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Pastoral Letter to the People of God at Saint Martins as we ease Covid Restrictions
Dear brothers and sisters,
I trust that this message from me finds you well and in good heart.
During the pandemic we have managed to hold ourselves together as a parish family through our online worship and dissemination of church news and through our constant care and concern for one another, exercised through phone and email, through visits and more importantly through prayer. We have emerged through this because we have tried to model our lives on Christ and to exercise genuine care and concern for one another as a Christian family should. And all the while avoiding any serious outbreaks of the virus - Thanks be to God. In so many ways we have been richly blessed as a community in what has been a difficult time for many.
In the course of this week we have witnessed most of the legal restrictions placed on us over these last few months being removed or rolled back. This is a cause for thanksgiving, but for some it is still a time of uncertainly, worry and concern. As we speak, cases continue to rise and we must hope and pray that the vaccine has, and continues to disrupt, the link between infection, and severe illness and death.
As I outlined last Sunday we will now restore congregational singing on Sundays. Holy Water stoups will be reinstated at the doors and coffee will be served after the 10am Mass. I have decided not to remove all of the changes made during this period, but instead to proceed with caution, so as to permit us to move through the changes together and to see what happens over the next few weeks. I am also mindful of those who are in clinically vulnerable groups and who themselves wish nonetheless, to be at Mass with everyone else. Therefore:
1. Communion will continue to be distributed, for the time being, in one kind only.
2. I ask that people continue to wear a mask to enter church until they reach their seat (particularly at busy times such as Sunday when people congregate near the doors). Masks may then be removed once people have taken their seat.
3. Strict social distancing (2m) will be maintained in the South Aisle (the seats on the far right) for those who are medically vulnerable or who are uncomfortable with sitting so close to others.
4. Hand sanitiser will continue to be available at all the entrances to the church and in the Vestry Hall.
5. Whilst post Mass tea and coffee will be reinstated from this Sunday, and it will
be good to see you there, those not wishing to take part should feel no compulsion
to do so.
6. Don’t forget that a quieter, said, Sunday Mass will be continue to be
celebrated at 8 am for those who prefer being present with less folk around
7. The QR codes and signing-in list will remain at the door and people are
encouraged to sign in using them.
Personal responsibility is a good thing for all sorts of reasons but as
Christians we will no doubt wish to exercise it in good conscience,
seeking to once again build up our common life while also supporting
those more vulnerable than ourselves.
With every blessing,
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
For the next five Sundays we listen to Saint John’s discourse on Our Lord, the Bread of Life, who feeds us all abundantly with all that we could possibly need. Today he feeds us with His Word and His Sacrament.
THIS WEEK AT SAINT MARTIN’S
SUNDAY - 25th July 2021
8.00 am Low Mass
10.00 am Parish Mass for the 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time
7.00 pm Low Mass
11.45 am Eucharistic Adoration
12.15 pm Low Mass
10.00 am Low Mass (B.C.P.)
10.00 am No Mass today
10.00 am Low Mass
SUNDAY- 1st August 2021
8.00 am Low Mass
10.00 am Parish Mass for the 18th Sunday of Ordinary Time
THIS WEEK’S SUNDAY MASS WILL BE BROADCAST.
BUT PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO FURTHER BROADCASTS UNTIL SUNDAY 8th AUGUST
TO TUNE IN VIA FACEBOOK TO JOIN IN OUR WORSHIP PLEASE OPEN THE FACEBOOK APP ON YOUR PHONE OR DEVICE AND SEARCH FOR:
“St Martin’s Parish Church, Fenny Stratford.
TEA AND COFFEE AFTER MASS RETURNS THIS SUNDAY - DO JOIN US IF YOU CAN.
Could we also have a few volunteers to help please? And those already on the list, please check the monthly rota today to see when you are next on duty.
PASTORAL LETTER- Please read the Parish Priest’s Pastoral Letter concerning how we will gradually move out of months of Covid restrictions. It can also be found on the Saint Martin’s Facebook Page. The good news is that we can sing again and share fellowship once more after Mass over tea or coffee. However we need also to maintain a little caution as we seek to move forward into the future together.
FENNY POPPERS FESTIVAL - Sunday 15th August 2021
INDEED IT IS TAKING PLACE
Advanced notice that we will need bottles, alcoholic and otherwise for our Bottle Tombola and prizes for our Raffle.
There will be a crate located in the Vestry Hall for items donated.
We also need firm pledges of support from
Individual church members to man the various stalls on the day.
We would also welcome ideas as to new and different stalls that we could run.
This is our parish’s major fund raising event which after the year we have had is desperately needed. So please be generous with your time and commitment.
IF YOU WISH TO MAKE A DONATION TOWARDS THE COST OF THE FORTHCOMING CHURCH REPAIRS.
CHEQUES CAN BE MADE PAYABLE TO:
Saint Martin’s P. C. C. No. 1 A/c
MANY THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR CONTINUED GENEROSITY.
PLEASE don’t forget to contact me if you have any prayer requests or Mass intentions you would like me to offer at Mass or if would like someone added to our parish prayer list of the Sick or Departed.
My contact details are as follows:
Telephone: 01908 372825
I am also available in person during Surgery Hour on Saturday’s in Church between 10.30am - 12 noon.
THE SACRAMENT OF CONFESSION AND RECONCILIATION is also available at this time.
Please continue to remember the following in your prayers:
For those seeking rest and respite through a Summer Holiday or break, that they will find refreshment of body, mind and spirit.
For the continuing process of opening up society once more and for a continued drop in the rate of Covid infections and in the number of hospitalised victims.
For the continued rapid dissemination of the Vaccines for Covid 19 and for all working for this end.
Those who have found themselves out of work, particularly those who have families or other dependents.
For the Government as they seek to rebuild after these very difficult months.
For peace to reign within our homes and amongst one another.
For the elderly, housebound and those living in residential and nursing homes.
For our Ambulance Service and for our other Emergency Service Staff and for Milton Keynes Hospital and all who work there.
For Bishop Jonathan, for Father Victor, Father Ian and Father John and for all parish clergy as they seek to continue to make present in our midst the Sacrifice of the Holy Mass, the other Sacraments of Christ and offer continuing Pastoral care.
For Genesis Abbey, the Mother House of the Monastic Community of the House of Initia Nova of the Order of Saint Benedict. For it’s Abbot, Michael-John Austin, the community and for those new to its life.
For the Sick:
For Susan Carter, Chris Kliszewicz, Pam Wilderspin, Abbot Michael-John, Amie Reed, Paul Ward, Jean Holden, Peter White, Roger D’Elia, Norman Kent, Denis & Yvonne Simpson, David Lingham, Sandra Walduck, Eugenius Yung and Doris Weatherley.
For the Departed:
For Dawn, Jacinta Lusamukha, and all the recently departed and for all those who have died of Covid 19.
We pray too for all whose whose Year’s Mind occurs at this time. Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord.
And let Light Perpetual shine upon them.
May God bless and keep you.
Father Victor (Dom Cuthbert OSB)
Join us in a period of stillness as we take time out of our lives and offer them back to God, asking Him to aid us in our lives and offering thanksgiving for His abundant goodness.
Prayers are said daily at Saint Martin’s at the following times:
Morning (Tuesday – Friday) : 9.00am
Evening (Tuesday – Friday) : 6.00pm
and other Prayer Resources during this time of Coronavirus.
The Church ever reminds us that if one is unable to actually consume the consecrated body and blood of Our Lord due to extreme sickness or disability, or because we cannot presently come to church due to this Coronavirus pandemic, the desire is enough for God to grant all the benefits of communion. When being present at a celebration of the Eucharist is absolutely impossible, this act of prayer and meditation can provide the means by which you can associate yourself with the Eucharistic Action and open yourself to God’s grace and blessing.
+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Let the power of the Holy Spirit come upon me, O Lord, to mercifully cleanse my heart and defend me from all adversities; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle: Revelation 3:20
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door I will come in to you and eat with you and you with me.
The Psalm: Psalm 23:5-6
You prepare a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me; you have anointed my head with oil, and my cup is running over. Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
The Gospel: John 15:5
I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me, you can do nothing.
Act of Faith
O my God, I firmly believe that you are one God in three Divine Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. I believe in Jesus Christ, Your Son, who became man and died for our sins, and who will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all truths which the Holy Catholic Church teaches, because You have revealed them, who can neither deceive nor be deceived. Amen.
Act of Hope
O my God, trusting in Your infinite goodness and promises, I hope to obtain pardon of my sins, the help of Your grace, and life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer. Amen.
Act of Love
O my God, I love you above all things, with my whole heart and soul, because You are all-good and worthy of all my love. I love my neighbour as myself for love of You. I forgive all who have injured me, and I ask pardon of all whom I have injured. Amen.
In your own words, pray for your own needs, for those on your heart, for the peace of the world, and for the Church. After offering these intercessions, continue with the
Act of Contrition
O God, I am very sorry that I have sinned against you and for all the wrongs I have done and the good I have not done. Especially I confess....Forgive me for Jesus’ sake, and grant me strength and wisdom to amend my life. Amen.
The Act of Spiritual Reception
In union, blessed Jesus, with the faithful gathered at every altar of your Church where your blessed Body and Blood are offered this day, (and remembering particularly my own parish and those worshiping there) I long to offer you praise and thanksgiving, for creation and all the blessings of this life, for the redemption won for us by your life, death, and resurrection, for the means of grace and the hope of glory.
And particularly for the blessings given me.... I believe that you are truly present in the Holy Sacrament, and, since I cannot at this time receive communion, I pray you to come into my heart. I unite myself with you and embrace you with all my heart, my soul, and my mind. Let nothing separate me from you; let me serve you in this life until, by your grace, I come to your glorious kingdom and unending peace. Amen.
Come Lord Jesus, and dwell in my heart in the fullness of your strength; be my wisdom and guide me in right pathways; conform my life and actions to the image of your holiness; and, in the power of your gracious might, rule over every hostile power that threatens or disturbs the growth of your kingdom, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
And may the peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep my heart and mind in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ my Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, + the Son and the Holy Spirit, be with me now and always. Amen.