Sunday 2nd August – Eighteenth Sunday in ordinary Time
Now that public Mass is restored , this feature is no longer being updated daily – see below
We established this page “to help our people through the difficult time when we could no longer receive the Eucharist or gather together physically as a community.”. As that time has now come to at least a partial end, we had to consider whether to maintain the service, which of its nature has to be updated daily. The statistics showed that while on some days the page had over fifty visitors, on some days no-one used it at all. As no-one requested that the facility should be continued, Sat. 11th July was the last Daily Bread update. May God bless you all, and it is wonderful to be meeting some of you at Mass – Deacon Brin
Post-11am Mass “virtual coffee ” social time on Zoom, started 7th June at noon – see Fr Jonathan’s e-mail of 30th May, or the 31st May newsletter. Only three people came to the one on 12th July, and it was agreed that this service could also be discontinued.
However, other Zoom-based faith-deepening opportunities are continuing. On six Monday mornings at 11am, starting 27th July, Sarah Priestley (Deacon Paul’s wife) will be hosting a series of meetings looking at Bishop Robert Barron’s video teachings on the Mass. These will add great depth and richness to our understanding of why we do what we do on Sundays (and other days). There will be time for discussion and sharing after each half-hour video. If interested, e-mail Sarah with your name and she will give you the joining details. She also hosts a “Lectio Divina ” Bible study online group on Thursday mornings. And there is an online “Life in the Spirit ” course, as encouraged by our Bishop and the Pope, on Thursdays evenings from 13th August – more here
While the Church has been closed, daily Masses from St Augustine’s have been live-streamed on YouTube – search “St Augustines High Wycombe ” from any YouTube page. Don’t forget to click “subscribe “, it doesn’t mean you pay anything but it saves the link for easier access later. Each day’s Mass will remain visible after broadcast, though it can take several hours for the “recorded version ” to become available.
Streamed Mass was at 9:30am on weekdays and Saturday, and 11am on Sundays – but the Sunday one is now the 9am . Fr Jonathan is continuing this service, for the benefit of those who will remain isolated for some weeks.
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When we cannot gather fully for Mass
- We wanted to offer this page as a resource with encouraging news, prayers, reflections and Scripture quotations to help our people through the difficult time when we could no longer receive the Eucharist or gather together physically as a community. And that is still partly the position. We are conscious that, even though limited-attendance public Masses have now resumed, some people will feel nervous about spending time in an indoor space with others, and others still will remain confined to their homes because of their vulnerabilities. See above for a message about the future of this page
- Pope Benedict XVI once wrote movingly of the graces that can go with fasting from the Eucharist. None of us have voluntarily chosen the present fast, but we can respond to it as if we have. Click here for that, and click here for a note from Fr Jonathan on making a “spiritual communion”, when physical communion is unavailable,
- Also here is a leaflet with a format for a simple Prayer Service which could be used for a time of family prayer or in a small group or household.
May we appeal to you at this time to remember the One Can Trust, who provide food and basic supplies to those in most need in our town. If you do go out shopping trips, 0r have a home delivery, do include a couple of extra items, – see their website https://onecantrust.org.uk/. for their current needs, and where and how to donate. (Many people are setting-up drop-off points at the frontages of their houses, so keep a eye open as you take your permitted exercise !) They have said that at this time, donations of money would be even more welcome that drop-offs offs of physical supplies. With the schools still not running at full capacity, children dependent on free school meals for much of their nutrition will be at risk (hence the recent Marcus Rashford campaign). And food poverty will only increase as many businesses are making people redundant.
- Fr Jonathan has been sending out weekly bulk e-mails to all parishioners, and this will continue as many of our people are still not able to gather together for public Mass. If you are not getting these messages, it means EITHER that they are being diverted to your Spam/junk box, OR more likely that we do not have your current e-mail address on our mailing database – even if you know that you have given it to someone in the parish for another purpose. Please email to email@example.com, and if willing, include your postal address and phone number so we can update our records.