During these exceptional times

Christmas Eve for children

We would like to celebrate this Christmas Eve with an adaptation of the Christmas story. To do this we need volunteers to support for a morning or afternoon slot on Thursday 24th December. We also need older children (aged 12 and over) to take part in our event. If you are interested in helping or your child wishes to take part please email stgregoryschristmaseve@outlook.comas soon as possible. We want to offer the best experience we can so need time to put everything in place!

On Wednesday of this week we can resume public Mass, and the times will be as normal: 9.00 am every day except Thursdays, additionally 11.00 am on Sundays and 7.00 pm on Thursdays. There will be Eucharistic adoration on Thursdays from 9.00 until 10.30 am. The church will be open daily from 9.00 until 10.30 am, and additionally, on Thursdays from 6.45 until 7.30 pm.

This is the opening prayer of the special Mass “In time of pandemic”. Please make this prayer your own:

Almighty and eternal God,
our refuge in every danger,
to whom we turn in our distress;
in faith we pray
look with compassion on the afflicted,
grant eternal rest to the dead, (here name any known to you)
comfort to mourners, (Again, think of any you know)
healing to the sick, (Pray for those whose names are in our Newsletter as well as any you know)
peace to the dying, (Pray for those in hospital and any others)
strength to healthcare workers, (Pray especially for those in our town)
wisdom to our leaders (Pray for our government and for local government)
and the courage to reach out to all in love, (Pray for all who are volunteering)
so that together we may give glory to your holy name.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever.
Amen

Technology can be something of a ‘black art’, and it is not always a simple process to get the recording of Mass and other recordings onto the website! Sometimes it can take quite a long time to get the video into a form that is suitable for the internet. We do always try to put Mass on the parish Facebook page. On this site the recordings of Mass are on the “VIDEOS” page.

If you are unable to get to church, please pray in union with the Church in your own home and make an act of Spiritual Communion. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is now available while the church is open, but please email to Fr Andrew to arrange a time (priest@stgregory.org.uk)

All other activities in the church; courses, and prayer groups are suspended during the present crisis. However Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is on Thursday evenings after the 7.00 pm Mass until 8.30.

Preparation for First Holy Communion and Confirmation is also suspended, and will resume when the crisis is over; probably in the autumn. Please keep in touch through the newsletter which can be downloaded from this website. We have a provisional date for Confirmation in the autumn; 20th November. (Please note the change of this date.)

Please look out for neighbours and friends who may be in need of help, for example in shopping, and if you need help yourself, please contact the parish by email.

Donations for the Hope Centre may be made on their just giving page:
www.justgiving.com/campaign/helphope , and donations for CAFOD may be put in a clearly marked envelope and put in the CAFOD money box near the office door whenever the church is open.

Please continue to pray for a speedy end to the present crisis, and for all who are infected or affected by coronavirus.