Newsletter 27th February 2022

Dear Parishioners

On Wednesday of this coming week, Ash Wednesday, Lent begins! I will be celebrating Mass with Imposition of Ashes at St Mary’s School at 9.30 am that morning. This is open to all parishioners who may wish to attend. In the evening, we shall have a Parish Mass with Imposition of Ashes at 7 pm in church.  

Lent is a time to receive for ourselves and as the Church, the loving mercy of God, to become restored in His image and in His likeness. Lent is our common journey together towards Easter, a time to rediscover the Kingdom of God within our own lives, and in the life of the Church, and the world around us. Lent is also a time to recall quite why, and how much, we need those great saving events of Easter which we prepare to celebrate over these next 40 days. In the Gospel set for Ash Wednesday Jesus lays down three ancient remedies to help us in our Lenten journey: Almsgiving, Fasting and Prayer. It is good during these next few days prior to Lent beginning to reflect upon these three ancient remedies and to plan how best we shall keep this penitential season for ourselves.

Walk with Me”: A Journey of Prayer for Lent 2022: To help us reflect and pray more fully each day during Lent I have arranged for complimentary copies of “Walk with Me” to be made available for everyone in the parish and for you to take copies home and share with your family and friends. These are available on the table as you come into church, we have plenty of them! I do hope you will find this little booklet a helpful accompaniment as we journey together through this reflective Season of Lent, the drama of Holy Week, and of Jesus Our Lord and Saviour and His glorious Resurrection. In the front of the booklet, you will find a Preface written by Bishop Patrick specifically for our diocese. Our diocesan theme for Lent this year is: “Encountering the Crucified Christ.”

Stations of the Cross – Adoration  and extra times of Confession during Lent: In addition to the normal Masses celebrated during the week from Tuesday – Friday, and to the scheduled times of confessions before our weekend Masses, this year during Lent we shall offer The Sacrament of Confession at 6 pm followed by Stations of the Cross at 7 pm, each Friday evening (this begins this coming Friday 4th March) From Wednesday 9th March on Wednesday’s in Lent following our Mass at 9 am there will be an additional period of silent Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament concluding with a simple blessing from the Monstrance at 11 am. During this period of silent prayer, I will be available to hear confessions in church up until 10.45 am.

A date for your diary: On Tuesday 5th April we shall host one of the Deanery Lent Reconciliation Services here at St. Mary’s. More details will be published soon but this will replace our normal Tuesday evening liturgies and will take place in church from 7-8pm. I have invited three priests from our local deanery to come to hear confessions that evening during this time of silent prayer and reflection before the Blessed Sacrament. The service will conclude with Benediction at 7.45 pm.

Holy Week 2022: It is hoped that we shall be able to celebrate this year in full the liturgies of Holy Week in the normal way. We shall soon be asking for volunteers as Readers to assist with the Passion Narratives on Palm Sunday and Good Friday and to Read on Holy Saturday night. A full schedule of Holy Week Liturgies will be published soon. 

Easter Flowers: I am very grateful to our small but loyal band of flower arrangers who each week outside of the penitential seasonsarrange all the flowers which help to beautify our church. The flowers used are given very generously in the main by them and really at no cost to the parish community. At Easter we shall want to ensure that the church is beautifully decorated and so I would ask you to consider offering a donation in memory of a loved one or in thanksgiving for an answer to prayer, to help towards the extra costs of all our flowers for Easter. If you would like to donate some money to help in this way, please put your donation in a marked envelop Easter Flowers and either drop it through the letterbox at the Rectory or put it in the Sunday collection. We will ensure that all monies donated in this way are given to our flower arrangers to assist them in the purchase of the additional flowers needed to decorate the church for Easter.

With prayer and best wishes as we approach Lent,

Your parish priest and friend,

Fr Jonathan

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Nottingham Diocese Synod Vespers At Saint Barnabas Cathedral
Live steam recording of the event which took place on Tuesday 22nd Feb