The school is very lucky to have strong and rewarding links with St James' Church.
Throughout the year the school celebrate Mass with Father Kristian and parishioners.
St James' Roman Catholic Church
27th March 2021
Dear brothers and sisters
So we have arrived at the start of the most important week of our Church year – Holy (or Great) Week – which leads into the “one act of worship in three different moments” that we call the Sacred Paschal Triduum of the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Maundy Thursday, the Celebration of the Passion on Good Friday and the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday evening. If we were in different circumstances, I would be encouraging you all to take part is all three celebrations, not only so that you might experience the powerful spiritual impact of these solemn Liturgies but, more importantly, so that you would understand and share in the fullness of the Paschal Mystery, which includes both the Crucifixion and the Resurrection, the dying and the rising of Christ – there cannot be one without the other. However, due to the restrictions placed upon us by the pandemic, places in the churches are very limited and so, in order to give as many people as possible the chance to participate in at least a part of the Sacred Triduum, it has not always been possible to accommodate all the requests that have come to the Parish Office this week for places at particular Services. Apart from the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday evening, all the Services of the Sacred Triduum, including the Masses on Easter Sunday morning are now full. However, there is always the possibility that individuals may not be able to come on their allotted day or just might not turn up, so a place may be available on the day itself but there can be no guarantee of this. If you do turn up to one of the Triduum or Easter Day Services and there is no space available, please accept my apology on behalf of the parish community. We are bound by the limitations of the risk assessment in place in each of our churches for everyone’s safety and well-being. I am sure that, in the strange circumstances in which we are living, you will understand.
Although, as you will read in the Newsletter, some of the usual liturgical acts of Holy Week will not be taking place due to Covid, in order to provide some additional spiritual enrichment, the publishers of Magnificat, a monthly booklet containing the texts for daily Mass alongside other daily prayers, devotions and faith-related information, are making their online Holy Week edition available free of charge to anyone who would like to benefit from it. I know that some of our parishioners already subscribe to the printed version of Magnificat and find it very helpful, so I would encourage those who can to take advantage of this opportunity. Please follow this link to access it: https://uk.magnificat.net/holyweek.
We have not been able to hold the usual collection for the flowers that will adorn our churches at Easter, so there will be the opportunity to give a donation towards these at church over the next three weeks. Likewise, as is customary, there will be a retiring collection for the Holy Places – our annual opportunity to show support in practical terms for the struggling Christians in the Holy Land – at the conclusion of the Good Friday Liturgy.
The participation in, and support for, the CAFOD Walk for Water Campaign in the parish has been terrific! To give a bit more background information about why this campaign is so important, in their News Update this week the Parish CAFOD Group have given us an insight into the profound challenges facing people in Ethiopia at this time. If you have still to donate to upport the efforts of the Parish Team, then this information might encourage you to do so.
Taking the necessary precautions, I and Deacon Michael will this year be offering the traditional blessing of the Baskets of Easter Food – Święconka – on Holy Saturday, which is such an important part of Polish tradition and something precious to our much-valued Polish parishioners. The Blessing will be available between 11.00am and 12.30pm at both St James in Tiverton and St Boniface in Cullompton. Please take special care to follow the instructions given by the Stewards when you arrive in the church car parks, if you will be bringing food to be blessed. It is vital that we try to keep everyone as safe as we can.
With this Newsletter, Monika Manser is offering us an aid to prayerful imaginative contemplation on the Gospel of the Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, which is read at the beginning of Mass this weekend. There will also be the usual Thursday Coffee Morning on Zoom at 11.00am, open to any parishioner who would like to pop in for a chat. The access details are as follows:
Thursday Coffee Morning
Time: Apr 1, 2021 11:00 AM London
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 857 2486 8703
I look forward to seeing many of you during Holy Week and over the Easter. Those of you who are unable to get to church for whatever reason will be certainly in our thoughts and prayers throughout this sacred time. Let’s hope that next year we will all be able to gather together to celebrate this most holy of all weeks of our year.
Be assured as always of my prayer for you all.
With every blessing