News and Events at St Mary Magdalen
Fr Adrian will be celebrating Sunday Mass from St Mary Magdalen's at 11am which will be
live-streamed via Zoom. Parish members who have subscribed with their email address will receive an email detailing the link and password the day before the Mass.
If you would like to sign up to our livestreamed Sunday Mass, please subscribe to our next newsletter via https://mailchi.mp/c26803e66e8d/stmarymags
Please be sure to check your junk or spam folder for our emails, thank you.
Changes from 5 November to 2 December
With the new four-week Lockdown, sadly our church cannot be open for public Mass
but we can open for private prayer, from 9.45 to 10.45am each Sunday
during that period. There is no need to book a seat as we have registration at the door
by scanning the NHS Venue Code. If you don’t have a smart phone please still turn up,
as you may give your name and phone number at the door instead.
We will continue to reserve seats for our Parish seniors during this Lockdown period.
REMEMBERING THE HOLY SOULS
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 will be especially remembering in prayer all those who have died at all our Masses
this month. Please note, your November Lists of Remembrance can
be placed in the basket by the Altar during our Sunday hour of prayer
or emailed to the Parish Office: Mortlake@RCAOS.org.uk
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.
An important message for Parish parents seeking school places
The suspension of the obligation to attend Sunday Mass was announced on 18th March 2020 by Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. If a parent/carer attended Mass at St Mary Magdalen church, Mortlake prior to 18th March 2020 then they will be considered to have attended Mass
at St Mary Magdalen church, Mortlake regularly since that time.
This will remain the case until the Sunday obligation is reintroduced by the Bishops.
Children born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017
are due to start Reception year at Primary School in September 2021.
Children born between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010 are due to start year seven
at Secondary School in September 2021.
If you are applying for a Reception, Secondary School or 6th Form place at a Catholic School for September 2021 please email Fr Adrian to obtain a form called “Parish Reference Request”.
In our Parish Fr Adrian needs to have this form printed out and completed by a parent, together with the documents it refers to in an A4+ size envelope clearly marked School Reference Application with the Name of the Child. This form, together with any school forms for Fr Adrian
to complete (if you already have them) must be posted through the door of the Parish Office on either a Saturday or Sunday. Depending on the number of forms received each week Fr Adrian will then contact the parents for a discussion but this will be via a telephone or video call on Zoom or Microsoft Teams. Please do not delay returning the Parish form until you have all the school forms, as Fr Adrian needs time to collate the family information and when receiving a school reference he refers back to the documents you were asked to provide with the biographical data. NB The Parish form is NOT the school reference but data to provide them.
Once completed, school references handed in the weekend before are to be collected at the following Sunday at times that will be announced in the weekly newsletter. This process allows
for papers in paper/plastic to be quarantined and completed after 48-72 hours
and left for a further 48-72 hours to be collected.
Please note: Papers cannot be dropped off or collected outside these times.
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.
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.