3rd October 2020 Immaculate Conception Church now has a live streaming camera which allows you to see all Masses as they happen. Please go to the Masses and Services page.
Most welcome news
We will be able to attend Mass in all three of our Churches beginning this weekend 15th August. Times of Masses are available on our Masses and Services webpage.
From Tuesday 24th March 2020, until further notice, all our Churches are closed. It is very clear that, following official advice and in order to keep each other safe, save lives and support the NHS at this time, this has to happen.
The full wording of the Bishop’s letter of 20th March can be read below. However, changes from Government has meant that churches WILL be closed.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, so many aspects of our lives must change. This includes the ways in which we publicly express our faith. It is very clear that, following official advice and in order to keep each other safe, save lives and support the NHS, at this time we must not gather for public acts of worship in our churches. This will begin from Friday evening, 20th March 2020, until further notice. Our churches will remain open. They are not closing. They will be a focal point of prayer, where you will find solace and strength.
In visiting our churches at this time, we will observe with great care the practices of hygiene and the guidance on social distancing. However, the celebration of Mass, Sunday by Sunday and day by day, will take place without a public congregation.
Knowing that the Mass is being celebrated; joining in spiritually in that celebration; watching the live-streaming of the Mass; following its prayers at home; making an act of spiritual communion: this is how we share in the Sacrifice of Christ in these days. These are the ways in which we will sanctify Sunday, and indeed every day.
We want everyone to understand that in these emergency circumstances, and for as long as they last, the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is removed. This is, without doubt, the teaching of the Church (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2181). This pandemic is the ‘serious reason’ why this obligation does not apply at this time.
You will find more details about the pathway of prayer and sacramental life we are now to take in the accompanying document and on the Bishops’ Conference website (www.cbcew.org.uk). Your own bishop and parish priest will provide further support, encouragement and information about our way of prayer together in the coming weeks. The second vital aspect of these challenging times is our care for each other. There are so many ways in which we are to do this: being attentive to the needs of our neighbour, especially the elderly and vulnerable; contributing to our local food banks; volunteering for charitable initiatives and organisations; simply keeping in touch by all the means open to us.
During these disturbing and threatening times, the rhythm of the prayer of the Church will continue. Please play your part in it. The effort of daily kindness and mutual support for all will continue and increase. Please play your part in this too.
For your commitment to this, we thank you.
‘The Lord is my shepherd,
There is nothing I shall want.’
May God bless us all.
Vincent Cardinal Nichols; Archbishop Malcolm McMahon; OP President Vice-President 18th March 2020
26th December 2019 Here are the Altar Severs with Father Richard on St Stephen’s day.
(We now need a lovely photo for all the servers in All Saints!)
25th November 2019 We are very pleased to welcome Father Richard Aziati to our Pastoral area. Last weekend we said farewell to Father Joseph Mensah who served us as our Parish Priest for two years. We ask God to bless them every day.
Celebration Mass Wed 10Oct 2018 ‘70 years of the NHS’ celebrated by Archbishop Stack was a wonderful occasion. All Saints church was filled with our parishioners along with representatives from Churches, Chapels, Nursing professions, Schools (and more). Many of the visitors expressed thanks and appreciation for their invitation and were glad they came. Grateful thanks to all who attended and contributed in any way to make this occasion special.
Hall for Hire
Unfortunately All Saints Church Hall suffered a fire and all functions have been put on stop until the repairs and refurbishment are completed. To hire or make an enquiry, contact Vincent McCarthy on 01495 304022.
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4 Sep 2017 This weekend we said farewell to Father Edmund Neizer who served us as our Parish Priest for four years. We thank him for all his hard work ministering to us and wish him well in his new Parish.
We are happy to welcome Father Joseph Henry Mensah to our Pastoral area. We ask God to bless them every day.
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The Parish Mission at All Saints in June 2017 was a wonderful success. We are very grateful to John Pridmore, Catherine and Niall of St Patrick’s Community for leading us in a great opportunity to find meaning in our lives.
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