Newsletter for Ordinary 30 – 25th Oct 2020

Don’t Forget!

Dear <<First Name>>

This is the weekly noticesheet for the week beginning Sunday 25th October – Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time.


We have special pleasure in welcoming as our preacher this week, Fr. Michael Ellis, who has been much in our prayers. It is a delight to see him so well, and he will be taking a very active part in both our online and live worship from now on.

In case you missed it, the Annual Report of the year can be viewed and downloaded from this button:

Thank you to all who joined us for the APCM, and although we had some ‘unexpected’ (and somewhat underdressed) visitors, they were dealt with reasonably quickly. I am pleased to report that Ruth Smails has been appointed Churchwarden for Bickleigh Parish, joining Andy Collins; Paul Vann remains the Churchwarden at Shaugh Prior Parish. We welcome three new PCC Members: Jo Carpenter, Rob Clark and Grace Hooper alongside our other PCC members. My grateful thanks to everyone who has made a contribution to the life, work and witness of our Churches and we prayerfully look forward to our ministry outside the season of Coronatide

Churches open for Said Mass on Sundays Although Government restrictions limit social gatherings to six people, Church worship in a COV|ID-secure environment is not restricted (see CofE guidance here) so our worship is unaffected and as safe as we can make it.

At each church there will be a barcode displayed that you can use with the NHS Track and Trace App.

Low Mass is offered at S. Anne, S. Edward  and S. Mary on a three week rotation at 9.30am.
The seating will be arranged for social distancing and so you will probably not be able to sit in your usual pew.
Masks must be worn during the service, except to receive Holy Communion in one kind only.
There will be a maximum of thirty people at the Mass There will be no music, choir or singing.
The priest will be wearing a Face Shield to lead worship and a Mask in addition to administer Holy Communion with other sanitary precautions. There will be no chalice.
The Service (which will look pretty much like a Thursday midweek service) will include a homily and take approximately 30 minutes.

The daily and Sunday broadcast full Mass with hymns etc will continue at 10.30am

I sincerely hope that you as the congregation, should you desire to partake in Holy Communion will do so without regard as to which is “my Church” during this time and come to the Eucharist regardless of whether it is a ‘home game’ or not.

I am very aware that many of you might still feel unwilling to come back to Church at this moment and this is okay.This is why I will continue to offer the online worship and encourage Spiritual Communion. Your personal safety is my primary concern. Some may wish to receive communion in person and then come home to sing their hearts out, this too is okay.

In some form, I don’t think the Church can ever go back to a wholly ‘offline’ state ever again: through this terrible time we have seen our worship reach out to so many beyond the walls and into people’s homes – embracing the housebound, the isolated, those with physical or mental health issues as well as those geographically distanced from us. As the world resolves the COVID-crisis, so we will need to adapt to some form of hybrid offering where our worship is accessible and engagable to both a live and an online congregation (it does seem my Masters degree is stunningly appropriate now, doesn’t it?). As we look to the future be assured that as we strive to be an Inclusive Church that also means digital inclusion and outreach both online and offline.
Online Worship Continues

We will continue to broadcast the Mass for Spiritual Communion each week at 10.30am and

Simply visit

or for YouTube

After Mass there will be Virtual Coffee on Zoom at:

Parish WhatsApp Group
if you’d like to be kept in the loop through WhatsApp, we have Parish Group – reminders, links, prayers and communications as well as the odd good cartoon… click here to join

The Services

Online Mass is offered on Sundays and Thursdays 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 (

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 our Bible Study on Wednesdays at 7.30pm – click on For the next few weeks the 7.30pm group will be studying the book of Revelation using NT Wright’s Study Guide which can be obtained from Amazon at £3.32 for the Kindle Edition.

If you get lost with all this information, it’s all on the Parish Diary:
 and the Broadcast page

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 am still here to serve and will, within the limits of social distancing serve and minister to you. This includes Communion at Home for those unable or unwilling to come to Church. You can always call me.

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

Please pass all this information on to others: 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

  Collective Worship: Hope – Hope for the Nations Collective Worship – Hope 7 – Hope for the Nations Prayer Lists 25/10/20
Those in need of our prayers
Sophie, Eiman
Those sick in mind, body or spirit:
Ken; Laura; Nicola; Sue; Ron; Karen; Alice; David; Richard; Michael; Caroline;

We pray especially for David Coleman, Priest, for Lesley and the Family.
Pray for the Souls of the Recently Departed

Those whose year’s mind occur around this time
Tony West
Steven Hill

Those whom we love and see no longer and those who have no-one else to pray for them

+Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord
and let light perpetual shine upon them

May they rest in peace
and rise in glory

we join our prayers with the whole company of heaven as we seek the intercession of Our Lady, sayng

Hail Mary, Full of Grace, 
The Lord is with thee. (Luke 1:28)
Blessed art thou among women, 
and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus.  (Luke 1:42)
Holy Mary, Mother of God, 
pray for us sinners now, 
and at the hour of our death. Readings (Mass Card below)   Ordinary 30 Readings 25/10/20   Entrance antiphon  
Let hearts rejoice who search for the Lord. Seek the Lord and his strength, seek always the face of the Lord. 
Psalm 105:3-4
  The Collect  
Almighty and ever-living God,
strengthen our faith, hope and love.
May we do with loving hearts what you ask of us
and come to share the life you promise.
We ask 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.
  Exodus 22:20-26 A reading from the book of Exodus
The Lord said to Moses, ‘Tell the sons of Israel this:
‘“You must not molest the stranger or oppress him, for you lived as strangers in the land of Egypt. You must not be harsh with the widow, or with the orphan; if you are harsh with them, they will surely cry out to me, and be sure I shall hear their cry; my anger will flare and I shall kill you with the sword, your own wives will be widows, your own children orphans.
    ‘“If you lend money to any of my people, to any poor man among you, you must not play the usurer with him: you must not demand interest from him.
    ‘“If you take another’s cloak as a pledge, you must give it back to him before sunset. It is all the covering he has; it is the cloak he wraps his body in; what else would he sleep in? If he cries to me, I will listen, for I am full of pity.”’
This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
  1 Thessalonians 1:5-10 A reading from Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians
You observed the sort of life we lived when we were with you, which was for your instruction, and you were led to become imitators of us, and of the Lord; and it was with the joy of the Holy Spirit that you took to the gospel, in spite of the great opposition all round you. This has made you the great example to all believers in Macedonia and Achaia since it was from you that the word of the Lord started to spread – and not only throughout Macedonia and Achaia, for the news of your faith in God has spread everywhere. We do not need to tell other people about it: other people tell us how we started the work among you, how you broke with idolatry when you were converted to God and became servants of the real, living God; and how you are now waiting for Jesus, his Son, whom he raised from the dead, to come from heaven to save us from the retribution which is coming.
This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God.
  Gospel Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia!
Open our heart, O Lord,
to accept the words of your Son.
  Matthew 22:34-40 Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew
Glory to you, O Lord
When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees they got together and, to disconcert him, one of them put a question, ‘Master, which is the greatest commandment of the Law?’ Jesus said, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second resembles it: You must love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments hang the whole Law, and the Prophets also.’
This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, O Christ
  Communion Antiphon:   
We will sing out our joy at your saving help and exalt in the name of our God.
Ps 19:6  
Prayer after Communion:   
Lord, bring to perfection within us
the communion we share in this sacrament.
May our celebration have an effect in our lives.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.

Article from Church Times this week reporting on a webinar from last Monday..
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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