St Ann's Catholic Church

Pope’s Message for the 55th World Day of Social

Communications 2021 chose the theme

Come and see” (John 1,46).

Communicating, encountering people

as and where they are.

World Communications Day 2021 will be celebrated on Sunday 16 May.

The words “Come and see” are central to the Gospel. Before the Gospel is proclaimed, prior to words, there are "looks, testimonies, experiences, encounters and closeness. In a word, life." These words, from the Gospel of John (1, 43-46) were chosen by Pope Francis, with the subtitle “Communicating, encountering people as and where they are”. Here is the full Gospel passage: “The next day, after Jesus had decided to leave for Galilee, He met Philip and said, ‘Follow me’. Philip came from the same town, Bethsaida, as Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph, from Nazareth’. Nathanael said to him, ‘From Nazareth? Can anything good come from that place?’ Philip replied, ‘Come and see’”.

A message from the Vatican accompanying the theme's announcement states: "In the epochal change we are experiencing, in a time that obliges us to social distance due to the pandemic, communication can enable the closeness that is necessary to recognise what is essential, and to truly understand the meaning of things”. "We do not know the truth if we do not experience it, if we do not meet people, if we do not participate in their joys and sorrows. The old saying “God meets you where you are” can be a guide for those engaged in media or communications work in the Church. In the call of the first disciples, with Jesus who went to encounter them and to invite them to follow Him, we also see the invitation to use all media, in all their forms, to reach people as they are and where they live". For more, please click this link:  <https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-09/pope-francis-releases-theme-for-2021-world-day-for-communication.html>

The Catholic Bishops of England Wales encourage Catholics to place Sunday Mass at the heart of their post-pandemic lives. The Bishops have issued a reflection on post-pandemic recovery and the challenges faced by the Church in encouraging people back to the Church and her Sacraments. The Bishops met for their spring plenary meeting from 19 – 22 April 2021. In a reflection titled The Day of the Lord, the Bishops praise families, parish communities and those who have worked tirelessly in hospitals, care homes, schools and prisons during these challenging times of ill-health, grief and isolation. The Bishops salute the leadership of our priests and express gratitude for the ‘immense efforts’ of those who have provided food for those most in need. Whilst acknowledging the creative and diverse methods of outreach during the pandemic – not least the live streaming of Mass – attention then turns to the post-pandemic world. The Bishops recognise that it is impossible to predict the pace at which we will emerge from the pandemic but state “what is clear is the challenge we face of bringing our communities and the practice of the faith to a still greater expression and strength.”

They identify three groups of people they are seeking to reach:

 

a) There are the fearful and weary, anxious about coming into the enclosed spaces of our churches; those who have simply lost the habit of coming to church. Personal contact, clear reassurance, and sensitive invitations will all be needed.

 

b) There are those who will have reassessed their pattern of life and priorities. The practice of faith within the community of the Catholic Church may not be among those priorities. A gap may have opened up, or widened, between the spiritual dimension of their lives and any communal expression of that spiritual quest. They represent a particular focus and concern for our outreach.

 

c) There are those whom we might describe as the ‘Covid curious', those who have come into contact with the Catholic Church through our presence on the internet – a contact we may be able to develop through our continuing presence across diverse media platforms.

 

The greatest treasure is, of course, the sacramental life of the Church and at its heart, the Eucharist. “It is the Eucharist, the celebration of the Mass, that makes the Church; and it is the Church, in the gift of the Holy Spirit, which makes the Eucharist.   

“At this moment, then, we need to have in our sights the need to restore to its rightful centrality in our lives the Sunday Mass, encouraging each to take his or her place once again in the assembly of our brothers and sisters. “We face the task of seeking to nurture the sense of Sunday as ‘a weekly gift from God to his people’, and something we cannot do without; to see Sunday as the soul of the week, as giving light and meaning to all the responsibilities we live out each day; to see the Sunday Eucharist as food for the unique mission with which we have been endowed.” For the original Statement, please click here

Jesus made the crowds welcome and talked to them about the kingdom of God; and he cured those who were in need of healing (Matthew 4: 23)

Let us Dream: Easter reflections - The Spirituality Committee of the Bishops’ Conference has produced a series of reflections based on the Holy Father’s book Let us Dream for individual and parish use.  The reflection can be accessed via this link: <https://rcstortford.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/6.-Let-us-Dream-_-EasterResource.pdf>.

Happy Easter! We are delighted and thank God in celebrating Easter. St. Ann’s parish thanks all members and visitors for your support, good wishes, cards and gifts. We wish all the blessings of the Risen Christ and a joyful Celebration of Easter! May the joy of the Risen Christ reign in your hearts and in your homes, bless & protect you today and always.

Catechism of the Catholic Church

638 "We bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers, this day he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus."489 The Resurrection of Jesus is the crowning truth of our faith in Christ, a faith believed and lived as the central truth by the first Christian community; handed on as fundamental by Tradition; established by the documents of the New Testament; and preached as an essential part of the Paschal mystery along with the cross:

Christ is risen from the dead!
Dying, he conquered death;
To the dead, he has given life.

 

The empty tomb

640 "Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen."493 The first element we encounter in the framework of the Easter events is the empty tomb. In itself it is not a direct proof of Resurrection; the absence of Christ's body from the tomb could be explained otherwise.494 Nonetheless the empty tomb was still an essential sign for all. Its discovery by the disciples was the first step toward recognizing the very fact of the Resurrection. This was the case, first with the holy women, and then with Peter.495 The disciple "whom Jesus loved" affirmed that when he entered the empty tomb and discovered "the linen cloths lying there", "he saw and believed".496 This suggests that he realized from the empty tomb's condition that the absence of Jesus' body could not have been of human doing and that Jesus had not simply returned to earthly life as had been the case with Lazarus.497

Twofold Paschal mystery 654

654 The Paschal mystery has two aspects:

This new life is above all justification that reinstates us in God's grace, "so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life."526 Justification consists in both victory over the death caused by sin and a new participation in grace.527 It brings about filial adoption so that men become Christ's brethren, as Jesus himself called his disciples after his Resurrection: "Go and tell my brethren."528 We are brethren not by nature, but by the gift of grace, because that adoptive filiation gains us a real share in the life of the only Son, which was fully revealed in his Resurrection.

 

Important Notices

OPENING OF ST. ANN’S CHURCH.

Saturday - Mass 10:00am, Vigil Mass 6:00pm

Sunday – Mass 10:30am

Monday to Friday - Mass 10:00am

Name:

Mobile number:

Email:

Other phone number

Postal address:

DATE AND TIME:

Mass Intentions for week commencing 16th May 2021

Sat 15th

10:00am

6:00pm

Vigil of 7th Sunday of Easter (B)

Privite Intention

People of the Parish

Sun 16th

10:30am

7th Sunday of Easter (B)

World Communications Day

St Simon Stock

Flavian D'Souza

Mon 17th

10:00am

Feria

Clergy & Religious Chris Deveroux RIP

Tue 18th

10:00am

St John I, Pope

Martin Darby

Wed 19th

10:00am

St Dunstan

Marian Nash RIP

Thur 20th

10:00am

St Bernadine of Sienna

Renata's Intention

Fri 21st

10:00am

Sts Christopher Magallanes & Comp.

Rev. Fintan Phelan

Sat 22nd

10:00am

6:00 pm

St Rita of Cascia

Vigil of 7th Sunday of Easter (B)

Alvaro Maccioni

People of the Parish


Please find the QR Code Poster of the Test and Trace App for St. Ann’s RC Parish in the Porch. The government introduced a new Test and Trace App on 24th September 2020. Parishioners who downloaded this App on their mobile phone and registered with their QR code can register their attendance at a particular place. Should a person receive a positive Covid test the App will be used to contact other attendees and provide them with necessary instructions. The use of this system is not compulsory for churches; however, it is strongly recommended.

Live streaming of Masses and Services

Even though the church is now open, streaming of daily weekday Masses and weekend Masses will still continue to be available via Facebook and YouTube, and all previous Masses are archived in these channels:

Parish Business

  1. Please kindly read the letter to Parishioners and Friends of St. Ann’s Parish which can be found via this link.
  2. For the Current Newsletter, please click here.
  3. For home learning on the subject of our Catholic Faith in relation to Science and other fundamental issues, please click here. This facility is to be used in conjunction with our Diocesan Centre for Catholic Formation’s resources.
  4. VOLUNTEERING & CHARITABLE WORK:
    • We have previously brought your attention to the needs of our neighbours to whom we should respond by all the means open to us. I would like to thank specially all of you who are already volunteering to help the needy by providing company by telephone, by doing or delivering shopping and/or medicines. There is a continuing need to donate to the food banks and we would urge you to support Kingston Foodbank via their website at https://localgiving.org/charity/kingstonfoodbank/ or your local Foodbanks.
    • At St. Ann’s Parish we are always grateful to hear from anyone who is willing to help us out, either remotely or in person, with our Masses or who would be willing to volunteer as a steward at the start of Mass or to oversee the church during other liturgies. Please do contact us and let us know if you would be willing to help or see Father Michael at the end of Mass.
  5. To make Donations to St. Ann’s RC Parish:
    • There will be an opportunity to give to the Parish through a static collection box or contactless machines as you arrive and leave the church.
    • St. Ann’s Gift Aid Form: <http://www.stanns-kingstonhill.org.uk/docs/GiftAidMandate2018.pdf> and Standing Order Form: please click here
    • To donate to St. Ann’s Parish, please find bank details by clicking here
    • Donations towards the Church can be made via this link.

Current affairs

Statement from the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales on the Publication of the IICSA Report

The Roman Catholic Church Investigation Report, November 2020. A report of the Inquiry Panel - Professor Alexis Jay OBE, Professor Sir Malcolm Evans KCMG OBE, Ivor Frank and Drusilla Sharpling CBE: <https://www.iicsa.org.uk/publications/investigation/roman-catholic-church>.

For the prayer by St. John Henry Newman recited daily by St Teresa of Calcutta and the Missionaries of Charity after Communion, click here.

For the Prayer Campaign to Conquer the Virus, click here.

SAFEGUARDING