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The bishops have decided not to bring back the obligation to attend Sunday Mass as intended on 28 Nov, due to the Coronavirus situation in England. Instead, they ask us to attend if we can and think about the activities we undertake on Sundays so that we truly honour the Lord’s day. Read more in this statement.

https://www.cbcew.org.uk/bishops-statement-honouri…

The Flower Team are looking to recruit new members. If you would like to join this group providing a useful and interesting service to the Parish, please come along to a meeting on Wednesday 8th December at 10 am at St Bede’s Church or alternatively contact the Parish Office.

Deacon Tony reflects: Born for this

Yes, I am a king. I was born for this, I came into the world for this: to bear witness to the truth; and all who are on the side of truth listen to my voice.

Come along for tea and cake and to hear from Steve & Helen from ‘Heart & Compass’ about how we can all do our bit to help the environment. This will be held on Sunday 28th November from 3.00 pm to 4:30/5.00 pm in St. Bede’s Church Hall. If you plan to attend please send an email to stbedessocial@gmail.com so that we have enough cake to go round and to allow for the current restrictions.

Deacon Tony reflects: Acts of mercy

When we remember our dead, it is not something done out of sentiment, it is an act of mercy. We hope that when we have died and are awaiting judgement, that others will pray for us.

Throughout the month of November, we will be praying for all those it pleased the Lord to call to Himself. The names of loved ones can be placed in the Baptismal Font at St. Bede’s Church or in the Holy Souls basket in front of the Sanctuary at Holy Ghost Church. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the Mercy of God, Rest in Peace. Amen

The diocese has authorised us to stop the booking of Sunday Masses. Instead, you are asked to scan the NHS QR code at the church entrance with your NHS Covid-19 App when you arrive. Seats will now be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and volunteers will be on hand to assist.

Don’t forget to move your clocks back an hour before you go to bed tonight, so you’re not standing outside church an hour before it opens on Sunday morning…

On Sunday 31st October from 4.30pm until 5.30pm there will be an Hour of Prayer at St. Bede’s Church. This will be an opportunity for us to pray for the leaders meeting at COP26 that God will provide them with the courage necessary to take action on behalf of the environment and the world’s poorest.

The next ‘Tea & Cake’ will be on Sunday 31st October at 3pm in St. Bede’s Church Hall. All are welcome to come along.

We are proceeding with a cautious and phased increase in the capacity of our church. You’ll notice that more of the pews and chairs have been moved back at St Bede’s. Safety continues to be our priority and we ask you to book to attend Sunday Mass using the link on our website / Facebook page, wear face masks and maintain social distancing.

This year’s One Million Children Praying the Rosary for Peace and Unity in the World initiative takes place today. This prayer initiative by Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) aims to rekindle faith in the power of prayer. The worldwide campaign is an invitation to remember the words of Our Lady of Fatima that the childlike and trusting prayer of the rosary can truly change the world, defeat evil and bring peace. Praying the rosary together with children will strengthen unity in the Church and among peoples. Find out more on the One Million Children Praying the Rosary website https://acninternational.org/millionchildrenprayin…

St Bede’s is now open for private prayer 9am – 2pm Mon – Fri

Deacon Tony reflects: A heart of service

Every one of us can serve God. If we do not have the physical energy to do things, then we can pray for those who can. Accepting help when is also accepting God’s plan as it allows someone else to serve.

The second collection tomorrow is for World Mission Sunday. You can also donate directly via Missio’s website at https://missio.org.uk/donate/. Your donation ensures Missio can help local missionaries overseas, train future Priests and Sisters, and give hope to the world’s poorest children.