WELCOME TO THE PARISH OF BLESSED EDMUND SYKES
Thank you to the new people who have volunteered to be stewards at St Nicholas.
We still need more people to act as Stewards at both St Nicholas and Our Lady of Good Counsel. If we are unable to guarantee the Covid Security of any Service or Mass, then they will regrettably have to be not take place or be suspended.
So please consider acting as a Steward, the greater the number of stewards the more Masses we will have. the work is simple yet rewarding.
THE BRIERY ZOOM MEDITATION, Thursdays, 7.30pm to 8.15pm. Opens at 7.15pm for a chat and start promptly at 7.30pm. A simple format of praying with the Sunday Mass Readings and sharing in small groups. To Join the Meditation click on the link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85779950170?pwd=NDFqbmQ1RjNZdHhFcVZQWDZ0b0x1QT09
Meeting ID: 857 7995 0170
ZOOM COFFEE MORNING (Hosted by Catholic Care): Friday mornings at 11am. A place to have a chat, become part of a community and have some fun! All welcome. Meeting ID: 882 6618 1071
RELAX AND REVIVE with Catholic Care: Join Janet Kent every Monday afternoon at 4pm starting Monday 12th April for a friendly online relaxation group.
Meeting ID: 829 0366 7151
ENCOUNTERING THE RISEN JESUS: A series of 5 reflections taking place on Zoom on Mondays 7-8pm, beginning 12 April. Led by Fr Mark Jarmuz these will explore the varied responses to the resurrection of: the women who followed Jesus (12 April), Peter (19 April), the disciples (26 April), Emmaus (10 May) and the beloved disciple (17 May). For further details and Zoom invitation, please email email@example.com. Poster attached.
SHORT ONLINE COURSE ON THE EARLY CHURCH: The Church that Follows Jesus Christ, covering the early life of the Church leading to the Council of Nicea (325CE) is now available as six 30-minute recordings available on the diocesan website at: https://www.dioceseofleeds.org.uk/education/finding-out-more/resources/
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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.