Covid-19: Updated measures

We are urged to “continue to be cautious and retain some transmission controls to varying degrees at varying times”. Regular risk assessments are required to monitor local transmission rates and adjust measures accordingly, meaning things could be subject to changes over the next weeks and months ahead. Consequently, the following guidelines from the Welsh Government and Catholic Bishops of England and Wales will apply until further notice:

  • Please use the booking system for attendees to be traced if necessary. It would be helpful, if you have booked and are unable to attend, to contact Elizabeth to avoid being traced unnecessarily.
  • Only attend if you are symptom free.
  • Face coverings are mandatory for everyone over 11yrs, unless medically exempt.
  • Please sanitise your hands when entering and exiting the Church.
  • Stewards are still very much be needed.
  • Cleaning will remain a high priority.
  • Cleaning (update 15/09/21) – Regular cleaning and disinfection of surfaces and equipment. Allowing for breaks between service and ensuring thorough and regular cleaning, using disinfectant in high footfall areas and in high contact touchpoints such as door handles, rails, pews, kneelers, tables etc
  • Where objects are touched as part of worship, cleaning the object between each worshipper that touched it and require worshipers to sanitise or wash their hands before and after touching the object. (e.g. bells)
  • Ventilation – windows and doors will be kept open to maintain a good supply of fresh air when the building is occupied.
  • Social distancing is no longer a legal requirement. However, some may wish to or have been advised to remain especially cautious. There is an area with social distancing or you may request a card to place next to you. Should you wish to remain distanced please either notify Elizabeth when booking or the Steward at the door.
  • Holy Communion will continue under one kind. Please wait to be invited for Holy Communion by the steward. If you do not wish to receive Communion, please come for a blessing to avoid others brushing past you on returning to the pew. Please ensure your face mask is removed before receiving the host in your hand!
  • At the end of Mass, please wait in your pew until the Steward advises you to leave. At the weekend Masses, one-way system for movement of people will continue for now to avoid congestion. People should exercise good responsible behaviour and should avoid getting too close to each other.

 

  • Ministers for the celebration of Holy Mass; readers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will be re-introduced slowly over the coming months.
  • Singing – (guidance received 15/09/21): singing or chanting increases the amount of aerosol expelled into the air from people’s mouths. Reducing the amount of singing or stopping singing can help to reduce the risk of transmission. If singing takes place, other mitigations should be put in place evidence of which must be included in a risk assessment, this includes improving ventilation, moving the activity outdoors, increasing the space between people, or having fewer people present. This will be reviewed in the next risk assessment.
  • If you wish to give an offering please do so in the basket at the back of the Church.

 

  • PARISH CENTRE: it is hoped the Hall can be reopened, pending the necessary risk assessments, for Parish use over the next few months; only then tea & coffee after Mass will resume.
    Hiring to third parties/ general public will remain suspended but will be kept under review.

 

To comply with the covid secure risk assessment we require volunteers for both churches to facilitate the safety measures. We know there are many willing hands, however it is not advisable for persons in the vulnerable group to do so. We need your help to:-

  1. CLEAN and sanitise the churches in accordance with the approved cleaning plan.
  2. STEWARD to provide a welcoming presence, to confirm attendance and guide people:- to their seats, for Holy Communion and to depart at the end of Mass.If you are able to assist, please get in touch as I would be very pleased to hear from you. Thank you Fr. Mark

 

 

 

Saint of the Month – St. John the Baptist   August 29th

St. John the Baptist   August 29th

 

Salome with the Head of John the Baptist, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, c.1607, Source: WikiArt

St. John followed in the footsteps of the great prophets of the Old Testament, calling upon the people to repent and be ready for the coming Messiah. He baptised with water but spoke of the one who would baptise with the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:11). He pointed Jesus out as the promised Lamb of God (John 1:35-37) and baptised him (Matthew 3:13-17). He had a great following among the people but he always directed away from himself and lived an ascetic lifestyle. His life was centred on God and on his calling.

Herod, despite fearful of John’s popularity among the people, had John beheaded after an oath he made to Herodias at his birthday party (Matthew 14:1-12).

St. John’s cult is exceedingly ancient in both the East and West and he was particularly popular during the middle ages. St. John is believed to be buried in Samaria.

He is the Patron Saint of the Knights Hospitaller and is believed to protect pilgrims to and from the Holy Land.

Archdiocese of Cardiff “The God Who Speaks”: Scripture Study Days

The next Scripture Study Day will be given on Saturday, September 11th from 11am-12.30pm.  Canon Matthew Jones will be giving a talk: “A Brief Look at St. Paul’s Life and Teaching”. Canon Matthew Jones has been the parish priest of Three Churches’ parishes in Cardiff for almost seventeen years.  He is also Dean of the Cardiff deanery. Canon Matthew will be familiar to many people for the podcasts he publishes online of his homilies but also snippets he picks up from other sources. He has spoken at several conferences over the years.  He has an engaging speaking style, making him a delight to hear. I am sure we are in for a very interesting talk on St. Paul.

Details of the programme of talks for the year can be found on the Archdiocesan website https://rcadc.org/ events.


How to Access the online Talks                                                                                                                             

 

PLEASE NOTE NEW ACCESS DETAILS

 

You can access the talks on the day via Zoom at: http://tinyurl.com/RCADCscripture

 

Meeting ID 863 7669 5727

Passcode:   068790 

 

The talks will also appear on YouTube.  Please go to the ACES YouTube channel

 

Contacts for enquiries:  Madeleine Walters at at madeleine.walters@rcadc.org  or Kate Duffin at kate.duffin@hotmail.co.uk

 

CAFOD responding to multiple emergencies across the world

CAFOD is responding to significant crises across the world this week. We are working with local Church organisations in Haiti to deliver emergency aid to people affected by the catastrophic earthquake and tropical storm. In the tragic situation in Afghanistan, we are working to ensure the safety of our local partners and their communities. We are supporting local aid workers to deliver urgent food and water supplies to hundreds of thousands of people facing extreme hunger in Tigray in Ethiopia, South Sudan and north-east Nigeria. You can read more about how we can all express solidarity with our sisters and brothers affected by these emergencies on the CAFOD website: https://cafod.org.uk/News/Emergencies-news. Your compassion, generosity and prayers have helped us to stand together and enable us to continue to support communities in these difficult times. Thank you.

 

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More detail about CAFOD’s response:

On Saturday 14 August, a devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti. More than 1900 people have been killed and at least one million more people are affected. Tropical storm Grace has now hit Haiti, exacerbating the already serious emergency. CAFOD is working through the local Church organisations, Caritas Haiti, the Jesuit Migrants and Refugees Service, the religious congregations and sister agency Catholic Relief Services to provide urgent humanitarian aid – food, water, tents, hygiene kits and first aid for families affected.

In Afghanistan, we are shocked and gravely concerned by the Taliban take-over of the vast majority of the country. The generosity and compassion of our Catholic community have allowed us to stand together with communities in Afghanistan since the 1980s, supporting local organisations committed to improving the lives of vulnerable and marginalised people. As you will appreciate, the situation in Afghanistan is uncertain and changing rapidly. Our Emergency Response Team are assessing how best to respond. We are doing everything possible to ensure the immediate well-being of local partners and the communities they serve.  Please keep the people of Afghanistan in your prayers.

We are also responding to serious food shortages in Africa – in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, South Sudan and north-east Nigeria. Families across these three countries face extreme hunger because of a deadly combination of Covid, climate change and protracted conflict. A recent UN report identifies hunger in Tigray in Ethiopia, South Sudan, and north-east Nigeria as “catastrophic”. We have committed £500,000 already to get food and clean water to hundreds of thousands of people. With further support local aid workers will be able to scale up their response to reach more women, children, men, the elderly and people with disabilities with the food they urgently need.

Thank you for your solidarity, your prayers and your support for CAFOD’s work across the world.

 

Loving Lord,

For those who have died, give them eternal rest. For those who are bereaved, comfort and console them. For those who are hurt, heal and strengthen them.

Lord God, enable us to help our suffering brothers and sisters in whatever way we can. Heavenly Father, be with us now and always.

Amen.

“Sunday – it is our Day!”

CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF ENGLAND AND WALES

Statement from the Bishops of Wales

Sunday – it is our Day!

Saturday 7th August will complete the move to alert level 0 by Welsh Government of the current legislative powers which assist the mitigation’s against the Covid-19 virus transmission https://gov.wales/coronavirus :

  • remove legal restrictions on the number of people who can meet indoors, including in private homes, public places or at events
  • face coverings will remain a legal requirement indoors, with the exception of hospitality premises. This will be kept under review.

Nevertheless, there continues to be the encouragement to personal and corporate responsibility in this area; as the UK Prime Minister said recently “The pandemic is not over.” Even with this minimal legislation in place, the Church in England and Wales will be adopting a cautious approach to capacity and activity within our buildings, especially at corporate acts of worship.

We are mindful of the certain fact that the Covid-19 virus is still circulating in society. Vaccines provide genuine protection against the worst effects of the virus, yet we recognise the legitimate fear on the part of some who otherwise desire to gather for Holy Mass. As one with the Catholic Bishops of England our continuing judgement, therefore is that it is not possible at the present time for all of the faithful to attend Mass on a Sunday thus fulfilling their duty to God.

It is hoped that it will be possible for all Catholics in England and Wales to fulfill this most important Church precept, that of the Sunday Obligation, by the First Sunday in Advent 2021.

In the meantime, all Catholics are asked to do their best to participate in the celebration of the weekly Sunday Mass and to reflect deeply on the centrality of Sunday worship in the life of the Church.

In April, following our Plenary Assembly, we offered a reflection on the experience of the extraordinary long months of the pandemic. It was titled The Day of the Lord. We also began to look at the way forward. We spoke about the important invitation to restore the Sunday Mass to its rightful centrality in our lives. We asked for a rekindling in our hearts of a yearning for the Real Presence of the Lord in the Eucharist, as our response to the total, sacrificial love that Jesus has for us. We said: “The Eucharist should be the cause of our deepest joy, our highest manner of offering thanks to God and for seeking his mercy and love. We need to make it the foundation stone of our lives.”

May this continue to be our striving during these coming months as we journey back to the full celebration of our Sunday Mass and our renewed observance of The Day of the Lord.

[1] St Jerome, In Die Dominica Paschae II

WOMEN IN SCRIPTURE PODCAST

Our God who Speaks podcast series celebrates the lives and influence of women in Scripture. Natalie Orefice presents a monthly podcast with dynamic women from across Birmingham Diocese, focussing on different Bible heroines.

This series asks who are these biblical women, what made them serve God so faithfully and what can they teach us today? Each podcast is accompanied by extra reading and resources for those who hunger for more.

Who inspires you in the Bible and why?
birminghamdiocese.org.uk/women-in-scripture

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