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Number of places for Mass
St Godric's 44
St Joseph's 59
For Saturday and Sunday Masses, the deadline for requesting a place at Mass is 2.00pm on Friday. Please continue to book in for Mass. Some people are not booking in and just turning up at some of our weekend Masses. This gives extra work to the stewards and you run the risk of being turned away if the church is full. You no longer need to book a place at the weekday Masses, but will have to give your contact details to the stewards on arrival.
In accordance with Government Guidelines, each time you reserve a place, Marjorie will need your name and a contact number for track and trace purposes, should this become
necessary. If you leave a voicemail message, please leave your number as well.
For more information about days, booking in and staying safe at Mass please click the link below.
The Year of the Eucharist is being launched this Sunday by Bishop Robert. Perhaps we might think of giving an extra effort to becoming more acquainted with all aspects of the Eucharist in our churches and schools. Let’s face the reality that the next generation are not bothered. As is often my own experience in chatting with parents of smaller children; football and other activities are a priority on a Sunday morning. Young teenagers are now under great pressure not to come to Mass. For many it’s simply not on their radar at all. The mental strength that gathering as a community for worship is a given. All fields of psychology are clear on this. Statistics are there to prove it. Perhaps we, as part of these community gatherings need to look more closely on what makes it something we wish to share with our families and friends. I was speaking to someone who is recently arrived in our parish (3 years ago) and still hardly knows anyone. Covid, of course, has interrupted. But, nonetheless, surely there is a challenge here for us to reflect on. The contemplative dimension to the Eucharist is richer in our tradition than many. Do we appreciate that in the light of the desperate need, for young people especially, to break from the bombardment on the senses by media etc. Are we as adults able to appreciate our need for that silent gathering together in church that is so beneficial to the soul? As you can see from the bulletin, Katie ran a very successful Confirmation Exhibition at St. Leonard’s this week, where great interest was shown by all. Many thanks to Mr. Hammill and staff for their support. Now to Covid. It’s still there. Helpers and Ministers of the Eucharist please be careful. Thanks .