Holy Week 2021
A year ago we celebrated the central mystery of our faith, the Easter Triduum, at home. We had to be creative and managed to rejoice in the celebration of the Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection in our own houses.
This year we will be able to come to the Church, even though we will have to abide by restrictions (face masks, social distancing, reduced numbers…). I hope that we will manage to come together as a community but that you will make this time special for your families. In the leaflet you will find what is happening in the parish and also some ideas of what you could do at home. These ideas for home celebrations proved successful last year. We have been asked to celebrate Masses in the simplest manner, and so, many of the actions associated with these days, such as processions, washing of the feet, kissing of the cross, will not happen. I suggest that these actions could happen at home.
A first step could be to create a special place in your home which can become your altar/chapel at this time. Place a table with a nice cloth and flowers and on the table place some items which recall you to faith (i.e. a Bible, an icon or holy picture, a candle, a crucifix, a rosary…). Make this the holy place in your house where you gather during the day at fixed times; where you speak to God in prayer and come together as a family to raise prayers to God, interceding for your needs, those suffering because of the current situation and others in the parish, without forgetting to pray for the parish priest.
During the week confessions will be heard in the sacrament of Reconciliation after mass and services. Otherwise, approach me.
You can also find them on www.universalis.com. Another useful resource is https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/resources/holy-week. Our plan is to broadcast the Maundy Thursday Mass, Good Friday Liturgy, the Easter Vigil and the 11.30am Easter Sunday Mass.
Fr Javier’s salary is £9,900 (plus free lodging at the Presbytery). The parish pays him only £8,250 (the Seminary pays the rest, £1,650). This money is paid from the donations for Baptisms, Funerals, Weddings and Masses alongside the collections on Christmas and Easter day. The Sunday collection pays for the running of the parish.
This year has been really difficult for all due to the current Pandemic. The Parish has also been affected: the Church had to be closed for a large period of time during the lockdowns and consequently has also seen a fall in numbers of parishioners attending Church. Weddings and Baptisms had to be cancelled; all resulting in a drop of income for the Parish.
Your donations toward the upkeep of the clergy will be very much welcome.
You can contribute to the Easter collection on the day, by using the envelope available from the table at the back of the Church or by donating online:
If you want to give a personal gift to Fr Javier, please put it in an envelope addressed to him.
Palm Sunday Mass 2021 - F-Javier Ruiz-Ortiz- Church of Our Lady and St Catherine of Siena, Bow
Mass of the Lord’s Supper 2021 - Fr Javier Ruiz-Ortiz Church of Our Lady and St Catherine of Siena
Celebration of Lord's Passion - F-Javier Ruiz-Ortiz - Church of Our Lady and St Catherine of Siena
Easter Vigil Mass - Fr Javier Ruiz-Ortiz - Church of Our Lady and St Catherine of Siena
Easter Sunday Mass - F-Javier Ruiz-Ortiz - Church of Our Lady and St Catherine of Siena
Via Crucis – Stations of the Cross from St Catherine’s
Lent Message from Fr. Javier & Rev. Tim May
“God is mindful of his Covenant forever” (cf. Psalm 105:8)
During the Fridays of Lent, Fr Javier will give 5 talks on the first readings of the Sunday masses. They will be available on the parish YouTube channel:
26th Feb: “Humanity will not be destroyed”. God’s covenant with Noah;
5th March: “Through you all generations will be blessed”. God’s Covenant with Abraham;
12th March “You will be my People” God’s Covenant with Israel;
19th March: God covenant with David and his descendant;
26th March “Preparing for a new Covenant”. God’s Covenant in the Prophets
Lent'21 - Fr Javier - Friday Talks - wk5-26thMar: God's Covenant in the Prophets.
Lent'21 - Fr Javier - Friday Talks - wk3-12thMar:"You will be my People". God's Covenant with Israel
Lent'21 - Fr Javier - Friday Talks - wk4-19th Mar: God covenant with David and his descendants
Lent 2021 - Fr Javier - Friday Talks - week 1 - 26th of Feb- Humanity will not be destroyed
Lent 2021 - Fr Javier - Friday Talks - week2 - 5thMar - Through you all generations will be blessed
Some of us might feel as if they have been living Lent since March last year; three lockdowns, a toll to our physical and mental health and the lost of family and friends might push us to ask: how much longer?
Pope Francis has written a message for Lent 2021 entitled “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem” (Mt 20:18). Lent: a Time for Renewing Faith, Hope and Love.” In this message the Holy Father links the three theological virtues (faith, hope and Love) with the three practices associated with Lent, namely, fasting, prayer and almsgiving. All these are set in the context of a journey towards the renewal of our baptismal commitment at the Easter Vigil.
The gift of faith is not a privilege of a few but a gift opened to all. We gain simplicity of heart by our fasting. In embracing the experience of poverty, those who fast make themselves poor with the poor and accumulate the treasure of a love both received and shared. In this way, fasting helps us to love God and our neighbour.
Lent is a time for believing, for welcoming God into our lives and allowing him to “make his dwelling” among us. Fasting involves being freed from all that weighs us down – like consumerism or an excess of information, whether true or false – in order to open the doors of our hearts to God.
We are asked to hope in these times of uncertainty. Hoping with Jesus and because of him means believing that history does not end with our mistakes, our violence and injustice, or the sin that crucifies Love. It means receiving from his open heart the Father’s forgiveness. In this way we become instruments of reconciliation. God’s forgiveness, offered also through our words and actions, enables us to experience an Easter of fraternity. Through recollection and silent prayer, hope is given to us as inspiration and interior light, illuminating the challenges and choices we
face in our mission. Hence the need to pray to encounter the Father of tender love.
Love rejoices in seeing others grow. At this time of the pandemic we are invited to care for others, for the earth and to show that in the generosity of our giving.
The call to experience Lent as a journey of conversion, prayer and sharing of our goods, helps us to revive the faith that comes from the living Christ, the hope inspired by the breath of the Holy Spirit and the love flowing from the merciful heart of the Father.
This year’s activities are as follows:
|Monday||9:15am – Mass|
8:30am – 12:30pm – Bow Food Bank (operated from the Bromley-by-Bow Centre)
7:00pm – Zoom meeting “into the Land of Silence”
|Tuesday||7:00am – Mass|
|Wednesday||9:15am – Mass|
|Thursday||7:30pm – Global Healing, from 18th February – 25th March 2021|
|Friday||11:00am – Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament|
12noon – Mass will be celebrated for the intention of our School: 26/02 Year 6, 05/03 Year 5, 12/03 Year 4, 19/03 Staff
6:00pm – “God is mindful of his Covenant forever” (cf. Psalm 105:8)
|Saturday||5:00pm – 5:45pm – Confessions|
6:00pm – Mass
|Sunday||Masses at 9:30am, 11:30am, 6:00pm|
Confessions at 9:00am – 9:15am; 10:45am – 11:15am; 5:15pm – 5:45pm