World Mission Sunday takes place on the weekend of 17/18 October 2020.
In the absence of envelopes, you are kindly asked to make your donation via the MISSIO web site: https://missio.org.uk/donate/?donation=4
We have a proud record of raising funds for MISSIO, though we understand that during COVID, all charities have been severely affected, and this may not be possible. Please give what you can. You may also Gift Aid your donations online.
To all MISSIO Boxholders and Promoters, we advise that COVID has also affected the collection, emptying and return of boxes. We trust that next year this will not be repeated. In the meantime, if you are able, you may donate online via the MISSIO web site: https://missio.org.uk/donate/.
You may also Gift Aid your online donations. Bank transfers and cheques may also be used. The Parish Reference for St Bartholomew’s is: SOU 103. Our collection for 2019 came to £5137.40. Thank you so much for your great generosity. In the meantime, magazines have been distributed to you all. Please see the back page of your magazines for more information on how to donate.
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 email@example.com.
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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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.
In spiritual solidarity with all those who are suffering from COVID-19, their families and those who care for them, Archbishop John Wilson will celebrate a national live-streamed Mass in St. George’s Cathedral on Thursday 2 July at 19:00. Visit: http://youtu.be/i9E6KwpYD08
As Schools and Colleges in the Archdiocese of Southwark head towards the end of the Academic year, Archbishop John Wilson has recorded a message to staff, pupils, governors and all connected with diocesan education.
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
We are delighted that St. George’s Cathedral will be open for individual private prayer from Monday 15 June and we look forward to welcoming you.
The Cathedral will be open every day but the times may vary and will be advertised outside the cathedral and here on the Cathedral's website.
Hand sanitiser will be available to use when you arrive and when you leave. The seating has been changed to enable social distancing so please only sit in allocated places. People from the same household may sit together. Read more>>>
Opening Catholic churches for private, individual prayer a “big step forward for society”, says Cardinal
Just days before churches in England re-open for private, individual prayer having been closed to the public since 23 March to help stop the spread of COVID-19, Cardinal Vincent Nichols spoke to us from Westminster Cathedral, the mother church of the Diocese of Westminster. Hear what he had to say, or read a transcript, here.
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.
Archbishop John recorded a special message to all the Catechumens and Candidates, people who had been preparing for the Sacraments of Initialion or to be received in to the Church during the Easter season. During the Pentecost Sunday Mass Homily he spoke particularly to them, but also made this video:
Archbishop John wrote to the Prime Minister, Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, this week expressing his understanding of “a growing sense of dissatisfaction” particularly as our churches are not yet permitted to open where a growing number of retail outlet will soon open their doors.
“Religious faith can help support people, both directly and indirectly, with respect to their wellbeing. Access to places of worship is integral to this.”
Archbishop John also wrote to all MP’s with constituencies in the Archdiocese. The full text of his letter may be read here.
In his homily for Pentecost Sunday, Cardinal Vincent Nichols questions why churches have not been allowed to open for private prayer, especially when car showrooms and outdoor markets can open on Monday 1 June and non-essential shops from 15 June. He specifically asks why churches have been “excluded from this decision?”
The opening of churches, even if only for private prayer, helps nurture faith which is a “vital contribution to our common good” the Cardinal says. He goes onto add Read more>>>