Sunday 31st May – Pentecost Sunday – MESSAGE FOR THE DAY
“Holy Spirit, lord of light
From the clear celestial height
The pure beaming radiance give
Thou in toil art comfort sweet
Pleasant coolness in the heat
Solace in the midst of woe
Heal our wounds, our strength renew
On our dryness pour thy dew.”
(From the Sequence verses said between the Second reading and the Gospel Acclamation at the Day Mass of Pentecost)
A Pentecost Day prayer (with readings) was filmed by members of Churches Together in High Wycombe and may be viewed here – you may recognise some of the participants ! It is suggested that you do not watch this in full-screen as high-resolution footage was not possible.
Online video course each Monday for two more weeks, 4pm (requires Zoom app) – click here
While the Church is closed, daily Masses from St Augustine’s are being 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 takes several hours for the “recorded version ” to become available.
Streamed Mass is at 9:30am on weekdays and Saturday, and 11am on Sundays . NB today, Pentecost Sunday, streaming will begin at 9am with the Rosary, as we participate in a national Rosary Rally praying for an end to the pandemic
W are preparing the Church for when we are permitted a limited re-opening for private prayer, which we hope will come in the next few weeks.
Stewarding volunteers will be needed – see Fr Jonathan’s latest e-mail.
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When we cannot gather for Mass
- We want to offer this page as a resource with encouraging news, prayers, reflections and Scripture quotations to help our people through this difficult time when we can no longer receive the Eucharist or gather together physically as a community.
- 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 tine, donations of money would be even more welcome that drop-offs offs of physical supplies. With the schools closed down, children dependent on free school meals for much of their nutrition will be at risk.
- Fr Jonathan is sending out weekly bulk e-mails to all parishioners. If you are not getting these, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, and if willing, include your postal address and phone number so we can update our records.