News and Events at St Mary Magdalen
St Mary Magdalen church is open for Mass with a congregation
on Sundays at 11 am, on Mondays at 9.30 am
and from Wednesday to Saturday at 9.30 am
or as detailed in the newsletter.
Please note the church and Office are closed on Tuesdays.
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The Diocesan Agency for Evangelisation Survey
The Diocesan Agency for Evangelisation and Catechesis has partnered with other dioceses to produce a survey which aims to find out about the experiences of Catholics during the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey will help the Diocese to understand what has been happening whilst churches have been closed, or opened only for limited periods of time, and Catholics have had to practice their faith 'at a distance'. Please consider contributing to the survey, selecting the 'Archdiocese of Southwark' from the drop-down menu, so that we can hear about what God has been doing and what he wants to say to us about the future of the Church in this part of England and Wales. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete and the deadline for submission is 4th July 2021. To complete the form please click on this link in the online digital version of our newsletter: Covid- 19 Survey Form – Archdiocese of Southwark
REMEMBERING THE HOLY SOULS
At Mass we pray for all those living and all those who have died, including those whose faith is known to God alone. As well as our daily prayers for the dead, each November the Church takes time to remember those who have died, praying and offering Mass for the repose of their souls. Following this tradition many request Masses for the Holy Souls and write down the names of
family and friends who have died in Lists of Remembrance. Fr Adrian has especially remembered in prayer at every Mass all those who died.
To request a Mass for the Holy Souls please scan the QR code,
click on this link
or drop an envelope into the Parish Office. Thank you.
UK Bishops call for urgent action plan to prevent racial inequality amid Covid-19
The results of a recent survey carried out by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) reveal a significant disproportion in the number of deaths due to coronavirus among ethnic minorities when compared to their number in the total population of the UK. In light of this, the UK government launched an official inquiry last month to investigate the disproportionate effect of Covid-19 on people with black and minority ethnic backgrounds. According to the Catholic Association for Racial Justice (CARJ), the factors that affect the ethnic minorities include poverty, employment and housing conditions among others. This is further pronounced with the increased numbers of workers from ethnic minorities in essential services like social care, transportation, healthcare and caregiving.
Bishop Paul McAleenan, the President of the Office for Migration Policy of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, welcomed the news of the inquiry. He however noted that an inquiry alone is not enough. “The government needs urgently to tackle the known structural inequalities that have left some communities paying such a high price,” he said. “We all have a responsibility to address the long-standing issue of racial inequality in our society that this health crisis has brought to light. The Catholic Association for Racial Justice is also calling for the creation of an action plan to ensure the provision of support for the BAME communities. The association appeals for priority to be given to combating the causes of inequality such as education, income, housing and employment.
The CARJ document can be downloaded by clicking on the PDF document.
Prayers for the Divine Mercy
On the Second Sunday of Easter the Church celebrates Divine Mercy Sunday.
The message of Divine Mercy is threefold.
It teaches Catholics to pray for Jesus’ mercy, to be merciful, and to completely trust in Jesus.
The chaplet of Divine Mercy is traditionally prayed on Fridays at 3 pm, the hour in which Jesus perished on the cross.
The Divine Mercy prayers are easy to follow and the Chaplet can be prayed on an ordinary Rosary
or on your fingers if you don’t have one. They can be found on the website www.thedivinemercy.org/message/devotions/pray-the-chaplet
A particular way to listen to or join in the prayers is through a sung version
which can be found every day on EWTN.com or via https://youtu.be/p5TGfisOKMM.