St Simon’s Newsletter
During this time of lockdown, there has no doubt been a time for each of us to listen more attentively and appreciate sounds like the birds and even one another! Also many may have heard the sound of the still voice of God speaking to us in moments of quiet reflection. A voice that calls us to go to a deeper level of ourselves. Perhaps prompting us to ask what is the purpose of my life? Is God calling me to do something more? Is He asking me to be more loving of my family or appreciative of my friends? the gifts I have been blessed with how can I best use these to make the world a better place? Some may ask is God calling me to serve him as a priest or religious? If you find yourself returning to that question be moved to talk about to a friend, family member or Fr. Michael.
A Prayer video on The Holy Spirit for Pentecost
A Scripture Rosary Archbishop John Wilson see link to you tube
- Email link to the Diocesan Vocations Director (Fr John Diver): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Link to our updated Vocations website page: www.rcsouthwark.co.uk/vocations.htm
- Website embed code for the excellent St John’s Seminary Video:”https://www.youtube.com/embed/uHHgn0bp0D0”
The Passage Helping the Homeless.
Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus, we’ve worked hard to get homeless people into emergency accommodation. Our priority now is to ensure they are well fed and don’t return to the streets, so we have created a new Food Hub, preparing and delivering meals to over 300 people, seven days a week. We need your support to raise £300,000 in the next ten weeks so we can continue this service.
Can you donate the cost of your dinner and help us? Visit www.passage.org.uk/dinner
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 rcsouthwark.co.uk to see Prayer Sheet produced by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales including a prayer for spiritual communion.
Wandsworth Prison Appeal Covid-19 has had the consequence that inmates at Wandsworth prison are locked up in their cells for 23 hours a day. Churches Together in Putney are asking for unwanted games & books etc to provide some entertainment (jigsaws 500 or 1000 pieces (cardboard), playing cards, books, felt tips, pens, colouring pencils) during the lockdown – more details in the correspondence below. please contact the project co-ordinator Clare Atkins ( email@example.com ).
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.
Live-Streamed Mass Please visit rcsouthwark.co.uk for a varied list of parish masses online.
NHS Prayer Buddy
Staff in hospitals will write their first name and job title in a book in the chaplaincy which will be paired with people from parishes, they will be given the name of the parish where they are being prayed. Parishioners are invited to be a prayer partner/buddy and if so could they email me. I am happy for my email to be distributed.I will then email them back with the name of their prayer buddy. Contact: email@example.com
Many hospitals will have a designated R.C Chaplain who will be able to visit patients including those with Covid 19. If you have a member of your family or friend in hospital and would like them to be visited by the Chaplain please in the firstly contact the hospital concerned and ask for them to be visited from the Chaplaincy Department or contact me and I will forward their name directly to the Chaplain. Canon Michael.
Parish Office Please note that the Parish Office will be closed. All enquiries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and a response will be provided. For urgent enquiries, please contact 0208 788 1131.
Please pray for those who have died recently Margaret Gibney ,Grace Eng Ho,Jean Miller , Nicole Boger, Patrick Tobin , Kathleen Jones, Mary Bailey, Moira O’Connor and Dorothy Willis. 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.
Thank you to those who have volunteered to help 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 email@example.com .If you are someone who is worried or in need of any help, please do not hesitate to get in touch it is no trouble and we have been flooded with volunteers.So a big thank 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.
MONDAY U5’S GROUP: Please note that the Monday U5’s group is not running at this present time.
EMAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org