St John the Evangelist & St Erconwald Church

Year of Saint Joseph

8 December 2020 to 8 December 2021

This week's newsletter can be found here

To see details of how to obtain Plenary Indulgences during the Year of St Joseph, see the PDF file below.

Pope Francis' new Apostolic Letter, Patris Corde, on St Joseph, marking the beginning of the Year of St Joseph can be found here

Mass times

Mondays 10.00am

Wednesdays 10.00am

Fridays 12.00noon preceded by The Angelus

Sundays 10.00am

Confessions ~ Sacrament of Reconciliation ~ Sundays 10.50-11.15am

In light of the recent change of Government restrictions, the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales have issued the following directives. Some of these directives are mandatory, some are left to the prudence and common sense of the priest, dependent on various local conditions eg, prevalence of COVID-19, size of the church, etc. Of course it goes without saying that COVID-19 takes no heed of any amount of legislation or wishful thinking and will continue to grow or mutate unless we take sensible, guided precautions.

Holy Communion can only be administered under one kind.

No sign of peace is to be offered during the Mass.

No holy water to be left in stoups.

Some form of Track and Trace is to be maintained (for us, we continue to bring a piece of paper along to Mass with name and telephone number already written on it).

Hands to be sanitized on entering the church by Stewards.

We shall continue with the one way system in the church, ie, use the centre aisle to walk towards the sanctuary and the two side aisles to return to our seats.

We shall continue to maintain some social distancing.

It is strongly recommended that we wear face masks while in the church, such a procedure is for our own benefit and for that of our neighbour.

We shall continue with the present situation of having the Offertory Basket at the back of the church for your regular contribution towards the upkeep of the parish.

There will be no Mass sheets available but parishioners are welcome to bring their own missal or download the Order of Mass to their phone/tablet. Each Sunday's Mass Readings and Antiphons will be printed in the newsletter.

Under current guidelines from the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales there continues to be no obligation to attend Sunday Mass.

DONATIONS Although income has been very low during the pandemic, the parish still has to meet the same daily running expenses. Please ensure that your weekly contributions are maintained. Payments can be made to the parish account: HSBC, sort code 40-13-22, account number 61020625. If you can include a reference please include your name.

If you would like to set up a standing order, please see the Finance page.

Pope Francis' new Encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, can be found here

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