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On Monday, 12th October the Prime Minister, in response to the rising corona virus infection, proposed further restrictions in the form of a three tier system and applied it in the first instance to Liverpool. What the scientific advisers have stated is that these restrictions which apply to bars and pubs, meeting in people’s houses and advice on reduced travel will require further measures if the ‘R’ rate is to be reduced. Since the ‘R’ rate is increasing in our area as well as the rest of the country, it is likely that where Liverpool go, we will follow. For the moment, our Churches remain open and we will continue to celebrate Mass in as safe a way as is possible. Let us pray that a sensitive response by people as Autumn draws on will allow us to reduce the rate and look forward to celebrating Christmas with our families at the very least.
13th October 2020.
I mentioned to you last week the Diocese’s concern that Parishes at present have no weekly income, but we still have bills to pay. They have come up with three different ways in which you can safely and digitally give to your Parish, should you so wish.
- By standing order. You will be able to download and print a standing order form instructing your bank to pay weekly/monthly the amount you wish to give to the Parish. Just fill in the form, post it to me (at All Saints) and after I’ve copied it for our records I’ll send it off to your bank. Just follow this link.
- Online: By following this link you can give on a weekly basis whatever you wish. Those of you who have given to Cafod on line will be familiar with this type of giving.
- You can give by text: Just as you would for, say Children in Need or Comic Relief.
Text STLEWISNOINFO to 70085 to donate £2. Texts cost £2 plus one standard rate message.
Text STLEWISNOINFO to 70450 to donate £3. Texts cost £3 plus one standard rate message.
Text STLEWISNOINFO to 70460 to donate £5. Texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message.
Text STLEWISNOINFO to 70470 to donate £10. Texts cost £10 plus one standard rate message.
By sending it to STLEWISNOINFO I am presuming that you will not want to receive the marketing information that automatically comes with all this. If you’d rather receive the info then text: STLEWIS to the relevant number and you will receive all the bumf!
- Finally, you could simply pop your offertory envelope through the letter box at the presbytery when you are passing, or wait until we can all go back to mass. If you didn’t manage to pick up the envelopes before the lock-down and you want them, simply ring me and I’ll drop them through YOUR letter box!
I have asked a number of people if they would find it useful having a prayerboard on the front page. Whilst we are all in need at the moment, there are some with particular needs whom we can pray for. I have asked their permission and invited them to not just post names but also where possible details of people’s illness so that our prayers can be focussed. So many of us feel helpless at the moment, but as Christians we know we can do one thing: pray that God’s healing hand can touch our lives and those in most need. Do please send me names and, where appropriate details of people we can pray for.
Please Pray for:
Pemberlina Smith who is suffering from breast cancer and is undergoing treatment.
Margaret Kirkham whose who has had her radiotherapy treatment – her tumour is greatly reduced.
Sophie Tinley (daughter-in-law of Bill Tinley) has Myeloma bone marrow cancer. She has received her first stem cell transplant and has recovered very well, but is now preparing to have her second transplant.
Karl and Joy Ward – Karl has non Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Joy has ovarian cancer.
Shelagh Preston who has incurable pancreatic cancer (mother of Fr James Preston)
Lily Kennedy (daughter of Shaun Kennedy and Katie Gaskell) suffering from 22 Chromosome Duplication.
Ken Morris (Linda’s husband) receiving treatment for prostate cancer and lymphoma.