This week our parish is marking CAFOD’s Family Fast Day to help people facing the worst of the coronavirus crisis. We’ve all felt the impact of this terrible disease – let’s come together to help the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world survive, rebuild and heal. Please pray for all those affected and donate online at cafod.org.uk/give or by using one of the envelopes. You can also give easily via text. Text CAFOD to 70085 to donate £10.
Harvest Fast Day Appeal
We all watched in trepidation as Covid-19 spread like a wave towards us. None of us knew what to expect and we inevitably became introspective, seeking to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our friends. The daily news only seemed to talk about Covid-19; we bought up toilet paper, pasta and flour.
What we have forgotten is that other people around the world have other worries as well as the fear of the global contagion.
These are only two areas of the world that need your help
It is no exaggeration that Every Penny Counts. Please give what you can. Thank you so very much.
Please note that First Holy Communion Masses will be held as below, and parishioners are respectfully requested not to attend. These Masses will be for First Communicants and their families only. This means that the 11:30 Mass on Sundays is cancelled until further notice and will be reinstated later in the year.
Please also bear in mind that the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays remains suspended.
Commencing this Saturday 4 October and Sunday 5 October, First Holy Communion Masses will take place at 12 Noon on both days. They will continue each weekend on the same basis up to and including Sunday 25th October.
Please await news regarding Confirmations.
Explore three wonderful high-resolution images, taken at a Marriage celebrated at St. Bartholomew's in October 1957, that have been added to our Church History page.
As a result of a recent restructure the Cathedral team are looking to appoint two part time vacancies. Reporting to the Cathedral Manager, each job has their own specific responsibilities but some are shared and we would expect them to provide cover for each other. Read more >>>
We can now announce the reintroduction of Confession. This will be on a first-come-first-served basis from Saturday 8 August, after the 10:00 Mass, from 10:30 until 11:00.
Confessions will be heard in the working sacristy, where the servers normally vest. You will firstly be directed to the Retro Chapel to wait. After you have made your Confession, you should leave immediately and make your penance at home. Please follow social distancing guidelines and any directions you are given by the clergy or stewards.
Archbishop John Wilson to celebrate Mass online to marking his 1st Anniversary (25 July) and Silver Jubilee of priestly ordination (29 July)
On Wednesday 29 July Archbishop John Wilson celebrates the twenty fifth anniversary of his ordination as a priest, his Silver Jubilee. In the evening he will be celebrating Mass in St George's Cathedral at 19:00. The Mass will be live-streamed via the Diocesan YouTube Channel, and will be accessible via the following link: https://youtu.be/ljRkwUnz2ZA
Due to restrictions it is not possible for Archbishop John to celebrate his Jubilee in person with family, friends, former parishioners and people from the different dioceses that he has served in. He hopes that the live-stream Mass will enable many people to join him in thanking God for the gift of priesthood and the many other gifts that the Almighty has given to him.
Ad Multos Annos.
We re-started public Masses last weekend. Whilst this is a much longed-for development, it comes with its own rules and regulations.
Our church is now open for Mass at the following times:
To maintain this schedule we need enough parishioners to act as stewards / volunteers / cleaners to enable us to conform to COVID19 guidelines. If you are willing and able to help, please email the parish office as soon as possible on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opening the church for Private Prayer has now ceased.
The Obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended by our Bishops until further notice.
On entry to the church please follow the guidance of the stewards at all times.
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Pope Francis has named Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti as Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain.
Claudio Gugerotti was born in Verona, Italy..... Read more >>>
We are anticipating the recommencement of public Masses at St. Bartholomew’s on Sunday 12 July. Masses will be celebrated at 08:30, 11:30 and 17:00 (no 10:00 Mass). From Monday 13 July there will be daily Masses at 10:00, and on Saturday 18 July the Saturday Mass of Anticipation at 18:15 will return.
You will be asked to complete a Test & Trace Form when attending. Please see our Newsletter for the latest information.
We are in need of volunteers to act as stewards in order to make these Masses sustainable. You must be 18 or over and not self-isolating or in any at-risk category. Please contact the Parish Office as soon as possible to register your availability. Please spread the word to those who might not get to see this request.
Opening for individual private prayer will cease when Masses recommence on 12 July. Until then the church will open for individual private prayer and thanksgiving between 11:00 and 13:00 on Sunday 5, Tuesday 7, Wednesday 8 and Friday 10 July.
Cardinal Vincent welcomed the Prime Minister's announcement on 23 June that collective acts of worship can resume, saying: 'I welcome the statement by the Prime Minister earlier today, that places of worship are now able to resume collective acts of worship from 4 July. This is welcome news for members of all religions in England..... Read more>>>
Details of the arrangements for Masses at St. Bartholomew's will be posted as soon as they have been made.
We are delighted to announce that, with effect from Tuesday 23 June, our church will be open for private prayer and thanksgiving between 11:00 and 13:00 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. We thank the Lord that our church can open its doors once again. Do pop in and be in His sacred presence, even if just for a minute or two, whilst we're open.
A risk assessment has been carried out, and the church made ready.
We now need volunteers to act as stewards in order to make this re-opening sustainable. You must be 18 or over and not self-isolating or in any at-risk category. Please contact the Parish Office as soon as possible to register your availability. Please spread the word to those who might not get to see this request.
Pastoral Letter from Archbishop John concerning the Reopening of Catholic Churches for Individual Prayer
This year the march on 13 June will be replaced by an online event. You may register to receive details, and find out how to watch, on the March for Life Website.
Last year our own Archbishop John Wilson, then auxiliary Bishop in Westminster, was a keynote speaker - listen to what he had to say here.