Saturday 26th Dec (St Stephen, Martyr)
Once public Mass was restored after the first long lockdown in July , this feature was no longer being updated daily – see below
We established this page in March 2020 “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 came to at least a partial end in July 2020, we had to consider whether to maintain the service, which of its nature had 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, it was discontinued in mid-July . There was no demand for it to be reinstated during the temporary November lockdown when Masses were again suspended.
May God bless you all, and it has been wonderful to be meeting some of you at Mass since July – Deacon Brin
Post-11am Mass “virtual coffee ” social time on Zoom, ran between 7th June and 12th July, when it was agreed that this service could also be discontinued. (Nov. 2nd – Same comments now apply as for the Daily Bread facility.) A social/faith-sharing meeting called “Companions in Christ” takes place on Zoom on Tuesday evenings. If you are unfamiliar with the popular Zoom conferencing software, or are having trouble with it, see the link from our Home page (scroll down a bit )
Other Zoom-based faith-deepening opportunities are continuing. On Monday mornings at 11am, Sarah Priestley (Deacon Paul’s wife) hosts a series of meetings looking at Bishop Robert Barron’s video teachings on Catholicism. There is 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. Sarah also hosts a “Lectio Divina ” Bible study online group on Thursday mornings. Other past courses have included a Diocesan online “Life in the Spirit ” course, as encouraged by our Bishop and the Pope, on Thursdays evenings from 13th August — and a Diocesan series of “Post-lockdown Church” webinars took place on Monday evenings (initial series now concluded, though there is another one on 16th January).
An online Rosary group meets via Zoom on Wednesday evenings – details from Deacon Brin.
There is plenty of opportunity for learning and fellowship, so long as you can get online ! For those who cannot (or will not) there are usually possibilities of joining the meetings by phone only, but generally, we rely as always on their parish friends keeping in touch with them by phone – it is not practical for the clergy to call them all regularly.
While the Church is closed, daily Masses from St Augustine’s are 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. In addition, Fr Jonathan is broadcasting a series of talks on the Psalms, which can be found on the same YouTube channel
Streamed Mass is at 9:30am on weekdays and Saturdays ; the 11am Sunday mass is live-streamed.
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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 (experienced again briefly in November) 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 resumed, some people feel nervous about spending time in an indoor space with others, and others still will remain confined to their homes because of their vulnerabilities.
- 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.