Your special saint

Dear parishioners and friends of our 3 Churches,
I notice that my patron St Matthew has his feast this week. But do we have any saints on whom we may call in the current situation? Well, yes, we do! St Sebastian has been called on in plague situations, St Roch has helped too. Among female saints St Rosalia, who I came across as patron of Palermo Sicily, has often been invoked. Seems to me we need as much help as we can. Do you have any special saint for us to turn to?

Fr Matthew

Sunday mass returns to St Paul’s…

Dear parishioners and friends of our 3 Churches,

Sunday Mass returns to St Paul’s this weekend. Fr Peter Davies is back to assist us, for which we are so grateful. The numbers attending our weekend Masses are growing, and we are monitoring them. If the numbers begin to exceed our limits then we will review our options, of which there are several in operation in different parishes, such as booking systems, alternating Sundays etc. However, this is a good problem to have, as it shows our communities’ faith in the central place the Mass has for us. Long may it be so!

Fr Matthew

Progress on re-opening our churches

Dear parishioners and friends of our 3 Churches,

Progress continues in the re-opening of our churches. From next Sunday 13 September there will be Mass at St Paul’s on its “normal” days of Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. Fr Peter Davies will be back to assist us, for which we are so grateful. He has been doing fantastic work in his capacity as hospital chaplain during the crisis, including the most difficult cases.

We remember also our children returning to school around this time. In addition, we are preparing to resume Baptisms and have started to plan the celebration of First Communions, which will probably be in small groups.

Fr Matthew