COMING TO MASS AT HOLY TRINITY IN TIME OF CORONAVIRUS
Should I come to Mass or not? While we would all love for everyone to be able to come to Mass, we should think about our own wellbeing and the good of other people. You should not come to Mass if you have symptoms or feel unwell in any way. You should not come to Mass if you are very elderly or have health conditions that may mean you are particularly vulnerable. Think carefully about how you will travel to church and whether you can get there and back safely. The obligation to attend Sunday Mass is still lifted. You could come to a weekday Mass instead or as well as a Sunday Mass. The number of seats available in the church is limited: 46 places for individuals/couples/household units. Couples and family units who live in the same house can sit together without observing safe social distancing from each other, but of course must all be 2 metres away from anyone else in the church.
What will I have to do? In response to Government guidance and for your safety, we are asking for your contact details so that individuals can be notified in the event of any suspected Covid-19 case. Full details of the Privacy Notice can be found at www.rcdow.org.uk/privacy-policy.
Everyone will be asked to use the hand gel on the way in and out, and on arrival wait to be seated by the stewards. A collection is not taken: please place your envelope or offertory gift in the donation boxes in the entry and exit porches, as we need and welcome your kind gift! The stewards will usher you up to the altar for Holy Communion or a blessing. Holy Communion will be given in silence, and only on the hand. Candles may be lit after Mass, but not before. Do not drop any litter or tissues.
What about a weekly newsletter? This will be on the parish website ( sign up to an electronic version here) as we may not have papers in church for hygienic reasons.
What things will not be available? The toilets have to remain closed. There will be no access to the sacristy, parish centre or the parish office. Bookstand and repository are closed. Please bear all these factors in mind before deciding whether you should come to church. There is no holy water.
What will the Mass be like? We are following the instructions for Mass issued by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. These instructions are there to help keep the whole operation as safe as possible. Because we want to reduce the amount of time spent indoors, Mass will be shorter. There will be no singing or other ministries (e.g. no altar servers or choirs). But we do need a parish Reader.
What times will Mass be celebrated this week? Church open
Saturday 6.00 pm (First Mass of Sunday) 5.45 – 6.45 pm
Sunday 8.30 am 8.15 – 9.15 am
(10.00 am, livestreamed Mass, cannot be attended)
11.30 am 11.15 – 12.15 pm
Monday 6.00 pm 5.45 – 6.45 pm
Tuesday 6.00 pm 5.45 – 6.45 pm
Wednesday 6.00 pm 5.45 – 6.45 pm
Thursday 10.15 am 10.00 – 11.00 am
Friday 10.15 am 10.00 – 11.00 am
What help is needed to ensure we can open the church and have Mass? For each Mass we need four adult stewards who are welcomers, and who ensure that the government guidelines are being followed, and who after Mass will do the hygienic cleaning. Stewards need to arrive 15 minutes before the opening time of the church and stay until about 15 minutes after its closing time. We are tremendously grateful to those who have volunteered for this ministry over the last fortnight or so. Without the stewards we are not allowed to open the Church or to have Mass. If you can help in this way, and so ensure that our daily worship and prayer can happen, please email us at email@example.com or text us to 07999 506 232.Now that the holiday period is approaching we shall need more volunteers to cover those who are away.
What about going to confession? Confessions can be heard Saturdays at 6.30 pm, Sundays at 12 noon – both these times are immediately after Mass. Please wait for the priest to sanitise the confessional after the previous confession, before entering it. As always, we confess all the sins we remember since our last confession, but at this time try to do so as briefly as possible.
Sr. Jenefer is delighted to be back in the parish
after all the months of furlough. She can be contacted by the parish phone, or by email to: and this Sunday after 8.30 & 11.30 Mass.
Plans are underway to complete the delayed Confirmation & First Communion preparation in September & October and to receive Kilian & Ewa into the Catholic Church & celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation for Joao in October.
Please pray for them all. The waiting has been hard for them.
The Registration for Holy Communion 2021 will be at Sunday morning Masses on 6th September.
Confirmation registration to be announced in September.
As usual we welcome children with special needs who wish to prepare for First Holy Communion or Confirmation.
Please be in touch with Sr. Jenefer asap so we can be ready to support them through the preparation.
Children’s Liturgy continues until the end of term on the parish Facebook page on the Holy Trinity website:
Thank you to Vittoria, Sylvie, Paul and the Children’s Liturgy Team! Children’s activities can be found at www.wednesdayword
Adults may like to look at Fr. Stephen Wang’s YouTube ‘Pause for Faith’ or ‘Click to Pray’ on the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network.
We look forward to seeing you at Mass Sunday or weekdays.
Thank you to all who have been able to continue giving in these difficult times.
If you wish to make a one-off donation, or continue giving, please use the red DONATION button on the right which will allow you to easily use your credit or debit card Please make sure to label your donation as Planned Giving (when you normally use envelopes) or simply donation (if not gift aiding).
Alternatively, you may make any offering via bank transfer to:
Acc Name: Westminster Roman Catholic Diocese Trustee, Brook Green Holy Trinity
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Thank you for remembering that without your donations the parish cannot run. A lot of expenses remain whilst our income has been drastically reduced. We are very grateful for your continued support.
Planned Giving - Gift Aid
Have you signed a gift aid form? We will soon be putting in a gift aid claim asking the Inland Revenue to give us the tax that you have paid on your donations. If you are a UK tax payer and have not signed up to gift aid your regular offerings, it is not too late to do so. Forms are available from the parish office. If you have stopped paying tax, please inform the gift aid coordinator via the parish office.
News and updates
Regular Mass, Liturgy and sacramental times will resume, after lockdown, as follows:
Saturday (Vigil) - 6pm
Sunday - 8.30am / 10am / 11.30am / 6pm
Syriac Rite Mass - Sunday 1pm
Daily Mass - 9.30am & 6pm
Holy Days - 9.30am / 12.30pm / 6pm
Monday to Friday 6.30pm
Saturday 10am - 10.30am / 5.15pm - 5.40pm
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Saturday 5pm - 5.45pm
First Friday 6.30pm-7.30pm
Parish Facebook Page
Please click on the Facebook Icon on the right or type this link into your browser:
Check our Facebook page regularly, for live events.
Please note: You need to click on the LIVE EVENT and then click on ‘DISCUSSION’
NEEDING AND OFFERING HELP IN THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS
Some older people confined to home during the coronavirus emergency may not have anyone to get food shopping or prescriptions for them. If this is you, or someone close to you, please contact the Parish Office by phone or email and we will try and match you up with a parish volunteer who may be able to help.
If you are one of our adult parishioners willing to volunteer in this way, please also let us know. (A number of you already kindly have done so – thank you!) We will then contact you to acknowledge your offer, attempt to match you with someone who would like help, and give you a few guidelines.
Requests for Mass intentions can be made by e mail, or by phone to one of the priests. It is customary to make an offering when requesting a Mass intention. This has always been a contribution to the support of the priests of the particular parish where the Mass is being said. The Diocese of Westminster suggests the figure of £10 as a guideline, but it is of course entirely the free choice of the donor to decide this. In the present period when the parish office is closed, please make your requests for Mass intentions which can be celebrated now and make your donation online when possible (details above and on our website.) Otherwise you may drop your donation into our letterbox, in an envelope marked Mass Intention.
Each Thursday Mass is being offered for all working in the NHS and all Hospital Chaplains
Christian Marriage: a journey of healing
On Friday 29th September the Church celebrated the Great Feast of the Three Archangels: Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. Can you identify them in the picture above?
Michael carries a sword in his hand to defend your marriage from the Devil who accuses us when we sin, lies to us about what makes us happy, and puts in our minds doubts about the love of God.
Gabriel carries a pregnant womb, the visible sign that every Word of God carries new life and can become flesh in your marriage, because ‘nothing is impossible to God’.
The third angel, in the middle, is Raphael, meaning ‘God’s healing’. This Angel carries the hand of a young man - called Tobias - and is walking with him towards the marriage with Sarah. Raphael is the Guardian Angel of Tobias and Sarah,and of EVERY married couple.
Planning to get married?
Marriage Preparation Course 2020
Our marriage preparation course concluded in March and no further courses will be held this year.
Our course is open to all couples intending to marry in a Catholic Church, regardless of which parish you live in. If you are interested in attending a course in the future please speak to Father Mark or e-mail him: firstname.lastname@example.org