One of the many things that has to be done differently during lockdown is Confessions. They're now outdoors on Saturdays, at the front door of the chapel house, from 4.15pm to 4.45pm and on request.
To ensure privacy, it would be very much appreciated if, on Saturdays between 4pm and 5pm, no-one called at the chapel house and foodbank donations are not dropped off there during that hour. Many thanks.
You know the house porch is open until late for food bank donations. Please see our social media for a list of particular items which the Foodbank this week has said it desperately needs.
Easter Sunday is early this year, on April 4.
Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent is just two weeks away on February 17.
Youth Ministry Team, Catechists, and Planning Ahead Group have zoom meetings this week and next to see what we might be able to do journeying through what's looking like might be a whole lockdown Lent.
Letters have now been posted out to all P3 &P4 families re First Confession & First Holy Communion. The celebration of these Sacraments, as well as the Sacrament of Confirmation for P7 & S1, I'm sure you'll appreciate, will very much depend on a loosening of current restrictions.
Have a good weekend
A prayer for Holocaust Memorial Day
Loving God, we come to you with heavy hearts, remembering the six million Jewish souls murdered during the Holocaust.
In the horrors of that history, when so many groups were targeted because of their identity, and in genocides which followed, we recognise destructive prejudices that drive people apart.
Forgive us when we give space to fear, negativity and hatred of others, simply because they are different from us.
In the light of God, we see everyone as equally precious manifestations of the Divine, and can know the courage to face the darkness.
Through our prayers and actions, help us to stand together with those who are suffering, so that light may banish all darkness, love will prevail over hate and good will triumph over evil.
Happy 💯th birthday to Jacqueline Munro-Lafon.
Many happy returns of the day, Jacqueline, from all @ St Andrew’s.
Pro-Life Online Event this Thursday 28th January in solidarity with all who defend human life around the world.
Starts with Holy Mass at 8.00am and continues throughout the day with various talks, prayers and
screenings finishing at 6pm with the Angelus and Benediction.
The zoom link for participating is
ID: 840 1054 6928
Due to the exceptional circumstances that continue, it still wouldn't be appropriate to resume Parish Pastoral Council meetings.
The parish's Planning Ahead Group, which has been meeting regularly over the past year, met via zoom last week.
Among the items discussed were
Also, preparations and arrangements are well under way for P3 & P4's celebration of the Sacraments. These celebrations, along with P7's & S1's Confirmations, are subject very much to loosening of current restrictions.
The parish is working on online catechetical material for P3 parents and children.
The Youth Ministry Team's thinking caps are on. Zoom meeting 2/2/21
Next Planning Ahead zoom meeting will be on 11th February.
If you have any matters you would like discussed, please email
Veronica McLaughlin firstname.lastname@example.org
Catholic Social Teaching Thought for the Week - 24th January (Holocaust Memorial Day is observed on 27th January)
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