Parish Priest Fr James Edward Caulfield
Christmas Mass and Service Times Our Lady and St Charles Borromeo
Wednesday 22nd December 17:00 Carol Service
Friday 24th December Christmas Eve
12:00 noon. De Profundis in the memorial garden.
15:00 Christmas Vigil Mass (t is hoped it will enable people to travel home before it becomes too dark and frosty)
18:00 Mass in Polish
23:00 Carols before Mass
00:00 Midnight Mass
Saturday 25th December Christmas Day
08:30 Mass in Polish
10:30 Mass (For the People of the Parish)
(Please remember that the Christmas Collection is traditionally a
donation to the Priest)
Sunday 26th December Solemnity of the Holy Family
15:30 Mass in Polish
(Please note that attendance at the Masses for Christmas does not count
as attendance for the Sunday Mass)
Tuesday 28th December Feast of the Holy Innocent
Saturday 1st January Mass 10:15. Solemnity of Mary Mother of God
15:30 Mass in Polish
Sunday 2nd December Second Sunday of a Christmas
Thursday 6th January Solemnity of the Epiphany of Our Lord
15:30 Mass in Polish (TBC )
18:00 Mass (For the people of the parish)
Please note there are a few adjustments to the Sunday timetable over Christmas and the Feast of St Stephen is omitted because other feasts take precedence.
As the Synodal Pathway of listening and discerning unfolds, we the bishops of England andWales, are paying particular attention to the hopes and fears, the joys and anxieties of all whoare sharing their thoughts and feelings with us.
Longing for our Lord
We are attentive to the experience of the last year or so, when we have lived our faith through the limitations of the pandemic. We have heard of the longing which some express as a "homesickness." We want to be in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. We yearn tocelebrate the sacraments together, especially the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. We desire to benourished by our Lord in Holy Communion. The live streaming of the Mass and theremarkable response of our Catholic communities to those in need, have provided comfort, sustenance and resilience.
The Eucharist, source and summit
The Eucharist is the source and summit of our spiritual and pastoral life. Many people havesaid to us that they have appreciated the noble simplicity of the Mass at this time, which hasallowed the mystery and majesty of our Lord's sacrificial love to shine through.
The central appeal of the Mass, its beauty and its transcendence,raises our minds and hearts to God in an unambiguous and compelling manner. Our Lord Jesus invites us to receive anew the gift of Sunday as the preeminent day, the day of the Resurrection, when the Church gathers to celebrate the Eucharist. Here we stand together before our heavenly Father, offering our thanksgiving and prayer, through our Saviour in the Holy Spirit. Here we receive Christ in his Word. Here we are nourished by Christ in his precious Body and Blood. This is our primary joy, for which there is no substitute, and from which we draw our strength.
The Gift of the Sunday Eucharist
The Sunday Eucharist is a gift; as God's holy people we are called to praise and thank God in the most sub lime way possible. When the Church speaks of the Stmday obligation, it reminds us that attending Mass is a personal response to the selfl ess offering of Christ's love.
At this time, we recognise that for some people there may be certain factors which hinderattendance at Sunday Mass. The pand emic is clearly not over. The risk of in fection is still
present. For some, there is legitimate fear in gathering together. As your bishops, werecognise that these prevailing circumstances suggest that not everyone is yet in the positionto fulfil the absolute duty to attend freely Sunday Mass.
Responding to the Gift
We now encourage all Catholics to look again at the patterns which they have formed inrecent months with regard to going to Mass on Sundays. This would include considerationand reflection about what we might do on Sundays, such as sports or shopping, or otherleisure and social activities. This review, and the decisions which arise from it, fall to everyCatholic and we trust this will be done with honesty, motivated by a real love for the Lordwhom we encounter in the Mass.
The Sunday Mass is the very heartbeat of the Church and of our personal life of faith. Wegather on the "first day of the week," and devote ourselves to the apostles' teaching and thefellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers (Acts 2:42). The Eucharist sustains usand spurs us on, renewing our gratitude and our hope. When we say "Amen" to Christ inreceiving his Body and Blood, we express the love of God which is deep within us, and at the end of Mass, when we are sent forth, we express our love for our neighbour, especially those in need. These two dimensions reveal the full meaning of our faith. We are gathered togetherand sent out, we pray and are fed, we worship and we adore; these are intrinsic to our lives asthose baptised into Christ.
Approved at the Plenary Assembly of Bishops in LeedsThursday 18th November 2021
Please return this form to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday no Mass
No Mass on Saturday Morning.
I believe that you are present in this Holy Sacrament of the altar.
I love you above all things
and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,
come spiritually into my soul so that I may unite myself wholly to you
now and forever.
The Angelus Promise is currently available as a recording as are all the Masses said so far.
Over the coming days I shall add Recordings of the Rosary, The Stations of the Cross and a penitential meditation/examination of conscience.
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The Ministry of the Teacup
Welcome, Whether your an old stalwart; new to the area or
have been away from the Catholic Church for some time please be assured
that you will find a warm welcome. Introduce yourself,, or at least don't dash off after the Mass and let us get to know you. You may have skills or talents to offer and we will be happy to make use of them. The most important and often over looked skill is 'The Ministry of the Teacup'. Take the weight of your feet and sit and chat with folk and share a mug of tea, or coffee. Share the burdens and ideas if how ti cope with the vagaries of life in a warm and confidential environment. Loneliness is a common state for many but here in the parish you will always find a listening ear and friendly folk to give you a hand.
After the 10.15 am Sunday Mass you are most welcome to join us in the Rosmini Centre next to the Church for refreshments and a chance to meet and share in the Ministry of the Teacup.
Saint Borromeo Wisbech UK
The parish includes the following towns, villages and their hinterland.