Governments are not the only people to do U turns. The Bishops of England & Wales have now revised their stipulations about the Sunday obligation to attend Mass. In a statement called “Honouring Sunday”(available at the back of church) they express the hope that every Catholic will be at Sunday Mass where that is at all possible but recognise that while Covid 19 is still rampant and felt to be a threat individual conscience should be followed. In other words, you should come to Mass, but you don’t have to!!.
Many of the regular congregation spend Christmas away from London: this year, again, we are providing two occasions on which we can come together to celebrate the Incarnation: on Wednesday 15th December we shall have the PARISH CAROL SERVICE at 7pm, and then on Saturday 8th January at 4.30pm an EPIPHANY CAROL SERVICE followed by a party in the rectory – more details about both events in the coming weeks but ring the dates in your diary now!
It is very good to welcome Father Malcolm King back as the regular celebrant of the 4pm Sunday Mass. After lockdown in Morden College and various heart procedures he returns to us fit and strong – ad multos annos.
Father David Irwin
The body of Father David Irwin will be brought into church in time for a Requiem Mass (with hymns) at 6pm this Tuesday (30th November): Father David Evans, a contemporary of Father Irwin will preach. The funeral Mass (at which Bishop Alan Hopes of East Anglia will preside) will take place on Wednesday 1st December at Noon. RIP