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A very warm welcome to all parishioners and visitors of Our Lady Help of Christians to our parish website. Fr Mario

CORONAVIRUS – RE-OPENING OF CHURCH FOR MASS – We are pleased to announce that Masses will resume next Saturday 4 July at 6pm.

Please see Parish Guidelines for the re-opening of the Church here.

Please see Message from the Metropolitan Archbishop’s of the Catholic Church in England here.

 

The Church will be open for private individual prayer this week. Opening times are as follows: –

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9.30 – 11am

Sunday from 11am to 1pm.

Please find Restrictions allowing opening of Church for private prayer here.

 

Please join our daily 3pm prayers for those affected by Covid19 and the eradication of the virus, saying the following prayers –  Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be to the Father,  Our Lady Help of Christians, pray for us, St Patrick, pray for us.

 

Gospel Reflections Download newsletter   [Matthew 16:13-19]

This is one of the very rare saints’ days to displace the Sunday celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord, which shows its importance.
In a way it is still a Feast of the Lord, for it is the feast of the Church. Peter is to be the Rock foundation of Jesus’ own people, for that is what
we are. Christ has called us together as his own people, and he has promised that he will always be present in this Church, ‘when two or
three are gathered together in my name’. So Christ is present even in an ordinary household trying to live together with Christ at their centre.
Here Jesus makes the promise to Peter that what he binds on earth will be bound in heaven; his decisions will hold firm in the eyes of God.
Later Jesus makes the same promise to the community itself. So Peter is the spokesman for the Christian community, voicing the decisions
of the Church. At his last meeting with his disciples the risen Christ promises to be with them ‘till the end of the ages’; the bishops, as the
successors of the apostles, are the channels of Christ’s presence among us now. So today is the celebration of Christ among us, his people.
How do you celebrate day by day this wonderful presence of Christ in our midst?

 

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