My Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I hope that you and your families are all keeping well and staying safe during these difficult times.

By now I am praying that most of you will have received the vaccine and that you will feel a little more secure in your everyday life whilst still keeping safe.

As we know, life has been very hard for many, many, people. Those who work in our hospitals, teachers, frontline workers, who keep our lives ticking over every day. They put their lives at risk for all of us on a daily basis. Not forgetting our parents who are home schooling. Hopefully my dear Brothers and Sisters – and we must keep our hopes alive – there is a ‘chink’ of light at the end of the tunnel with more of us being vaccinated every day.

Our Parish community is very important to me not just during this pandemic but always. I pray for you all every day that soon we shall be reunited in church at Mass celebrating a better future for us all. I thank you all for your support. I very much enjoy hearing from you. Your emails telephone calls and letters some of which are very  funny and most uplifting. Keep your news coming please.

I miss seeing you and your families at church - I am like a shepherd without a flock. And I ask you to pray for me, our fellow priests,  deacons and each other.

Many of you are working very hard within the parish distributing to the needy and the poor via the SVP and those of you who make a contribution to our parish in so many ways. Thank you.

I am very pleased that we are fortunate and able to celebrate Mass online and I hope it brings you comfort and helps you to feel closer to your parish and our community.

Last Thursday was the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, the Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ. She knew only too well what suffering was. I feel sure my Brothers and Sisters she understands our suffering. Pray to her, go to her and rest in her loving arms the Mother of our Saviour Jesus Christ.

God Bless you all and I look forward to seeing more of you very soon. Until then stay safe and keep well.

Father Michael

Vaccinations
Congratulations to our many parishioners who have now received at least the first of their vaccinations. But for the sake of those who have not, please bear in mind that you might still contract the virus (although not dangerously) and therefore pass it on to others who have not yet been vaccinated. Medical and government opinion is firm on this point.
So please continue to wear your masks in Church, sanitise your hands as requested and maintain social distancing.


RESUMPTION OF PUBLIC MASSES

With effect from Thursday 3 December Church opening for daily private prayer is now suspended and public Masses will resume as before.
Remember that the Sunday Mass obligation remains suspended at present so if you still feel unable to attend at this difficult time, please watch us on live stream: www.churchservices.tv/suttoncoldfield

MASSES ARE BACK TO NORMAL
HOLY TRINITY
10.00am Monday to Saturday.
6:00pm Vigil Mass for Sunday.
9am; 11am & 6:00pm Sunday
SACRED HEART
10.00am Monday to Friday. 10.00am Sunday 

During the week the Diocese advised us the Coronavirus Places of Worship Task Force ask each Place of Worship to re-evaluate whether they are following the rules. They numerate seven requirements to ensure Covid security. I should like to bring to your attention one of these requirements: "Those who have gathered for worship should not mingle before or after the service outside of the church. They should disperse immediately."

CORONAVIRUS PRAYER :

Lord Jesus Christ, you travelled through towns and villages curing every disease and illness.
At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love.
Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care.
Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbours from helping one another.
Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders.
Lord Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.
Be with those who have died from the virus. May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace.
Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair.
May they know your peace. Amen.

 


Fr. Michael Ho Huu Nghia, Parish Priest