St John The Evangelist 

RC Church

Fr Moses will celebrate Mass daily at 9.00 am for your intentions

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

It's been a very challenging time since the pause button to every activity was pressed; I can only imagine how fearful and uncertain the thought of total lockdown for even a week let alone already going to two weeks would have been for many families especially with children; panic buying would have been an instinctive move to protect and preserve those we feel responsible for in life. And to now hear it might last up to three months or even six months just blows the mind.

The Word of God has been very assuring and strengthening: we have a God who is able to open the graves and bring us back to life even if we had been dead for many days and already smelling rotten. Let us never lose faith; let us keep trusting that He is no stranger to our plight, ; He is with us in the mess, and hopefully, making things new.

Early this week,  after offering Mass for the parish which was streamed, I went to change the notice on the door of the Church; I left briefly (without bolting the door) to do something in the presbytery; when I came back, three candles were lit, and whoever did it was gone; I cried. I thought of many who would have loved to sneak into the Church for quiet time/prayer but can't because the doors are shot; shot in collaboration with the government to concertedly fight COVID-19! God help us in our sacrifices. Thanks for your understanding; thanks to all who make our daily streamed Mass at 9am meaningful and participatory virtually yet real. Definitely cannot be like the real physical attending of Mass, we make the best of what we have in the circumstances. Go to our website, click the menu icon, then Mass live-streaming... ALL THE SERVICES OF HOLY WEEK WILL BE LIVE STREAMED. (An Appeal: Can anyone lend us their high resolution camera PC to use solely for the streaming set up? The quality of the one we use now could be much better; thanks)

Palm Sunday: This coming Sunday, as long as the stay at home order by the government holds, the Commemoration of the Lord's Entrance into Jerusalem is to be celebrated within sacred buildings; in the parish, the memorial of the Lord's entrance into Jerusalem will be by means of a Simple Entrance; there will be no Procession nor Solemn Entrance. Fr Camillus and I will begin at 9.00am; we shall have the Palm Sunday Vigil Mass at 6.00pm on Saturday 4th April; these will be live streamed. Jason Parke will coordinate the live-streaming.


The Chrism Mass: Waiting for update from the Archbishop. Only the Archbishop and the priests who work with him at the Cathedral are likely to take part.


Holy Thursday (9th April) - Mass of the Last Supper @ 8.00pm: The washing of feet is to be omitted. At the end of the Mass of the Lord's Supper, the usual procession to the Altar of Repose is going to be omitted; the Blessed Sacrament would be kept in the tabernacle. The Renewal of Commitment by the Extraordinary Ministers of Communion will now be on the 14th of June (God willing, life would be fairly back to normal then)

Good Friday (10th April) - 3.00pm The Passion of the Lord. During this Service, we shall pray specially for those who find themselves in distress, the sick, the dead, etc. It is going to be strange to venerate the Cross alone as it has been, consuming the Body of Christ alone. God help us please!


May I encourage individual/family praying of the Stations of the Cross on this day. I was looking forward to doing the Stations of the Cross with our children at 10am: please do pray the Stations with your kids around that time; we shall post some helps around the day.


It would be nice that we bear in mind the plight of the poor, and the persecuted Christians especially in Holy Land as we fast on this day.

Easter Vigil (11th April) - 8.30pm. It is not likely that our dear Catechumens/Candidates would be received into the Church, baptized and confirmed during this Vigil of vigils; more update to come on that close to the day.


Blessing of Food: As this involves gathering, there will be no Liturgy for the Blessing of food according the Polish custom on Holy Saturday.

The Priestly Fraternity of St Peter will live-stream the Easter Triduum in the Extraordinary Form. Details of times to come later (www.livemass.net) then click on Warrington

Anointing of the Sick/Sacrament of Reconciliation: Please call the office or my personal number (07405803862) if you must go to Confession because of your situation; then we shall arrange how to meet. The same goes for the anointing of our relatives who are critically ill. Call any time.

In solidarity with families who have lost their loved ones during this period of lockdown, we shall join with our school children to offer  this Thursday Mass for the peaceful repose of the dead, and consolation of the families affected. This will be live-streamed at 9.00 as usual.

May we come out of these challenging experiences stronger, better, more compassionate, more humane, resurrected humanity!


Happy Easter from the parish team

NEED HELP?

Do you need a help with a prescription, grocery shopping etc? 

 Please call the Parish Office 01474 352415 or email, and we will arrange one of our volunteers to give you a helping hand. 

If you would like to be added to our list of volunteers, please email the office. 

Please be patient if you leave a message and we do not get back immediately as the phones and email are not checked every day.

Parish Update on COVID-19:

Pope_Francis_Urbi_et_Orbi.pdf
No-Mass-A4.pdf
Statement from Archbishop John Wilson - 23 March 2020.pdf
Pastoral Letter - 18 March 2020.pdf
2020.03.18 - PUBLIC LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENCY - CBCEW.pdf

Parish Priest: Fr. Moses Amune, MSP

Curate: Fr. Franklin Ebuka Umekachikelu

Parish Sister: Sister Elizabeth O’Hara 

Parish Secretary: Teresa Potter 

Safeguarding Team:  Caroline Barron