Welcome to St Mary'sMass times in our Parish
March 2021: The 10.00am Masses on Wednesdays & Fridays are not open to the public, but are live-streamed on the parish website & www.churchservices.tv/bath. The church will remain open for 9.00am & 10.30am Mass on Sundays, both of which are live-streamed. There will be no 5.00pm Mass.
We need at least two stewards at every Mass or we are not allowed to open the church. Could you help? If you are aged 18-60, live in BANES and are not in a clinically vulnerable group, please email the parish office.
Our Lady, Help of Christians
St. Mary’s Mass & Eucharistic Service Calendar:
The God Speaks: For this Lent at Home we have some new resources and updates: godwhospeaks.uk/lent-at-home
- Finding Hope in Scripture this Lent: Lent Scripture Retreat from the Dominican Sisters in Portsmouth Diocese godwhospeaks.uk/lent-at-home/finding-hope-in-scripture
- Echoes of God – David McLoughlin’s journey through the whole Bible in this wonderful 7 week course. A great resource for personal use or for online groups to share together this Lent. godwhospeaks.uk/lent-at-home/ideas-for-online-groups
- I AM MARK – a dramatic retelling of Mark’s gospel by a Christian actor brings the gospel to life with energy and power – https://iam-mark.com/on-film
- Listening with Love – inviting people to reflect on the impact of abuse on individuals and the Church. The Let’s be Honest Group has prepared with Survivors, a series of reflections on Scripture in the form of conversations between survivors. https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/events/listening-with-love/
- Family and school resources: Do print out our Lent and Easter posters for your school, parish or home godwhospeaks.uk/lent-at-home/family-resources
- We’ve also gathered together several Stations of the Cross and prayer resources to aid your personal devotions: godwhospeaks.uk/lent-at-home/personal-devotions
LENT: What is a Holy Hour?
It is the devotional practice of spending an hour in Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus asked Peter, “Could you not keep watch with me for one hour?” (Mt 26:40) The Blessed Sacrament (the host consecrated by the priest during Mass) is exposed or displayed in a monstrance, which usually takes the form of a “sunburst” on a stand. It enables the Blessed Sacrament to be used as a focus of prayer, to make the sign of the Cross over the people at the end of the Hour, or to be carried in procession. The Holy Hour can include scripture readings, hymns & prayers, as well as extended periods of silence; but usually ends with the blessing (or Benediction) with the Blessed Sacrament. We have a Holy Hour at St Mary’s at 4.00pm on Sundays during Lent. They will be both live-streamed and open to the public. You do not need to book. The Holy Hours will be recorded, so will be available at any time.
BathCAN – PRAY FOR BATH has started !
This year, it’s on a new website, with new prayers and videos every day of Lent. Sign up now, on www.prayforbath.org.uk This is about praying for our city and the surrounding area, and for our neighbours and our communities, as we face so many needs and as we all support each other and seek the way forwards together. Please be part of this, sign up to receive daily emails, and pray every day with many hundreds of others across our city.
Prayer for the Year of St Joseph
This short little booklet has been put together as an invitation to prayer in the current ‘Year of St Joseph’. This special year, instigated by Pope Francis, marks the 150th anniversary when Blessed Pope Pius IX proclaimed St Joseph as the Patron Saint of the Universal Church in 1870.
What is offered here can be used as a Novena, when we commit ourselves to nine days of prayer. We can do this any time during the year.
The format of the prayer is simple. We begin with a quotation from Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter ‘Patris Corde’. The full text for this beautiful short letter can be downloaded following this link:
Apostolic Letter Patris Corde of the Holy Father Francis on the 150th Anniversary of the proclamation of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church (8 December 2020) | Francis (vatican.va)
Following from the quotation, we offer a short reflection and then invite you to pray the Litany and Novena Prayer provided for you at the back of this booklet.
Music at Mass
Masses from 5th July:
Sunday 9.00am, 10.30am and 5.00pm
Wednesdays and Fridays 10.00am
Please make a booking before coming to Mass. All details can be found on the “News, Events and Lockdown Resources” page.
Mass at 9.00am Singing led by Hugh Osborne most Sundays. To sing or play with the Music Group, please contact: Annemarie Costello
Mass at 10.30am (Children’s Liturgy) Music led by Choir and organ. To sing Contact: Tony Wilde 01225 311087
Tea & Coffee are normally served in the Parish Centre after 10.30am Mass
Mass at 5.00pm (Quiet Mass)