The Parish of S Michael and All Angels
SUNDAY 14 June 2020
At this time we are not allowed to offer public worship in church. However, Mass is offered for you ever day, as is the Daily Office. Even if you cannot be with us you will be in our prayers.
We are producing this sheet each week instead of our usual notice sheet, to keep everyone in touch and to provide some things to help you to join us in prayer. Please pass sheets or information on to those for whom we don’t have an email address.
THIS WEEKS SCRIPTURE READING.
My flesh is real food and my blood is real drink
Jesus said to the crowd:
‘I am the living bread which has come down from heaven.
Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever;
and the bread that I shall give is my flesh,
for the life of the world.’
Then the Jews started arguing with one another: ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ they said. Jesus replied:
‘I tell you most solemnly,
if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood,
you will not have life in you.
Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my blood
has eternal life,
and I shall raise him up on the last day.
For my flesh is real food
and my blood is real drink.
He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood
lives in me
and I live in him.
As I, who am sent by the living Father,
myself draw life from the Father,
so whoever eats me will draw life from me.
This is the bread come down from heaven;
not like the bread our ancestors ate:
they are dead,
but anyone who eats this bread will live for ever.’
Jesus told his friends to do this and they have done it ever since. Was ever another command so obeyed? For century after century, spreading slowly to every continent and country and among every race on earth, this action has been done, in every conceivable human circumstance, for every conceivable human need from infancy and before to extreme old age and after it, from the pinnacles of earthly greatness to the refuge of fugitives in the caves and dens of the earth.
There has been found no better thing than this to do for kings at their crowning and for criminals going to the scaffold; for armies in triumph or for a bride and bridegroom in a little country church; for the wisdom of a parliament or for a sick old woman afraid to die… One could fill many pages with the reasons why this has been done, and not tell a hundredth part of them. And best of all, week by week and month by month, on a hundred thousand successive Sundays, faithfully, unfailingly, across all the parishes of each continent and country, the pastors have done this to make the plebs sancta Dei - the holy common people of God.
Dom Gregory Dix, OSB
MAKING A SPIRITUAL COMMUNION.
Even if we cannot be at mass and receive Holy Communion, we can always make a Spiritual Communion. God will always fill our hearts with his grace if we ask.
Our worship this week
Mon 15 Monday of week 11 of ordinary time
Tue 16 Tuesday of week 11 of ordinary time
Wed 17 Wednesday of week 11 of ordinary time
Thu 18 Thursday of week 11 of ordinary time
Fri 19 The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Solemnity
Sat 20 The Immaculate Heart of Mary
Sun 21 12th Sunday in ordinary time
If you want us to bring someone or something to our Lord in prayer, please let Fr David know. Prayer is one of the most important things that we can do at this time.
Please remember these people in your prayers
This year most of us have had to be distanced from the Blessed Sacrament, we can’t attend mass, receive Holy Communion or even pray in front of the tabernacle. All we have been able to do is to make a Spiritual Communion. For those of us who are priests it has been the opposite experience, we have had to be very close to the Sacrament on behalf of others, for a time celebrating mass and even reserving the Sacrament in our homes. It was a new experience to have Jesus as a staying guest in the Vicarage.
When we return to church it will above all be a return to Jesus in the Sacrament. But we know that many things will be different and will remain so for quite a while.
Sometimes we think of mass as mainly about receiving Holy Communion, but perhaps our experiences over the past months and those that will come, can help us understand more deeply some of the many aspects of the mystery of the eucharist.
In the modern Church we have rightly been encouraged to receive Holy Communion frequently. But that is quite a recent thing, to many earlier generations Holy Communion was only received occasionally and always fasting and after preparation. Perhaps we can learn to prepare for Holy Communion, not to receive if we are troubled by serous sin. To receive more reverently and more devoutly.
The eucharist is not just about Holy Communion, it is also ‘proclaiming the Lord’s death until he comes’. It is an offering, a sharing in the eternal sacrifice of Christ. To many earlier generations they spoke of ‘hearing mass’, even if they weren’t receiving, meaning by that they participated in that eternal offering. The daily offering of mass privately by priests for their Parish has reminded us of this aspect of the Mass.
So let us rejoice this year, on this fast of Corpus Christi and pray that we will grow more deeply in this wonderful mystery and the opportunities that these times afford. Let pray that as we do so we may become what we both offer and receive -the Body of Christ.
© Fr D Sherratt June 2020. Fr David exerts his right as author of this piece and to its Intellectual Property
OUR PARIS H LIFE
CAN WE PRAY IN CHURCH? The Government had announced that churches could open for individual people to pray from Monday 15 June. However, on Thursday they changed this to Saturday 13 June. As of this moment, (11/6) the government still hasn’t published the regulations for this. The Church of England has some provisional guidance, but this is subject to confirmation in the light of the government regulations. The good news is that Fr David has completed the suggested risk assessment and so has begun to prepare the church building, the bad news is that on Tuesday the Church of England published a new Risk Assessment, he has now completed this. As you can things are very confused.!
It is however imperative, that if we open the church for prayer, we do so in a responsible manner and have proper regard to all the regulations and procedures.
Our current plan is that this week we will open the church for a short period of private prayer on Wednesday and Thursday mornings this week, following the daily mass. On Sunday the church will be open for prayer between 09:45 and 11:00. This could however change – we try to send out a further email to confirm it.
CHURCH COUNCIL. The PCC meeting scheduled for 14 June cannot take place. The Diocese encourages PCCs to meet by Zoom etc. and those of many local parishes have met. This has sadly not proved possible for us. Fr David plans therefore that the PCC will meet after mass on the first Sunday that we can open in July, even if we are not quorate and that it continue meeting probably weekly for a while, either as a whole or in working groups as we attempt to re-form our Parish. Please keep the PCC in your prayers, as it will be a demanding time and perhaps pray as to whether you could put yourself forward for the PCC at our Parish meeting in October.
WEEKLY OFFERINGS. We know that this will be a time of financial hardship for many. But if those who are able can keep up their regular giving to our Parish, it will enable us to keep operating as normally as we can. We cannot have collections, but there are still bills to pay. The best way to do this will by Internet banking. The details are Sort Code 30-99-88, Account No 00160771, Account Name is PCC Saint Michael and All Angels Abbey Wood. In the reference section please put your name followed by; ‘Offering’.
USING CHURCH. If you go into the church building, outside the times for private you must inform Fr David whenever you have been in church, as we are still required to keep an accurate record of this.
COULD YOU HELP? Once we are able to open the church for prayer, we could keep it open for longer if we had some people who were prepared to sit in church to keep an eye on things. We shall be asking for volunteers soon.
Thank you to those who have already volunteered, Fr David will be in contact shortly as soon he has clarified what is going on!
COMMUNITY LIFE. Many local shops will open again this week, please support them. The Village Market hopes to start again on 18 July.
PARISH PRIEST. Fr David Sherratt. Tel. 0779432357
Assistant Priest Fr Derek Robinson
Churchwardens Mr Peter Ludlow, Mr Christopher Harper
Safeguarding Officer Mrs Susan Robinson
Web site: ……..michaels.church