Welcome

Welcome to the Catholic parish of March and Chatteris.

The Parish of Our Lady of Good Counsel & St Peter

8 St Johns Road, March, PE15 8RJ

Diocese of East Anglia. Registered Charity Number 278742

Serving the communities of March, Chatteris, Manea, Wimblington & Doddington

Please remember that the obligation for the faithful to attend Holy Mass on a Sunday or Holyday of Obligation is removed until further notice.

We are now in lockdown until 2nd December.  The President of the Bishops Conference of England & Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, has issued a new notice today (Thursday 5th November) which you can read by clicking HERE

 

Masses this week

Until the end of the current lockdown, Masses will be said in private on Wednesdays and Sundays at 10 am.  If possible they will be live-streamed from the March Catholic Parish page on Facebook.  Our church will be open to give an opportunity for individual prayer on Sunday between 2-3pm. There will be stewards to guide you and ensure that everyone is safe.

 

Sunday 22nd November Mass was live streamed to the March Catholic Parish Facebook page.

Click on this link to see this and future Masses.

Good News!  We are able to celebrate Mass together again from Thursday  3rd December.

Mass times this week: 

Thursday  10 am

Friday  10 am  followed  by  adoration

Saturday  6 pm

Sunday  9 am, 11 am


Confessions No confessions during lockdown


An Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
Mary, mother of health and hope, pray for us! 

Please remember in your prayers all those who are sick and housebound in our March & Chatteris parish especially: Gerard Bourne, Jack Pettingill, Claire Reynolds, Susanna Roberts, Mary Fabriz, Margaret Griffiths, Beryl Dow, Rita Porter, Anna Sullivan and all those who are known to us.

We also remember those whose anniversaries occur at this time: Alan Guy, Fr Ray Kerby, Billy Jones, Naomi Bray-Allen, Mario Zeraschi, Teresa Powell, Mary Staples, Bill Carolan, Gerald Holloway, Jack Moate, George Clements, John Negus, Mary Bristow, Philip Moore and Margaret Watkins.


News and Events 

Wednesday Evening Prayer: You are warmly invited to join us for Evening Prayer on Zoom, Wednesday, 2nd December, at 5.15 pm.  I hope to open the “Zoom doors” at 5.00pm. If you would like to join us or know of anyone who would like to share in our Evening Prayer, please feel free to pass on this email to request a zoom link:  maryfitzpatrick1623@gmail.com

I look forward to seeing you if you are able to join us.

God bless you

Mary

FRANCISCAN MISSIONARIES OF MARY


When technically possible, Masses will be live streamed.  To see a particular Mass, live or at a later time, log in or sign up for Facebook and search for March Catholic Parish and you will be able to see this and future Parish Masses.  Alternatively click on this link: https://www.facebook.com/March-Catholic-Parish-567380230121104/

 

The Posada 2020: 

In previous Advents we followed the ‘Posada’ tradition and passed on from person to person, family to family, the beautiful statue of Joseph, Mary and the donkey. This gave us a ready-made opportunity to pray together, offer hospitality and share our faith. 2020 will be a bit different. This Advent the Posada statue will be displayed in the church hall window. Why not pay a visit to the Posada when out for your daily walk or in town shopping this month: We will have some prayers and reflections on the window so you can stop and pray.


Do you have a ‘spare nativity crib set’? 
 
We are looking for a set of crib figures to decorate the church hall window for the Christmas season.  If you have a traditional set with the holy family and shepherds and kings: each figure about 10cms tall and could lend it to the parish for a few weeks, we would use it to share the good news of Christmas to passers-by. We already have a stable! Please contact Rebecca 659252.

An invitation to all young people!
 
The Ignite Team are planning plenty of new online content over the coming months. Join us on YouTube for First Fridays, our NEW monthly online chat show which goes live on the First Friday of each month. And why not join young people across the Diocese for our Mass for Young People on the Second Saturday of each month? Streamed via our YouTube channel and coming in person to a church near you! Follow us on Instagram and subscribe on YouTube to keep up to date with all we have to offer you: @igniteyea 
 
 

Daily Masses will be live streamed from St John’s Cathedral every day at 10am. You can watch all of these Masses at: www.sjbcathedral.org.uk

St. Luke’s  https://twitter.com/saintlukesbull
Link from parish website saintlukesparish.org.uk
https://www.facebook.com/105785057750972/live/

Walsingham  https://www.walsingham.org.uk/live-stream/
And also churchservices.tv has Masses from all over Britain and Ireland.

Children’s Liturgy Websites (They can be accessed via google search engine)
Children’s Liturgy-Cathedral-St Marie’s Cathedral
Sermons4Kids
Cafod – Children’s Liturgy
Diocese of Westminster Children’s Liturgy
Catholicmom.com
For craft orientated sites, see Catholic Inspired and Catholic Icing
Sunday Liturgy for Children

Also some hymns –
You have called us (with lyrics) – You Tube By Bernadette Farrell
Shepherd Me, O God – You Tube By Marty Haugen:
Here I am Lord (with lyrics) – YouTube: by Eric Tom
One Bread, One Body with lyrics.wmv You tube

Dial A Mass opportunity: Telephone Sunday Mass from St Mary’s cathedral, Middlesborough is being offered by Middleborough diocese.
The Mass is recorded at 12noon on Sunday and is available once it’s been uploaded so after 1pm is best. It is then available all week.
The number to call is 01642 130120. Calls are charged at local rate and free if in your included minutes.
Rebecca tried it and you can hear it hands free with your speaker volume up so a couple can listen together.


Financial Matters

Although we are still carrying a large debt on our hall (funded by a Diocese loan) we are reasonably healthy with our local bank balance. Whilst our outgoings are relatively light at the moment our main source of income is the weekly offertory which is obviously well down. Many will be struggling or have lost work at this time, so no one should feel under any pressure or obligation. However, if you can please consider setting up a Standing Order monthly into our Bank Account – you can cancel at any time needed. Or you can send one-off donations direct if you bank online:

The Parish’s bank details are:
Bank; Barclays Bank Plc
Account Name: Our Lady’s RC Church
Sort Code 20 – 46 – 65
Account Number 1395 0476
Please add your name in the reference box

Please make cheques payable to ‘Our Lady’s RC Church’


Foodbank: As we can’t do our usual monthly collection for the Foodbank in church, if you are able to do so please consider adding an item if you are shopping in Tesco, Sainsburys, Iceland, Badgeney Road Co-op and direct to the Foodbank on Monday mornings (10:30-11:30). Both stores have collection boxes which are emptied weekly. The Foodbank continue to distribute supplies to about 25 families a week in March and the surrounding areas.  All donations gratefully received but they are short of uht milk, coffee, peas, carrots, mashed potato, and even baked beans at the moment. Also household items and toiletries; bleach, washing up liquid, shampoo, toothpaste,  and shower gel.

CCORRN have supplied more craft and activity boxes and Cambs CC provided 50 craft bags. These are so valuable to families with limited resources.

Eastern Spice are offering free meals to several clients each week with a voucher from the Foodbank.

Chat-tea are providing free take away hot meals on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from St. John’s church hall.

If you or someone you know is in difficulties at this time, it may help to know that March Foodbank is open 1pm – 2.30pm on Tuesdays at Centenary Baptist Church in the High St in March. Just turn up to speak to someone.

Fenland District Council’s local COVID-19 response hub is coordinating help and support throughout the district to ensure the most vulnerable members of community can access critical support as soon as they need it.

The hub took over 300 calls in its first three days of its launch with callers being signposted to more than 50 known support services.

The Customer Services and Community Hubs has been re-opened on an appointment only basis. To book an appointment, please complete the webform. For further information on attending appointments, please refer to the  Appointment Booking Guidance [409kb].

A community hub service has been setup that brings together volunteers, support groups and partners across Fenland to help those most at risk during the coronavirus pandemic. If you’re a resident and need help with food shopping or collecting medicines, they can provide details of a local voluntary service who can help you. Call on 01354 654321 or email covid19@fenland.gov.uk. If you’re a resident and are able to offer help to people in need, please email covid19@fenland.gov.uk.

Some of the committee meetings have been postponed. Others will be available to view online via our YouTube channel.

Further details can also be found at https://www.fenland.gov.uk/coronavirus, where there is also advice and information for local businesses.


Parish Contacts

Parish Priest: Fr Nicholas Kearney 01354 650788 email: marchcatholicpriest@gmail.com
Deacon: Rev Martin Wells 01354 741488 email: mwells42@btinternet.com
Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (fmm) 01354 652266 
Newsletter: Please submit items for consideration to marchrcnewsletter@gmail.com
Please visit the Parish website for the latest updates:  https://www.catholicchurchmarch.co.uk/
All Saints Inter-Church Academy Primary, County Road March 01354 659000

 

May God bless you and keep you safe this week