Our Lady, health of the sick, pray for us.
We are entering Holy Week on this Palm Sunday. As you will not be able to get to Mass as public Masses cannot now take place in accordance with Government Directives, I do hope that you will be able to watch Masses and liturgies online.
Wickford Catholic Church - http://wickfordcatholic.com
Ilford Catholic Church - http://ssppilford.org.uk/wp2/live-stream-church
Leigh on Sea Catholic Church -https://lourdesleigh.org/live
Also at Walsingham - https://www.walsingham.org.uk/live-stream
I continue to celebrate Mass each day and on Palm Sunday I will bless the palms and they will be available to be obtained at a later date.
On Maundy Thursday I will celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, priests are asked to renew their priestly commitment and I will also continue to pray before the Blessed Sacrament during the evening.
On Good Friday I will celebrate the 3.00pm Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord which will include the unveiling of the Cross and a special prayer from Pope Francis for the afflicted in time of this Pandemic.
At the Easter Vigil the Paschal Candle will be lit and placed in the candle stand. Mass also includes the Renewal of Baptismal Promises.
A private Mass for the intentions of all parishioners will be celebrated on Easter Sunday.
I do wish you the blessings of this Holy Week. Although not together in our Churches, we are united in our prayers during this solemn week as we reflect on the sufferings of Our Lord and all who are sharing in the Cross as they are caught by the virus. I do encourage you to pray the rosary every day for an end to this pandemic.
A number of parishioners have come forward offering help. So if you need shopping or medicines collected or if you would just enjoy a phone call, please let me know on the parish number (01206 576898).
Alternatively if you know of someone who needs help or if you can volunteer yourself please fill in the form below.
Let us pray for each other.
Resources for Lenten preparation are available on the diocese website here.
Your weekly offering - during this time of closure you may wish to keep up with your weekly offering to our Parish. You can donate online to our parish using the Diocesan Online Donation platform. https://www.dioceseofbrentwood.net/donations?parish=lexden where donations can also be gift aided.
You may also consider contributing by standing order - you can do so by completing and returning a Standing Order Mandate.
You may also wish to gift aid your offertory. If so please complete and return a Gift Aid Declaration Form.
Our Parish relies on our contributions. Thank you.
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