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November Novena

November Novena
November is the month when Catholics traditionally remember loved ones who
have died and offer services and support to those who have been bereaved.
This November, we are particularly aware of the millions of people who have died
from Covid-19 and those whose bereavements have been particularly painful since
they were unable to be with their loved one when they died.
The Novena can be prayed at any time during November but might be especially
appropriate this year leading up to the Feast of Christ the King when we have the
Gospel in which Jesus says to those who have lived good lives: ‘Come, you whom
my Father has blessed, take for your heritage the kingdom prepared for you since
the foundation of the world’. We know that few of us die ready to hear those words
– but, equally, few of us have done enough evil to hear Christ tell us to go away. Most
of us will continue our journey towards perfection – sustained by the prayers of all
the saints (canonised and un-canonised) and those we have left behind whose love
extends beyond death.
Our prayer, then, is that those who have died with be borne on the wings of our
prayers to the moment when they are ready to enter fully into their eternal home.
In the Novena, we have included War dead as the first intention as November also
includes Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day. If you are praying the Novena
and 11 November is within your dates, we suggest that you use this intention then
and adjust the others as appropriate. Alternatively, you may wish to pray the Novena
leading up to Christ the King and dates have been given for that.
This Novena was prepared by members of the Spirituality Committee on behalf of
the Liturgy Office.

How To Celebrate Mass During Lockdown

As we cannot physically celebrate mass in church during lockdown, we will each week post here all that you need to celebrate mass at home with Father John.

Click below for the Sunday mass sheet.

Sunday Service Sheet22nov

Click below for the Readings of Sunday mass

Sunday Mass Readings22nov

Click on the You Tube button below to view Sunday mass which will be available early Sunday Morning

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****Lockdown 2: Church to close for Public Services****

Following the announcement on 31st October by Boris Johnson, It is with much regret that we have to announce that all public services will be suspended at St Oswald’s from Thursday 5th November until Wednesday 2nd December 2020. Therefore there will be no masses during the week and at weekends between these two dates.

The church will however still be open for private prayer on weekdays (Monday to Friday) from 10.00am to 12.00 midday with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Mass will continue to be recorded each weekend to view throughout this period, and be posted on our YouTube channel, a link to which will be posted on the website and Facebook pages each week.

We pray that the enforced Lockdown will save lives and the rules relaxed again early December, allowing public services to recommence.


Please watch this website and Facebook pages for further updates.

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Church Graveyard Upkeep

St. Oswald’s Cemetery
Those of you with family graves at St. Oswald’s will be only to aware that a great deal of work needs to be
done to bring the cemetery grounds back to an acceptable state. Already this year, a considerable amount
of money has already been spent on felling and pruning dangerous trees, and this is only scratching the
surface. A great deal more is required over a long period of time, as it is impossible to everything at once.
It is, however, unreasonable to expect that the cost of this should be borne entirely by those who contribute
each week at Mass. From the 1st September, therefore, a new set of Cemetery Regulations will be
introduced, including an annual £30 Cemetery Maintenance Fee, in line with that currently
effective at Our Lady’s. Copies of the new regulations can be viewed at the entrance to the Cemetery, and
on the Church Noticeboard

A copy of the regulations can be found by clicking the link below

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Annuity Fund update

Annuity Fund
Your continued support is greatly appreciated with all profits from the fund allocated to church projects.
Please follow our church Facebook page (button below) where we will regularly post winners.
Thanks again for your continued support.
Adrian O’Brien, Fund administrator

Fr Brian Update

Many of you will know that, before Easter, Fr Brian went for a period of convalescence at Ince Blundell Nursing Home.
This unexpectedly coincided with the beginning of lock-down, which meant that he has remained there longer than originally anticipated. Now, having settled there, Fr Brian has decided to remain there, which means he will not be
returning to live at St. Oswald’s. Please keep him in your prayers at this time.

Video: Father John leads in the Glorious Mysteries of the Holy Rosary

On June 1st 2020, the day after Pentecost Sunday, we celebrate the Memorial of Our Lady, mother of the Church.

Father John leads us in The prayer of the Glorious mysteries of the Holy Rosary.

Church Car Park – Important notice

St. Oswald’s Church Car Park
Regrettably, after persistent and on-going
anti-social behaviour, it is necessary to install
bollards to the entrance of St. Oswald’s Church
car park, both for the security of the Church and
the well-being of local residents.
Access to the car park will, in future, be from
8.00am-5.00pm each day, at which time the
bollards will be raised.
It should be noted that St. Oswald’s is not a
public car park and is to be used for Church
purposes only

Church Giving – more options to continue to give through Lockdown

In the last few weeks with our church closed, a number of people have enquired to see if they could still make their normal weekly contribution to the church. There are now three options available to continue to support our church in the absence of the opportunity to give at Sunday Mass.

Option 1 – Standing order

A Standing order mandate can be downloaded by clicking the link below. You can either:

1.Download, print and complete, then send the completed form to your bank to set up, or,

2.Use the church bank account details on the form and set up a payment yourself through your own online banking app.

Option 2 – Via text message from your mobile.

You can now make one off gifts of either £2,£3, £5, or £10 by following the instructions below:

Text  STOSWALD to 70085 to donate £2.

Texts cost £2 plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS. If you’d like to give £2 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text STOSWALDNOINFO to 70085.

Text  STOSWALD to 70450 to donate £3.

Texts cost £3 plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS. If you’d like to give £3 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text  STOSWALDNOINFO to 70450.

Text  STOSWALD to 70460 to donate £5.

Texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS. If you’d like to give £5 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text  STOSWALDNOINFO to 70460.

Text STOSWALD to 70470 to donate £10.

Texts cost £10 plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS. If you’d like to give £10 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text  STOSWALDNOINFO to 70470.

Option 3: Direct through a secure website

This third option allows you to give your offering directly through a website set up specifically for our Church by The Archdiocese.

just click the link below which will direct you to it.

We fully understnd the financial difficulties the pandemic has placed on many families and we would certainly not wish you create further financial hardship in supporting our Parish at this time.

However, clearly with all public services currently on hold and churches closed, there is a financial strain in the day to day costs of maintaining and insuring our buildings, and any donation given by any of the above methods would be most gratefully received. If you are in a position to give, please be as generous as you can reasonably afford to be.

Live Mass Streaming – Appeal from Father John

Following on from the Blessing of Palms on Palm Sunday, a second recording has now been made, centred on a short period of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament together with a reading from scripture and concluding with Benediction. The recording can now be viewed on Youtube on rcchurchesashton. I am most grateful once again to Paul Hurst for his time and dedication in producing this video.
Now that we have the Youtube facility, the intention is that from next weekend (2nd May) the Vigil Mass on Saturday evening will be recorded and uploaded onto the same channel in time for you to view it on Sunday morning. This will continue for a number of weeks until such a time as it is possible for us to live-stream Masses. However…
For us to be able to do so, I need everyone’s help, and I mean everyone. To livestream on Youtube we have to have a minimum of 1000 subscribers. So, when all of you who are able, view the latest recording, there will be a box for you to subscribe to rcchurchesashton and, as well as doing so yourselves, I need you to get all your family (mum, dad, children, aunties and uncles etc. etc.) to subscribe. Even if they have no intention of ever viewing it, they will be do a charitable work in possibly allowing someone else, who can’t otherwise do so, to join in the Mass. So, please do so straight away, and don’t put it off.

to access the Youtube channel and view the latest video, please click on the link below.

Please remember to SUBSCRIBE

Thank you

Father John

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