Updated early April 2021
Since public Mass was restored in July 2020 after the first long lockdown , this feature has no longer been updated daily – see below
We established this page, which offered daily Scriptures and messages of hope, 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 2020 lockdown when Masses were again suspended.
May God bless you all, – 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. 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, which was on Thursdays evenings from 13th August, and the parish is currently (Mar-May 21) running an online Alpha course, though that is not open to new joiners)
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, and lately it seems to be taking until the next day. 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 in Mar-July 2020 (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. 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.