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Parish of Saint Cedd, Goodmayes


Parish News


 

We are pleased now that we continue to welcome parishioners back for Mass!

We have worked hard to ensure that our church is as safe as possible and thank everyone concerned for their hard work in ensuring this. Please continue to follow the guidance of our Stewards and remember:


Hands - Sanitise hands on entering and leaving the church.

Face - wear a face covering whilst in the church.

Space - Ensure you keep 2 meters away from others.


If you are unwell or shielding or cannot leave your home for other reasons, then the advice is to remain at home and we ask you to follow one of the many masses on line. There are currently restrictions on home visiting but please contact our priests by phone or email if you need to.

We continue to welcome all our parishioners back to church both during the week and on Sundays. Whilst our Sunday Mass times are unchanged, weekday Masses will be at 9.00 am until further notice.



Parish Pastoral Group.

The situation with Covid–19 has provided us with many challenges. In addition, world events have enabled us to focus more sharply on how we, as a parish, continue to welcome everybody. We are aiming to explore this further by the creation of a Parish Pastoral Group which will involve representation from as many people as possible. We are a diverse parish and it is important that this group is fully representative of the community it serves. If you would like more information or be part of this group, please use any of the contacts at the end of this briefing.

 


First Holy Communion Programme.

Children who have been preparing this year will receive their First Holy Communion on the 26th September at a special Mass. More information will be given directly to parents and guardians by the preparation team.

We will be commencing a new course in October. If you wish your child to be registered for this you must do so by the 9th October by contacting Fr Slawek (details below).



Confirmation Programme.

Our Confirmation Programme will conclude this year with reconciliation on the 3rd October and the Confirmation on the 10th October at two Masses. Due to restrictions numbers attending will be very limited. Please continue to pray for our 30 young people being Confirmed.

We are not planning to commence a new Confirmation course for this pastoral year.



Finances.

As you will understand, since lockdown we have had no source of regular income to support the parish. Our main sources of income have always been your generous offertory collections, revenue from Hall hire and our Club.  Sadly, due to reduced numbers of people our collections are down to around a third of previous levels and hall hire is not possible. St Cedd’s Club has reopened but currently has little custom and, unless there is a rapid and sustained increase in use is likely to close once again. The Club was founded on the basis of support and fellowship for the Parish but also needs to be financially viable. Without the support of the parishioners it is unlikely to achieve this.


These are very worrying times for everyone and we are grateful for all the support we get. Please continue to use your Gift Aid envelopes, use the donation boxes in the church or donate on-line:

https://www.dioceseofbrentwood.net/donations?parish=goodmayes



Sympathy:

We offer our prayers and sympathy to Margaret Keating and Family on the death of Jim. Funeral Mass will be at St Cedd’s on 30th September at 11am. However, as for Funeral celebration restriction of 30 people allowed will apply. We are hoping to have the service live streamed. More information to follow.