WELCOME TO THE PARISH OF BLESSED EDMUND SYKES
Message from Fr Duane
Subject to a few minor items we are looking to open Our Lady of Good Counsel (OLGC) on Sunday 1st November (The Solemnity of All Saints), Mass will be at 11:00am. OLGC will have a base capacity of 19 People, depending on social distancing, etc. Priority will be given to those who would normally attend OLGC, whom since the reopening of St Nicholas have been attending Mass in this church; this should create additional capacity at St Nicholas.
As the ‘Second Surge’ of the Coronavirus Pandemic takes hold please be aware that the churches will remain open unless we are told otherwise.
On the front and rear doors to St Nicholas I have posted a list of frequently asked questions from the Diocese relating to the pandemic, please remember to respect social distancing when reading them.
CAFOD Envelopes are now available at St Nicholas
There are different ways you can make a donation to the Parish.
You can make a donation online by clicking the following link.
Unable to go to confession?
Pope Francis has given this advice for those unable to go to confession:
“But many people today would tell me, ‘Father, where can I find a priest, a confessor, because I can’t leave the house? And I want to make peace with the Lord, I want him to embrace me, I want the Father’s embrace.'”
The pope said his response would be:
“Do what the Catechism (of the Catholic Church) says. It is very clear: If you cannot find a priest to confess to, speak directly with
God, your father, and tell him the truth. Say, ‘Lord, I did this, this, this. Forgive me,’ and ask for pardon with all your heart.”
Make an act of contrition, the pope said, and promise God:
“‘I will go to confession afterward, but forgive me now.’ And immediately you will return to a state of grace with God.”
The Catechism of the Catholic Church, N. 1452, says:
“When it arises from a love by which God is loved above all else, contrition is called ‘perfect’ — contrition of charity. Such contrition remits venial sins; it also obtains forgiveness of mortal sins if it includes the firm resolution to have recourse to sacramental confession as soon as possible.”
“As the catechism teaches,” Francis said, “you can draw near to God’s forgiveness without having a priest at hand. Think about it. This is the moment.”
As previously highlighted the relics of three saints have been found in St Nicholas Church.
Below are photographs of the boxes and envelopes they were discovered in. If you have any information or memories of how they came to be deposited at St Nicholas, please would you drop Fr Duane a line. At the end of the lockdown they will be placed on display within the Parish Church.