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It is with regret that I wish to inform you of the closure of both our churches, effective from today. It has appeared somewhat anomalous that churches continued to remain open despite a third lockdown, given the new strain of the virus and the advice from the scientific officers that ‘the current restrictions need to go further.’ Without advice from the Cardinal and with Archbishop Malcolm making it clear in his 7th January letter to priests that the final decision is each Parish Priest’s, I felt there was no other option than to close our churches for public mass until at least the easing of the present lockdown by the Prime Minister.
The scientific officers this morning have reported that this is the ‘most dangerous time’ of the pandemic. Since the overwhelming majority of our Parishioners are in the category that is awaiting the jab over the next month, you can now safely wait for this without putting yourself at risk by travelling to/from church and participating at mass. For whilst we have attempted to maintain this risk at a minimum, it is still a risk.
Mass will continue as a video on the website and we continue to be contactable through the office and via email. Please, do stay in touch.
And for those of you who have been enquiring about the Foodbanks, please call between 10.00-2.00pm Monday to Friday only and leave any food outside the presbytery door, ring the bell and step back. I will then take delivery of it and ensure it is taken to the relevant Foodbank.
May we continue to remain in communion with each other through our prayers and concern for each other.
Fr Gordon Abbs
11th Jan. 2021
St Lewis’ has an active SVP conference which can help local people in a variety of ways. Please click here if you think we can help you, you are interesting in joining us, or just want more information.
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:
Brian Parr who is recovering in hospital after major surgery.
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. Sophie is now in a period of post-op recovery and resting after her second transplant which she received from her sister.
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.