In these very difficult times where we are unable to celebrate the sacred mysteries of the the Mass together, many parishioners have contacted the Parish Office, asking how you can continue to give to work of God within the Parish. Most Parishioners are used to putting their offerings in the basket every week, clearly this isn’t possible at the moment.
There are still ways that you can continue to offer your support:
Continue to use your planned giving envelopes, but retain them and bring them along when public masses resume;
Set up a standing order, you can print the Standing Order Mandate by following the link, complete it and return to the Parish Office;
Set a regular bank transfer please use Sort Code:30-92-59, Account:01408718. The name of the account is ST HUGHS BORROWASH RCP NRCDT BW REG CHAR;
If your employer offers a planned giving scheme, please consider setting up a regular payment through that scheme. Usually they use the service provided by the Charities Aid Foundation. Search for St. Hughs Derby when setting up your payment. If you struggle to find it please let us know.
Should you have any difficulties or require advice on how to continue your support please contact Fr David directly or email the parish office using firstname.lastname@example.org. It would be most helpful if whatever you decide to do, that you contact Fr. David or the Parish Office, so that intially we can verify that everything has been set up correctly.
Are you a UK tax payer?
Your gift to the Church, when given with the benefit of a Gift Aid Declaration, greatly increases the value of the donation. This is because, as a charity, we are able to claim back from the government an amount representing the basic rate tax which you have paid on the amount of your donation. If you do pay income tax or capital gains tax will you consider completing a GiftAid Declaration? If you are happy to do so please contact the Parish Office email@example.com.
If you are a higher rate taxpayer you can also claim the higher rate tax back on your annual tax return.
Cardinal Nichols has recorded a special radio programme for the BBC on Easter Sunday. This will be broadcast at 0800 on all 39 BBC local radio stations. It will not be broadcast on BBC Radio 4, which will be broadcasting its usual Sunday Worship Service at that time.
Additionally, the Cardinal will be giving the following interviews on Easter Sunday:
0710 BBC Radio 4 Sunday Programme
0730 BBC Radio 2
1300 BBC Radio 4 The World This Weekend
Additionally, the Daily Telegraph is publishing a reflection by the Cardinal on Good Friday. And the BBC will be covering Pope Francis’ Urbi et Orbi on Easter Sunday on its news bulletins.
Liturgy of the Word in the Lockdown
Fr Adrian Graffy has prepared two talks considering the first two readings from the Old Testament in the Liturgy of the Word at the Easter Vigil. The first talk, ‘Easter Genesis’, examines the first chapter of Genesis, and, with reference to Laudato Si of Pope Francis, points to the relevance of the text for today. The talk on ‘the Binding of Isaac’ in Genesis 22, the second reading, opens up reflections on a difficult text, which, as well as providing insights into the paschal mystery, also has something to offer for inter-faith relations. Please use and circulate as you see fit. Thank-you.
In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Catholic Church in England and Wales will suspend public Masses and other liturgies until Saturday 2nd May, at the earliest.
What does this mean for the Parishes of St Alban’s and St Hugh’s
As part of our risk management strategy for reducing the possibility of passing on the COVID-19, Coronavirus, public Masses are suspended as well as the following events at either at St Albans, St Hugh’s or The Church on Oakwood:
The Catholic Bishops conference of England and Wales have today announced the removal of the Sunday obligation for the faithful. There will be no public masses held on Sundays or during the day until further notice.
Fr. David will still be saying mass, this will take place at 10am each day with the exception of Tuesday, Fr’s day off. We have set up a system where you are able to attend these Masses through the internet www.derbycatholiclive.co.uk Mass, Stations of the cross and Adoration will take place with times on the website.
When going to the website, please click on the “live stream” tab and press play. There is also a page where you may add prayer requests and intentions, these will be offered in prayer at each Mass. You will also find a resources page where we shall add prayer books, readings of the Sundays and other useful devotional items. Please do contact the parish office if you need help with this.
During the closure of the public Mass, the opening of the church as an individual place of prayer will remain as before. We ask you to observe good hygiene, as we shall within the building. If you find yourself in private prayer along with others, then please ensure at least 2 metres is left between you.
We do not know how long this process will remain but will continue to support you as we are able. It will be sad to not see each other face to face, but please do not feel isolated. If you need help, please contact the parish office. If you would like a phone call, or know someone who might appreciate one, please contact the parish office.
Please pass all this information on to others that we know may be finding this time difficult. With all the love and prayers of the communities of St. Alban’s, St Hugh’s and the Church on Oakwood.
6:00pm Bible story ‘Moses and the Burning Bush’ Input
For Children & Adults followed by a variety of Prayer Stations and a quiet time with Jesus.
7:00pm Fireworks & Food
All are welcome and we encourage anyone, young or old, who has a Halloween costume to wear it once again. Just like last year we will be providing chilli, hot dogs, chilli dogs and teas and coffees at a small cost and all funds will go to the Youth Group’s Christmas Party. If you want to bring something stronger to drink, please bring it along with you. We look forward to seeing you
Fr David will be joining the BBC Radio Derby – Sunday Faith show on 22nd April (around 7.45 – 8.30am). He will be talking about St George, whose Saints day we celebrate on Monday next week.
A recording of the show will be available on the Radio Derby website if you would like to listen: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p063545k