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Holy Week Reflections

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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 Alexhttps://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

Dear Parishioner,

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.

Amen.

Yours in Christ,

                                                Deacon Ian

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ONLINE RESOURCES

ONLINE RESOURCES

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:

Sunday Mass

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

Weekday Mass

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

Saturday:

10.00am            St Thomas More, Swiss Cottage                                               www.churchservices.tv/swisscottage

10.00am            Our Lady of Lourdes, New Southgate                                    www.churchservices.tv/newsouthgate

OTHER WEBSITES

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