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Welcome to our website and blog.
During this Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, let's keep in touch and up-to-date with current advice and information on how to keep well ourselves and look after those in isolation and in need of help.
If you would like to post some information or a message on the parish blog, please email: office@littleflower.co.uk


One Can Trust Foodbank

Since the Government has asked all churches to remain closed until further notice, it will no longer be possible to collect foodbank donations in the church porches.  The larger supermarkets have collecting boxes at their entrance doors - please could we encourage you to support foodbanks by adding an item of food if and when you go to shop.  Thank you for your generous support.


Magnificat free online & discounted subscriptions for Catholic Herald

As there will be no public Masses for the time being and an increasing number of people are self-isolating, there will undoubtedly be a substantial number of parishioners who will be unable to get to Church for several weeks.

To help with following the Mass, daily prayers, reading, etc. at home and also keep up with the weekly church news, free access to Magnificat online is on offer and, for those who would like the Print Editions, there is a special one-off 4-month subscription to Magnificat and/or a 3-month subscription to The Catholic Herald at substantially discounted and affordable prices to ensure that the maximum number of people can take advantage.

Please order by telephoning Margaret on 020 7448 3607 or Paul on 020 7448 3618 between 9.30am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

Below are special prices to help people over this difficult period and orders will need to be placed before Easter:

  • Magnificat 4 months April to July (including the Holy Week special issue) for £14
  • Catholic Herald 3 months (13 weeks) for £25                                                              
  • Both Catholic Herald and Magnificat (as above) £36

For free access to Magnificat online, log in at www.magnificat.com/free

Although we do expect that many people will still go to Church for personal prayer, we do hope that these special concessions will help people who cannot get there, and also those who want to follow the Masses, prayers, readings, etc. feel that they can still share in the life of the Church.


Read 'The Vine' Online

All the Catholic diocesan newspapers in the UK are available online at www.CatholicPaper.co.uk

Our diocesan newspaper, The Vine, covering news from all over the Diocese of Northampton, is available by clicking on the following link:

https://www.diocese.cc/Publications/Catholic-newspapers.asp?PublicationID=8&PubDateID=1187

Use the arrow keys below the image of the newspaper to turn the pages.  You will also need to zoom in using the magnifier + key at the bottom to make the text large enough to read!  Enjoy and stay in touch!


CTS support on prayer life in isolation

Get a free download of the CTS leaflet What if I can’t get to Sunday Mass?

We want you to feel reassured that while Masses are suspended across the UK, you are not committing a sin because you are unable to go. CTS's leaflet What if I can’t get to Sunday Mass? deals with this common concern, so it is now available for you digitally as a PDF, so that you can download and print or save it. Please share this with others who may be concerned.

Please click on the link below to go direct to the webpage where there is more information on how to support your prayer life whilst in isolation.

https://www.ctsbooks.org/support-prayer-life-isolation


Message from CAFOD Director

A message from CAFOD Director, Christine Allen

I’m sure that like me, you must be worried about the situation with COVID-19 at the moment. CAFOD is very much part of the Catholic family and as with any family, when one of us is unsettled or anxious it affects us all. We pray for all those affected by the virus both here in the UK and overseas, and for all the medical staff who are working so hard to keep us safe.

 

Although gathering as a church community is paused, it was good to hear that the doors of churches will remain open, to offer us a place to be still in God’s presence.

We are learning new ways to keep spiritually connected and look after ourselves and others, particularly during Lent. Here are some ideas to help to keep us together as a community even though we need to be apart:

  • In a time of isolation, take some time to pause and focus on your wellbeing. We have prayers, liturgies and reflections to support you in your prayer life.
  • While the kids are off school and you’re in need of some fun activities, our education resources pages are packed with great ideas.
  • Join our new Facebook group so that we can gather as an online family and offer you our prayers, online talks and isolation activities in one place, please do share your own ideas too.
  • We are hosting an online children's liturgy this coming Sunday, you can sign up now.
  • To hear about our work, each week we will have a series of live online events you can take part in. These will include opportunities to come together for prayer and chat as well as interviews with staff.
  • We are working on the different ways our parish volunteers and campaigners can still involve their communities and continue to be a powerful force for good, so please keep in touch with us on Twitter and Instagram as well.

 

Our work in some of the world’s poorest communities continues. There is great concern as this is a fast-moving situation and we are closely monitoring developments in the countries where we work around the world so that we are ready to support our local experts with whatever they need.

 

Our work with so many in need is only possible because of the generosity and love you show to those around the world. If you wish to donate to our Lent appeal and support the crucial, ongoing work of our local experts like Sister Consilia, we will ensure your gift reaches the poorest and most vulnerable at this uncertain time.

 

As I’m sure is the case for many of us, I am praying for guidance from the Holy Spirit to help steer us through these difficult times. Thank you for continuing to keep CAFOD in your prayers. Please stay safe as we continue to support one another.

 

With love and prayers,

Christine Allen

Director, CAFOD


Celebrate Children's Liturgy at Home with CAFOD

The CAFOD education team has put together an online children’s liturgy which families can use at home during the current crisis when public Masses are suspended


 

While people cannot gather together in person due to Coronavirus, they can still come together as a community through prayer.

CAFOD is inviting Catholic families to join them online for a virtual children’s liturgy at 10am GMT on Sunday March 22 (don't worry if you missed it yesterday, it's still available!).  

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

In the Year of the Word, use these Gospel reflections, prayers, songs and activities to help children listen to the God who speaks.

You can find the CAFOD resources on their website here: https://cafod.org.uk/Education/Children-s-liturgy


Churches Together in Beaconsfield

 

Message from:      Hazel Chow

 

                                Beaconsfield Town Centre Chaplain           

 

March 21st 2020

 

 

To all the shops and businesses in Beaconsfield

I am part of the staff team at St Michael’s Church, Warwick Road in the Church of England team of churches with St Mary’s in the Old Town and St Thomas’s, Holtspur.  For a number of years I have taken on the voluntary role of Town Centre Chaplain for all the churches in Beaconsfield.

 

On their behalf I am writing to say that we know that this is a really difficult time for you, individually and particularly as businesses.  You are in all our thoughts and prayers. 

 

Social distancing and isolation means that I am unable to get round and speak to each of you personally but if anyone would like a listening ear you can ring me on 07968 078698.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Hazel Chow

Beaconsfield Town and Workplace Chaplain


Heaven's Road Catholic Online Radio

Heaven’s Road Catholic Online Radio www.heavensroadfm.com is an online UK radio broadcasting over 250 live Masses a week and features like prayers, interviews and music to appeal to a Catholic audience. This UK Catholic Online Radio broadcasts over 250 live Masses each week at: www.heavensroadfm.com/live-masses. It's an excellent Catholic radio broadcasting 24/7 from St John's Seminary, Guildford and has traditional prayers, including Rosary, Angelus and prayers for the sick, plus lots of feature programmes and music, and links to podcasts etc. Follow on Facebook or Twitter.


Statement from Catholic Bishops of England & Wales

Parishes of St Teresa's and St Dunstan's - Staying in touch

As this period of self-isolation and restricted social contact begins, it will be important to safeguard our own health and well-being but to also remember those who will be struggling during this time. Whilst we are unable to celebrate Mass together, let's use the parish blog to stay in touch with each other and reach out if we feel lonely or in need of help in any way. We can post ideas on how to make the best of the situation: how we can still pray together, tips on keeping fit and healthy - both mentally and physically, ideas on crafts and activities, suggestions on how and where to find food and supplies... I am sure we can all be very creative!


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