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If you run a prayer, social, charity or community group within the parish, we’d like to hear from you. We are updating our website to showcase the many ways there are to get involved in our parish life. Please email webteam@stbedesbasingstoke.org.uk for more info.

Deacon Tony reflects: What we receive, we share

We are called through our Baptism to share both the Word and the Eucharist; our interaction with others is the fruits of our Christian Community. Having heard the Word of God today, what fragments of the Word will you be taking with you?

Pope Francis has designated today as the first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. To encourage acts of charity, he has established a special Plenary Indulgence for those who devote time to actually or virtually visiting their elderly brothers and sisters in need or in difficulty. St Joachim and St Anne, grandparents of Jesus, pray for us.

Coronavirus restrictions have been eased across England. However, we will still be asking you to book to attend Sunday Mass, wear face masks and maintain social distancing at St Bede’s. This will help us keep vulnerable members of our community safe. We’ll review the situation once we have received guidance from our diocese.

The first face-to-face afternoon tea will be taking place on Sunday from 3 – 4.30pm in St. Bede’s Church hall. If you would like to attend please RSVP via email to stbedessocial@gmail.com so that we can keep track of the numbers who hope to attend. We look forward to seeing you all very soon.

Today is Deacon Tony’s second Anniversary of Ordination. Happy anniversary to Deacon Tony and his brother Deacons.

On Monday 19 July, Coronavirus restrictions will ease across England. However, we will still be asking you to to book to attend Sunday Mass, wear face masks and maintain social distancing at St Bede’s. This will help us keep vulnerable members of our community safe. We’ll review the situation once we have received guidance from our diocese.

As you may have heard last Sunday, Fr Leo is leaving us at the start of September to be the Bishop’s secretary in Portsmouth. We wish Fr Leo all the best in his new role.

Happy birthday to Fr Dominic who celebrates his birthday today!

Today is Sea Sunday, when the Church prays for all those who live and work at sea. Without them, we would not have most of the items we buy in the shops. Today’s second collection is for Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea), the Catholic Church’s official maritime welfare agency. It supports seafarers both practically and spiritually. Stella Maris is dependent on voluntary donations, so please give generously. To donate, please visit www.stellamaris.org.uk/donate or text ‘SEA’ to 70460 to donate £5. Thank you.

Tomorrow there will be a plant sale after all Masses in aid of St. Michael’s Hospice. Please come along and support the sale.