Information Available on the Website
In a separate section, we have a summary of the Government information received, as well as that from our National (CBCEW) and Diocesan (RCDEA) Church Authorities.
We also have a summary of Local Information and also the local “Action Plans” to support and help the less able members of our Parish.
The Mass Readings for TODAY.
This is a new service – linking to the Universalis website.
For the readings for the Day/Date/Feast shown, just click on the yellow “Universalis” banner above.
This “Universalis” web page also shows (on the right-hand side-bar), links to the readings for yesterday, and for the week ahead.
It is free to use, and we hope you find it useful.
STOP PRESS – Face Covering to be worn at Mass
H.M. Government has announced that as from Saturday o8 August, face coverings must be worn by everyone attending any Church Service.
Please come prepared – though we do have a small supply for emergency issue.
Parish Notices – Sunday 02 August
Eighteenth Sunday of Year “A”; Fr Martin Writes:
(Readings:) Isaiah 55: 1-3; Romans 8: 35-9; Matthew 14: 13-21
This week’s readings celebrate the Providence of God under many different aspects.
Just as we are sometimes tempted to think of divine Providence in terms of ‘mixed blessings’ in the lives we lead, so in the Bible too, God’s Providence might seem to carry mixed messages for his Chosen People.
In the story of the Manna in the Desert, for example, the miraculous ‘bread from heaven’ was received by the Israelites as a great blessing at the very moment when they were on the point of rebelling against Moses who had led them out of Egypt (Exodus, ch 15-16).
Today’s Old Testament readings on the other hand (Is 55 & Ps 144) proclaim the abundance of God’s mercies as unmixed blessings, providing ‘food for the people’: ‘the Word of God cannot fail’, as the New Jerusalem Bible puts it.
St Paul, in the New Testament reading, goes further: ‘Nothing .. can ever come between us and the love of God revealed in Jesus our Lord’.
In the Gospel, though, the miracle of the loaves (like the Old Testament story of the Manna) takes place against a difficult background: John the Baptist has been martyred and the followers of Jesus are now showing signs of weariness and hunger, highlighted when the disciples point to the difficulty of obtaining food for the crowds rather late in the day. But the words of Jesus inspire his disciples to collaborate with him in what turns out to be his greatest miracle of all – the Feeding of the Five Thousand.
From the earliest times, Christians have interpreted this narrative as a New Testament ‘sign from heaven’ in which Jesus Himself – both Word and Sacrament – comes to be seen as the ultimate gift of God for all of his chosen people (cf St John’s Gospel, ch 6).
As St Matthew puts it: the miracle is for everyone – children, women and men (in whichever order they may appear!)
Eighteenth Sunday of Year “A”; “A Reader Writes”;
“Draw near to your servants, O Lord, that you may restore what you have created and keep safe what you have restored,” we are invited to request.
Through Isaiah, God says that you will have good things to eat and rich food to enjoy.
The Psalm reminds us that the Lord is close to all who call on him, who call on him from their hearts.
St Paul comforts the saints in Rome and tells them that nothing can come between us and the love of Christ.
Our Lord withdrew to a lonely place to mourn the death of St John the Baptist and
took pity on the crowd, healed their sick and fed them with bread from heaven, so that they all ate as much as they wanted.
Our Lady leads us by the hand to her Son.
Congo School for Peace “Jamboree”
Just to say thank you to everyone who bought our jam.
Together we raised £120 for the Congo School for Peace which Mary says will go towards a toilet extension the school needs. Sue
On a seasonal note Linda Last is asking if anyone has a crib they no longer need, to consider giving it to the church for display or to redistribute. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
AND SOME REMINDERS FROM EARLIER NEWSLETTERS
Parish Pastoral Council
The recent meeting in the Presbytery garden covered a lot of ground on questions relating to our emergence from lockdown, also issues affecting St Benet’s Primary School.
The theme of Stewardship was introduced and discussed, focussing upon the use of shared resources (‘time, talents and treasure’) in the service of the Gospel. Click here to read the notes used by Bernard Segrave-Daly to introduce this topic.
Minutes of the meeting are posted on the church noticeboards and here on the website.
CAFOD (Catholic Agency For Overseas Development)
CAFOD has joined with the UK Disasters Emergency Committee to help millions of people whose lives are at risk, as coronavirus spreads across refugee camps and countries suffering conflict.
You can donate at cafod.org.uk/coronavirus to help CAFOD scale up its international coronavirus response through our global Church family.
Or why not use CAFOD’s “Summer of Hope” fundraising ideas to transform lockdown with your family and raise money for the appeal: cafod.org.uk/summerofhope
Missing the Missalettes? Why not Buy a Missal?
It seems unlikely we will have missalettes for some time. If you missed the chance of the bulk order of Missals, we do have a selection of other versions. These will be available at 10:30 Mass. Please try to have the correct money – or a cheque payable to DAMT Beccles Account.
Waveney Food Bank
People, struggling to feed their own loved ones in these difficult times, can forget the real hardships being endured by others.
The Food Bank box in Tesco’s is often empty; if everyone could deposit just one item, they would soon fill up!
Other supermarkets have collection points too – and we have one in St Benet’s Porch.
Thank you for your continuing support.
Holy Mass: the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper
Some of the familiar objects that usually help us to pray – the printed Missalettes, shared Rosaries, hymnbooks and other leaflets – are unavailable because we are asked to be careful in our use of ‘shared objects’.
The Eucharistic Ministers have received detailed instructions to ensure compliance with health guidelines, and it is ‘safe’ to receive Communion. Until further notice, Communion will be distributed under one kind only. You are welcome to come for a Blessing without receiving the Sacrament.
Spiritual Communion Prayer
If you canot attend Church and receive Communion physically,
just say this prayer instead.
‘My Jesus, I believe that You are truly present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as being already there, and I unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
(St Alphonsus Liguori)
A reminder that this is waived until further notice and you may prefer to come to Mass on a weekday – in St Benet’s; 9.15 am on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays and 9.30 am on Saturdays.
Under the new guidelines, we are encouraged to avoid handling money – coins or notes. We will place collection boxes at the entrance to the Church, where donations can be made on arrival.
It would be easier still if you were able to donate by Cheque. Even better, a Bank Transfer or Standing Order can be arranged directly to our account (which is actually part of “Downside Abbey Mission Trust” – DAMT).
Our details are:
Account Name = DAMT, Beccles Account; Sort code = 20-47-06; Number = 3341 6046.
Or contact our Treasurer, email Pamela@saint-mart.co.uk: tele.01502 471717; or write to The Treasurer; St Benet’s; 2 Grange Road; BECCLES NR34 9NR
The “Paper” Newsletter
This is available in our Churches for you to take away with you.
Please do not leave it lying around inside the church, as we are asked to be very careful when ‘using shared objects’. Supplements to the Newsletter can be found on the Parish Website and other news will of course be given during the course of Mass.
Maximum Capacity of Our Church
This has been determined to be no more than 60 persons inside St Benet’s at any time.
We sincerely hope we won’t be turning people away but we’ll have to adhere to the maximum capacity to ensure correct social distancing inside the buildings.
What Else is Different?
The layout of our churches respects the now-familiar ‘social distancing’ requirements, and you should follow the directions of stewards who can be relied upon to show you to your seats and to direct you to the altar after Mass for Communion – or a Blessing.
Generally speaking, those who arrive first at the beginning of Mass will be asked to sit near the front of the church, while late-comers will need to be placed closer to the back. Mass will be shorter than usual on Sunday – half-an-hour or even less – but no less central to all our lives.
Communion will be distributed after the Blessing at the end of Mass, before immediate departure.
This MUST be from the front door of the Church, to avoid close inter-personal contacts.
We hate to sound bossy or unwelcoming – but PLEASE move away from the Church doors as soon as possible, to allow other parishioners to exit and disperse safely.
For the advice of all parishioners, a copy of the Gudelines for our Stewards at Mass, are now published .
The Repository remains closed, but if you have an urgent need for a devotional article – especially for someone suffering from the Coronavirus – email Terry on email@example.com with a note of what you want, and we will try to help.
Parish Annual Meeting
The meeting, which was planned for Thursday 23 April, has been postponed until further notice.
The items listed below will be discussed at the later date.
1. Buildings and Resources – Report on Action Needed
Our church buildings have received two insurance inspections so far this year: one was for the ‘health and safety’ of those who work here, and the other was concerned with the state of the buildings themselves.
A report will be given at the Parish Annual Meeting.
2. Screening of St Anthony’s Chapel; Presentation of Proposals
You may have heard talk about erecting a glass screen supported by an oak frame enclosing St Anthony’s Chapel.
The proposal is to create a space within the church (separately heated) where daily Masses / services can be celebrated, where church groups such as prayer groups, discussion groups, and parish committees can meet. Importantly it would be wheelchair accessible.
If you would like to comment before the AGM, please drop a note in the letter box in the church porch, or speak to a PPC member.
A presentation of the plans and estimated cost will be made at the Annual Parish Meeting.
3. Stewardship – The Way Ahead; Presentation of Plans
“Time, Talents and Treasure “
The ‘three Ts’ will be the hallmark of the forthcoming Stewardship Campaign, designed to help us preserve the heritage of our faith for the future within the parish as a whole.
The aim will be to make good use of our all the resources available to us as a parish. Details will be given at the Parish Annual Meeting.
COMING ACTIVITIES & EVENTS
Note that all planned activities and events for the near future have been cancelled or postponed.
Amended procedures for Services, Celebrations and Activities, will be posted in this website as and when they are received from the Diocese.
The “Weekly Mass Schedule” gives details of all Services and Mass Intentions.
Information on coming events and activities is on this separate page.