Parish Priest: Father Lijo Jose
Telephone Number: 01844 345 578
Please note this week Tuesday 23rd November morning Mass will be at 9:00am
Dates for the Diary:
Children's Christmas Craft afternoon - Wasingham Hall - Saturday 27th November 1-3pm
Churches Together Advent Service at St Mary’s Church on Sunday 28th November at 6pm.
Churches Together stall at the Town Christmas Lights Switch On on Saturday 4th December at 3pm – 6pm.
Parish Christmas Draw - Sunday 19th December
Opening Service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on Sunday 23rd January at 3pm.
Children’s Christmas craft afternoon
in the Walsingham Hall on Saturday 27th November from 1-3pm. Refreshments will also available, more details to follow.
A Few Changes Starting in Advent
As the effects of the Covid 19 pandemic continue to ebb, I want to highlight a few changes that can now take place in our mass starting from the First Sunday in Advent- 28th November. However we still need to remain sensible and vigilant and not take unnecessary risks. The Bishops of England and Wales have asked all Catholics to return to regular attendance of Sunday mass from the First Sunday of Advent- 28th November. So I warmly welcome all of you in a very special way to mass on that Sunday and hopefully we will be able to see a return to some form of normal in our parish life. Opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Advent will be as follows: Monday to Friday from 9.00am -9.45 am and Wednesday 8th and 22nd December from 7.00pm-7.45pm during the Advent Liturgy. We can stand or sit during the mass but please do not kneel down as we are in too close proximity with the person in front of us. The physical sign of peace remains suspended for the time being – but we will introduce a sign of peace without touching. Please simply turn to the person beside you or behind you and nod or bow or smile or make a sign with your hand. The offertory procession will be reinstated. Once again thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation:
Now that the restrictions of Covid 19 are easing we are able to resume the Sacrament of Reconciliation in Church. It will now be offered on Friday mornings from 9.00am - 9.45am in the confessional.
Advent Prayer Evenings
Join with other parishioners as we prepare for Christmas this Advent: three evenings of prayer, scripture readings and music. December 1st, 8th and 22nd at 7:00 pm in the church. Each session will last for approximately 30 to 40 minutes.
New rotas for Welcomers, Readers, Coffee and Cleaning were sent out by email on Wednesday, 17th. If you are on any of these and haven't seen them, please check your inbox.
Parish Christmas Draw Tickets,
raising funds for St. Teresa’s Church Development Fund and CAFOD, will be available this weekend as you leave Mass. Please try and take as many as you can for yourselves and to sell to friends and family. Three tempting Christmas Hampers can be won! Payments, stubbs and any unsold tickets can be placed in an envelope and return by Sunday 12th December. A box will be available in the narthex at the weekend masses. The draw will be made in the Walsingham Hall on Sunday 19th December after Mass, accompanied by coffee, mince pies and festive music, so please put the date in your diary.
November Prayer Lists for the Faithful Departed:
In our Catholic tradition November is a time when we especially pray for the dead. We remember all our loved ones who have died, those people who are very dear to us, those who may have touched our lives in a very brief way and those who have died in the past year. I invite you to bring your list of those you wish to remember and pray for in this sacred month in an envelope and leave it in the basket which will be at the back of the church. The basket will be placed at the foot of the altar and your loved ones will be remembered and prayed for during all the masses in the month of November.
Double the Love Lunches - Mary’s Meals UK:
We have some wonderful news to share! Our new campaign, Double The Love, has launched today. Donations made to Mary's Meals from 1 November 2021 until 31 January 2022 will be doubled. For more details visit- www.marysmeals.org.uk
Rosary Group, High Wycombe:
You are invited to the final Rosary evening of this year. There will be prayer, litanies, readings and Rosary, with music to praise and worship the Lord, at St. Augustine's, Amersham Hill, High Wycombe, on Wednesday 24th November at 7.30pm.