WELCOME TO THE PARISH OF BLESSED EDMUND SYKES
Message from Fr Duane
Thank you to Fr Paul for supplying last week, it enabled me to take a week off for a socially isolated summer break!
This Sunday we will have an additional Mass at 08:30am. This is in addition to the 10:00am Mass. Both Masses can be booked via the website or by emailing or phoning the Parish Office on: 0113 2490429. The hope is, subject to parishioners volunteering to act as Stewards, we will make provision for a third Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel before the end of September.
During the week we managed to obtain additional PPE from the Diocese.
For those unable to go to confession during the ongoing pandemic the article ‘Unable to go to Confession’ might be of reassurance?
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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.