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29th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) 18th October 2020

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) 18th October 2020


Sun 18th Oct

10 am People of the Parish

11.30 am Pat McMahon, RIP

Mon 19th Oct Feria

7pm Anastatio Ryan, RIP

Tues 20th Oct Feria

10 am Berna Huckley, anniversary

Weds 21st Oct NO MASS


Thurs 22nd Oct St John Paul II, Pope

7pm Nora Mary Ryan, anniversary

Fri 23rd Oct Feria

10 am Denis F Ryan, anniversary

Sat 24th Oct Feria

5pm Ted Ryan, anniversary

Please pray for the sick and those who care for them, today especially for the frail elderly and for those who work as carers.

Our Parish Finances:

Our average offertory collection before the pandemic was £1000 per week. Your offertory collection contributes towards the running of the presbytery, church, parish centre and non-clergy salaries. The parish priest’s salary comes from baptisms, weddings, funerals and Easter & Christmas collections – all of which you are very generous.

Fr Peter

Father Peter is continuing to recover from his recent operation. He is very grateful for all the support and would really appreciate your continued prayers.

Secondary School Transfer Forms:

If you were unable to have your child’s form signed by Fr Peter, please post them through the presbytery letterbox with details of their baptism and First Holy Communion. You will be advised when the forms are ready to collect.

First Holy Communions 2021:

Registration is currently open for anyone in Year 3 or above who would like to prepare to make their First Holy Communion in May 2021. Please email Holly for a registration form

Live streaming Mass at St Mary’s:

The 10am Mass on Sundays will be streamed for those shielding at home. If you are able to access our Just Giving Money Page so you can be part of the offertory collection, I would be very grateful:

ALSO on Sunday, Holly and co will stream the children’s liturgy at 9 am.

All streamed services can be accessed via

Holy Souls Envelopes:

Approaching the month of November, I have left in the church Holy Souls envelopes. This year (due to the COVID) please use your own paper to write the names of loved ones safe in God’s Kingdom, place them in the envelope and post through the presbytery letterbox. These names will be displayed on the sanctuary and prayed for during November – the month of Holy Souls.


I hope as you arrive for Mass you remember to thank our wonderful stewards. They are keeping us all safe from the virus by cleaning the church after each Mass. It would be very helpful to have a few more – the duties include welcoming and seating parishioners and after Mass helping to clean pews. Please email if you would like to join the crew.

Let us remember: Hands, Face, Space Hands - Continue with effective hand hygiene; hand washing or sanitising facilities. Face - Face coverings should be worn at all Masses to cover nose and mouth. Space - 2 m remains the government guidance for social distancing; People who do not live together should maintain 2 m socially distanced from each other.

Our Wall Campaign has begun!

As you know, the wall separating the car park from the High Road is splitting and leaning. Repairs are due to begin in November and will cost £30k. Our challenge is to raise and restore our wall in 52 days.

There are several ways in which YOU can help! Please see the dedicated leaflet for details.

Together Let’s Rise Up and Build!!!!


Buy- a Brick: A huge thank you to everyone who has bought a brick (or a family of bricks or a company of bricks) this week. So far, we have raised £880!

To buy a brick, please go to

OR place your name and donation in an envelope marked “Buy-a-brick” and post

through the presbytery door.

All those who buy a brick will have their names put up in the church on the wall. Please watch this donation wall grow over the course of the campaign.

Split-the-pot: The first draw for our Split-the-pot lottery will take place this Saturday 17th October. Thanks to all those who entered and good luck!

A video of the draw will be posted on the web-site and also on our Facebook page

Entries for the next draw (Sat 31st Oct.) are now open- a reminder that it’s £5 per entry but you can enter as many times as you like. The winner takes 20% of the pot with the other 80% going towards the wall campaign. See the Rise up and build leaflet for full details – if it’s easier to put multiple entries, into one envelope that’s now fine.

Halloween Fun Walk: Come for a COVID-secure Halloween parish walk.

Grab your broomsticks and little monsters and join us for a ghoulishly good time on Saturday 31st October 2-4pm! Only £5 per adult - get your tickets here:

Saturday night fever: On Saturday 28th November, 6.30pm-7.30pm St Mary’s will be Live Streaming a 70’s Big-Night-In-Fundraiser straight to your living room. Grab your boogie-woogie dancin’ shoes and flares and let loose with our lip-sync / karaoke / dance show with 8 acts, including a very special guest appearance! If you’ve got what it takes and would like to audition to be part of the show, please email for details.

Attending Mass at St Mary’s You do not need to book your attendance for Mass at St Mary’s However – you must give to the steward your name and telephone number written on a piece of paper. You will need to provide this at every mass you attend. First come and First Served – those who come early are certain of a seat –if you arrive just before Mass, St Mary’s could be full to capacity (60 at each sitting) and you will have to attend another service in the week. Remember – any Mass will serve as a Sunday I have tried to give as many alternative Mass times during the week to spread out our normal Sunday congregation. Monday evening at 7pm has plenty of space. You must wear a face mask at all Masses • Please do not come to Mass if you are in the vulnerable category and shielding at home. • Please do not come to Mass if you are feeling unwell. • Please remember to alcohol gel your hands when you enter and leave the church. • You must leave two seats empty between you or your family group and the next parishioner. • Offertory money can now be deposited in the basket as you enter the porch. Baptisms, Sacrament of Marriage and Funerals. Baptisms can now be organised attendees are limited to 6 (this includes the baby or child). Weddings: the maximum number permitted to attend is 15. For weddings, a simple nuptial mass may be celebrated. Funerals: the maximum number permitted to attend is 30. A simple requiem mass may be celebrated. The return of the Sacrament of Reconciliation: You can now return to the Sacrament of Confession with certain safeguards: Please do not come to confession if you are feeling unwell or shielding at home. Fr Terry will be available to hear confessions after each Mass Due to social distancing and ventilation, he will either hear confessions in the presbytery garden or, if it is raining, in church. Due to above practicalities, all confessions will be face to face. Being St Mary’s Parish - Staying in touch - Registration & Parish Census: It is very important that I am able to keep in touch with you. The shepherd needs his flock. Please update your parish details using the parish census sheet and return to me hand delivered via a volunteer who can come to the presbytery. It is so important that we stay in touch with each other. I will endeavour to send out a weekly newsletter to those without computers. If you are receiving post from us but have an e mail address, please let us know your e mail address. I will also use the live streamed Masses to convey notices.


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