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.
It is a great blessing that we can now open for Mass with a congregation.
As we have to operate a one-way system, the entrance is now via the cemetery and the exit
is via the South Porch. Doors open at 10.30am each Sunday for Mass at 11am.
Sadly, for public safety, our numbers are limited and Parish members
are asked to sign up to register for a seat via a link through our weekly newsletter.
Please do not turn up without registering as there can be no guarantee of a seat.
Fr Adrian has made arrangements for those Parish members who
do not have internet and cannot register online.
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 12pm (Noon) the following Sunday. This process allows for papers to be decontaminated after 72 hours, completed and left for a further 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.