St Simon’s Newsletter
Opening the Church for Public Worship:
Many of you will have heard the good news that the government is allowing churches to open for public masses as part of the easing of the Lockdown. This is a moment to rejoice in that we have the opportunity to receive the Lord in Holy Communion once again. However, it is understanderble that many people may feel unready or nervous at this point to return. Especially those who have health problems or are shielding a family member.It is important to feel comfortable and safe in our decision and it may take time. However, you are very much in our prayers when Holy Mass is celebrated . Therefore please remember that our obligation to attend mass has been lifted during this time. You may wish to view mass on the internet or to attend mass during the week when there is only few people in church.Please remember if you are facing any anxiety or lonileness at this time please phone for a chat
At the moment we are having a fexible mass time table which may change over the Summer period. Please note there is no Saturday evening mass at All Saints
Masses on Sundays at St.Simon’s 9.30 a.m 11.15 a.m and 6.00 p.m
Weekday masses times during August 10.00a.m please note no mass on Wed. or Thurs. There may we variations so we are on a flexible timetable at the moment.
If you are attending mass please note:
From Sunday 9th August YOU MUST WEAR A FACE COVERING IN CHURCH WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THOSE WHO CANNOT DUE TO MEDICAL OR HEALTH REASONS.
BEFORE YOU ENTER THE CHURCH YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO GIVE YOU NAME CONTACT DETAILS EMAIL OR PHONE NUMBER TO A STEWARD FOR TRACK AND TRACE PURPOSES. THESE WILL BE DESTROYED AFTER 21 DAYS
Social distancing of 1 metre plus applies You must now wear a face covering. Sit in places marked with a green tick. When approarching the altar for Holy Communion please allowing distance in the line. Holy Communion will only be given in the hand and the chalice will not be distributed. There is no singing or need for mass books. Collect a newsletter from EXIT porch not the main porch. The collection is not taken during mass, if you wish to donate the stewards will collect at the end of mass in the porch ways. Please support our parish at this time, if you are able with a standing order or use our just giving page.
PLEASE ENSURE THAT ST. SIMON’S CAN BE KEPT OPEN FOR MASS BY VOLUNTEERING AS A STEWARD AS STEWARDS ARE A REQUIREMENT UNDER THE PRESENT REGULATIONS
We need a team of stewards, 2 at a time who will assist in seeing that Covid 19 health regulations are followed. I would be grateful of volunteers as this could be done on a rota basis. Volunteers should not be in the vulnerable group nor be shielding someone at home.Please can I call on you to contact the parish office if you can volunteer by e-mail: email@example.com and I will send you a detailed outline of what is required.
A word of thanks:
We are only able to open the church through the generosity of
the stewards who give of their time to look after the church in its opening times.
Without the stewards being present throughout the opening times and
constantly upgrading the cleaning of the benches we would have had to restrict
access to the church or even remain closed. It has been great to see a steady flow of parishioners making use of this time for private prayer.
Congratulations and Good wishes to Fr. Giovanni Prandini who was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood on Friday 17th July and celebrated his first mass on Sunday 19th July at 11.15 a.m. here at St. Simon’s. We wish him happy holiday in Italy and he takes up his appointment to Holy Ghost Parish, Balham in September.
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.
During this period when there have been no collections in church we appreciate your support :The Parish account details are: NatWest, Sort Code 60-17-11, Account 20404131. Please give your surname then initial as a reference.See Standing order tab on home page. If you have not previously signed a gift aid declaration, please print from under the ‘gift aid’ tab and email a completed copy to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your continued support.
Parish Office Please note that the Parish Office will be closed. All enquiries should be sent to email@example.com and a response will be provided. For urgent enquiries, please contact 0208 788 1131.
Please pray for those who have died recently Mathieu Quigley and Liam Quinn
Liam Quinn’s Requiem Mass is on Friday 7th August at 10.45 a.m limited to family and close friends 30 people only.
.May they rest in peace and share in the Risen life of Christ. We keep their families in our prayers at this time.
The Sunday Mass Register which involves signing pink slips to verify a pattern of attendance used as a guide for school references has been suspended until we return to our Sunday Masses.
UNIVERSE AND CATHOLIC TIMES READERS IN THE PARISH:- at the moment you are unable to collect your paper at Mass, but you can get it delivered direct to your home every week, POST FREE. Please go to www.thecatholicuniverse.com or call them on 0161 820 5722 and they will arrange for you.
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.
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.
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