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A Special Message for Palm Sunday from Fr Paul:
 
Dear Friends in Christ
 
We are all feeling more forcibly the suffering of Holy Week during this extraordinary time in our community, nation and world. The isolation and suffering all around us and with our own fears and traumas, will make the story of Our Lord's passion being retold, seem even more poignant and heartfelt. Jesus walked the journey alone with some friends betraying him, others denying him and fleeing, with only his blessed Mother and beloved disciple walking along with him. We may feel isolated yet we too are not alone. I hope we will feel upheld by the community of faith praying with us and strengthened by the Our Lord who is walking this journey with us.
 
The purpose of the Holy Week liturgies,  to help us encounter more deeply the sacrifice of Christ and know that he made this sacrifice for us and is with us always. It will be hard this year to feel as fully the extraordinary impact of these liturgies and to hear the beautiful words and music that we encounter at them. There are various resources available and we have made some short pre-recorded films of a small part of the Holy Week liturgies with words and music. I hope the Mass booklets, the films and resources on the Church website will help you in this time to prayer and join in worship. I am very grateful to John, Quintin, Seb and the others who have made these resources available.
 
As I offer the mass each day and prayer the daily offices of the Church I am very aware that this is an offering of prayer for the whole Church, for all of you even as we are separated from each other. The priestly task is to offer the sacrifice of the Mass for the people of God even when we cannot gather together. The Mass is also called the "The Eucharist" which means "thanksgiving". I hope this period of isolation will help us to be more thankful. "Thanking God daily for every gift, however small starting from the gift of life itself, increasingly alive to the endless, if often barely visible signs of God's loving grace-giving presence at every moment." (from Gemma Simmonds)
 
Please stop each day to say your prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings. Maybe join me at the same time as I offer the Mass or say the daily offices of prayer. Please see the times when these will take place. I will be offering the Holy Week liturgies as usual though in a rather simpler form and at the usual times. I will prepare the Church as much as possible in the usual way - please see the photos on website. Although the Church may not have the usual thorough clean!


It is important that we upheld each other in prayer so please pray for me as I pray for you. If there are any particular intentions for prayer or anything practical please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you and seeing all the other side of the lock down. Keep safe, healthy and strong.
 
The prayer of St Teresa of Avila I am finding very helpful at this time. I will share it with you: 
 
Let nothing disturb you
Nothing frighten you
All things are passing away
God never changes
Patience attains all things
Whoever has God lacks nothing
God alone suffices

 
With my love and prayers,
 
Every blessing
 
Fr Paul.




Message from the Churchwardens and Father Paul
 
We hope and pray that you and your loved ones will remain healthy during this difficult time, where we have to find new ways to meet and worship.
 
One consequence of the “lockdown” is that church collections are no longer available.  We are doing our best to save money (for example no longer heating the church) but we are doing our best to maintain the liturgy and music via video and sound recording, and we need to continue to pay the common fund, which covers clergy salaries and gives help for parishes that are more needy than ours.
 
We realise that some of you will be undergoing financial hardship, and your priority must be to get through this crisis, but some will be continuing to benefit from a salary or a pension.  It has been possible for some time to plan giving to the Church via Standing Order, and so we are appealing for anyone who would like to and is able to continue giving to the Church during this crisis to do so in this way.


A Standing Order form can be obtained by clicking HERE or by contacting admin@saintcuthbert.org and returned to: The Clergy House, St Cuthbert’s Church, 50 Philbeach Gardens, London SW5 9EB
 
We are truly grateful for any support you can give.
 
Nicholas Green, Paul Hills, Father Paul.




Further resources for private prayer and worship you should find useful are:

(1) Devotion before the Blessed Sacrament   click HERE
(2) Stations of the Cross for Personal use   click HERE
(3) When Mass cannot be said publicly   click HERE
(4) The Prayer of Pope Francis when Holy Communion is not available to be received:

"At your feet, O my Jesus, I bow and offer you the repentance of my sorrowful contrite heart in its nothingness and Your holy presence.
 I adore you in the Blessed Sacrament of your love, eager to receive you in the poor abode that my heart offers you.
Waiting for the happiness of sacramental communion, I want to possess you in spirit.
Come to me, O my Jesus, for life and for death.
May your love ignite my whole being, for life and death.
 I believe in you, I hope in you, I love you.
Amen"

(5) Universalis, which includes readings for Mass, Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer   click HERE.
(6) How to Pray the Rosary by Bishop Jonathan   click HERE
(7) In response to the Lockdown announcement:
God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.
(8) For those who are ill:
Merciful God,
we entrust to your tender care
those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens
your everlasting arms are there to hold them safe.
Comfort and heal them,
and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.
(9) For hospital staff and medical researchers
Gracious God,
give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.
(10) From one who is ill or isolated:
O God,
help me to trust you,
help me to know that you are with me,
help me to believe that nothing can separate me 
from your love
revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.
(11) For the Christian community:
We are not people of fear:
we are people of courage.
We are not people who protect our own safety:
we are people who protect our neighbours’ safety.
We are not people of greed:
we are people of generosity.
We are your people God,
giving and loving,
wherever we are,
whatever it costs
For as long as it takes
wherever you call us.
Amen.

Help, guidance and encouragement for parishes has been posted by the Diocese of London   HERE.

The Chelsea Deanery Coronavirus Bulletin No.1 can be READ HERE.

For full and up-to-the-minute information about the Church of England and COVID-19   CLICK HERE

Church of England resources are available   HERE  for daily private prayer and worship.



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Times Fr Paul will be offering Private Daily Prayer & Mass
on Behalf of Parishioners


Sunday 5th April:
Palm Sunday
9am Morning Prayer 
​10am Prayers Before the Blessed Sacrament
11am Blessing of Palms and Mass
​​6pm  Stations of the Cross



Monday 6th April:
Holy Monday
9am Morning Prayer
6pm Evening Prayer
7pm Mass




Tuesday 7th April:
Holy Tuesday
9am Morning Prayer
6pm Evening Prayer
6.30pm Mass


Wednesday 8th April:
Holy Wednesday
9am Morning Prayer
6pm Evening Prayer
6.30pm Mass


Thursday 9th April:
Maundy Thursday
9am Morning Prayer
6pm Evening Prayer
6.30pm Mass



Friday 10th  April:
Good Friday
9am Morning Prayer
1.30pm The Liturgy of the Lord's Passion
6pm Evening Prayer Maria Desolate


Saturday 11th  April:
Holy Saturday
10am Morning Prayer
6pm Evening Prayer
8pm Easter Vigil

Sunday 12th April:
Easter Day
9am Morning Prayer 
​10am Mass
11am Mass
6pm Evening Prayer
m Evening Prayer6pm Evening Prayer