St John The Evangelist R.C. Church


July News Letter:

July 4 2020.pdf

A Message from the Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England :

The Government has announced that from 4th July 2020, communal acts of worship will be allowed in our Catholic Churches. This guidance, issued by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales for the Celebration of Mass, assumes that the general guidance published by the Conference, based on Government Guidance on the safe opening of Places of Worship for individual prayer, is in place.1 In particular, the maximum safe operating capacity of the church, based on social distancing guidelines, should be clearly signposted at the door and the number and position within the church of people attending at any one time should be overseen by volunteer stewards.

2020.06.25_Guidance_for_Acts_of_Worship_Mass_Revision_6.pdf

Archbishop's Letter:

A joint letter from the Archbishops of Westminster, Liverpool, Birmingham and Southwark : -

collective-worship-archbishops-letter-250620.pdf

Coronavirus Bulletin 24th June 2020

Welcome to our bulletin.

Please note that all our advice will be on the Diocesan website www.rcsouthwark.co.uk. Other useful and/or interesting information can be found on our other links:


Pastoral Matters

Earlier this month a statement was issued on behalf of the Catholic Bishops' of England and Wales "We stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the USA as they challenge the evil of racism and the brutal killing of George Floyd." (the full statement is on the website).
At the request of Archbishop John, Fr Victor Darlington, Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Parish, Camberwell, recorded a pastoral response reflecting on the evil and injustice of racism. The video of his response is on the website and also on our YouTube Channel.

The Bishops’ Conference have organised a weekly live stream Mass to pray for Keyworkers and their Families. These Masses are celebrated by a different Bishop each Thursday at 7pm from one of the Cathedrals across the country. Archbishop John will be celebrating the 2nd July Mass. The planned schedule for the next few weeks is:


25 June                                                                             2 July

Bishop Alan Hopes                                                          Archbishop John Wilson

Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Norwich                    St George’s Cathedral, Southwark

YouTube Channel                                                           YouTube Channel


9 July

Bishop Tom Williams

Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool

YouTube Channel
Facebook


Government Update

Current information is that:

  • Social distancing measures have been reduced to 1m+ which means that you must stay at least 1m (3 feet) away from other people but you should take mitigations to reduce the risk of infection, such as wearing face coverings and gloves especially in crowded areas or indoors.
  • You must wear face coverings on public transport.
  • The hospitality sector can reopen from 4th July, this means pubs, restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries, museums, hotels and cinemas. Hairdressers and barbers can also reopen on this date. At some venues you may be asked to leave your contact details as part of the track and trace system.
  • Two households can meet in each other’s houses and stay overnight.
  • Churches started to open for private prayer from 15th June 2020. Not all of our Churches have opened yet and some may not be able to for some while if they are unable to meet requirements due to the layout of the Church. Please check directly with your local parish to see when your church is opening.
  • It was announced this week that churches may open for worship from 4th July. However, detailed guidelines are not yet available so it is too early to announce when public Masses will be start. We do know that a church will not be able to open for Mass unless it can meet the requirements to open for personal prayer.
  • Non - essential shops reopened on 15th June
  • Continue to wash your hands frequently and immediately if you have been out.
  • If you are in the high-risk category of people and are still shielding, you should continue to do so until the end of your shielding period. You can then start to go outside but are advised against going far and should avoid going indoors such as to shops.

Full details are available from the government website

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do 


Operational & Employment Matters

Some of our parishes are now starting to reopen, albeit cautiously. All must undertake risk assessments before the churches can open and staff can return to work.

 The majority of our employees are on furlough until the end of June. We know that many of you are keen to return to work, but it will remain dependent upon a number of factors including the opening of our churches, our ability to make the workplaces safe and our financial position. You will be contacted individually if you are required to return to work in July.

 Please remember that whilst on furlough we do not require you to do any work and you will receive 80% of your salary. This will be paid through payroll as usual at the end of the month. We can then reclaim this from the Government.


Wellbeing

Further advice on symptoms of coronavirus and treatment can be found at:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms-and-what-to-do/

Please remember to wash your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds at a time several times a day. Cleaning hard surfaces with an antibacterial cleaner is also recommended as the virus can live for several days on a hard surface.

Regular exercise, even if it is very gentle, is also essential for your physical and mental wellbeing. More information can also be obtained through the following link.  https://www.co-kinetic.com/media/render/81e043bd9fe57288601f74b9f0979f50/media.pdf?brandContent=true&user_id=3031

 We are aware that many of you may be anxious and feel alone during this period. If you would like to talk to someone from the Diocese during this period please email HR@rcaos.org.uk and we will organize regular telephone contact with you.

 MIND have also created some excellent advice on taking care of your mental health over coming weeks, including what to do if you are worried about housing and benefits. This advice can be found at:

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

 We recognize that times are very difficult currently for a variety of reasons. If any of you are suffering severe financial hardship currently please email HR@rcaos.org.uk for help.


Spiritual Well Being

During times of stress it is easy to let our spiritual life suffer but maintaining our prayer life can be a great source of strength and comfort.

Try making 10 minutes available during the day to sit quietly and read a passage of scripture, perhaps from the Mass of the day. Say a prayer for those affected by Covid19, those who care for them and also for our own family and friends. A prayer can be as short or as long as we like. It does not have to be in a set format but can be whatever comes to mind. There is no such thing as the wrong way to pray.

There are lots of resources to help us -

The Diocesan Spirituality Commission and the Centre for Catholic Formation have lots of resources on their websites that may help.

Universalis has the readings for the day as well as prayers for different times of the day:  https://universalis.com/ 

If you have any general coronavirus queries or have suggestions as to what you would like to see in the bulletin, please contact us by email at covid19@rcaos.org.uk.  


We are requesting that if you need to send anything to the Finance Office or other Curial Offices, that you email it, if at all possible ...


This Week's Parish News Letter:

June 2020

Weekly News Letters:-

June 27 2020.pdf
June 20 2020.pdf
June 13 2020.pdf
June 6 2020.pdf

St John's Comprehensive School - News letter:

Comprehensive School Newsletter Spring 2020.pdf

Upcoming Events:


Divine Mercy Chaplet, 3 pm daily: -

The Divine Mercy Chaplet was received from Jesus by St Faustina in the early 20th century.

St Faustina was instructed:

Encourage souls to say the Chaplet which I have given you (1541). Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death (687). When they say this Chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as the just Judge but as the Merciful Saviour (1541). Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation. Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this Chaplet only once, he would receive grace from My infinite mercy (687). I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My mercy (687). Through the Chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My will. (1731)
(The numbers are the section references in the diary of St Faustina)

There are many online resources, particularly the extensive https://www.thedivinemercy.org/

The chaplet can be said at anytime, but with a specific request from Jesus that it should be said as a novena before the Divine Mercy Sunday (second Sunday of Easter).

The chaplet is commonly said at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, the hour of mercy when Jesus died.
It commences with the Divine Mercy 3 o’clock Prayer

Then using a rosary to regulate the rhythm of the prayers.


FOOD BANK:

The Food-bank needs our help

Huge thanks to everyone who has so generously donated to the food-bank over the last few difficult weeks.

We have been able to deliver over 180 kg of food and other essentials since lockdown began, and with your help, we hope to continue.

The most needed items are: -

  • Custard,
  • Rice pudding,
  • Tinned ravioli & Bolognese,
  • Tinned potatoes,
  • Pilchards,
  • Salmon,
  • Small size cooking oil
  • Condiments (ketchup, salad cream etc)

 If you are able, please leave your donations at the presbytery, call SVP on 07985395204, or email gravesendsvp@outlook.com to arrange for collection from your doorstep.  

Thank you, keep safe & well

Jacky  


Fr. Moses' Induction (Mon 17th Feb 2020)


Previous News Letters:

May 2020

May 30 2020.pdf
May 23 2020.pdf
May 16 2020 (updated).pdf
May 9 2020.pdf
May 2 2020.pdf

April 2020

Apr 25 2020.pdf
Apr 18 2020.pdf
Apr 11 2020.pdf
Apr 4 2020.pdf

March 2020

Mar 28 2020.pdf
Newsletter 21st March 2020.pdf
Mar 14 2020.pdf
Mar 7 2020.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

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