Advent Prayer and Reflection Evening
15 December at St Columba’s 8:00pm – 8.45pm
Pope Francis in his recent encyclical Fratelli Tutti indicates that fraternity and social friendship are the ways to build a better, more just and peaceful world, with the contribution of all: people and institutions. With an emphatic confirmation of a ‘no’ to war and to globalised indifference.
As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus you are invited to take time out to reflect on our responsibilities in the world today. To attend please book via firstname.lastname@example.org or join via Live Streaming.
Calling all children to take part in the Christmas Eve Mass
Calling all children to take part in the Christmas Eve Mass.
If you are able to join us and like dressing up please come dressed as a shepherd, angel or wiseman, but this is entirely optional. You could bring a star to hold up instead. Please also bring shakers or bells if you have them so that you can join in with the songs.
Whatever you decide Jesus welcomes everyone.
The windows will be open so please layer up to make sure you don’t get cold.
Please book your place with your family through the church secretaries in the normal Covid way: email@example.com
Looking forward to seeing you all there!
Whilst our churches have limited physical access our Parishes continue to lose a significant proportion of the Offertory giving. In order to mitigate this loss could parishioners who do not currently donate by standing order please consider setting one up via online banking?
Please include your surname and initial as the payment reference. The bank details for each parish are as follows:
Bank Name Bank Account Name Sort Code Account no
NatWest Chesham 60-06-11 46714413
NatWest Gt Missenden 60-06-11 46714472
We also understand that some parishioners would prefer to donate by telephone instead of via online banking. In response the Diocese has established Giving Tuesday. Each Tuesday between 10:00am and 4:00pm parishioners can call 01604 712065 and make a donation with their debit or credit card. You can make a one-off donation to cover your missed Sunday offerings or call each week knowing that your offering is going to your parish.
(As there is only one person taking these calls if they are already on a call when you ring please call back later or leave your contact details on the answer machine and they will get back to you.)
Thank you for your continued support of our parishes.
Roger Platt, Chair of the Parish Finance Committees
Bishop David kicks off Autumn Webinar Series
On Monday evenings during Autumn starting on Sept 21, Bishop David will be reflecting on the past 6 months and posing key questions as we move forward. Other topics include reaching out to the needy, building communities, prayer, spirituality and catechesis. The webinars are free but you need to register to receive the link. For more information go to https://postlockdownchurch.eventbrite.co.uk.
PS Bishop David’s video from Monday night is available to view at:
Baptism preparation will recommence in September via Zoom, dates to be finalised soon. Please contact the relevant parish secretary if you wish to join the preparation classes. We are planning for the Rite of Baptism to be celebrated from October 2020.
Opening of Churches
As you will be aware approval has been given to open churches for private prayer from 15 June 2020 providing it is safe to do so, and in line with the Principles established by Government. These Principles have been incorporated into Guidance from the Diocese and can be found by clicking the link here or https://www.cbcew.org.uk/wpcontent/uploads/sites/3/2020/06/Guidance-Reopening-Catholic-Churches-IndivPrayer-100620-1633.pdf.
There is much work to be done to be able to open our churches and a key requirement will be for a number of volunteers from the parish to be Stewards. Stewards must be aged between 18-70 and not from groups vulnerable to corona virus or instructed to shield themselves and must have a current DBS certificate for our churches. If you would like to find out more on volunteering to be a Steward in your parish, please contact either Keyna (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Sam (email@example.com).
Unfortunately until we have a number of trained Stewards and all the
arrangements are in place within the church to ensure social distancing and safe operation we will not be able to reopen for private prayer and our churches will remain closed. A joint parish working party has been formed to develop a detailed plan and arrangements which will provide for the safe reopening in due course and we will keep you informed of progress.
Our Lady’s, Chesham Bois, and St Joseph’s, Gerrards Cross, areopen for private prayer – please check the Our Lady’s newsletter for the opening times.
The Northampton Diocese webpage has the listings of open churches by Pastoral Area – please use this link https://northamptondiocese.org/reopening-of-ourchurch to find out more.
New GDPR-compliant Parish Registration Form
Download the form here.
Please send the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.