Sunday Gospel in August
For a month of Sundays (with the exception of 15th August, the Assumption of Our Lady,) the Gospel will be taken from St John chapter 6. Although this is the Year of St Mark, his Gospel is short, and there is not enough material to cover the 34 Sundays in Ordinary Time. Therefore, for a month we read St John chapter 6, which is our Lord's discourse on the Bread of Life. On the last Sunday of July, we were led into it by hearing the account of his feeding of the five thousand with five loaves and two fish. To the first Christians this suggested a link with the Mass, as fish was a Eucharistic symbol. In 1st August Gospel, Jesus teaches that we must work for the food that endures to eternal life, rather than the food that cannot last, and that this is the food he is offering us, and says, 'I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never be hungry.' On the 8th August, he further explains, 'I am the living bread which has come down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is my flesh, for the life of the world.' The Eucharist has been rightly called, 'The medicine of immortality.' On 22nd August, we hear how some of his hearers could not accept Jesus' teaching that he is the bread of life, and Jesus replies, 'The words I have spoken to you are spirit, and they are life.' We must not be like those who stopped believing in Jesus at this point, but like the apostles, on whose behalf Simon Peter said, 'You have the message of eternal life, and we believe, we know, that you are the Holy One of God.'
On 15th August we celebrate the Assumption of Our Lady, and the Gospel is taken from St Luke's account of the Visitation. With Elizabeth we salute Our Lady, and say, 'Why should I be honoured with a visit from the Mother of my Lord?' ...Blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.' And in union with Mary we say, 'My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord...because he has looked upon his lowly handmaid.... from this day forward all generations will call me blessed, for the Almighty has done great things for me.' The Lord has brought Mary body and soul to the glory of heaven. Her triumphant share in the resurrection victory of her Son is the pledge of our own.
Fr Rajiv’s homily will be updated on https://castingfire.wordpress.com
Times of Mass and Devotions
for each week of August
The church is open for private prayer from approx 8.30am until the early evening, when possible. Please continue to use hand sanitiser on arrival in the porch. Please use only the pews on the left side of the church.
You may scan the NHS tracing app code displayed in the porch using your mobile phone or the sign in sheet on the stand.
Saturday 6.00 pm Mass of Sunday
followed by Confessions
Sunday 8.30 am Mass
10.00 am Mass
11.30 am Mass
followed by Confessions
Monday 6.00 pm Mass
Tuesday 6.00 pm Mass
followed by Rosary
Wednesday 9.00 am Mass
Thursday 9.00 am Mass
Friday 9.00 am Mass
followed by Divine Mercy Prayers
Sunday 15th August The Assumption of Our Lady
Saturday 14th August 2.30 pm Devotion on the Assumption
Vigil of the Assumption 6.00 pm Mass of the Vigil
followed by Confessions
Sunday 15th August 8.30 am Mass
Assumption of Our Lady 10.00 am Mass
11.30 am Mass
followed by Confessions
Covid 19 Route map: Step Four – in Holy Trinity
This is in accordance with the Government's Route Map which applies from 19th July, and also follows guidance issued by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. The Bishops have had discussions with Public Health England and and HM Government Places of Worship Task Force. Although restrictions are being eased, we continue to create a safe environment in places of worship, and so preventative practices will still be required as we cautiously make headway. As the Bishops say, although measures adopted locally will not have the rule of law, there is a strong emphasis on common sense and risk averse activities, to continue to mitigate against the transmission of the virus, which is still prevalent in society.
Our Guidelines in Holy Trinity:
• We will retain hand sanitiser and ask you to use it on arrival/departure.
• We request that adults continue wearing a mask in church.
• If you have the app on your phone, you can use the QR code in the porch. Paper recording of your presence in church is provided for those without the app.
• We will continue to maintain good ventilation with open doors etc.
• A weekly thorough general cleaning of the church is needed – volunteers needed for each week of August: please contact the parish office this week to offer.
• Social distancing will be retained on the LEFT HAND SIDE of the church. If you choose to sit here, only use every other row, and only where there is a green tick.
• Social distancing will no longer be required on the RIGHT HAND SIDE of the church: the green ticks are being removed, and all seats are available for use.
• On weekdays, (Monday – Friday,) when numbers are small, we continue to ask you to use the left hand side only.
• On Saturday evening/Sunday, we ask you to sit on the LEFT HAND SIDE if you wish to be socially distanced; and to sit on the RIGHT HAND SIDE if you are happy not to have any social distancing.
• A collection will still not be taken at the offertory - you are asked to continue to make your donation by placing your envelope or cash in a box near each exit, or preferably to change to standing order – details of setting this up can be requested from the parish office. There is also a contactless giving facility in the main porch.
• We will continue to refrain from sharing a sign of peace for the time being.
• Holy Communion will continue to be given in one kind only by the priest, who will be wearing a mask. It is permitted to receive on the tongue if you wish.
• There will still be no holy water in the stoups. If you bring your own small bottle, you may take Holy Water away for use at home from the dispenser in the baptistery.
• Catholic Truth Society Sunday Missals for 2021 will be on display in the book trolley in the porch. You may take a copy to use at Sunday Mass but you need to return it to the book trolley in the porch after Mass.
• Catholic Truth Society booklets will once again be on sale in the porch.
We will review these procedures at the beginning of September.
The Parish Office is now closed for the summer and reopens on Wednesday 1st September at 10.00 am. No routine enquiries or parish centre bookings can be made in this period. This is the final edition of our weekly newsletter before the summer break. It will resume on 5th September.
Sr. Jenefer will not be in the parish during August.
Prayer Workshop: Date of September meeting to be announced. The group meets 2.00pm each month at Nazareth House Prayer Centre with Sr. John & Sr. Jenefer, to reflect, pray and explore anything to do with Christian life. Ending at 3.00pm with a cup of tea (or coffee).
First Holy Communion.
Congratulations to the children who celebrated First Holy Communion.
We look forward to seeing you at Mass & invite you to join the 10.00am choir or to sign up to train for Reading at 10.00am Mass, or apply to Michael Chute to train to serve at 11.30 Mass.
Registration for Holy Communion 2021-2022 will begin as soon as the school term opens in September. Please note: Children prepare in the parish in which they regularly come to Sunday Mass, irrespective of the school they attend.
An invitation will be given at Mass for parents with children going into year 3 who attend this church to apply.
Please do not apply by phone or email.
Registration for the Sacrament of Confirmation for young people in year 10 at school or over: Come to see Sr. Jenefer & Fr. Rajiv at Sunday Mass 19th September.
SOCIAL MEETING in September for ADULTS INTERESTED IN THE CATHOLIC FAITH.
Contact us if you would like to be invited.
Speak to one of the priests, contact the parish office or email: email@example.com to find out more and receive your invitation.
No previous knowledge needed. Come & See if this is for you.
All welcome whatever faith background: new enquirers seeking baptism, those baptised in another Christian denomination or Catholic adults who would like to be confirmed.
PLEASE SPREAD THE MESSAGE to any adults WHO MAY BE interested in the Catholic Faith.
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.
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.
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.
Prayer to St Joseph during the Pandemic
To you, O blessed Joseph, do we come in our tribulation, and having implored the help of your most holy Spouse, we confidently invoke your patronage also. Through that charity which bound you to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through the paternal love with which you embraced the Child Jesus, we humbly beg you graciously to regard the inheritance which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood, and with your power and strength to aid us in our necessities. O most watchful guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christo most loving father, ward off from us every contagion of error and corrupting influence our most mighty protector, be kind to us and from heaven assist us in our struggle with the power of darkness. As once you rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril, so now protect God's Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; shield, too, each one of us by your constant protection, so that, supported by your example and your aid, we may be able to live piously, to die in holiness, and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven. 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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to lockdown there is currently no date set for a marriage course.