We have a new Facebook Page for all the latest information and spiritual nourishment from the Parish. Go to -> www.facebook.com/StBenedictsEaling
We also have a YouTube Channel for Masses and reflections. Go to www.youtube.com/channel/UCG0bJ7id2GgMBOt71UskoVQ
Holy Week Reflections
During Holy Week a series of reflections are being offered by members of the Parish Team and Monastic Community.
Palm Sunday, Fr Ambrose – https://youtu.be/1j-tIHCjD-A
Monday of Holy Week, Deacon Alex – www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPq8CA5X7CM
Tuesday of Holy Week, Deacon Alex – www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGq0GA0z-uQ&t=9s
Wednesday of Holy Week, Deacon Alex – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkgFxwaz61c&t=2s
Holy Saturday Reflection, Sister Bernadette
Easter Sunday, Abbot Martin – https://youtu.be/G1t-Sl_U3D8
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Sunday 5th April 2020 – Palm Sunday
After five weeks of Lent we now enter Holy Week. It’s the height of the liturgical year where we commemorate the final week of Our Lord’s life. Sadly, for all of us, we are not going to be able to join together in person. On a normal Palm Sunday we’d gather and process holding our palms. This year, because of the Covid-19 Virus we will remain at home. In a normal year our wonderful Abbey choir would be practising hard, our Altar Servers would be coming in for training sessions, we’d have people busy preparing the Church and at the end of the week, on Saturday, arranging the floral displays. None of this will happen.
Understandably what we’re all experiencing through self-isolation can lead to a feeling of despondency and disconnection from family, friends and the Church. However I think this is the time when we can reconnect, to phone a friend or relative that you haven’t been in touch with recently. Let’s grasp this as an opportunity. For many of us, not coming to Church on a Sunday and not coming during Holy week feels particularly uncomfortable. We have to centre ourselves in our faith and we can use Holy Week this year to focus on our relationship with God.
On Palm Sunday we read how Jesus enters Jerusalem, not in a Royal Carriage flanked by guards, but on a donkey, the gentle, the loving Messiah being joyfully greeted by the people. He was going to humble himself by accepting the most degrading of deaths; death on a cross and we can reflect on this during the week. Perhaps this is why during Holy Week more so than at other times we fix our eyes firmly on Christ.
Today, if you can, take time to watch Mass. There are a number of services from Westminster diocese and these can be found here: Details of live stream masses and if you’d like to see the services from the Cathedral select this link: Cathedral Live Steam. The readings for the day are also available online here: Palm Sunday readings. Finally, a little plug for the Parish’s excellent new Facebook page St.Benedict’s Parish Facebook Page do check it out.
Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for us.
Our Lady, Comforter of the Afflicted, pray for us.
Our Lady, Help of Christians, pray for us.
Our Lady, Health of the Sick, pray for us.
Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us.
Yours in Christ,
Disclaimer for External Links
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The following churches in the diocese are live streamed and can be visited online at any time using the relevant website address. Mass will be celebrated for online participation at the times listed below:
6.00pm (Sat.) St Teresa of the Child Jesus, Borehamwood www.churchservices.tv/borehamwood
6.30pm (Sat.) Our Lady of Lourdes, New Southgate www.churchservices.tv/newsouthgate
7.45am St Monica, Palmers Green www.churchservices.tv/palmersgreen
8.30am Our Lady of Lourdes, New Southgate www.churchservices.tv/newsouthgate
9.00am St Joseph and English Martyrs, Bishops Stortford www.churchservices.tv/bishopsstortford
10.00am St Teresa of the Child Jesus, Borehamwood www.churchservices.tv/borehamwood
10.30am Holy Apostles, Pimlico www.churchservices.tv/pimlico
10.30am St James, Spanish Place https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_QES_fHotyQ0tA0pH8dTsg
11.00am Our Lady and St Vincent, Potters Bar www.churchservices.tv/pottersbar
11.30am St Mary, Hampstead www.churchservices.tv/hampstead
12 noon St Anselm and St Cecilia, Lincoln’s Inn Fields www.churchservices.tv/lincolnsinnfields
12.30pm Holy Apostles, Pimlico (Spanish Mass) www.churchservices.tv/pimlico
3.30pm St Monica, Palmers Green (Polish Mass) www.churchservices.tv/palmersgreen
6.30pm St Thomas More, Swiss Cottage www.churchservices.tv/swisscottage
Monday to Friday:
7.00am St Thomas More, Swiss Cottage www.churchservices.tv/swisscottage
8.00am Our Lady of Lourdes, New Southgate www.churchservices.tv/newsouthgate
9.15am St Teresa of the Child Jesus, Borehamwood www.churchservices.tv/borehamwood
9.30am St Monica, Palmers Green www.churchservices.tv/palmersgreen
10.00am Our Lady and St Vincent, Potters Bar www.churchservices.tv/pottersbar
12.30pm* St Anselm and St Cecilia, Lincoln’s Inn Fields www.churchservices.tv/lincolnsinnfields
6.00pm St Anselm and St Cecilia, Lincoln’s Inn Fields www.churchservices.tv/lincolnsinnfields
* Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only
10.00am St Thomas More, Swiss Cottage www.churchservices.tv/swisscottage
10.00am Our Lady of Lourdes, New Southgate www.churchservices.tv/newsouthgate
There are many websites offering information and support at this time. Among them are: The Diocese of Westminster rcdow.org.uk
The Bishops’ Conference cbcew.org.uk
The National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham walsingham.org.uk
Lent in Isolation lentinisolation.com