Friday 3rd July

Fr Paul is available for socially distanced confessions, by appointment only. Please contact him 01778 423593.

 Opening of Church for Private Prayer

The Church at Deeping is now Open for Private Prayer and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament each Wednesday from 11:00am-1:00pm

Last Wednesday July 1st Our Lady and St Guthlac’s church at Deeping opened for the first time for private prayer since the lockdown after the diocese granted us permission to open our church on that particular day each week. This took a lot of hard work by a small team of parishioners and it was a big achievement because many churches in our diocese including our deanery remain closed. Thank you to those individuals concerned and those who have volunteered to be stewards especially those who attended the training session the other evening. Altogether ten people turned up on Wednesday as well as the two stewards and Fr Paul. This was a good start particularly since there wasn’t much notice given as permission was only received from the diocese late Monday afternoon.

*From next Wednesday July 8th Fr Paul will be available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the sacristy while the church is open for private prayer. This will be done respecting social distancing and Fr Paul will wear a mask if need be.  

There are 18 places available in the church for those who visit at this time. If we fill up, (I am an optimist!) then new arrivals will be asked to wait outside until a place becomes available and is then cleaned/disinfected by one of the stewards. Please do not share lifts with other parishioners to and from the church and please park your car so that you are not too near to others.

People who belong to one of the clinically vulnerable groups, particularly those with health problems, are advised to wear a face covering. Gloves would also give extra protection. People who have got significant health problems especially those which could be compounded if infected by Covid 19 are strongly advised not to attend.

Tuesday  29th June

Opening of Church 

Our Lady’s and St Guthlac’s Church, Deeping St James will be open this Wednesday 1st July for private prayer from 11am until 1pm. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed during this time.

The Church will be open every Wednesday at this time unless the situation changes.

This is for private prayer only and group prayers should not be entered into.

Parishioners who are over 70 years old or who belong to the vulnerable groups are discouraged from attending at present; if however, you feel compelled to attend and belong to one of these groups please ensure you wear gloves and a face covering. 

Please do not car share in order to attend!

 

Wednesday 10th June

PLANNED GIVING BY STANDING ORDER TO YOUR PARISH

Due to the Corona Virus Pandemic our Churches have been hit hard by a lack of income and we have been thinking of ways in which this can, to a degree, be prevented in the future.   All contributions made by our parishioners are very much appreciated at any time, but the generosity of those of you who have continued to give via Online Banking and Standing Order, during this difficult time, has been valued greatly.  

Many of you contribute through Planned Giving Envelopes or loose plate and we are asking you, if your circumstances allow, to re-consider your way of giving and use either Online Banking or, if you are not online, the paper standing order method.

The advantages to this are:

  • Usually free of charge for both payer and payee
  • Quick and easy to set up
  • Useful for making recurring contributions
  • Helps the Parish to have a reliable income each month to assist in forward planning
  • You can increase or decrease your offering at any time by contacting your bank
  • Less cash handling within the parish
  • Increased security as less cash being kept on Church premises and being taken to the bank

 

ONLINE BANKING – Standing Order set up

If you have internet access and your bank account is online setting up your standing order is much simpler, and you would need only to include the parish bank details (these details can be obtained from your Parish Priest or Parish Office) and reference z (followed by your surname and first initial) alongside your own details.

 

If you do not have access to Online Banking but you still wish to contribute by standing order, please either collect a Standing Order Form from the back of Church or from your Parish Office and:

  • Complete the form in full
  • Include the parish bank details - if they are not already included on the form - (this information can be obtained from the parish priest or parish office)
  • Include the reference: z (followed by your surname and first initial)
  • Let your Parish Priest/Parish Secretary have a copy for parish use
  • Take to your bank

 

GIFT AID DECLARATION FORMS FOR TAXPAYERS

Please also remember if you are a taxpayer gift aid can be claimed from your donations. E.G: If you donate £20.00 per month this would become £25.00 at no extra cost to yourself.    If you wish to do this there are Gift Aid Declaration Forms attached to the standing order forms, or to request one online please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Once the form is completed please return to the Gift Aid Office, NRCDT Willson House, Derby Road, Nottingham. NG1 5AW or you can scan in the form and email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. your declaration can then be included on the system and going forward all your donations, once submitted to HMRC, can receive gift aid.  The gift aid office will advise all parishes of any new declarations received, so their records are kept up to date.

 

 

 

Friday 22nd May

Pentecost Sunday May 31st – National Rosary relay Rally across England, Wales, Scotland - 9am to 9pm

Pope Francis is encouraging Catholics to pray the Rosary in their family homes during the month of May, especially when the Pandemic is making us aware of the value of our families and making it possible for us to pray together in lockdown at home. He encourages simple Rosaries and joining online Rosary initiatives to pray to Our Lady for deliverance from Covid-19 and he has composed two prayers for this intention.  I invite you to join in an initiative that follows on the Pope’s request, the Pentecost Sunday National Rosary Rally, from 9.00am to 9.00pm across Scotland England and Wales.  Our Diocese has been asked to pray a Rosary Hour at 10 am and I warmly invite you to take part. Bishop Patrick

Proposed timetable for across the Dioceses

9.00am Arundel & Brighton, Northampton and HM Forces

10.00am Birmingham, Nottingham & Ukranian Eparchy

11.00am Brentwood & Plymouth

12 Noon Cardiff, Portsmouth & Dunkeld

1.00pm Clifton, Salford & St. Andrews & Edinburgh

2.00pm East Anglia, Shrewsbury, Aberdeen

3.00pm Hallam, Southwark, Glasgow

4.00pm Hexham & Newcastle, Wrexham, Ordinariate OLW

5.00pm Lancaster, Westminster, Argyll & the Isles

6.00pm Leeds, Polish Mission & Galloway

7.00pm Liverpool, Middlesbrough & Motherwell

8.00pm Menevia, Paisley & Syro Malabar Eparchy

9.00pm Bishop John Keenan, as the May 2020 Rosary Mission Episcopal lead, will lead a final Rosary at 9pm to which all are invited.

This is to be led in the form of a Rosary relay Rally where the Dioceses designated in their Rosary Hour encourage the peoples across their Diocese to pray the Rosary either, individually, in families, as online prayer groups, parish groups, and where possible led online by their parish priests and Bishop. It does not matter what time during the specified hour that the Rosary is prayed.

Then on the hour the next Dioceses take up the Rosary relay Rally and so on until 9pm.

At 9pm the Rosary Rally will end with a Rosary being led by Bishop John Keenan from St. Mirin’s Cathedral in Paisley.

Come Holy Spirit & Renew the Face of the Earth

Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us.

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Thy Kingdom Come – Global Ecumenical Prayer Initiative

Please do encourage your parishioners to join in this exciting ecumenical Global Week of Prayer at home, so that we may be more open to the power and grace of the Holy Spirit, and of prayer, in all our missionary work. You may like to make available, via your bulletin, and website, an electronic copy of a Catholic Novena to the Holy Spirit or to sign up to receive by email, and to pray daily at home, during these days between the Ascension and Pentecost, the Pentecost Novena to the Holy Spirit. found on this Novena website:  https://www.praymorenovenas.com/novena-to-the-holy-spirit There are also a wide variety of resources  available to share in the Global Ecumenical Prayer Initiative - Thy Kingdom Comehttps://www.thykingdomcome.global 

This important initiative links Christians around the world in prayer between Ascension and Pentecost, that more people may come to know the Lord Jesus Christ for themselves. What started off in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Anglican church in England, has now grown into an ecumenical and international call to prayer during this grace-filled time leading up to Pentecost.

 

Some of our parishioners will be unable to join us on Zoom at 10am for the Rosary on Pentecost Sunday which is next Sunday. For those who can’t join us on Zoom can I encourage you to say the Rosary at home at this time or if this time is not convenient to say it on Pentecost Sunday at a time that suits you for an end to the Coronavirus Pandemic. Thank you, Fr Paul

Consecration To The Blessed Virgin (Fatima)

O Most Holy Mary, Virgin Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, in accordance with thy wish made known at Fatima, I consecrate myself today to thine Immaculate Heart. To thee I entrust all that I have, all that I am, to thy blessed charge and special keeping and into thine Immaculate Heart. For this day, for every day of my life, and at the hour of my death, I commend my soul and body.

To thee do I entrust all my hopes and consolations, all my trials and miseries, my life and the end of my life, that through thy most holy intercession and thy merits all my actions may be ordered and disposed according to thy will, and that of thy Divine Son.

Reign over me dearest Mother, that I may be thine in prosperity, in adversity, in health and in sickness, in life and in death. Grant that I may have no other spirit but thy spirit, to know Jesus Christ and His Divine and Holy Will; that I may have no other soul but thy soul, to praise and glorify the Lord; that I may have no other heart but thy heart, to love God with a pure and burning love like thine.

My beloved Mother, my glorious Queen, I am all thine and all that I have is thine. Amen.

Fatima Morning Offering

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You my prayers, works, joys and sufferings, all that this day may bring, be they good or bad: for the love of God, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for all the sins committed against the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Amen

An Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

Extracts taken from a Book by Mother Teresa, St Teresa of Calcutta

Further Meditations from St Teresa of Calcutta’s Book Thirsting for God

May 18th  The beginning of holiness is found in faithfulness to prayer. May each of us grow in holiness through prayer.

If we pray – we will believe.

If we believe – we will love.

If we love – we will serve.

Only then will we put our love for God into action, through service to Christ in the distressing disguise of the poor.

May 20th  Every home should feel the sunshine of God’s love radiating through it. Remember that he has called you by name, you are his. You are precious to him, he loves you. Those we live with belong to him, are precious to him. Such knowledge should become the burning flame of God’s love in our homes. May we each grow in the likeness of Christ through love for each other.

Mother Teresa’s Prayer for Priests

Mary, Mother of Jesus,

throw your mantle of purity over our priests.

Protect them, guide them, and keep them in your heart.

Be a Mother to them, especially in times of discouragement and loneliness.

Love them and keep them belonging completely to Jesus.

Like Jesus, they, too, are your sons, so keep their hearts pure and virginal.

Keep their minds filled with Jesus, and put Jesus always on their lips,

so that he is the one they offer to sinner and to all they meet.

Mary, Mother of Jesus, be their Mother, loving them and bringing them joy.

Take special care of sick and dying priests, and the ones most tempted.

Remember how they spent their youth and old age, their entire lives serving and giving all to Jesus.

Mary, bless them and keep a special place for them in your heart.

Give them a piece of your heart, so beautiful and pure and immaculate,

so full of love and humility, so that they, too, can grow in the likeness of Christ.

Dear Mary, make them humble like you, and holy like Jesus. Amen

Prayer for God’s Protection against Covid -19 virus

Lord, you promised: “If my people humble themselves, pray, seek me and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear and forgive their sins and restore them.”

(2 Chronicles 7:14)

Most Holy Trinity, in Jesus, the Only Begotten Son, You revealed Yourself as the fount of life and unfathomable source of Divine Mercy, who listens to Your People. We the people of England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, and our Isles, ask you to heed us amid this global pandemic of the Coronavirus that we struggle to bear.

Father God, we entrust ourselves into your Divine Mercy, through Our Lady, Mother of Mercy and Her Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, through St. Michael and the Archangels, St. Joseph, and all our nations’ Saints and Martyrs.

Merciful Jesus, hold out Your Healing Hand to rescue and safeguard us from this disease, and turn our nations and our souls to You as our Saviour.

We ask this for our sick, elderly and vulnerable, for families with young children, for our destitute and those suffering poor mental health.

Our Nations have forgotten You and sinned against You. We confess our sins with the Prophet Daniel: “Lord, we have sinned against you, we have acted wickedly, betrayed your commandments and turned from them. Integrity is yours; ours the look of shame because of the sins we carry. Listen to us, open Your eyes and see our plight. We do not rely on our own works but on Your mercy as we commend our humble plea to you. Lord, listen, forgive and act! For your own sake do not delay, because we, Your people, bear your name.

God Our Father, all forgiving and gentle, we implore your mercy, intervention and healing. Through JESUS CHRIST our Lord in the power of the Most Precious Blood.

 

Friday 8th May

 

Here is some helpful advice on how to protect yourselves from cyber criminals.

 

Sunday 21st April 

 

Friday 1st May Feast of St. Joseph the Worker

 

Father Paul received the attached message from the Metropolitan Archbishops of England and Wales - A People of Hope in Christ

 

Sunday 21st April

LIVE- STREAMING FROM THE NATIONAL SHRINE OF OUR LADY

In addition to the regular programme there will be the following:

AN EIGHT DAY RETREAT

Monsignor John Armitage will lead an Eight Day Retreat. This will start after Compline at 8pm on Sunday 19th April and finish on Sunday 26th April.

Details of the retreat programme are given on the Shrine website: www.walsingham.org.uk

CATECHESIS

The Shrine is very grateful to Father Stephen Wang for allowing us to use his Sycamore Program. We shall be showing the 20 half hour videos, starting on Monday 27th April. They will be shown at 10.30am and 4.00pm each day.

 

Examples of Hospital Chaplaincy Good Practice

I have been in touch with the Bishops’ Healthcare Advisors as well as other chaplains I know and below are the types of support chaplains are currently providing. Hospital policies do vary a lot; a few do give access to Covid patients, but many do not. By all accounts the Nightingale Hospitals will give chaplaincy access to patients. Chaplains working alongside the particular Healthcare Trust to find effective alternatives is important. As such, I hope this list helps in this regard: 1. Use of telephone and video conferencing is by far the most common 2. Giving patients free wi-fi access and a tablet – some Trusts will supply these through the chaplaincy department 3. Posting prayer services or Mass on Youtube 4. Leaving prayer cards / booklets / sheets indicating the times the chaplain will praying those same prayers in the chapel 5. Using internal email system which patients can access at the bedside 6. Making available prayers of commendation and prayers for the dead that anyone could read if there is no access to a chaplain 7. Pages on the hospital intranet with prayers and devotional images 8. 24/7 dedicated Covid helpline. There is 24/7 cover anyway, but this reminds everyone of availability 9. Live streaming of Mass, either from the hospital chapel or some or location. This can be arranged by the local Catholic chaplain either on site or at a local parish. 10. One hospital has a Wellbeing Hub for multi-disciplinary team meetings and referrals. The chaplain ensures he is a part of this and from it he receives referrals to meet family or staff in designated safe areas 11. Hospital radio is being used for a ’thought-for-the-day’ slot 12. Chaplains making known that they meet at a particular time each day, light a candle and pray for patients. They have a book and invite people to add names so they can be prayed for personally Chaplains are giving assurances of the validity of Spiritual Communion and practising this widely, while the Vatican document of 20th March referring to the Catechism (CCC 1452) has been a helpful reminder with regard to Confession (ie the use of the Act of Perfect Contrition). Most indicate that the majority of their work seems to be with staff who are particularly appreciative of the care the chaplains continue to provide. Such contact is also the route through which opportunities for further support arise.

 

Bishop Paul Mason 14th April 2020

 

 

Friday 19th April

 

The Feast of Divine Mercy (A Few Thoughts from Fr Paul)

St John Paul II canonized Blessed Maria Faustina Kowalska on Sunday April 30th 2000 as the first saint of the Great Jubilee Year of the Incarnation. During his homily Pope John Paul announced that “the Second Sunday of Easter from now on throughout the Church will be called Divine Mercy Sunday.” For several years previous to the official institution of the feast by the Holy Father, Divine Mercy Sunday had been celebrated by groups of Catholics around the world. Many of them were familiar with Our Lord’s requests for such a feast day which were recorded in the spiritual diary of a holy Polish Religious Sister to whom Our Lord Jesus had appeared many times in the 1930s. During these apparitions Jesus communicated to her the Divine Mercy Devotions and his desire that she pray and work to have a special feast established in the Church on the first Sunday after Easter. This would be a day of total forgiveness of sins for those who approach the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It would be an annual celebration like the Day of Atonement. All sins and punishment would be washed away in Our Lord’s infinite mercy. Here are some of the words which Jesus spoke to Sister Faustina regarding the Feast of Mercy as recorded in her spiritual journal, Divine Mercy in my Soul.

I desire that the first Sunday after Easter be the Feast of Mercy. 299

This Feast emerged from the very depths of My mercy, and it is confirmed in the vast depths of my tender mercies. Every soul believing and trusting in My mercy will obtain it. 420

My daughter tell the world about My inconceivable mercy. I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul which will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion will receive complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day are open all the divine floodgates through which graces flow. Let no souls fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity……The Feast of Mercy emerged from My very depths of tenderness. It is my desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy. 699

Many of us, I am sure, have celebrated this feast day over the years and received the extraordinary graces that are promised to those who prepare for it and fulfil its requirements of Sacramental Confession and Holy Communion. However, this year because our churches are closed due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the vast majority of Catholics will not be able to go to Confession or go to Mass and receive Holy Communion. We should therefore prepare for Divine Mercy Sunday by spending time in prayer and reflection as we make our examination of conscience. We should then make a heartfelt act of contrition with the intention of a firm purpose of amendment and also with the intention of celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation when it becomes available again in our churches. If we have the means to do so we should watch a live Mass on Divine Mercy Sunday and we can all make a Spiritual Communion on that day as well. I am sure that if we do these things then Our Merciful Saviour will still pour out upon us his unfathomable mercy and we will receive an abundance of graces. The Church has also granted a plenary indulgence for those who celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday. Please read the link or attachment which is referred to on our website regarding the plenary indulgence and what is required to receive it.

Many of us have been preparing for Divine Mercy Sunday by saying the Novena of Chaplets which began on Good Friday. Some of us have been saying it along with the Fathers in Walsingham at 3:00pm. They will be of course be celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday this year. Please consult their website if you want to take part in their programme of Masses and devotions. It is probably best to watch the 3:00pm devotions at Walsingham on Divine Mercy Sunday on their Youtube channel as the live streaming site is liable to crash with 100s of thousands of people clicking on it. You will find it on the net at https://you.be/rgKD1jVF3aO If you are going to watch any of the Masses at Walsingham this Sunday then I believe that they intend to bless and enthrone the Divine Mercy Image during the Mass so have your Divine Mercy image ready for that purpose. For more information about the importance of having a blessed Divine Mercy Image in your home and for a downloadable printable version of this image then please visit:

www.thedivinemercy.org./articles/seal-doorposts

Additional Information and the Divine Mercy prayers can be found by visiting www.divinemercyapostolate.co.uk

I wish you a Happy and Holy Feast Day.

May God bless you and your families and preserve you all in good health at this time,

Fr Paul

An Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

Words of Wisdom and Encouragement from Scripture and the Saints Regarding Suffering and Trials

We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given us. Romans 5:3-5

For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. 2 Corinthians 1:3

For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his steps. 1 Peter 2:21

Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials, for you know the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4

Mental and physical suffering are everywhere. Pain and suffering have to come into your life but remember pain, sorrow, suffering are but the kiss of Jesus - signs that you have come so close to Him that He can kiss you. Accept them as a gift – all for Jesus. St. Teresa of Calcutta

All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today. Pope St. Paul VI.

Prayer for God’s Protection against Covid -19 virus

Lord, you promised: “If my people humble themselves, pray, seek me and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear and forgive their sins and restore them.”

(2 Chronicles 7:14)

Most Holy Trinity, in Jesus, the Only Begotten Son, You revealed Yourself as the fount of life and unfathomable source of Divine Mercy, who listens to Your People. We the people of England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, and our Isles, ask you to heed us amid this global pandemic of the Coronavirus that we struggle to bear.

Father God, we entrust ourselves into your Divine Mercy, through Our Lady, Mother of Mercy and Her Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, through St. Michael and the Archangels, St. Joseph, and all our nations’ Saints and Martyrs.

Merciful Jesus, hold out Your Healing Hand to rescue and safeguard us from this disease, and turn our nations and our souls to You as our Saviour.

We ask this for our sick, elderly and vulnerable, for families with young children, for our destitute and those suffering poor mental health.

Our Nations have forgotten You and sinned against You. We confess our sins with the Prophet Daniel: “Lord, we have sinned against you, we have acted wickedly, betrayed your commandments and turned from them. Integrity is yours; ours the look of shame because of the sins we carry. Listen to us, open Your eyes and see our plight. We do not rely on our own works but on Your mercy as we commend our humble plea to you. Lord, listen, forgive and act! For your own sake do not delay, because we, Your people, bear your name.

God Our Father, all forgiving and gentle, we implore your mercy, intervention and healing. Through JESUS CHRIST our Lord in the power of the Most Precious Blood. Amen. 

 

Tuesday 7th April

Evening prayer live from Taizé

Faced with the measures of isolation that are now the rule in many different countries, in Taizé we would like to express our spiritual solidarity with all those who find themselves alone.

From Monday evening, March 16, at 8:30 pm (Central European Time (CET / UTC+1)), a prayer with a small group of brothers will be broadcast live from the Community on Facebook live.

Please follow this link if you wish to join in.

 

The Pope tweeted 6th April:

"The tragedy we are experiencing summons us to take seriously the things that are serious, and not to be caught up in those that matter less; to rediscover that life is of no use if not used to serve others. For life is measured by love."

 

Holy Week 2020

 

Holy Week 2020 is being celebrated amid extraordinary circumstances. There are probably few, if any of us, who can remember such a time as this, when we have been directed by the Government and the Church to self isolate in order to protect each other from being infected with the Covid-19 virus. Hopefully our cooperation with these directives will significantly help to slow down and prevent the spread of the virus meaning that fewer people will get sick and still fewer people will succumb to the virus. Many of our clergy have taken the initiative to live stream their Masses and prayer liturgies. This has proven to be a source of great comfort for those with access to technology and are able to use it. For others, not being able to get to church for Mass increases the sense of isolation and loneliness. This ‘Mini Retreat’ is an attempt to ease the burden on those who are unable to watch streamed Masses and other liturgies. The pages of this booklet are intended to help us journey through Holy Week by using the Gospel passages of the day taken from Holy Mass. We offer a structure for your prayer time and suggest that you choose a time during the day that suits you best. This could be the time that you would usually attend Mass or, early in the morning, midday, whatever suits you. This may supplement your usual daily prayer so please don’t stop praying your everyday prayers.

Each day is structured in the following way:

  • Be still and become aware of God’s presence
  • Opening prayer
  • Psalm
  • Thanksgiving to God
  • Reading the Gospel of the day (Bible reference will be given) Dig out your Bible!
  • Reflecting and praying with the Gospel
  • Act of Spiritual Communion
  • Closing prayer

Take things at your own pace, take as long as you wish, there’s no rush. May God’s blessing be with you and on your home.

 

Holy Week booklet attached here.

 

29th March

Pope at Mass: 'I am thinking of the people who are weeping'

Bishop Patrick invites you to join him in prayer
 
The Bishop is live streaming from his private chapel at Bishop’s House, on YouTube. Please follow the link and share this with your parishioners and local Catholic community: Bishop's Liturgies YouTube 

 

28th March

 

The Pope's "Urbi et orbi" (follow the shortcut for the text and video) is based on the following Gospel passage which should be read before reading the Pope's reflection: Mark chapter 4 verses 35-41.

 

To see the Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary on the granting of special Indulgences to the faithful in the current pandemic, 20.03.2020, please follow this link.

 

24th March 2020

  

Pope Francis’ Prayer to Mary during the Coronavirus pandemic 

O Mary, you shine continuously along our journey as a sign of salvation and hope 

We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the Cross were near to the pain of Jesus, keeping your faith firm. 

You, Salvation of the Roman people, know what we need, and we trust that you will provide for those needs so that, as at Cana in Galilee, joy and celebration may return after this moment of trial. 

Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the will of the Father and to do what Jesus tells us, he who took our sufferings upon himself, and took up our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen 

 

We seek refuge under your protection, O holy Mother of God, do not despise our pleas - we who are put to the test - and deliver us from every danger, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin. 

 

An Urgent Request: Please Join in the Rededication of England to Mary as her Dowry 

Sunday 29th March 2020 at 12.00 noon 

Rededication of England as Marys Dowry 

In 1381 King Richard II dedicated England to Mary as her Dowry. The Bishops of England have been preparing 

for the Rededication of England to Mary for some time. It will take place at the National Catholic Shrine, the 

Basilica of Our Lady in Walsingham at 12 noon on Sunday 29th March (though this will now be done behind closed doors because of coronavirus restrictions). At this worrying time in our history as a nation, under the threat of this pandemic and deprived of the ability to attend Holy Mass because of the health risks, Catholics throughout England are invited to join the Act of Rededication of this country to Mary as her Dowry. Everybody is invited to join in the prayers and to participate in this loving act. 

Join in the Prayers Overleaf 

You can watch the livestream of the Act of Rededication here: 

https://www.walsingham.org.uk/live-stream/ 

You can learn more about the Rededication and download more copies of the prayers here: www.Behold2020.com 

 

Please say the The Angelus Promise  on Sunday 29th March at 12 noon. 

 
 

19th March

 
Dear Friends,
 
From this weekend all the laity are dispensed by our bishops until further notice from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass. 
We can still open the churches for private prayer each day as long as people keep a good distance from each other (at least 2 meters) and there is no social interaction. 
There are a number of live Masses each day on the internet eg Walsingham at 12 midday and Bishop Patrick will live stream each day his Mass from his private chapel. Refer to his letter. There is also a live Mass on Sky (Free view) channel 588 each day at 12 midday although this will soon to revert to 1pm when the clocks change.
Remember to make at least one spiritual communion each day especially when you watch a Mass.
 
Let us follow carefully the government guidelines and pray much each day for the end to this virus.
I have been celebrating a private house Mass each day in the presbytery and praying for everyone's protection from this virus. I have had to self-isolate since Tuesday because of a cough and cold but thankfully my temperature has remained normal during this time.
Let us continue with our Lenten observances and intensify our prayer for the end to this tragic pandemic.
Please access the "Rosary on the Coast" website to join in the prayer and national novena for this intention.
 
May Our Lord Jesus protect us all at this sad time and may the prayers of Our Lady, St Joseph and St Michael the Archangel deliver us from all evil.
With my thoughts and prayers,
 
Fr Paul

Times Church will be open during the week for private prayer.
  

Fri 20th March Our Lady's and St Guthlac's, Deeping 9.30am - 11.30am
Sat 21st March

Sacred Heart and St Gilbert's, Bourne

9.30am - 11.30am
Sun 22nd March

Our Lady's and St Guthlac's, Deeping

Sacred Heart and St Gilbert's, Bourne

9.30am - 11.30am

9.30am - 12.00pm

Mon 23rd March Sacred Heart and St Gilbert's, Bourne  9.30am - 11.30am
Tues 24th March Sacred Heart and St Gilbert's, Bourne 9.30am - 11.30am
Wed 25th March Our Lady's and St Guthlac's, Deeping 9.30am - 11.30am
Thu 26th March Sacred Heart and St Gilbert's, Bourne 9.30am - 11.30am

Fri 27th March

Our Lady's and St Guthlac's, Deeping 9.30am - 11.30am
Sat 28th March Sacred Heart and St Gilbert's, Bourne 9.30am - 11.30am
Sun 29th March

Our Lady's and St Guthlac's, Deeping 

Sacred Heart and St Gilbert's, Bourne

9:30 - 11.30am

9.30am - 12pm

 

15th March

Dear Friends,

 

Rosary on the Coast UK and Rosary on the Coast Ireland are inviting you to join a great mission of prayer for our peoples and nations at this time.

Bishop John Keenan of the Diocese of Paisley has launched a new video  to rally people to strong prayer and penance.

It is a powerful rallying call to catholics to take up spiritual arms across Scotland, Wales, Ireland, England, and all the Isles around.

Go to www.rosaryonthecoast.co.uk for the link to the Protection Prayer. 

Please share this email with those you know who would have an interest.

Here is the utube link to the video of the rallying call of Bishop John Keenan.

 
 

10th March

  

The Catholic Church has warned against taking communion from the Chalice and using holy water in services amid fears of spreading Coronavirus.

The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales (CBEW) has updated its guidance for  parishes and congregations in order to help contain the spread of infections.

Last month the CBEW advised Catholics with cold or flu symptoms to refrain from receiving Communion on the tongue or from the Chalice in order to help contain the spread of the coronavirus. 

However in a marked escalation, bishops are now warning Catholics to withdraw the Chalice, suspend the sign of peace, refrain from passing the collection plate around and remove holy water and shared hymn books “which could help transmit the virus”....

 

Lenten Lunches in Bourne on Mondays will be cancelled (See Coronavirus update.)