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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July 2021 Update on the Government Guidelines for Places of Worship:
Despite significant easing of restrictions from 19 July, the wearing of masks (unless exempt)
has not ceased in the church as “the Government expects and recommends that people wear
face coverings in crowded areas.” Although people may now sit anywhere in the church,
we are still asked to limit contact with those outside our own family so please be considerate
of those around you. We “still have a legal duty to manage risks” to those who come to church.
We manage these risks, including the risk of COVID, by our Health and Safety Risk Assessment
and continue to take reasonable steps to mitigate these risks by:
● cleaning surfaces that people touch regularly;
● the two side aisles will be reserved for those who wish to sit over 1m apart
with every other row still closed in these aisles alone;
● although we do not need a one way flow system, please be sensitive
to the needs and movements of others in your movement around church;
● continuing to take steps to improve air flow;
● ensuring that those who are unwell do not attend and by
● communicating the measures that have been put in place.
As soon as any more restrictions are lifted we will let you know, but the latest guidance, as detailed above, means that the only major change from 19 July is that we have no limit on the number who can attend church. Although this means we could sit anywhere we still have to be careful not to mix groups. We will not want to turn anyone away, but you must be personally responsible for keeping a safe distance from others. If you would prefer that someone outside your family doesn’t sit next
to you, please place a bag or coat beside you to indicate this.
Holy Communion will remain for the time being after the closing benediction. The Parish will continue to implement the law in order to keep everyone as safe as possible and will notify you of any changes. The Government regulations stipulate that COVID-19 has not gone away, so it is important to remember the actions we can take to follow the advice to “keep yourself and others safe.” We are told that “everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious”.
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 https://givealittle.co/campaigns/d76677b6-adaa-4284-9420-5c05881a648c
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.