Today is the Octave Day of Easter, also known as Divine Mercy Sunday. In the Gospel, we hear of the appearances of the Risen Jesus to the apostles in the upper room on two occasions. The first was on Easter Sunday evening when he revealed the depth of Divine Mercy by breathing on the apostles and so giving them the ability to forgive sins in his name. The second occasion was today, when he invited doubting Thomas to touch the wounds in his hands and feet, and in his side. It was from his side that the water and blood flowed when his heart was pierced after his death on the cross, as a sign of mercy and forgiveness. It was appropriately on this Sunday two years ago that we blessed an icon of the Divine Mercy for our church. It is normally to be found in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel (front, far right, of the church,) but today will be beside the main altar. Divine Mercy Prayers are said in church on Fridays, following the 9.30 am Mass.
Fr Rajiv’s homily will be updated on https://castingfire.wordpress.com
Keeping safe in Church during the Pandemic
We are most grateful to our volunteer stewards, without whose ministry we would not be allowed to open the church for Mass each day. It is they who provide for our safety in gathering for worship, by ensuring the regulations for social distancing and sanitising are kept. It is therefore essential that we follow their directions: giving our details when we arrive, sanitising our hands, ensuring that we (apart from children) wear a mask covering our nose and mouth, sit in the seat where we are asked to sit, follow the directions given for going up to the altar for Holy Communion so that we keep two metres apart, returning to our place via the side aisles. When we leave church, those on the left hand side leave via the side aisle and side porch, those on the right hand side leave via the side aisle and main porch, using the sanitiser in the porch and then going straight home without gathering together outside the church. After Mass the stewards spend further time sanitising or washing the seating areas that have been used, and other areas of frequent touch. The church doors are never entirely closed when the church is open, to ensure the church is well ventilated for our safety. It is therefore important to wrap up well against the cold when you come to church. If you feel in any way unwell, or are vulnerable health wise, you must not attend church. Do remember that the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is lifted during this time of the pandemic.
If you wish to help with stewarding, please contact the parish office. Thank you.
Times of Mass and Devotions
for Easter Octave beginning Sunday 11th April 21
(Made possible due to the generosity of our volunteer stewards, who will ensure safe social distancing is maintained and that the hygienic cleaning of the seating etc takes place.)
Saturday 10th April 6.00 pm Mass (church opens 5.45 pm)
Easter Saturday followed by Confessions
Sunday 11th April 8.30 am Mass (church opens 8.15 am)
2nd Sunday of Easter 10.00 am Mass (church opens 9.45 am)
Divine Mercy Sunday 11.30 am Mass (church opens 11.15 am)
followed by Confessions
Monday 12th April 6.00 pm Mass (church opens 5.45 pm)
Tuesday 13th April 6.00 pm Mass (church opens at 5.45pm)
Easter feria followed by Rosary
Wednesday 14th April 9.00 am Mass (church opens at 8.45am)
Thursday 15th April 9.00 am Mass (church opens at 8.45am)
Friday 16th April 9.00 am Mass (church opens at 8.45am)
followed by Divine Mercy Prayers
Saturday 17th April 6.00 pm Mass (church opens 5.45 pm)
Easter feria followed by Confessions
Sunday 18th April 8.30 am Mass (church opens 8.15 am)
3rd Sunday of Easter 10.00 am Mass (church opens 9.45 am)
11.30 am Mass (church opens 11.15 am)
followed by Confessions
Please pray for the Confirmation candidates who are coming to the end of their preparation. Bishop Michael Campbell OSA has kindly agreed to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation at 7.30. pm on Friday 21st May.
First Holy Communion. We look forward to welcoming the children after the Easter holidays.
Please pray for all the families beginning their preparation.
Interested in the Catholic Faith? To arrange to meet Sr. Jenefer and hear more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org. New enquirers are welcome at any time.
The ever popular Children’s Liturgy can be viewed by clicking on the new icon on the parish Facebook page. Thank you Laurence, Vittoria and all the team.New volunteers always welcome!
Preparation for the Sacrament of Baptism
If you have a child for Baptism under 5 years old please email us for an application form. You will be contacted once the form has been received. A copy of one of the Catholic parents’ baptism certificate will be required. Baptisms can only take place on Saturdays at 11am with special Covid safety measures in place. Baptisms can resume after 17th May.
HOLY TRINITY HAS GONE DIGITAL
You will find our new CONTACTLESS GIVING device in the church
porch and you can now use your contactless debit/credit card
to make a donation.
Simply choose the amount you wish to donate and
hold your card onto the reader.
You can now donate from home by using the button below.
The new sets of Planned Giving Envelopes
for the year ahead are now ready, and can be collected from the parish office. (We are not allowed to leave them at the back of church for you to take, first, because of coronavirus sanitising concerns, and also because of data protection, as the box has your name and address clearly displayed on it!)
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 DONATE button above which will allow you to easily use your credit or debit card.
Alternatively, you may make any offering via bank transfer to:
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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.
You can also still use the Virgin Money Giving button:
2021 – The Year of St Joseph
marking the 150th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church.
On 10th December 1898 Cardinal Vaughan added St Joseph as a Patron of our Diocese, noting “the Church itself is an expansion of the Holy Family”.
A Prayer to St Joseph
Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. To you God entrusted his only Son; in you Mary placed her trust; with you Christ became man. Blessed Joseph, to us too, show yourself a father and guide us in the path of life. Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage, and defend us from every evil. Amen.
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 2021
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 email us:
Due to lockdown there is currently no date set for a marriage course.