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During the lock-down the church is closed for the public celebration of Mass but it is open for private prayer at the following times: Sunday 2.30pm - 4.30pm, Monday - Friday 10.00am - 11.00am and Saturdays 4.30pm - 5.30pm.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2021  Dear Year 3 parents, if you are a parishioner of St Joan of Arc Highbury, and you would like your child to make their First Holy Communion in 2021, please register  your child by filling in the registration form at the link below. God bless, Father Gerard  https://forms.gle/WvE3WNMbYviE8vxv8

‘RECLAIM OUR COMMON HOME’ – PLEASE TAKE TWO MINUTES TO SIGN CAFOD'S LATEST CLIMATE PETITION BY 4TH DECEMBER

The Parish CAFOD Group met by Zoom on 11th November. We would like to urge all parishioners to sign the online CAFOD Climate Change petition ‘Reclaim our Common Home.’  We are in a climate emergency. Climate change is already pushing poor and marginalised communities further into poverty. We need to act now to renew God’s precious gift of creation and ensure that everyone can flourish. We must ensure that world leaders take urgent action to limit the rise of global temperatures. Please join us to demand that the Prime Minister shows true global leadership by ending all UK support for fossil fuels overseas and supporting renewable energy instead. Normally the group would hand out petition leaflets and take signatures after Sunday Mass, so please go online instead to give your support: https://cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Climate

 

ADVENT PREPARATIONS

The first Sunday of Advent is on 29thNovember and CAFOD has an online Advent calendar of daily prayer and reflection which offers an opportunity to pause and reflect, pray and take action as we prepare for Christmas. It offers a journey throughout the season of Advent with CAFOD’s global family: https://cafod.org.uk/Pray/Advent-calendar

And these ethical advent calendars from Traidcraft are definitely not just for kids – Christmas chocolate is for everyone! 

https://www.traidcraftshop.co.uk/christmas/christmas-food/advent-calendars

 

CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS - PLEASE INCLUDE FAIR TRADE AND CAFOD WORLD GIFTS IN YOUR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING !

With Lockdown till December 2nd, the parish CAFOD group suggest we can shop ethically for Christmas by buying Fairtrade goods online: https://www.traidcraftshop.co.uk/christmas/christmas-gifts

And don’t forget, CAFOD offers a range of virtual charity gifts that will help transform the lives of families living in poverty. CAFOD World Gifts (for gifts) start from £6: https://worldgifts.cafod.org.uk/  Order by 16 December for free delivery in time for Christmas

Public Mass Resumed in Highbury. A few guidelines:

1. Face coverings are to be worn by everyone, if you don't have your own this weekend one will be provided.
2. All Mass goers must use sanitising gel on entry and exit, even if wearing rubber gloves.
3. Parishioners wishing to light a candle, should do so as soon as they enter the church and then go to their seat to say their prayers.
4. Stewards will direct you to your seat in order of arrival, you will not be able to sit in your usual place for the time being.(This is to stop people passing in front of each too closely).
5. Kneelers are out of use - we will either be standing or sitting during Mass.
6. The distribution of Holy Communion will take place at the end of Mass after the final blessing. Stewards will guide parishioners row by row.
7. There will be no collection during Mass but donations can be left in large baskets as you exit the church. Thanks for you cooperation!
I look forward to seeing you! - God bless, Father Gerard 

A Message from Cardinal Vincent Nichols concerning the resumption of Public Mass https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLsyL5yggVI&feature=youtu.be

Check out Father Gerard's messages at https://www.facebook.com/stjofahighbury please note that all the videos are muted so be sure to unmute them!


 

Cardinal’s Appeal 2020: Responding to Coronavirus

The Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal has been extended to help those who are in desperate need due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Funds raised will be available for parishes and schools across Westminster Diocese to respond to the needs of their local communities. Our parish has already received support from Caritas Westminster to help those in need locally. If you are able to contribute to support this cause and help this work continue we would be very grateful. You can donate online at www.rcdow.org.uk

 
The list of parishes streaming or live-streaming Mass in our diocese can be found at: https://rcdow.org.uk/news/how-to-participate-in-mass-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/
 
Thank you for visiting this page. With no Sunday Mass collections, your giving matters now more than ever. If you would like to donate the parish please go to: https://parish.rcdow.org.uk/highbury/donate/ Many thanks, Father Gerard, Parish Priest

 

We have been made aware of a number of scams linked to the coronavirus pandemic, ranging from fraudsters selling counterfeit products and phishing emails, to scammers knocking on the doors of vulnerable people offering to run errands for them or claiming they are there to test them for coronavirus. There is further information at this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51964507 
 
If you would like to go to Confession or you have had a bereavement and need to organise a funeral please call 020 7226 0257.
 
PARENTS CAFOD (The Catholic Agency for Oversees Development) is offering a Virtual Children's Liturgy online this Sunday. Details below.
If you are looking for a way to engage your children in the Gospel from home, join CAFOD for their virtual children's liturgy of the word at 10am GMT on Sunday. Register now to take part here. https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5095942131288155403
 
Prayers for the Pandemic: for keyworkers

God of a day’s work,
who knew the early start,
the long shift, the thankless task,
help us to ‘see’ keyworkers in the pandemic
in a new and lasting way –
the ones who leave home to mingle
with the virus

to keep us fed,
keep us safe, keep us clean,
to care for us: in school, in care, in intensive care;
help us to help them by being careful ourselves
and remembering, on the other side of this,
who deserves our esteem, our national applause,
our lasting care.
 

 

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