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Booking for Holy Mass

Please see the days and times of Mass at each Church on the Mass Times page of this site. We follow a booking system for the two Masses in Welshpool (Sat. 6.30pm and Sun. 9.00 am) and one Mass in Llanidloes and one Mass in Newtown (Sat. 4.00pm and Sun. 11.00 am respectively) on weekends. In Welshpool we are allowed to have 21 people in the congregation at a time, in Newtown we can have only 20 and in Llanidloes we can have 12.  If you wish to attend any of these masses, the preferred way is to email the parish office (email address is priestwelshpool@rcdwxm.org.uk) Just give the names for whom you want to reserve and which Mass(please mention the time and place). If possible, also provide a mobile phone number for the purposes of track and trace. N.B: I will only reply if you are too late and the places are all taken (so that you don’t have a wasted trip.) If this happens, feel free to reserve for an-other Mass or the following week. Places will be given on a first come first served basis. Booking for the next Mass will only be possible from the previous Mon-day till Friday evening. Please be aware that you cannot book a seat for Mass months ahead.

If you do not have access to email or internet, you may ring (if I am not there please leave a message) the parish office but please do so during office hours(10am to 4pm) to the following number 01938 555657 or to my mob: 07401441108.

As things develop, we may need to adapt this system so be sure to watch for up-dates. Please think of our parishioners who may find all this tricky and help them out if needs be. Please forward this message to any of your contacts who may be interested.

Please be aware that toilet facilities are NOT available.

Please bring your own Missal when you come to the Church for Holy Mass. For those who do not have an up to date missal, there is a free APP that is available to download -the daily Catholic Mass Readings on your iPhone or smart phone. The link is: https://www.alivepublishing.co.uk/daily-mass-readings/

Online Holy Mass helpline:

https://www.churchservices.tv/churches

 Diocesan website, Facebook Page and YouTube channel

http://www.rcdwxm.org.uk

 CAFOD Lent Appeal: Thank you so much. Your generous gifts will help people like Hagos in Ethiopia, struggling to cope in an increasingly hotter and drier climate. Hagos and his family nearly starved due to drought, but thanks to our Church family and support like yours, we provided him with solar-powered water pumps. Hagos and his neighbours now have flow-ing water to cultivate their land.

Remember, it’s not too late to give to our Lent appeal. cafod.org.uk/lent

For any questions, contact CAFOD on 0300 011 5680 or resources@cafod.org.uk

 Zoom Prayer meeting: A small group of parishioners are meeting each Tuesday at 7 p.m. by Zoom to meet one another and prayerfully reflect on the following Sunday’s Mass readings. We would welcome anyone who would like to join us. Please email Sister Helen if you are interested. hbamber6@gmail.com

Please remember in your prayers the well being of our religious Sisters and, priests of the Diocese, and we specially pray for our parishioners who are sick, housebound, in hospitals, hospices and care homes.

Gift Aid: If you are a Tax Payer Please consider making your offertory donation by using the Gift aid form or standing order. Please remember to write your name, address, sign and date. Thank you for supporting our Parishes 

BIBLE COURSE ONLINE FOR GROUPS

In response to ongoing restrictions, we set about developing an exciting new way for groups to experience The Bible Course, online.

If you’d like to take part in a course that deepens your understanding of the Bible using video teaching, group discussion and more, while maintaining social distancing, check out The Bible Course for groups online. It works with your favourite online conferencing tools like Zoom and Skype but overcomes poor-quality video sharing, so that the whole group experience works in an integrated way. Group hosts can now share a link within the call, allowing the whole group to access the session content and videos for themselves.

Key benefits

  • Free for group members
  • Easy to access – one link for group members to access all the content theyneed
  • Run as many groups as you like – Once group hosts have purchasedThe Bible Course online, they can run as many small groups as they wish, as many times as they like
  • Daily reading reminders – get your daily readings and devotions emailedto you each day
  • One free copy of The Bible Coursemanual (available in English or Welsh; UK customers only)

LENT FAMILY DAY AT HOME : To mark the start of the Year of the Family and to help families in our Diocese to observe Lent and prepare for Holy Week and Easter, you are invited to join in with some Lent and Easter crafting activities at home. As in Advent, we are providing a limited number of free packs of craft mate-rial and instructions to produce some simple crafts such as an Easter Garden. You will be invited to join us on Zoom on 21st March at 3pm for a family friendly Stations of the Cross service (no need to complete all the crafts before this) and there will be some time to share some of the crafts you have made with other fami-lies.

The craft packs are limited and for families within our Diocese on a first come first served basis. To request a pack and indicate your wish to take part in the service please email your details* including postal address to Margaret Hinton mfl@rcdwxm.org.uk by Monday 8th March.

*Your personal details will only be used to communicate with you regarding the Family Day and will not be shared or retained afterwards.

NEW CTS SUNDAY MISSAL 2021 – £1.99 ONLY

To offer support during the pandemic while many are unable to get to Mass and communal Mass books and missalettes are not permitted, we are offering The CTS New Sunday Missal 2021 for just £1.99 while stocks last. The CTS New Sunday Missal 2021 | Catholic Truth Society (ctsbooks.org)

V’ CTS WALL CALENDAR

A beautiful wall calendar with a calendar grid marking out the feasts and seasons of the Catholic calendar, a Scripture reference for the Sunday Gospel, and Pope Francis’s prayer intentions for each month. £1. CTS Calendar 2021 | Catholic Truth Society (ctsbooks.org)

MARCH 2021 CENSUS ENGAGEMENT

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has asked the Diocese to assist, reach out to those in the community who may not be aware of the census and of its importance because the information has not been in their own language. As a number of such groups of people may well attend our churches and their children our schools, it would be appreciated if information is passed to them.

‘The next ONS Census, which takes place every 10 years, will be in March 2021. In order to make this census widely known and to encourage everyone to take part, particularly those whose first language is not English or Welsh, the ONS has produced a Census Engagement leaflet – a copy of leaflet in English is attached but is also available in the following languages on request from the ONS in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese Cantonese, Chinese Mandarin, Czech, Gujarati, Kurdish, Lithuanian, Nepali, Panjabi, Persian/Farsi, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Somali, Spanish, Turkish, Urdu, Welsh.

The actual Census form will only be available in English or Welsh but translations will be available in 49 languages.’

More information about the Census can be found at Census 2021

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 MAY THE LORD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU AT THIS DIFFICULT TIME

 FR JOHNSON CMI

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