Welcome to the Catholic parish of March and Chatteris.

On Sunday 5th July Sunday Mass will be celebrated by Fr Jeffrey in March church garden at 10am.

The church will remain closed. This is so that we can ensure we meet the requirements for infection control and keep our church Covid-19 secure. It will also allow more people to attend Sunday Mass, as there will be restrictions on numbers due to social distancing requirements. This is a temporary measure and we hope to open our church in the future.

If you would like to come to Mass on Sunday you will need to bring your own garden chair to sit in the garden. 

So that we can social distance at 1+ metre rather than 2 metres, we would ask that when attending Mass you wear a face covering. We are not able to provide these so you must bring your own.

When you arrive at church for Mass, a steward will ask you to sanitise your hands and then show you where to place your chair. Please follow their instructions at all times.

At Holy Communion, the stewards will direct you when to come forward. Please stay in your seats until asked to join the queue. While queuing for Holy Communion, please remember to keep a distance of 2 metres.

On leaving the garden after Mass, please make sure you maintain social distancing and remember to sanitise your hands as you leave.

Due to infection controls, our toilets are closed. Please only enter and exit the church garden by the side garden entrance and do not go into the buildings. If you need help, please speak to a steward.

Due to social distancing regulations, places at Sunday Mass will be limited. If we have too many people the stewards may need to stop anyone else entering the garden.

If you are coming as a household group, you can sit together rather than at a social distance.

Please do not come to Mass if you are unwell.

Remember, the Bishops of England & Wales have suspended the usual Sunday obligation to attend Mass. Therefore, it is perfectly acceptable for you to simply to follow a live streamed Mass or pray at home.

Sister Mary held two successful Zoom services for the feast of The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on 19th June and the feast of St Peter & St Paul on 27th June featuring prayers, readings and hymns.   Please check this website regularly for news of future services.

The Parish of March & Chatteris is temporarily under the care of the Parish of St. Luke Peterborough. For all inquiries please contact them on 01733 370877, or email saintlukesparish@yahoo.co.uk


May God bless you and keep you safe this week
Fr Jeffrey & Fr Jude 01733 230361 (Temporary Number)
Merciful God, come to the help of your people.
Be our shelter in this time of peril
and strengthen the bonds of our community.
Bring healing to all who suffer the ravages of disease
and assist those whose skill and art
can put an end to this affliction.
Through Christ our Lord.

If you urgently need a Catholic Priest please contact Father James  Caulfield of Our Lady & St. Charles Borromeo, Wisbech on 07919 117255

Mass intentions: If you have any intentions for which you would like Mass to be offered please email them to saintlukesparish@yahoo.co.uk or send them by post to St. Luke’s Church, Benyon Grove, PE2 5XS. We have some gaps coming up and would be happy to offer Mass for a loved one, anniversary, thanksgiving, birthday, etc., but please don’t worry about the Mass Stipends, though donations can be made to March Parish if desired.

Please remember in your prayers all those who are sick and housebound in our March & Chatteris parish especially: 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: Ann Bryan, Dennis Paul-Clarke, Francis Clarke, Christina Lewis, Mary Buckley, Rea Gepp, Monica Fosbueary, Francis Frendo, Brian Sullivan, Helen Neave, Richard O’Leary, Teresa Duckett and Timothy Eugster.

Online Masses
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

One of the Bishops of England Wales will celebrate a Mass every Thursday at 7.00pm in his Cathedral for the sick and their families, the front line workers in the NHS and Social Care. This weekly Mass will be live streamed.

25 June
Bishop Alan Hopes

Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Norwich
Catch-up on the Youtube channel HERE

2 July
Archbishop John Wilson
St George’s Cathedral, Southwark
YouTube Channel

9 July
Bishop Tom Williams
Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool
YouTube Channel

By visiting the Cathedral webpage, or the Bishops’ Conference Webpage (cbcew.org.uk) links for the live-streaming of these Masses can be found.

The Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales has produced a very useful searchable guide to Masses across the whole county, including East Anglia.
It’s easy to search just using your postcode or by selecting a diocese. Narrow down your search results by selecting the Mass Type (Daily, Vigil or Sunday) and you can select from the available languages. Please follow the link: Live Catholic Mass Directory

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Children’s Liturgy Websites (They can be accessed via google search engine)
Children’s Liturgy-Cathedral-St Marie’s Cathedral
Cafod – Children’s Liturgy
Diocese of Westminster Children’s Liturgy
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

St. Luke Peterborough
Please pray for those who have died recently
in our parish

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace. Amen


Sacraments: The sacrament of reconciliation (confession) is not possible at the moment. Bishop Alan has explained how we can confess our sins directly to God at times like these. See the diocesan website rcdea.org.uk for more information.

An Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
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! 
A prayer to be said at the end of each Mass and to be given to all who are self-isolating
God our Father, Creator of the world, almighty and merciful, out of love for us You sent your Son into the world as the doctor of our souls and our bodies, look upon your children who, in this difficult time of confusion and dismay in many regions of Europe and the world, turn to you seeking strength, salvation and relief, deliver us from illness and fear, heal our sick, comfort their families, give wisdom to our rulers, energy and reward to our doctors, nurses and volunteers, eternal life to the dead. Do not abandon us in the moment of trial but deliver us from all evil. We ask this of Thee, who with the Son and the Holy Spirit, live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.

News and Events (All events are subject to change at the current time)

Gospel Sharing: Our next Gospel Sharing will be on Thursday 2nd July 3pm on Zoom. Our Gospel will be the one for the following Sunday.

Please join us for 30 minutes of prayer and reflection followed by a chat until about 4pm.

Email marchgospelsharing@gmail.com and Rebecca will send you a zoom link and more information on the day.


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.

Free Online Catholic Education for All: Your Catholic Voice Foundation offers an online school that provides a Free, World Class Catholic Education for Anyone, Anywhere (yes, Catholic Online School is 100% Free…).  It offers over 5,000 Free video lessons with over 295,000 student enrolments across 193 countries.  Lessons are included for children as well as adults.

Quarantined Catholic Hub: Scott Hahn of the St Paul Center for biblical studies has introduced an online Catholic hub, featuring free livestreaming of Bible study resources. https://stpaulcenter.com/hub/

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 since its launch last week, with callers being signposted to more than 50 known support services.

Its dedicated helpline – 01354 654321 – is open 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday, and 9am to 12noon on Saturday. The lines and email are manned by the Council’s core customer services staff and staff who have been repurposed from non-critical services and quickly trained to provide support and signpost accordingly. Requests for help can also be emailed to: covid19@fenland.gov.uk

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

Parish Community: We have phoned everyone on our parish community to wish them well at Easter time. If you are a parishioner but didn’t receive a call it probably means that your contact details are not in our records. Please let us know if you would like to be contacted by a member of the parish team.

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 do not put cash into the church or the hall

Parish Contacts
The Parish of March & Chatteris is temporarily under the care of the Parish of St. Luke Peterborough. For all inquiries please contact them on 01733 230361 (Temporary Number), or email saintlukesparish@yahoo.co.uk
If you urgently need a Catholic Priest please contact Father James Caulfield of Our Lady & St. Charles Borromeo, Wisbech on 07919 117255
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/
Hall Bookings: marchcatholichall@gmail.com and Iris Dean
All Saints Inter-Church Academy Primary, County Road March 01354 659000

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May God bless you and keep you safe this week