St Francis of Assisi,
There is now 11am Mass on Sundays at St Francis. It will be bookable, mainly so that we keep to the regulated number rather than Track and Trace. Booking for each Sunday will be open first thing on the previous Monday (just after midnight if you're a night owl!) Full details in the newsletter out on WhatsApp and FB, and here on the website
God does not come in extraordinary events, but works amid the apparent monotony of our daily life, in the frequently dull rhythm of our activities, in the little things that, working with tenacity and humility, we achieve in our efforts to do his will.
Pope Francis 10th August 2021
Guidance for parishes as lockdown eases
Public Mass can now take place. Needless to say that we still need to be aware of the need to follow the guidelines that we have in place and to remember to use the hand sanitisers, wear face coverings and maintain the 2 metre social distancing rule. Please remember that you will still need to book to come to Masses using the Diocesan booking system. Details of how to book for Mass can be found on the Diocesan Website by following the link below where you will first need to Sign Up (if you haven’t already done so) in order to book for Mass.
Mass will be available at The Assumption, Beeston on Sundays (9:00am), Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and, at St Francis, Long Eaton on Sundays (11:00am) and Tuesdays, all weekday Masses at 10:00 am. The Sunday obligation continues to be suspended, so if you are unsure about coming along, do not feel under any obligation to do so; and if you or someone in your household, displays symptoms of Covid19, then please do stay at home.
"We should all have the humility of certain elderly people who, in church, perhaps because their hearing is no longer acute, recite quietly the prayers they learned as children, filling the nave with whispers. That prayer does not disturb the silence, but testifies their fidelity to the duty of prayer, practised throughout their lives without fail. These practitioners of humble prayer are often the great intercessors in parishes: they are the oaks that from year to year spread their branches to offer shade to the greatest number of people. Only God knows when and how much their hearts have been united to those prayers they recited: surely these people too had to face nights and moments of emptiness. But one can always remain faithful to vocal prayer. It is like an anchor: one can hold on to the rope and remain, faithful, come what may."
Pope Francis - GENERAL AUDIENCE Wednesday, 21 April 2021 Catechesis on prayer - 30. The vocal prayer