A message from the Parish Priest Fr Philip Barnes  

Dear friends and parishioners of St Stephen’s,

 

Greetings to you as we roast away on the hottest day of the year – and I hope and pray that you are able to keep your cool (in more ways than one…)

 

A few things to share today:

 

Together in Prayer

As we continue to navigate these confusing time we’ve produced a publication called ‘Together in Prayer’. This contains a letter from me, some parish news items, an order for Mass so you can join in with the livestream if you are not yet able to return to church, some prayers for you to use at home along with a prayer calendar for the next couple of months, and the Sunday Gospel readings with an accompanying reflection. I hope that you’ll find it helpful. We’ll be posting these out for those not able to pick one up from church this Sunday.

 

Face coverings

You’ll have heard the announcement from the Prime Minister that from today face coverings are strongly advised for Places of Worship, and from the 8th August they will be mandatory. I very much regret this, which seems not to properly differentiate between types of Places of Worship. No doubt I shall be receiving further instructions from the House of Bishops about how this will work in practice (for audibility reasons I hope not to have to wear one whilst speaking for example, and, obviously, we’ll all need to remove them in order to receive Holy Communion!) Watch this space…

 

This Sunday

We’ve arrived at the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, and I look forward to welcoming those who are able to attend to the Sung Mass at 11 o’clock. Music from Chrissy and Josh, and a homily from me looking at the miracle of the feeding of the 5,000. The live stream link is:

https://youtu.be/-1fFMEnHrDU

 

This week’s recorded Reflection

On Thursday we’re keeping the feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord, and you can hear me exploring that remarkable event at:

https://youtu.be/7dT-LJUga_8

 

Times of Masses

 

Sunday

Mass                9am

Sung Mass       11am

 

Monday

Mark and I keep this as our days off and the church will be closed

 

Tuesday

Mass                12.30pm

The church will be open from 9am until after Mass

 

Wednesday

Mass                7pm

The church will be open from 2pm until after Mass

 

Thursday

Mass                12.30pm

The church will be open from 9am until after Mass

 

Friday

Holy Hour       5pm – 6pm

This is a lovely chance to spend some quiet time before the Lord at the end of a busy week

Mass                6pm

The church will be open from 2pm until after Mass

 

Saturday

Mass                10am

The church will be open from 9am until 2pm

 

with my love and prayers and gratitude for you all,

and wishing you every blessing in the week ahead,

 

Fr Philip

 

frphilipbarnes@btinternet.com

020 7937 4263Dear friends and parishioners of St Stephen’s,

 

 

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