Newsletter

St Simon’s Newsletter 

The Bishops Conference of England and Wales have announced that, as of 20th March, there will be no public acts of worship and therefore, all masses are suspended indefinitely.

We regret that following the further restrictions, the Church will now be closed. Father Michael and Deacon Giovanni will keep each of you and your families in their prayers during private mass each day. Please further letter from Archbishop John Wilson dated 23rd March 2020 under the ‘Corvid 19 Further information’ tab.

Making a Spiritual Communion
During this time when we cannot attend mass we can make what is known as a Spiritual Communion.  This involves setting aside a quiet space, if possible viewing the mass on the internet or reading the mass readings and allowing some stillness asking the Lord to enter our hearts. In that moment we unite ourselves with our Lord who comes to us. Some prayers for a Spiritual Communion can be found on the resources page which you may find helpful. During these troubled times let us turn to the Lord often in our prayers do not doubt he is with us and looks after us.

Please visit www.rcsouthwark.co.uk to see Prayer Sheet produced by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales including a prayer for spiritual communion.

Financial Support
We have been approached by some parishioners who normally place their donations in the first collection during mass; for an alternative means of giving at this time whilst the church is closed. We kindly encourage any who can to make payments directly by bank transfer. The Parish account details are: NatWest, Sort Code 60-17-11, Account 20404131. Please give your surname then initial as a reference. If you have not previously signed a gift aid declaration, please print from under the ‘gift aid’  tab  and email a completed copy to putney@rcaos.org.uk Alternatively, for those who are taking exercise! you could pop your contribution through the Priest’s House letter box in an envelope marked collection and dated. Thank you for your continued support.

Live-Streamed Mass
10am Mass each weekday and 8pm Sunday Mass is live-streamed from the Sacred Heart Wimbledon. To access please click on http://www.churchservices.tv/wimbledon. Please see full list on tab.

Parish Office

Please note that the Parish Office will be closed.  All enquiries should be sent to putney@rcaos.org.uk and a response will be provided.   For urgent enquiries, please contact 0208 788 1131.

Funeral of Archbishop Peter Smith

Please continue to pray for the repose of the soul of our much loved Archbishop Emeritus: may he rest in peace.  It is hoped that it will be possible to hold a Mass In Memoriam later this year.

Volunteers/helpers
During this period, if you are kindly able to assist some of our Parishioners or neighbours who may need some help or support over the coming weeks/ months? – maybe delivering shopping, a friendly telephone call, picking up a prescription, running errands etc. If so, please send your name, availability and contact telephone number to putney@rcaos.org.uk and we will be in touch.

Food bank

Our local foodbank is:  The Yard, 401-403 Tidesley Road, London SW15 3RD opening times Wednesday 10am-12pm and Sunday 2-4pm.

St Michael’s Church 71 Wimbledon Park Road Southfields SW18 5TT opening 12.30-2.30pm

St Mark’s Church, Battersea Rise SW11 1EJ  opening Tuesday 12.30pm-2.30pm and Friday 10-12pm.

Lent:   Lent is the season of the year when we are invited to turn away from sin and believe in the Gospel.   This is a time to make positive steps to change what is wrong and destructive, through prayer, acts of self-denial and reconciliation.  During Lent, we reflect on the journey of Jesus of Calvary, his death and resurrection.

The God who speaks : The Year of The Word 2020:This is year we are encouraged to give the scriptures more of a place in our lives and to allow God’s Word to speak to us.   This means opening our hearts to prayer, fully listening to what God says to us and how we are guided to see his presence in our busy lives.   For more information go to godwhospeaks.uk.

MONDAY U5’S GROUP:  Please note that the Monday U5’s group is not running at this present time.

EMAIL ADDRESS:   putney@rcaos.org.uk