanie.

 

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Easter Collection - Thank You

 

Thank you to everyone who promoted, supported, and gave so generously to the Easter Collection for our parish priests.

 

Your kind contributions and support were very gratefully received and were a real testimony to the appreciation and care for our parish priests working across our Diocese, bringing people Closer to Jesus Christ through His Church.

 

Thank you again for your continued and ongoing support.

(Finance dept Diocese)

 

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The Easter Sunday Collection traditionally supports our Parish Priests, in recognition for all the dedication, guidance and care they give across our Diocese and in each Parish. 

If you would like to give a gift to support Father Gerry in his Vocation and Mission this Easter, please click on the link below:

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There are no parish announcements for 31st January

ANNOUNCEMENTS 24th January 2021

Of course, you can still offer Masses for your intentions. You can quickly reach me at fathergerryo@yahoo.co.uk ; Tel: 07828556917; 023 80862270.

It is a Christian charity to carry each other along through our prayers, phone calls, 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 parish family: The late Mrs Elefriede Ward will be buried from St. Theresa’s Totton with the Holy Mass on Friday 29th January 2021 at 12.30pm. Our condolences go to her family. May her soul and the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

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 17th January 2021

Unfortunately, we are back to general lockdown. Our consolation is that we still have our weekday and Sunday Masses as usual but conscious of the health restrictions and ethics. Of course, you can still offer Masses for your intentions. You can quickly reach me at fathergerryo@yahoo.co.uk ; Tel: 07828556917; 023 80862270.

It is a Christian charity to carry each other along through our prayers, phone calls, 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!

Deaths in parish family

With heart full of sorrow, we announce the passing on of beloved devout parishioners: the late Mrs Daphne Hine whose funeral Mass comes up on Friday 22nd January 2021 at St. Theresa’s Totton at 1.00pm and the late Mrs Elefriede Ward who will be buried from St. Theresa’s Totton with the Holy Mass on Friday 29th January 2021 at 12.30pm. Our condolences go to their families. May their souls and the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

Mass Intention

We offer the 10.30am Mass for the happy repose of the soul of Ruby Payn Sunday 17th January 2021 at St Theresa’s Totton.

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 10th January 2021

 

Unfortunately we are back to general lockdown. Our consolation is that we still have our weekday and Sunday Masses as usual but conscious of the health restrictions and ethics. Of course, you can still offer Masses for your intentions or offering to the parish.

You can quickly reach me at fathergerryo@yahoo.co.uk ; Tel: 07828556917; 023 80862270.

 

It is a Christian charity to carry each other along through our prayers, phone calls, 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!

 

 

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

 

No Newsletter for 10th January as, due to the Government's National lockdown, the Administrator is furloughed.

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God’s Blessing upon you all for the New Year 2021

Many thanks to Our Lord and Saviour for enabling us to celebrate His Birthday in our Parish with so much joy. Also, thanks to all who helped with the preparations for the Christmas celebrations, those who cleaned and decorated the Church so beautifully. Thanks to the Special Ministers of the Eucharist, the Readers collectors and altar servers, flower arrangers and church cleaners for their diligent support throughout the year.

Thank you to everyone in the parish for your prayers and commitment, your love of God and your support. A special thank you to those whose faith, good

works and service is known only to God.

On a personal note, I wish to thank you all for your generous gifts to me in the Christmas offering, your personal gifts and cards. I ask God our loving

Father, the Baby Jesus and God the Holy Spirit to bless and reward all of you abundantly. May you continue to have a wonderful celebration of God’s presence in your lives through this Christmas season and happiness in the New Year.

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Fr. Gerry and Deacon Stephen wish a very happy, blessed and joyful Christmas tide to all our parishioners their family members and relatives and all our visitors to our parish during this Holy season. If you are going away for the Christmas Celebrations and holiday period, we wish you a blessed and holy Christmas. We wish you safe journeys to and from your destinations and an enjoyable and relaxed time. If you are staying at home, we look forward to seeing you over the Christmas period.

Fr Gerry gratefully thanks Parishioners for their Christmas cards and gifts.

The Christmas offering is your personal gift to Fr. Gerry and makes up part of his personal income for the coming year. Thank you for your generosity!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS 13th December

We thank God we are back to weekday and Sunday Masses. Effectively this is a return to the previous Covid-secure protocols. We now encourage our parishioners to come back to parish Masses. The Lord wants us to come back to him in this holy season of Advent in preparation for our Christmas celebrations. Of course, you can still offer Masses for your intentions or offering to the parish; Christmas offerings, gifts, and cards 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.

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!

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

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ANNOUNCEMENTS 29th November

 

Reopening of Churches

 

For private prayer 

the church is open at St Theresa’s Totton

Monday 30th Novembe

Tuesday 1st December with exposition of the Blessed Eucharist 10 -11.00am.

 

Re opening of churches for public worship

With gratitude to God we announce that the Government has authorised worshipping communities to reopen their places of worship starting from 2 December in all Local Restriction Tiers.

Effectively this is a return to the previous Covid-secure protocols.

We now encourage our parishioners to come back to our weekday and Sunday Masses at the usual time.

The Lord wants us to come back to him in this holy season of Advent.

 

Mass: Wednesday 2nd December we have our usual 9.30am Mass in the church. 

Thursday 3rd December We will celebrate 10.00am Mass at Lyndhurst

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.

 

I hope we all enjoyed the Day of Prayer and Fasting for an end to Corona virus Pandemic with Bishop Philip which took place last Friday 27th November 2020. What an enriching experience! May the blessings of the Day ever remain with us.

 

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 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

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

 

New Forest District Council

It’s #FuelPovertyAwarenessDay

Are you in receipt of low income and struggle to pay your fuel bills and stay warm, especially in winter? You are not on your own – help is available.

For advice and support, contact the Hitting the Cold Spots team on 0800 804 8601 (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm) or email  staywarm@environmentcentre.com

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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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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