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A Message from Fr Andrew

I have decided to close our Church of Ss Peter & Paul until further notice.

We have done everything to make the parish “COVID secure” these past six months; and I would like to thank in particular all those parishioners who have volunteered as stewards and helped clean the church between services.

The latest news, however, is that our part of London has one of the highest numbers of cases in the country; and our local hospitals, Whipps Cross and Queens, are at capacity, turning ambulances away.

I believe that the local situation, combined with the age profile of our congregation and volunteers, presents risks which might not be the same for other parishes. This is a personal call and I thank Bishop Alan for supporting my decision. I understand that you may find this message difficult but I make it with your health and well-being in mind. We are close to vaccinating all our elderly and vulnerable. Let’s not risk undoing all the good work. We can still be a congregation together in prayer.

I remind you that there is no obligation to attend Church during a pandemic. If you are able, please be united with me and one another by viewing the Masses on-line. We are very fortunate to have an exceptional broadcasting facility.

This decision will be reviewed weekly. 

Please be careful. Stay safe and well. 

Andrew

10 January 2021

Sunday of the Word of God

SUNDAY OF THE WORD OF GOD: ONLINE CONFERENCE 

To prepare for the second Sunday of the Word of God, which falls on January 24th 2021, the Catholic Biblical Federation has organised an online conference with participation from all over Europe. 

The Conference will take place at 5 pm London time on Friday January 22nd and will end at 6.30 pm. Reflections will be shared on two of the readings of the Sunday: Jonah 3:1-5,10 and Mark 1:14-20. Speakers will be from Croatia, Italy, Romania and Ireland. Presentations will be in English, Italian and French. Introduction and conclusions will be from Ernesto Borghi (Switzerland) and Adrian Graffy (UK). The Conference will take place online and can be followed via c-b-f.org/streaming or YouTube and Facebook at the Catholic Biblical Federation.  

Fr Adrian Graffy, English representative at the Catholic Biblical Federation, explained: ‘In the rich but fragmented European continent we aim to come together around the Word of God. In the post-pandemic world it will be important to derive from the Scriptures guidelines in our relationships with God, with brothers and sisters throughout the continent and beyond, and in our protection of the planet. Pope Francis’ institution of the Sunday of the Word of God is welcome and timely, and this is an excellent way to prepare for the day.’ 

Fr Adrian Graffy

Gidea Park Study Days

Two study days are planned for 23rd January and 30th January, each of which will be live-streamed here: http://ssppilford.org.uk/wp2/live-stream-church-services/

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Mass Times please see the latest newsletter.

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Mary’s Meals

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Diocesan Vision – Latest update

Here is the link to the latest e-bulletin from Steven Webb, Diocesan Director of Development, concerning our vision for renewal and restructuring.
https://www.dioceseofbrentwood.net/departments/development/stewards-of-the-gospel/current-e-bulletin/

Live Streaming and Recording of services.

You are advised that our church building is covered by live streaming 24/7 and some liturgical services may also be recorded at the same time. If you require further information about these facilities, please contact Paul Samuels in person or by email: pjs@ssppilford.org.uk