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SYNOD PATHWAY – This is the second week we are reflecting on Communion. Please join us for one of our Thursday meetings in the Centre (10am or 7pm) if you are able, arrange your own meeting, or submit your reflections on the back of the sheet provided – which is available in the porch or on the newsletter page of this website.
COVID 19 GUIDANCE FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE OF BIRMINGHAM – from November 2021
- Anyone displaying any symptoms of covid-19 should stay at home and not travel to church or participate in person
- A mask must be worn at all times in Church unless you have a medical exception – is a requirement by law.
- Hand sanitiser is available to those attending the Church.
- That there is good ventilation and air throughout in the building; in this case. please wear warm clothes.
- Encouraging people to get vaccinated and have the booster jab when able.
- Anyone engaged in a form of pastoral ministry which involves ministry to the housebound, sick and vulnerable, should take regular lateral flow tests to ensure they are safe to do so. These are free from the NHS.
FOR INFORMATION THE FOLLOWING IS STILL IN PLACE –
- 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.
- CANDLE STANDS – You can now light candles. Please do not gather around the candle stands and be mindful of others.
- 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. . 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.
- BAPTISMS – Baptisms are now permitted with unlimited numbers attending. A list of those attending will be requested for track and trace. 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. Please contact the Parish Office for a Baptismal Application form.
- All of the above are in place to protect ourselves and others in Church. All of our stewards have carried out a lot of hard work to ensure that our Church remains open during the ongoing pandemic
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
“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