Christmas Joy. We certainly need a bit of it. As far as Church
Services are concerned, we will do as much as the Covid
restrictions will allow. So, while it is impossible to give the
details, this is what we plan. Rather than have the normal
Christingle for the youngsters we will on Sunday 13th have a Crib
Service at 4.30pm in which they can play a part. And yes, the
Church and the tree will be decorated and the candles lit. Now
things get a bit more complicated. For the service at 6.30pm on
Sunday 20th if we are allowed to sing it will be the usual service
of Carols and Readings. But since singing is unlikely, we will
listen on our excellent sound system to some of the old favourites
and hear the Christmas readings.
On Wednesday 23rd at 6.30pm, if we are allowed to sing but only outside, we will meet where we did for Remembrance Sunday for a good old fashioned ‘Carols in the Churchyard’. Please bring torches or lanterns and wrap up well and perhaps a hip flask might come in handy.
For Christmas Day we will have our usual two-part Service commencing at 9.45 and led, as last year, by Revd. Patrick Whitworth. This starts with the Family Service which is then followed a short break and then Holy Communion.
I hope all this isn’t too confusing and nearer the time when we know what we can and cannot offer we will use emails, Facebook, personal contact etc. to say precisely what each service will be. But one thing is certain. We will have to observe the social distancing rules. So, for all services in the church we are going to ask you to book your place(s) in advance. Bookings will be accepted on a first come first served basis and can only be made by contacting Christopher Sears preferably by email at email@example.com or by phone on 07890 838704. So, here’s hoping we can, in this way at least, Celebrate Christmas.
Remembrance Sunday. For the first time we held our Remembrance Service outside. It was led as always with respect and dignity by Colonel Freeman who movingly spoke of The Tomb of the Unknown Warrior and of all that led up to it and the sacrifice it represents. Over 60 of us were present and we were able to give the collection of £630 to the Royal British Legion Poppy Fund.
The Church Gift Appeal. Very many thanks indeed to all who have given to the Appeal which currently stands at £4,761. It is much appreciated.
Despite or perhaps because of everything, a very Happy Christmas to All.
Gerald Atkinson. Churchwarden and Hon. Treasurer.
Our Lady of Lourdes, Priory Road, Hungerford RG17 0AF Parish
Priest - Fr Zbigniew Budyn 01635 40332
Sunday Mass - every Sunday at 9.00am Weekday Mass - every Wednesday at 10.00am
Proposed Christmas Mass Times Christmas Eve – Mass at 6.00pm, and Christmas Day – Mass at 9am
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