Easter 6 Noticesheet

Dear <<First Name>>

This is the weekly noticesheet for the week beginning Sunday 17th May – Easter 6. The noticesheet is attached below. I hope you will find it a useful ‘heads-up’, even while we are locked down.

After last week’s Mass broadcast from S. Mary’s, we plan to hold this Sunday’s Mass from S. Anne’s Glenholt. Unfortunately, the Bishop and the Government has not allowed there to be a congergation present, so it will remain broadcast online for the time being. The Bishop of Liverpool brought to our attention the risks of opening Churches too soon:

The link he gave was to this article from Canada: https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/i-would-do-anything-for-a-do-over-calgary-church-hopes-others-learn-from-their-tragic-covid-19-experience-1.4933461

Your safety is paramount to me, alongside giving you the spiritual support, teaching and consolation you need during these difficult times.

While public worship has been suspended we are offering worship, prayer and Bible Study online. We are using Twitch. Anyone can access Twitch on their phone, tablet or computer browser and you don’t need an account to watch it. You can even add “chat” which I would like to use as a source for prayer, and perhaps after the worship is over, fellowship.

Simply visit


and you will see our services, including past ones. These will also be available once uploaded to the previous Facebook Page and our YouTube channel for you to catch up on.

Yes, there will always be problems and glitches, particularly at the start of worship (my propensity for pushing the wrong button remains an issue) but bear with me and this slightly less than tech-competent priest will get the worship flowing

The Services
Mass is offered on Thursday at 10.30am (replacing MP for that morning) and Sunday at 10.30am

If you miss the actual time, you can replay it at your convenience.

Sunday services include hymns specially recorded by Sarah and readings recorded at home by members of our Churches (volunteers always welcome). All Masses have a short sermon, and even though we are not together, we engage in Spiritual Communion with the Lord. All of the words are on screen and the readings as usual are further down this email bulletin. At the bottom of this email are details of a rota for readings and intercessions: all voices are welcome, please contact me if you would like to do one.

Each weekday there will be Morning Prayer at 9am and Evening Prayer at 5.30pm .

You can say the Morning and Evening Prayer with me, and I have begun putting the words on screen for you to follow or say along with me.

Bible Study and Prayer will gather us together on a video conference platform called Zoom (www.zoom.us).

It is easy to sign up for a free account and you can download an app for phone, tablet (Apple or Android) or on your PC or Mac to make it happen. Although you can connect over phone data, you get more out of it if you connect your phone/tablet/computer to your home WiFi otherwise you can get choppy audio and video sometimes.

To join these gatherings on Wednesdays at Noon – click on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/714047787
7.30pm – click on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/138949074 These locations will not change.

We will also have some Prayer Groups if someone can suggest a good date/time.

If you get lost with all this information, it’s all on the Parish Diary: https://www.bsp.church/diary/
 and the Broadcast page https://www.bsp.church/broadcast/

To get good notice of these things, can I encourage you to “Like” and “Follow” the Parish Facebook Page (S. Cecilia and S. Anne also have their own FB pages as well, but the worship links and reminders will be on the main page) to get notifications and please encourage others you know who might not have subscribed to this newsletter to do so as well as connect on Facebook.

Please let me know if you yourself or you become aware of anyone around you who needs a Priest to call them. I may have been forced as a result of my diabetes to be self-isolating, but I am still here to serve. I am slowly working round calling people, but you can always call me first, just to chat and perhaps to pray.

My email is:         vicar@bsp.church
My number is:      07976 802123
(I also use WhatsApp so if you want to contact me by that, use my phone number)

There may be some members of our community that you know who don’t have access to the Internet. Can I ask you to remind them that I can be called (I’ve tried to get as many people as I can on the phone, but there must be some people I have missed) and if they would like access to worship the Church of England has started Daily Hope.

And now, I am pleased to be able to pass onto you that WE can enable non-internet users to access our worship:

Anyone can call 0333 011 0616 and enter code 262 6330 to be able to listen to our worship.

Calls are LOCAL RATE which on many phone or mobile tarrifs are effectively free, but I advise you to check with your phone/mobile supplier if you are unsure. The Sunday Mass takes less than an hour.

Sadly no-one took this option up last Sunday so I may need some feedback on whether this channel is needed. Please ask when you are checking up on those you know have no Internet (because if I ask it’ll look a little intimidating),

Please pass on this information. Keep our network strong my friends, call those in our church communities and keep me informed of the needs of the community so I can serve them,

Stay safe. Keep praying. And of your charity, please pray for me also.

Yours in Christ

Sunday Reflection Sixth Sunday of Easter
John 14:15-21

  Before his ascension into heaven, Jesus told his disciples that he would ask the Father to give them another Advocate, the Holy Spirit, to be with them forever (v. 16). They would not be left orphans, without someone to love them, care for them and guide them: ‘I will not leave you desolate; I will come to you’ (v. 18). The Paraclete would come to them to remain with them forever. Jesus also told them that the Spirit would live in them: Tor he dwells with you, and will be in you’ (v. 17). The Spirit would dwell in their innermost being and transform them to become children of the Father. Like Jesus, who through the gift of the same Spirit would be revealed as the Son of God, so the disciples, by the gift of the same Spirit, would be revealed as the children of God. The Spirit would pray in them as he prayed in Jesus. Like Jesus they would be able to say, ‘Abba, Father’, for they would be the sons and daughters of God (Rom. 8:15-16).

What an extraordinary gift has been given to us in the Holy Spirit! Every moment of our lives we have the right and the privilege to turn to the Holy Spirit living within us. He is waiting for us to turn to him. He wishes to reveal to us how much God loves us. When we are perplexed about what we should do or say, he will guide us and give us wisdom. When we are fearful, he will give us courage. He longs to strengthen our faith and overcome doubts. He desires to set our hearts on fire with love for both God and neighbour. He will give us the power we need to live out our faith and do what we know to be right.

As beloved children of the Father, we can always call upon the Spirit, pray to the Spirit, seek wisdom and counsel from the Spirit. All too often the Spirit remains for us the forgotten person of the Blessed Trinity. Yet he is the Spirit of power, of life, of wisdom, of understanding and truth. Turn to the Spirit, speak to him and consult him. Love the Holy Spirit!

Let us pray…

Holy Spirit, you are always with me. You live within me. I no longer have to live as an orphan. Impart to me the desire to turn to you frequently throughout the day. Amen

  Prayer Lists Those sick in mind, body or spirit:
Ron; Fletcher; Karen; Alice; David; Fox; Jason; Michael Ellis,Priest

We pray for all those affected by the Coronavirus worldwide and for the staff who are caring for them.

Pray for the Souls of the Recently Departed

Those whose year’s mind occur around this time John Pitcher Raymond Kellaway Joan Kirkup
+Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord
and let light perpetual shine upon them

May they rest in peace
and rise in glory
  Mass Card for Eastertide (Sundays and Thursdays) This week’s Readings for Sunday Sunday 17 May 2020 6th Sunday of Easter Entrance Antiphon
Speak out with a voice of joy; let it be heard to the ends of the earth: The Lord has set his people free, alleluia. (See Isaiah 48:20)

Ever-living God,
help us to celebrate our joy
in the resurrection of the Lord
and to express in our lives
the love we celebrate.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Acts 8:5-8,14-17
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

Philip went to a Samaritan town and proclaimed the Christ to them. The people united in welcoming the message Philip preached, either because they had heard of the miracles he worked or because they saw them for themselves. There were, for example, unclean spirits that came shrieking out of many who were possessed, and several paralytics and cripples were cured. As a result there was great rejoicing in that town.

When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, and they went down there, and prayed for the Samaritans to receive the Holy Spirit, for as yet he had not come down on any of them: they had only been baptised in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

1 Peter 3:15-18
A reading from the first letter of Peter

Reverence the Lord Christ in your hearts, and always have your answer ready for people who ask you the reason for the hope that you all have. But give it with courtesy and respect and with a clear conscience, so that those who slander you when you are living a good life in Christ may be proved wrong in the accusations that they bring. And if it is the will of God that you should suffer, it is better to suffer for doing right than for doing wrong.

Why, Christ himself, innocent though he was, had died once for sins, died for the guilty, to lead us to God. In the body he was put to death, in the spirit he was raised to life.

This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Gospel Acclamation Jn14:23
Alleluia, alleluia!
Jesus said: ‘If anyone loves me he will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we shall come to him.’

John 14:15-21
The Lord be with you
And also with you

Hear the Gospel of our Lord according to John
Glory to you, O Lord

Jesus said to his disciples:
‘If you love me you will keep my commandments.
I shall ask the Father,
and he will give you another Advocate
to be with you for ever,
that Spirit of truth
whom the world can never receive
since it neither sees nor knows him;
but you know him,
because he is with you, he is in you.
I will not leave you orphans;
I will come back to you.
In a short time the world will no longer see me;
but you will see me,
because I live and you will live.
On that day you will understand that I am in my Father
and you in me and I in you.
Anybody who receives my commandments and keeps them
will be one who loves me;
and anybody who loves me will be loved by my Father,
and I shall love him and show myself to him.’

This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, O Christ

Communion Antiphon
If you love me, keep my commandments, says the Lord. The Father will send you the Holy Spirit, to be with you for ever, alleluia. (John 14:15-16)

Prayer of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus,
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.

Prayer after Communion
Almighty and ever-living Lord,
you restored us to life
by raising Christ from death.
Strengthen us by this Easter sacrament;
May we feel its saving power in our daily life.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. I consider Dr Paula Gooder a friend and am delighted that the Church Times is making these devotionals available for use in the congregation. I commend this to you. I need your readings! Week Reading 1 Reading 2 Intercessions Easter 6 17/5 Samantha Janet Alan Ascension 24/5     Ruth Pentecost 31/5       Holy Trinity 7/6      
Please let me know if you would like to do a reading/pray for any of these Sundays Take part in this Sunday’s service – sign up to help I would like as much as possible to involve people in our online Sunday worship. There are 4 ways to help: send in a voice recording send in a video send me some text (ie. write intercessions as normal and email them to me for me to read out) send me a photo or picture that you’ve drawn Doing a reading: To take part in the readings, figure out how to record your voice on your phone using the built in voice recorder or using Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger (my WhatsApp phone number is 07976802123 ) or record a video using the camera in your phone of you reading. I’d welcome all kinds of voices recorded as sometimes I mix them all up together. You don’t have to have your face on screen if you don’t want it, as I will probably use just the audio. When you’ve made the recording click on ‘share’ and email it to vicar@bsp.church Doing the intercessions: Write some intercessions for me to read out – email them to me or record yourself reading them and send me the recording. Help with illustration: Send me a photograph, a picture of a drawing or painting or send me a piece of artwork on the theme set for that day. Please send me your contributions by Saturday lunchtime at the very latest for inclusion in Sunday’s service. Keeping in contact:   Fr Simon can be contacted day or night on 07976 802123 We don’t use a landline for anything. If you see an 01752 number for the parish clergy or office, it won’t work. Your clergy are here for you. If you are a little lonely or down, need some help, advice, spiritual counsel or prayer. Or even if you just want a cup of tea with someone –  If you are in hospital and want a visit call Fr. Simon. Although he has many gifts, being psychic isn’t one of them, so unless you ask for him to visit, he won’t know you would like one.
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