Times of Masses and Mass Intentions

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Keeping Open Our Church

This week the Government issued new guidelines as part of the National Lockdown to combat the transmission of the Coronavirus.  Although the overarching guidance is that we should stay at home, the guidelines do allow us to leave home to attend Churches for Communal Worship.  Our Lady Help of Christians will remain open for the celebration of Mass at the week-end and on weekdays, but we will continue to monitor the situation. 

We are only able to keep our Lady Help of Christians open for the celebration of Mass if we Strictly observe the safety and social distancing requirements.  We must::

  • Wear a face covering that covers the nose and mouth.

  • Sanitise your hands on entry.

  • Sign the attendance sheet or use the QR code for track and trace.

  • Maintain social distancing (1 metre plus)

  • Do not mingle inside or outside the Church with anyone we do not live with or have formed a support bubble with. 

We appreciate that this is a time of anxiety but you are all very much in our thoughts and prayers

We Remember in our Prayers

At this time many of our fellow parishioners, members of our families and friends are feeling anxious and isolated.  We keep them in our thoughts and prayers.  We also remember those who are mentioned in our Parish Book of Prayer Intentions.

 

The Federation of St Patrick’s and St Bernadette’s Primary Schools

After consulting with staff, parents and the local community, St Bernadette’s and St Patrick’s Catholic Primary Schools, are to federate from 8th January 2021.

The two schools have shared an Executive Headteacher, Mrs Paula Dix, since November 2017 and have decided to formalise the shared working agreement by federating. A School Business Manager and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator are already operating across both schools which has enabled expertise to be shared and financial/resource savings to be made. It is anticipated that these advantages will continue to develop, as the federation unfolds.

Both schools already share their Catholic identity and each school will retain its unique characteristics and traditions. A federation will also provide the opportunity to align many policies and practices under the governance of a single governing body.

The federation is both a natural next step in the partnership that has been established between the two schools and an exciting opportunity for future development. Both schools will continue to focus on their mission to provide high quality education and personal development in a Catholic Christian environment for children and families in Farnborough.

Mass Intentions

If you would like a Mass offered for your intentions, please write your intention and date you would like on an envelope, enclose your donation and either give it to Fr Peter, Deacon Paul,  a Steward or put it through the door of the Parish House.  Please write your telephone number on the envelope so we can call you if your requested date is already booked.

You can also email your Mass intention to olhc@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk .

Diocesan Questionnaire

Bishop Philip has launched a consultation process to help shape the long term plans and priorities for the Diocese.  There is an online questionnaire  available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2XRKQDS

Church Finances

We are grateful for the financial support we receive from our parishioners and visitors, but as a result of the pandemic our income has been reduced.  Please consider setting up a Standing Order with your Bank to make your regular donations.  It would also help us if you were able to Gift Aid your donation.

Forms may be obtained from the Stewards.

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