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September Update to Parishioners

A Message from Father Martin

Dear Parishioners

It’s good to be in touch with you again and I’m very glad to be able to see so many of you at the open air Mass on Sunday mornings. Thanks to all who help to make it possible. We hope to be able to continue to have Mass outside well into the autumn, so don’t forget to come prepared with your coats, brollies, rugs or blankets.

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New Rules

Face coverings are now mandatory in places of worship. You are asked to comply with this requirement whilst inside the Sacred Heart Church to ensure that everyone feels safe in an area where there are people from differing households who do not normally meet. Please also sit where directed by the Stewards on duty and respect the marked one-way system and social distancing guidelines.

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August 2020 Pastoral Letter

June, July and August is the peak season for Ordination to the Priesthood. Throughout these months people will have hands laid upon them by a Bishop in the age old ceremony that empowers them to celebrate the Eucharist, to reconcile humankind to God and to anoint the sick, as well as Baptising, preaching and teaching the Gospel.

These people are called to build Praying Communities of Believers who make Justice, Forgiveness and Love present in the world through lives of committed caring service to those most in need.

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Revised Schedule

Dear Parishioners,
You will be pleased to hear that we shall be resuming the celebration of Mass with effect from Thursday 9th July.

Unfortunately we are not yet able to return to our normal daily Mass schedule, and there will only be one weekend Mass. Days and times are as follows:
Thursday – Mass at 10 am
Sunday – Mass at 10.30

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COVID Update

Dear Parishioners and Friends,
In the light of the situation regarding the COVID 19 (Corona Virus) I would like to extend to you all an assurance of my heart felt thoughts and prayers. I am very aware for many of us, this is a time of anxiety and fear as we deal with this unknown disease and its outcome. We must think especially for these heroic Doctors, nurses, paramedics and helpers, who are often terrified and afraid, yet they put their lives on the line for so many of us. I was very moved when I heard a nurse say on the ITV News last night, that she prays before she goes out on the wards. We all know how Jesus went around the whole of Galilee teaching in their synagogues proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing all kinds of diseases and sickness among the people, Mt. 4:23. Pope Francis too is also united to all of us by this special prayer. Let us be strong together and for each other.

God Bless

Fr Martin

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A Coronavirus Prayer

Loving and healing God,
We, the people of Wadhurst, turn to you in prayer, confident that you are with us and with all people at every moment. We stand before you as people of hope, trusting in your care and protection. May your faithful love support us and soothe the anxiety of our hearts.

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Coronavirus Self-isolation Help

Parish volunteers have joined forces with Carillon Cottage. If you are self-isolating and need help please contact Carillon Cottage on 01892 785658 or 01892 784191.

Phones are now being checked from home so please leave a message, and they will find someone to help with shopping, collection of medicines, posting mail and drives to hospital or surgery appointments.

The Parish Office has resumed normal opening times. If you need a priest urgently, please call Father Martin on 01892 782470.

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Nourish Foodbank Donations

The food bank continues to need our help especially as schools are closed and children are at home.

We are unable to collect and deliver food to Tunbridge Wells at this time but if you are able to make a financial donation it would be much appreciated. This can be paid direct into Nourish bank account using the following details: