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TUESDAY 7th APRIL 2020

LIVE EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT ~ EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE ~ ACT OF CONTRITION ~ BENEDICTION



Dear Parishioners,


Because of the present circumstances we are unable to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation due to Social Distancing and it is not permitted via the phone / internet / Skype / FaceTime etc. We still need an opportunity to recognise our faults and failings before the Lord in the Sacrament of the Altar, and make a good Act of Contrition. And so this service will be a good chance to make a 'Spiritual Contrition.' The text for the Service is below

If you have internet access you will be able to view the Serviceat www.pscp.tv/holyfamilybs345 ( it is free to sign up) or just click 'the play triangle'.
Shortly after the live broadcast I will upload a link so you can watch the Service at your leisure, from the Parish Website: www.holyfamilyrcchurchpatchway.co.uk

You are in my prayers,


God Bless you
STAY SAFE AND INDOORS.


Fr Eugene

 

O bread of heaven, beneath this veil
thou dost my very God conceal;
my Jesus, dearest treasure, hail;
I love thee and adoring kneel;
each loving soul by thee is fed
with thine own self in form of bread.

O food of life, thou who dost give
the pledge of immortality;
I live; no, ‘tis not I that live;
God gives me life, God lives in me:
he feeds my soul, he guides my ways,
and every grief with joy repays.

O bond of love, that dost unite
the servant to his living Lord;
could I dare live, and not requite
such love then death were meet reward:
I cannot live unless to prove
some love for such unmeasured love.

 
Opening Prayer
Lord Jesus Christ, you give us your body and blood in the eucharist as a sign that even now we share your life. May we come to possess it completely in the kingdom where you live for ever and ever. You live and reigns with God the Father  in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
 
First Reading:
 

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

"'Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. Everyone who asks receives; everyone who searches finds; everyone who knocks will have the door opened. Is there anyone among you who would hand his son a stone when he asked for bread? Or would hand him a snake when he asked for a fish? If you, then, evil as you are, know how to give your children what is good, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him! 'So always treat others as you would like them to treat you; that is the Law and the Prophets. 'Enter by the narrow gate, since the road that leads to destruction is wide and spacious, and many take it; but it is a narrow gate and a hard road that leads to life, and only a few find it. 'Beware of false prophets who come to you disguised as sheep but underneath are ravenous wolves. You will be able to tell them by their fruits. Can people pick grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? In the same way, a sound tree produces good fruit but a rotten tree bad fruit. A sound tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor a rotten tree bear good fruit. Any tree that does not produce good fruit is cut down and thrown on the fire. I repeat, you will be able to tell them by their fruits. 'It is not anyone who says to me, "Lord, Lord," who will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but the person who does the will of my Father in heaven. When the day comes many will say to me, "Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, drive out demons in your name, work many miracles in your name?" Then I shall tell them to their faces: I have never known you; away from me, all evil doers!"


The Word of the Lord

1 Soul of my Saviour, sanctify my breast,
body of Christ, be thou my saving guest,
blood of my Saviour, bathe me in thy tide,
wash me with water flowing from thy side.
 
2 Strength and protection may thy Passion be,
O blessèd Jesu, hear and answer me;
deep in thy wounds, Lord, hide and shelter me,
so shall I never, never part from thee.
 
3 Guard and defend me from the foe malign,
in death's dread moments make me only thine;
call me and bid me come to thee on high

where I may praise thee with thy saints for ay.
 

The Royal Road of the Cross -  written by Thomas à Kempis
There will always be many who love Christ’s heavenly kingdom, but few who will bear his cross. Many are eager to be happy with him; few wish to suffer anything for him. Many love Christ as long as they encounter no hardship; many praise and bless him as long as they receive some comfort from him. But if Jesus hides himself and leaves them for a while, they either start complaining or become dejected. Those, on the contrary, who love him for his own sake and not for any comfort of their own, praise him both in trial and anguish of heart as well as in the bliss of consolation. Even if Jesus should never comfort them, they would continue to praise and thank him. What power there is in a pure love for Jesus – love that is free from all self-interest and self-love!


Do not those who always seek consolation prove that they love themselves rather than Christ? Where can we find anyone who is willing to serve God for nothing? Such a person is worth far more than the jewels brought from the most distant lands. Take up your cross and follow Jesus, and you will inherit everlasting life. There is no other way to life and to true inward peace than the way and discipline of the cross. Go where you will, seek what you want, you will not find a higher way, nor a less exalted but safer way, than the way of the cross. Arrange and order everything to suit your desires and you will still have to bear some kind of suffering, willingly or unwillingly. The cross, therefore, is unavoidable. It waits for you everywhere. No matter where you may go, you cannot escape it, for wherever you go you take yourself along. Turn where you will – above, below, without, or with­in – you will find the cross.


If you willingly carry the cross, it will carry you. It will take you to where suffering comes to an end, a place other than here. If you carry it unwillingly, you create a burden for yourself and increase the load, though still you have to bear it. If you try to do away with one cross, you will find another and perhaps a heavier one. How do you expect to escape what no one else can avoid? Which saint was exempt? Not even Jesus Christ was spared. Why is it that you look for another way other than the royal way of the holy cross? The whole life of Christ was a cross. And the more spiritual progress you strive for, the heavier will your crosses become, for as your love for God increases so will the pain of your exile. When you willingly carry your cross, every pang of tribulation is changed into hope of solace from God. Besides, with every affliction the spirit is strengthened by grace. For it is the grace of Christ, and not our own virtue, that gives us the power to overcome the flesh and the world. You will not even fear your enemy, the devil, if you arm yourself with faith and are signed with the cross of Christ. Decide then, like a good and faithful servant of Christ, to bear bravely the cross of your Lord. It was out of love that he was crucified for you. Drink freely from the Lord’s cup if you wish to be his friend. Leave your need for consolation to God. Let him do as he wills. On your part, be ready to bear sufferings and consider how in these sufferings lies your greatest consolation. The sufferings of this life are not worthy to be compared with the glory to come.
 

CARDINAL NICHOL ON THE EASTER DUTY.

EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE

We pause for a few moments to bring our faults and failings
before the Lord who gave his life for the forgiveness of our sins.
 
ACT OF CONTRITION
“My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against You, whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with Your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Amen.”
 
Our Father….
 
Tantum ergo Sacramentum
Veneremur cernui:
Et antiquum documentum
Novo cedat ritui:
Praestet fides supplementum
Sensuum defectui.

Genitori, Genitoque
Laus et iubilatio,
Salus, honor, virtus quoque
Sit et benedictio:
Procedenti ab utroque
Compar sit laudatio.
Amen.
 
Let us pray
Lord our God, you have given us the true bread from heaven. In the strength of this food may we live always by your life and rise in glory on the last day. We ask this through Christ the Lord.
 
BENEDICTION
 
Divine Praises ~ repeat after the Priest
 
Blessed be God.
Blessed be His Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man.
Blessed be the Name of Jesus.
Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be His Most Precious Blood.
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most Holy.
Blessed be her Holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her Glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the Name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints.
 
The Blessed sacrament is placed back in the Tabernacle
 
Holy Virgin, by God’s decree,
You were called eternally;
That he could give his Son to our race.
Mary, we praise you, hail, full of grace.
 
Ave, ave, ave, Maria.
By your faith and loving accord,
As the handmaid of the Lord,
You undertook God’s plan to embrace.
Mary we thank you, hail, full of grace.
Ave, ave, ave, Maria.
 
Joy to God you gave and expressed,
Of all women none more blessed,
When in mankind your Son took his place.
Mary, we love you, hail, full of grace.
 
Refuge for your children so weak,
Sure protection all can seek.
Problems of life you help us to face.
Mary, we trust you, hail, full of grace.
 
To our needy world of today
Love and beauty you portray,
Showing the path to Christ we must trace.
Mary, our mother, hail, full of grace.

Monday 30th March 2020 - Prayers from home

Please click on the link below for prayer resources for home.

Sunday 29th March 2020 - 8.15pm

Dear Parishioners,


I hope you are coping with the restrictions which are imposed to help hamper the spread of the Covid 19 Corona Virus, and to support all those working to deal with the pandemic.

I hope you are finding the Mass, if you have access useful to help your prayer life. there were 94+ people viewed Mass this morning! Funnily some were late joining the viewing, just like on Sundays! Can I point out that was a comment from one of the viewers ~ not me :-)

My intention is to celebrate Mass each day at 10am for the coming week, please pass the word among those who are not part of the email network.

If you have internet access you will be able to view the Mass at www.pscp.tv/holyfamilybs345/follow ( it is free to sign up) or just click 'the play triangle'.
Shortly after the live broadcast I will upload a link so you can watch the Mass at your leisure, from the Parish Website: www.holyfamilyrcchurchpatchway.co.uk

I am so going to celebrate the Stations of the Cross during the week also, and I will let you know when that will be at a later date.

NEXT Sunday is Palm Sunday ~ Mass will be at 10am Live, and I have added a page to the website, where your will find links and times of all the live broadcasts for the Holy Week Services.
Including Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament / Benediction with an examination of conscience and Act of Contrition. Obviously we cannot have our usual Penitential Service and we are not permitted to Give General Absolution at this time, so it will be time for us to acknowledge our faults and sins as part of our preparations for Easter.

We are in very strange times, and it is not over yet. It is going to take a lot of prayer, will power and good will to get through this. But for the good of those parishioners, family and friends who work for the NHS ~ Emergency Services ~ Food Distribution ~ Delivery personnel  ~ Teaching Profession and staff ~ Funeral Directors and Staff ~ our sick and elderly ~ those I have forgotten and OURSELVES,  it is our duty to listen and abide by the rules of the Medical Profession and Government and not feel we are above the law or 'know better', and to do what we are told to do. If we do, please God ALL of us will be able to be united in person at the altar of the Lord once more.

You are in my prayers,
God Bless you


STAY SAFE AND INDOORS.


Fr Eugene

General Information:

If you need assistance because you are self isolating and need someone to collect prescriptions / shopping / or would like a phone call, email me and I can pass your details to the SVP who have set up a Whats App group to pass information among their members to reach out to those in need. Also, some parishioners have also given me their names, if anyone needs errands run.

As you can imagine, the parish is suffering from lack of income at this time, there is no bailout package for Charities or self-employed priests, together with all of us, if we are Staying Home.

  • I know some of our parishioners pay by Standing Order / Direct Debit as they also Gift Aid their donations, it is also possible to pay by this method using the form that was attached to the Newsletter a few weeks ago and sending / scanning it to me.
  • This form can also be used if you would like to contribute to the parish without adding Gift Aid. I have added the Parish Bank details below, if you wish to give a donation that way.
  • Shortly on our parish website there will be a PAYPAL button for donations also. In fact there will be two, one will be to the Parish Offertory Collection and the second button will be for your donations to the HOLY PLACES collection normally taken on Good Friday. 
  • Now we also have contactless payment, we can take donations over the phone, you just need to phone the presbytery 0117 9081247 as give me your card details and how much and I can process the payment. (there is a fee of 2.5% for donations made by this method).

www.holyfamilyrcchurchpatchway.co.uk

IF YOU WISH TO GIVE A DONATION TO THE PARISH AS YOUR SUNDAY OFFERING, HERE ARE THE PARISH BANK DETAILS:


Bank: NAT WEST
Sort Code: 52-10-03
Account Number: 66286530
Account Name: Clifton Diocese Re Parish of Holy Family, Bristol
Address: Bristol, Queen's Road (A) Branch
PO Box 188, 40 Queen's Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1BF


Fr Eugene Campbell VF
Parish Priest
Holy Family Presbytery,
Southsea Road,
Patchway,
Bristol,
BS34 5DP

Tel: 0117 9081247
Email: bristol.holyfamily@cliftondiocese.com

 

 

Sunday  29th March 2020

READINGS FOR SUNDAY MASS BELOW 
LIVE MASS 10am ON SUNDAY
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Dear Parishioners,
Just another message from the parish to bring you up-to-date with the latest events.

Due to current legislation set by the government, the Vatican and the Bishops of England and Wales, we are restricted in the following activities:-

In their letter of 18th March 2020, the President and the Vice-President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales said “in these emergency circumstances, and for as long as they last, the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is removed. This is, without doubt, the teaching of the Church (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2181). This pandemic is the 'serious reason' why this obligation does not apply at this time.”

Many of the faithful will be aware of their Easter Duties; that is to receive Holy Communion during the Easter Season and by custom, to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation beforehand. The Code of Canon Law (CIC 920) says each of the faithful is obliged to receive holy communion at least once a year. This precept must be fulfilled during the Easter season unless it is fulfilled for a just cause at another time during the year. The requirement for the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation comes from the need to be in a state of grace to receive Holy Communion (CIC 916).

As it is not possible for the faithful to receive Holy Communion at this time, and into the future, the Bishops of England and Wales have dispensed the Easter Duties for the year 2020.

The Bishops have asked that all should make a Perfect Act of Contrition at this time. Perfect contrition (or a Contrition of Charity) is true and real sorrow for our sins which is created when we realise the immense love of God for each one of us. We express this contrition when we realise how we offend God by our sinful words, deeds and omissions in contrast to the immeasurable love and mercy that he continually shows us. This requires us to be contrite of heart for what we have done, know and be overwhelmed by the love and mercy of God for his children, and to approach this grace with humility and resolution not to sin again.

An Act of Contrition

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy.

This replaces the Sacrament of Reconciliation at this time.

Anointing of the Sick is only in 'extremis' circumstances and we have very strict protocols to follow. In fact we are no longer to administer to the Sick and Dying in Southmead Hospital as all external visits are banned. It may be possible to pray with the person over the phone or Facetime, but again in extreme circumstances. This is for the safety of both patient and priest.

 

Funerals – developments

  • Guidance issued last week remains: no church services, graveside and cremation services only. The local guidance of crematorium and cemetery authorities must be followed.
  • In conducting such prayers, priests must follow guidelines on social distancing.
  • Coffins must not be taken to our churches for resting overnight before a committal
  • After the pandemic, Masses in memoriam will be permitted in the presence of the ashes for those committed during this time.

Every crematorium has restrictions on the numbers allowed to attend ~ most restricting to very close family only (less than 10). Graveside Services are also restricted in the number attending due to Social Distancing and gatherings of more than two and people meeting not from the same household. Be aware if you have to attend a funeral, you should have WRITTEN confirmation of the date time and place of the funeral from the Funeral Director as your permit to travel, in case you are stopped by the police.

When we get to Holy week, I will publish what will happen, I have to celebrate the Easter Triduum Services and I will do my best to stream them live to you. I will also next Sunday bless Palms that you will be able to have once we are released from the present regulations.

Sorry again for the long email, but I wanted to include the Mass Hymns and Readings as well as the Re-dedication of England to Mary and the Prayer for a Spiritual Communion. Remember if you help there is now a Paypal button on the parish website if you wish to give a donation to the Sunday Offertory Collection.

Be safe and you are in my prayers.


God Bless

Fr Eugene

                       Message from the Diocese -  Competition Time

To write a short story between 500 and 750 words on the theme of Hope. It can be anything you like

  • Adventure
  • Science Fiction
  • Comedy

You may never have written a short story before but have a go! We are interested in your ideas. Be imaginative.

Closing Date Friday 3rd April 2020. Entries should reach us by 4pm on Friday 3rd April

We are going to run a competition every fortnight - everyone is invited to take part.

There are 3 age categories

  • below 8
  • 8 to 12
  • 12 and above.

There will be a small prize for each group winner and winning entries will be published on line.  Each competition will reflect a different skill. 

Please send your entries to

competition@cliftondiocese.com

You must include on a cover sheet

your name

your age

your school

Winning entries will be published online.

Application Form to complete - APPLICATION FORM

 

Good luck :)

Tuesday 24th March 2020

My dear parishioners and friends,
 

I have now uploaded the Mass for Tuesday of the 4th Week of Lent ~ it is in two videos as I got to the offertory and realised I didn't have any wine!

Part one:
https://vimeo.com/400365471 

Part Two
https://vimeo.com/400373735

Copy & Paste into your browser of click on the links on the parish website www.holyfamilyrcchurchpatchway.co.uk


Also, Pope Francis has asked all Christian people to Pray the Lord's Prayer at 11am (GMT) on WEDNESDAY 25th MARCH 2020 

 

Adoration and Urbi et Orbi blessing, Rome, he will pray on the steps of St Peter’s basilica. Although the square will be empty, there will be a period of Adoration and readings from Scripture. 

At the end of the service, the Holy Father will impart his Urbi et Orbi blessing and will offer a Plenary indulgence for the COVID-19 victims and medical profession and all of us.

I am also 'on call' for you, but I can only visit 'in danger of death' and there are strict protocols for my protection and yours in these circumstances. If you need to have a chat, just give me a call. 0117 9081247 - when asked just say your name and wait for me to answer or for the answer phone to kick in. Leave your number and name and I will call you back.

If you know anyone who would like to be included in the parish notifications, just email me their email address.

I apologise if this email has given you concerns, that is not my intention, but it is to give you as much information as I can, so you are aware of what is happening in the Church. Working one day a week is still not happening :-)
 
God Bless and be safe.


Fr Eugene

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Tuesday 24th March 2020

My dear parishioners and friends,


As you may have just heard from the Prime Minister of the UK, Boris Johnson, that we have to STAY IN DOORS and only go out for essential, and certain reasons. He also mentioned that Churches are to be closed. We already know that we have been closed for Public Worship, now the government has gone on to say we must close. You cannot leave you homes to come to the Church even for private prayer. The Church will be open as I recently published and will remain closed until this terrible situation changes.

He made is clear that Weddings and Baptisms are also not permitted understandably. All those who have booked dates for Baptisms with Deacon Don have been contacted and informed that all dates have been cancelled until further notice. If anything happens and a baptism is needed for grave circumstances when a child is in hospital, then contact me and we can arrange for a 'Conditional Baptism' to take place in an emergency. This would only happen in extreme circumstances.

FUNERALS: Please be aware should a loved one die, the government regulations ~ cremation regulations and Church regulations state that a Requiem Mass / Church Service of any type is not permitted at this time. We are only permitted to conduct a 'Short' (less than 15mins) Committal Service at the graveside or crematorium to lay the person to rest. Attendance of relatives are extremely limited to close relatives ( spouse, children, brother / sister) but even these are very limited in numbers to single figures in most cases. Once things get back to 'normally' we can arrange a Memorial Mass. I know these arrangements are very upsetting, but safety of the living has to be paramount. Funerals will be celebrated as soon as time permits, as there is concern that demands will seriously increase. If the person dies of Corona-virus, then it will be cremation only and no relatives will be permitted to attend, so as to stop the spread of the virus. This is going to be very upsetting, especially as once a person is diagnosed with the virus, they will be quarrantined and relatives will not be allowed access at all. I know this to be the procedure as I have alreadyu been involved in such a case!


I think the Lent in a Bag, you received on the First Sunday of Lent should be a focus for your prayer life. In fact with enforced confinement, there are no excuses! (Please be sure - I did not have a premonition) that this was going to happen!

We have also started to get information of what is expected of Parish Priests and the Holy Week Services! The Catholic Bishops Conference have received a Decree on Easter from Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments at the Vatican. It says that Parish Priests should celebrate the Lord's Supper / The Lord's Passion Liturgy and a Form of Easter Vigil without a Congregation! It gives some details but also stresses that these services should be streamed live. I am waiting to hear what will come from the Bishop on this decree, but it could mean I will have to pay to have a streaming service brought into the Church. The cost of which is horrendous (£2950+vat for installation and then £150+vat a month). I am looking at a cheaper service which should do the trick. if not I will record the Services as I have been and email them to you so you can watch them at the times, we would normally have them in Holy Week. The reason for streaming is so we can be a live community, celebrating together. Interesting that the Mass last Sunday, I recorded was viewed 127 times which shows there is definitely a need. Be assured, if I can find a cheaper sound way to do it - I will.

Also, Pope Francis has asked all Christian people to Pray the Lord's Prayer at 11am (GMT) on WEDNESDAY 25th MARCH 2020 

 

Adoration and Urbi et Orbi blessing

Rome), he will pray on the steps of St Peter’s basilica. Although the square will be empty, there will be a period of Adoration and readings from Scripture. (6pm Friday 27 March at 5pm UK time, Having prayed the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis also revealed that on

Plenary Indulgence

At the end of the service, the Holy Father will impart his Urbi et Orbi blessing and will offer a Plenary indulgence for the COVID-19 pandemic. He asks that we join together to uphold the universality of prayer, compassion and tenderness. Pope Francis encourages us to “remain united and make our closeness felt – especially with healthcare professionals and those who serve.”

 

 Please say a prayer for the Priest's of the Deanery, we are considered 'Key Workers' and between us are covering the needs of Southmead Hospital, It is only a matter of time before one of us will be called into to administer the Sacrament of Sick to a Corona Virus patient, and all that entails, PPE suit / Face Mask etc.


I am also 'on call' for you, but I can only visit 'in danger of death' and there are strict protocols for my protection and yours in these circumstances. If you need to have a chat, just give me a call. 0117 9081247 - when asked just say your name and wait for me to answer or for the answer phone to kick in. Leave your number and name and I will call you back.

If you know anyone who would like to be included in the parish notifications, just email me their email address.

I apologise if this email has given you concerns, that is not my intention, but it is to give you as much information as I can, so you are aware of what is happening in the Church. Working one day a week is still not happening :-)
 
God Bless and be safe.


Fr Eugene


 

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