Notice concerning Saint Martin’s and the Coronavirus.
In line with the archbishop’s guidance, we have taken the difficult decision to suspend PUBLIC WORSHIP and all other meetings and gatherings at Saint Martin’s for the time being, although our prayer for the parish and its people continues.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
On this Sunday we bless and praise God for simply being what He is: the Father who is full of tenderness and compassion, the Son who has made each of us within the family of the Church his co-heirs of glory, and the Spirit who leads us into all truth. Father, Son and Holy Spirit- NOT three gods but ONE God, yet three distinct persons sharing ONE substance. This is how our God reveals Himself to us in the scriptures and in the life of the Church. It is truth and yet a mystery.
I hope that you are continuing to keep safe and well. As I was saying to Father Ian only yesterday, the Diocese of Oxford and our own Bishop Jonathan of Ebbsfleet, have been in touch over the last few days to ask clergy to start looking at what needs to be done to prepare for the reopening of churches. I hope that this will come as a comfort to you that our exile from Church worship may very well be coming to an end. And about time too. I have consistently argued that we would be safer attending church together than shopping amongst the scrum at our local Tesco’s. What grates a little is that what are being referred to as non- essential shops will be opening on the 15th, June and as churches we haven’t yet been given a date. Are we now less essential than non-essential? Freedom of religious expression is meant to be a guaranteed human right and while truly terrible and heartbreaking for those concerned, it seems strange that the death of an individual at the hands of the police in the USA should lead to mass demonstrations in London and other British cities where no social distancing was being observed at all, all while we are not at present allowed to worship. I will say no more but leave that one for you to think over.
As always, don’t forget to contact me if you have any prayer requests or Mass intentions you would like me to offer at Mass or if would like someone added to our parish prayer list of the Sick or Departed.
My contact details are as follows:
Telephone: 01908 372825
It is not too late to pass onto others that Mass is broadcast most days via our Facebook page under the Group heading: “Saint Martin’s Parish Church, Fenny Stratford. “ You will find there the Parish Mass and weekday celebrations too. Or if you would like to be in touch with other members of our Saint Martin’s parish family you can make contact via our church What’s App Group. They allow us to continue to worship together and and support one another and we have room for more to join us.
After having put up with that annoying hissing in the background of Masses broadcast on our Facebook page, I take great joy in announcing that not only has this now gone but the sound quality is also much improved. This is due to the purchase of a special microphone that can be plugged into an iPhone at a cost of £39.00. A parish purchase that has proved very worthwhile. Do join us for Mass and see the difference for yourself.
The times of broadcast Masses this Week via our Facebook page are as follows:
Tuesday at 7 pm
Wednesday at 12.15 pm
Friday at 10 am
Saturday at 10 am
Next Sunday (The beautiful feast of Corpus Christi which will include Exposition and Benediction) at 10 am.
Sunday Vespers and Benediction will also be broadcast next Sunday at 6 pm.
visit our facebook group – St Martin’s Facebook Page
The Collect and Readings for Tomorrow’s Mass you will find as a separate posting.
Please remember the following in your prayers:
Those who have suffered due to racism or bigotry. For those who have suffered violence or torture at the hands of others.
For the Government in their seeking solutions for the common good at this time.
For an end to this Lockdown and for people to continue to behave sensibly.
For peace to reign within our homes and amongst one another.
For the quick but safe restoration of our normal weekly worship in church.
For the elderly, housebound and those living in residential and nursing homes.
For Milton Keynes Hospital and all who are working there in this difficult time.
For First Responders.
For our Bishop Jonathan and all our parish clergy seeking to minister to the people of God in these very difficult times.
For the Mother House of the Monastic Community of the House of Initia Nova of the Order of Saint Benedict and for it’s Abbot Michael-John.
For the Sick:
For Paul Ward, Norman Kent, Peter Woodward, Gay Lavery, David Gregg, Eugenius Yung, Denis & Yvonne Simpson, Mary Collier, Benjamin Duarri, David Lingham, Stuart Hearn, Sandra Walduck & Doris Weatherley.
For the Departed:
For Charles Garrett, Rhoda Richardson, Sheila Doggett, Hania Zipser and for Guy who died under tragic circumstances. For all those who have died of Covid 19 and for all the recently departed.
And for Dorothy Brotherton, Dorothy Collins,Mary Shouler and for all whose years mind falls at this time.
We continue to pray for Charles and Erica that they may now both rest in peace. Pray too for Sarah their daughter and the rest of their family as they mourn their loss. Charles’ Funeral will take place at 10 am on Monday the 15th June.
And finally, as I said to you last week, you are all very dear to me. As I will be preparing with Father Ian and with others to prepare for the reopening of our beloved church I will look forward in hope to seeing you all again very soon. Let us pray to that end. And in the meantime, continue to stay safe and well and stay in touch.
With best wishes and every blessing,
We seek to live God’s Holy Word through the Scriptures and Sacraments, and to proclaim it through:
Regular church services,
Pastoral care and
Links with our local community
JOY AND PEACE TO THE WHOLE WORLD
This parish is committed to the safeguarding, care and
nurture of the children and people of all ages in our church community.
Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is
Mrs Derrian Le Brun Powell.
The parish Safeguarding Policy can be viewed here.
More information available here.