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DUE TO AN AMAZING RESPONSE WE ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED AS A DROP OFF POINT.  WE WILL  UPDATE THIS MESSAGE AS SOON AS WE ARE OPEN AGAIN. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE INVOLVED.

Afghan Refugee Support  – Our Lady and All Saints will be a drop off point for donations to support Afghan refugees.

Please drop off donations on Thursdays between 6:00-8:00pm at the Parish Centre.  Please do not leave things at other times.

They will be taken from there to a central point for sorting and distribution.  At present they will go to the Muslim Food hub in West Bromwich for distribution to refugees in Birmingham.  Dudley is waiting to receive refugees soon.

Suitable donations are Clothes, Shoes, Warm clothes, Scarves and hats, Pyjamas, Socks, Underwear, Toiletries. Toothbrush kits, Small toys. Do feel free to make up shoeboxes of donations.   Thank You

FRONT DOORS OF CHURCH UPDATE– The front door of Church will be open for the 3 weekend Masses only,   Access to Church for Mass/Services in the week  will be via the Sacristy door only. Thank you for your understanding. 

400 CLUB 

Our Parish 400 Club is a way of raising funds for the upkeep of our Parish Buildings. This has been operating for almost 30 years and raised in excess of £190,000.00. Over these years it has funded a large percentage of the redecoration of the church, in addition has provided funds for a new sound system,a defibrillator, chairs for the Parish Centre along with crockery and hand dryers. We are currently going through a refurbishment of the Parish Centre being paid for by monies raised through the 400 Club.
It costs just £1 per week and weekly prizes are one of £75 one of £25 and four of £10.( drawn monthly). Should you be interested in joint this scheme, please contact our Parish Office

LIFTING OF LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS 

We do not want parishioners who are reluctant to return to Mass to be put off in any way. So, if we seem over cautious, please understand that this is out of concern for the greater good

At the weekend Church will now be open 25 minutes before Mass begins.

MASKS – Although the wearing of Masks is no longer law. The bishops of England and Wales and the Diocese has asked that we strongly encourage everyone (except those who are exempt) to wear one while in church and especially for singing.

SANITISER – Everyone who enters Church must sanitise their hands.

TRACK AND TRACE – Names must still be taken, however we now have the addition of a QR code which can be used by those that have the NHS app.

HOLY WATER – At this time the Holy Water stoups are to remain empty. However Holy Water is available in Church – please bring a small bottle to fill yourselves.

CHURCH LAYOUT – The numbers have been removed along with the green dots. Pews that have been split to give us more individual spaces are now fully open.  In order to make parishioners feel comfortable to come/return to Mass every other pew is still closed.  You can sit where they like in the pews that are open. Fr Philip has suggested that anyone who wishes to socially distance should sit in the side aisle pews.

CANDLE STANDS – You can now light candles. Please do not gather around the candle stands and be mindful of others.

SINGING – Congregation singing can now resume.  Please do wear a mask whilst singing.

HOLY COMMUNION – this is now take place at the usual time.  Fr Philip will give communion/blessing to those sitting in the middle pews and a extraordinary minister will give communion at each side. Please do return to your seats for the final blessing.

COLLECTION – the collection baskets will remain the porch.  Please do consider paying your donation by standing order or by using the donate option available on the Archdiocese of Birmingham website.

ALTAR SERVERS – Current regulations allow altar servers to assist at Mass where needed. Servers are invited to contact Fr Philip to resume duties in a limited and safe manner.  

READERS Thank you to those who have volunteered to read at Mass. We have completed a weekend rota for June /July and a weekday rota going forward into the future.  If anyone else would like to join the rota you are most welcome, please contact the parish office. If any readers want copies of the readings or any guidance, please speak to Fr Philip.  

ADULT INSTRUCTION – Due to government restrictions, adult instruction classes did not take place in 2020/21. It is expected that they will be possible later this year.  We hope to begin classes in October 2021, which will take place weekly (with the occasional break) until Easter on 4th April 2022.  

These classes are especially intended for;  

  • adults who are considering baptism and confirmation and becoming members of the Catholic Church  
  • adults who are already baptised in other denominations and are considering becoming members of the Catholic Church.  
  • adults who are already baptised Catholics, but have had little instruction in the Faith. 

Anyone who is interested in finding out more about this is asked to contact Fr Philip at the presbytery. When home visits are permitted, he hopes to make individual visits to meet up and talk about the process over the summer.   

For the time being, it is vital that anyone considering instruction comes to Mass on Saturday evening/Sunday each week and starts to engage as much as possible in the life of the Church.  

BAPTISMS – Currently baptism is only permitted when in danger of death. Baptisms will recommence in Church with a maximum of 30 from no sooner than Monday. 17th May. Baptisms with unlimited numbers attending will be permitted no sooner than Monday, 21st June.  

Parents requesting baptism are reminded that baptism can only be celebrated if the child has a baptised Catholic parent. Evidence of the Catholic parent’s baptism will be required (i.e. valid baptismal certificate) Under normal circumstances only children living within the parish can be baptised here.  

Those who have completed a booking form are now welcome to contact the presbytery to agree a date for a baptismal preparation session with Fr Philip, and a provisional date for the baptism after 17th May.  

Those who have made a telephone or other enquiry, are invited to obtain a booking form to be completed and returned to the presbytery.  

CHURCHES AND THE SPRING ROAD MAP. 

The Government made the following announcements on Monday 22nd February 2021.

During this current lockdown Funerals are able to continue with up to 30 people. Weddings and Baptisms are only allowed in exceptional circumstances – with numbers limited to 6.

From the 29 March 2021

  • Funerals can continue with up to 30 people.
  • Weddings will be allowed with up to 6 people.
  • Baptisms are only allowed in exceptional circumstances and limited to 6.

No earlier than the 12 April 2021

  • Funerals can continue with up to 30 people.
  • Weddings will be allowed with up to 15 people.
  • Baptisms are only allowed in exceptional circumstance and limited to 6.

No earlier than the 17 May 2021

  • Funerals can continue with up to 30 people.
  • Weddings will be allowed with up to 30 people.
  • Baptisms will be allowed with up to 30 people.

No earlier than the 21 June 2021

It is hoped that all legal limits on social contact will be lifted. At this time, we do not know what this will mean for collective worship with regards to social distancing and the use of face masks.

Until we are advised otherwise. we must all continue to follow the rules in place for collective worship.  Social distancing both inside and outside Church, the wearing of face coverings, provide contact details for Track and Trace purposes. Only those from one household or support bubble can sit together.  You are eligible to form a support bubble with another household of any size if:

  • you live by yourself – even if carers visit you to provide support,
  • you are the only adult in your household who does not need continuous care as a result of a disability.
  • your household includes a child who is under the age of one or was under that age on 2 December 2020.
  • your household includes a child with a disability who requires continuous care and is under the age of 5 or was under that age on 2 December 2020.
  • you are aged 16 or 17 living with others of the same age and without any adults.
  • you are a single adult living with one or more children who are under the age of 18 or were under that age on 12 June 2020.

For more details visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/making-a-support-bubble-with-another-household#who-can-make-a-support-bubble

Please follow the instructions of our stewards, as without these volunteers giving generously of their time, we would not be able to open Church at all.

If you have any questions/queries, please email olas.stourbridge@rcaob.org.uk

 

Follow the daily Readings at Mass. Universalis or Alive Publsihing

Make an Act of Spiritual Communion –  This can be done whilst you watch a live stream of Mass by saying the following prayer:

“My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment 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.”

The God Who Speaks Weekly Meditations by Fr Dries Van den Akker S.J on the Paintings of St Matthews Gospel by Peter Clare.  link 

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