Dear Members of the PC,
Please find attached for your information an open letter to parishioners that I have prepared. I will be asking Patrick to circulate this on Friday to the usual parish distribution list together with the newsletter for this weekend.
If any of you would like to discuss it please do not hesitate to email me or call me.
Good morning everyone,
Fr. Richard has now confirmed that Christmas Day Mass will be at 10am and he hopes to see many of you on this Holy Day.
However, he cannot say Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve and so we shall still be celebrating by holding a Carol Service at 7pm in our Church of the Holy Spirit. We will be singing all our favourite, cherished carols and listening to the joyful Christmas Story. Fr Richard will not be with us, so whilst we cannot receive Communion, we can raise our voices in praise!
We have our Christmas tree in the church, so if your little ones wish to make or donate a bright nativity decoration, they are welcome to place it on the tree when they come to Mass with you. Stars, stables, angels, kings, donkeys & Nativity scenes all very welcome. Bring a decoration pin to hang it on the tree.
Enjoy your Sunday!
From: Libby Phillips Sent: Thursday, April 16, 2020 4:20 PM To: Libby Phillips Subject: Letter from our Director
We hope that this email finds you well during this difficult time as parish communities worship at a distance and learn new ways to connect with their faith from home.
At bccs our priority has always been to keep children and families at the centre of our work and during this unprecedented time, this has never been more important. We wanted to let you know that we are still here for these young people – we continue to keep in touch with schools and families via phone and video links and to offer help and support where we can during this period of lockdown.
Unfortunately, we anticipate that the need for our work is likely to increase once we come out of our current situation. As you will be aware, this will be a very difficult time for many and especially for those children and young people who were already facing challenging family situations, anxiety or abuse.
We are looking ahead to different ways of funding projects for schools around coping with bereavement and loss as well as support for parents and teachers with transitioning children and young people back into school; we anticipate this may prove difficult for many.
If you know of a family who is struggling at this time, please do speak to us or ask them to contact our Head of School Services, Catherine Munns email@example.com
Could we ask you also if possible, to put a link to our website on your own webpage to signpost families to our service. The link to our webpage is: https://www.bccs.org.uk/
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all parishioners who donated to our work during the season of advent; we have been very glad to receive these crib donations over the past few months. It is true to say that donations from our parishes and schools are vital in ensuring we can continue to deliver our specialist mental health services throughout the Diocese.
We look forward to being able to re-start our information talks in parishes throughout the autumn and winter – this will be an important way for us to share our story and of course, to ask for donations from our community which will be so necessary to us at that time.
Thanking you for your continued help and support.
bccs - Brentwood Catholic Children's Society
Dear Parishes and Schools,
Please find a link to the Diocesan news page, where we have published an article with recommendations for parents with school-aged children to enable them to continue to worship in the home, and continue to mark the season of Lent / Easter period with their families without gathering publicly for mass.
It would be most useful if you could circulate this to parents in your communities and post on your social media feeds.
Anna McCormick Project Officer - Marriage and Family Life Diocese of Brentwood firstname.lastname@example.org 07972438179
Fr Richard wishes us to know that each Sunday at 10am he will be offering Mass for all his parishioners in the privacy of his home, so wherever we are at 10am, be it in our church in Bardfield praying before the Blessed Sacrament, or saying our personal prayers in the quiet of our homes, he will be united with us in prayer before God our Father until the time comes when we can once again meet together to celebrate the Mass and receive Holy Communion in our church.
Our church will be open for private individual prayer:
It is most important that in this time of worry & concern that people are able to come into our church to pray individually whilst observing the COVID-19 Hygiene rules. Hand sanitisers are available in the church.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales has updated its Coronavirus advice to bishops and parishes today. We are now moving to stage 2 of the guidelines which are below. Please implement these changes with immediate effect.
All guidelines, FAQs and updates can be found here: https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/health-social-care/coronavirus-guidelines/
Stage 2 guidance
The key things for parishes to do are:
The best way of protecting us from spread is still for everyone to use universal good hygiene, which will effectively disrupt spread of the virus. So display the public information poster attached, which states: