Newsletters during the Coronavirus for Waterside- Hythe & Holbury

From Father Abraham

Sunday 17th January 2021

Mass St Michael’s, Hythe 10 am  Intention :People of the Parish

Weekday Mass

Tuesday                    19th January             9 a.m St.Michael's

Wednesday              20th January             9 a.m St.Michael's

Thursday                   21st January             9 a.m St.Michael's

Saturday                   23rd January            9 a.m St.Michael's

All those who are in shielding please do take care.

Please be vigilant in following the safety measures in and around the church at all times:

2 metre distance,

sanitiser and mask at all times.

Please stay at home if you think is not safe outside.

Our church needs to be as safe as possible - so please co-operate with stewards and follow their instructions without fail. We request all to be responsible in listening to the safety measures of the stewards.

Please attend Online mass - all those who cannot come to the church for various reasons. There are few online links - please do attend.

Death in the parish

R.I.P Mrs Freda Ward

I have been asked to contact St Michaels RC Parish Church by the daughter Mrs Patricia  Norman of the late Mrs Freda Ward to say Freda  passed peacefully away on 10th January 2021 in the presence of her daughter and granddaughter. She was for many years part of St Michaels RC Church choir. She had moved to Totton a few years ago but has many friends in the Waterside parish.

The  funeral will be late January 2021 ( date to be decided) at St Theresa's RC Church in Totton.

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 Father Abraham  11th January

Weekday Mass

Tuesday                    12th January 9am St Michael’s

Wednesday              13th January 9am St Michael’s

Saturday                   16th January 9am St Michael’s

Our church needs to be as safe as possible - so please co-operate with stewards and follow their instructions without fail. We request all to be responsible in listening to the safety measures of the stewards.

Please be vigilant in following the safety measures in and around the church at all times.

2 metre distance, sanitiser and mask at all times.

All those who are shielding please do take care.

Please stay at home if you think is not safe outside.

Please attend  Online mass - all those who cannot come to the church for various reasons.

SEE BELOW FOR ON-LINE STREAMING OF THE MASS

From Fr Abraham 3rd January

 

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

Mass Intention                    People of the Parish

 

Weekday Masses

Tuesday        5th January

Wednesday   6th January   the Solemnity of Epiphany

Thursday       7th January

Friday            8th January

 

Fr Abraham would like to thank everyone for their generous gifts and offerings at Christmas.

Thank you very much for your thoughts, cards and good wishes.

 

Fr.Abraham

 

 

HOLY FAMILY OF JESUS , MARY AND JOSEPH

27th December

Mass 27th December  @10 a.m St Michael’s

Mass Intention - People of the Parish

Weekday Mass

Tuesday 29th December              9 a.m

Wednesday 30th December       9 a.m

Thursday 31st December              9.a.m

Friday  1st Jan 2021                      9.a.m

As regards the Christmas Offering, the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has decreed that any collections taken on Christmas Day and throughout the Octave will make up the Christmas Offering this year, including Sunday 27th December. This is partly to make up for the reduced Easter Offering this year due to COVID. The Easter and Christmas offerings are a significant element making up the salary of our clergy.

Thanks

Fr.Abraham

From Fr Abraham 24th December

1.Christmas is a celebration of Joy - the Good News of Joy - God's Love for Humanity. He sends His only Son for us.

2. Our God does not live apart from us, somewhere far above but among us.

3. God comes to our poverty, troubles, sickness, pain, weakness, and sin to sanctify us.

4.It is the celebration of our Salvation. Salvation is the result of Grace and Forgiveness To save from Sin.

5.Christmas is the celebration of Light. Good News of Light. God's Light dispels the darkness of selfishness and sin.

6.God came to save from Fear - Adam and Eve was frightened when they sinned so did the shepherds at first but believed in God's messenger.

7. Christmas is a message for All. Look at the crib- wisemen, poor shepherds - Full of Grace - Mary - Just man Joseph - foder of animals and animals.

8. The Fellowship that was lost in the Paradise by sin was restored in the Manger - man who disowned woman at Eden in in the manger - but with a difference - not disowning but by acceptance. Man, who hid in the garden - is in the open

9. God's presence makes humanity at peace with nature which was lost in the paradise. Only by coming to God, we are in peace - Man and Nature.

10.If God was born in the manger - so all could gather - if it were in a Palace - common people could be deprived to be there - when life becomes empty due to sin - God empties Himself and comes to our aid.

 

 

Christmas Responsibility

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To find the Lost

To bandage the wounded

To feed the hungry

To release the captives#

To establish peace among brothers and sisters.

 

Reminder

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God is the Source of Peace - which is required for Human fulfilment/contentment

God gives peace to those who obey him and listen

So, we ought to love Peace and share.

 

Shepherds

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They believed

Went in a hurry

They let others know about Good News

They worshipped God.

 

Holy Family

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Mary, Joseph's tiring journey for God - became refugees - birth in a manger - feel at the crib the feeling of Mary and Joseph

 

All sorts of Poverty and poor has to be included in our Celebration - Spiritual, emotional - those who have not been loved in life - challenged in many ways - elderly parents forsaken by children - orphans - any form of slavery - homeless

 

Poor in Spirit - rich consider their wealth as God and worship it    - Poor considers God as their Wealth - considers everything as God's Gift.

 

 

FR. ABRAHAM AND THE PPC WISH EVERYONE A VERY HAPPY AND BLESSED CHRISTMAS

MAY CHILD JESUS BE BORN INTO THE MANGER OF OUR HEART - PARISH FAMILY AND ALL.

WE PRAY FOR ALL DEPARTED DURING THE LAST YEAR - AND THEIR FAMILIES

 

Thanks

Fr. Abraham

From Fr Abraham 20th December : 4th Sunday of Advent

ALL SERVICES ARE AT ST MICHAEL’S, HYTHE

Sunday Mass  20th December at 10 a.m  

Mass Intention : People of the Parish

Mass Next Week

Tuesday 22nd December  at 9 a.m

Thursday 24th December at 9 a.m

Christmas Eve :Thursday 

 5 p.m Recorded Carol Service followed by Mass @ 5.30p.m

Christmas Day Mass : Friday  10 a.m

 

4th Sunday of Advent:  Points for Reflection

Lk.1/26-38

1. When an unexpected news comes - whether good or bad - it carries an element of surprise.

2. When angel brings the Goodnews to Mary - she is not a passive instrument through whom God's plan is to be fulfilled - Mary's cooperation - willingness is very important. So is our willingness for God to work through us

3.Mary's accepts God's Word and gives her consent

4. She is given a huge responsibility - who is very young  - she could have said excuses but did not - what do we do?

5.She was invited to put her freedom, reputation and everything at the service of God  - when we are asked to make small sacrifices - how do we respond?

6.She was almost stretching her faith to its limit but Trusted God.

7.Though she did not consider herself worthy to he chosen as an instrument of God's plans - accepted God's plan willingly in humility.

8.Mary is central to the understanding of the Christmas message.- we are invited to allow God to take control of our lives

9. The difficulty we face is our illusion that we are in control and are in charge of our destiny.

10. Our lack of openness is a huge hindrance for God's power to manifest through us as we think we have control of all that happens.

11. Our history is in God's hand - it is not our plans but His plan that matter.

12. God is knocking at our door - seeking an entrance

13 Advent liturgy talks about Light and Darkness -  The Light of Christ offers comfort and warmth but it also exposes the dark areas of our lives which needs to be put right.

14. Darkness is an unhappy state so Light needs to be accepted at Christmas.

Church Funding

A general online donations platform has also been set up for our parish and can be accessed by clicking the red button below:

 

 

FROM BISHOP PHILIP - CLERGY CHRISTMAS DONATION

This Christmas we celebrate and give thanks for all the dedication, guidance and care our priests give us throughout our Diocese and in each Parish.

The chief shepherd, Bishop Philip, and the Diocesan Curia have designed a webpage which will henceforth be used for the Christmas & Easter donations to the Priests of the Diocese of Portsmouth.

Many people showed their concerns when last Easter the closure of our Churches greatly affected their willingness to do this according to their various dispositions.

 

If you would like to give a gift to support your Parish Priest – Father Abraham - in his vocation and mission, please click on the link  below

 

 https://donate.giveasyoulive.com/fundraising/waterside-clergy-christmas-collection

THE BISHOP WRITES:

Diocesan Survey and Questionnaire

Some months ago, I asked clergy to share their thoughts in relation to three questions that I posed about the state of our Diocese, to inform the development of the long term plans and priorities: what they thought was good about the diocese, that we should celebrate; what might be identified as the challenges across our diocese; and what we may need to put in place to develop further our mission.

We now want to understand better what you the people and parishioners of our Diocese think and what you consider is important as we journey in faith together. This will help us all to develop plans and priorities for the Diocese so that we can truly be faithful missionary people in a flourishing and vibrant Diocese that brings the joy and hope of the Gospel message to our communities and the wider world. The online questionnaire will run over Christmas and into the New Year.

Already we have had several hundred replies. The survey will take between 10 and 20 minutes of your time as there are a few areas to cover and I would like as much detail as you are happy to give. The views and thoughts from people who no longer come to church is also important to us so please do encourage those you think might want to have a say to also complete as much of the questionnaire as is relevant to them.

We will publish the results in the Spring and as I said earlier it will inform my thinking about our priorities for the next few years. In advance, thank you for your help.

The link can  be found on the diocesan website www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk and there is a paper version for those unable to access the digital version: leave a message with name and address for Chris Smith our Director of Communications on 023 9421 6496.

We will publish the results in the Spring.

From Father Abraham

3rd Sunday of Advent 13th December

 

Sunday Mass 13th December   10 a.m St.Michael’s

Mass Intention:  People of the Parish

 

Weekday Masses 

Tuesday                    15th December       9am

 

Wednesday             16th December        9am

 

Thursday                   17th December        9 a.m

 

Clergy Christmas Collection

This is for your parish priest, Fr Abraham, and forms a part of his ordinary income for the year.

Fr Abraham thanks you all in advance for your kindness and generosity.

And thanks to all those who have already given kind gifts and cards and assurances of prayer.

 

BOOKING FOR

CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY MASS

You may book a seat for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Mass from 6th December onwards.

Please ring the parish office to book. 02380 843479

Christmas Services at St Michael’s, Hythe

Christmas Eve         5 p.m

Christmas Day         10.a.m

 

 

From Fr Abraham Sunday 6th December

Sunday 6th December Mass @ 10 a.m St Michael’s , Hythe

Mass Intention :  People of the Parish

Mass next week at St Michael’s, Hythe

Monday        7th December  9a.m

Tuesday        8th December  9 a.m

Wednesday 9th December  9 a.m

BOOKING FOR

CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY MASS

You may book a seat for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Mass from 6th December onwards.

Please ring the parish office to book. 02380 843479

Christmas Services at St Michael’s, Hythe

Christmas Eve         5 p.m

Christmas Day         10.a.m

    GO TO Coronavirus:  Dominican Sisters of St Joseph’s Sway for things to do during Advent.

From Fr Abraham 29th November

 

Private Prayer:Sunday 29th November : 1st Sunday of Advent  -2-3 pm

 

WEEKDAY MASS TIMES St.Michael's

3rd December Thursday 9 a.m

4th     "             Friday         9 a.m

5th     "             Saturday    9 a.m

 

Stay Safe, Stay Well

 

BOOKING FOR SUNDAY MASS

Booking is open for a seat for 6th December Sunday Mass at 10 a.m. Please ring the parish office to book. 02380 843479

 

BOOKING FOR CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY MASS

You may book a seat for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Mass from 6th December onwards.

Please ring the parish office to book. 02380 843479

Christmas Eve Mass 5pm    St Michael's

Christmas Day Mass 10am  St Michael's

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

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

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.

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

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.