The Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales have released a Novena on Care for Creation entitled ‘The river does not divide us’. The Bishops invite us to pray this novena on the nine days leading up to the Solemnity of Pentecost, beginning this Friday (14 May). The prayers can be accessed here.
Public Masses: Following the end of the present period of lockdown, public acts of worship will be allowed to resume. Therefore, parishioners can attend all Masses from Wednesday (2 December). The same restrictions that were in place before this period will remain in force.
Change in Live Streamed Mass Times
Masses will continue to be live-streamed at https://www.stmaryshalifax.com/live-stream on Tuesday at 7:00p.m., Wednesday to Friday at 9.30am, Saturday at 12:15 and Sunday at 11:00a.m.
In these days, we have become more aware than ever of the importance of keeping in touch with one another, especially as we are unable to gather together for Mass each Sunday. It has been many years since there was a parish census. A census enables us to keep up to date with parishioners and also to build up a database of those who wish to be kept informed about parish life by email. A simple census form is available to complete electronically here. Hard copies will also be made available in the churches when we reopen them.
Wednesday at 7pm: The Rosary
To join the prayer group, you will have to download and install Zoom at https://zoom.us/sign%20up
Once done, send the email address you have used to join Zoom to firstname.lastname@example.org. This will be used to send you the invitation link to the prayer meetings.
Parish Whatsapp Group
A Parish Whatsapp group has been established so that parishioners can keep in touch with one another. Fr Martin is the administrator of the group. If you wish to be included in the group, please send a text message with your name to 07990280144.
Several parishioners have asked how they can continue to make their weekly giving to the parish. This is very generous and we are very grateful to those who have thought of it. There are several ways in which you can continue to contribute financially to the parish. If you wish to set up a standing order to donate regularly you can set this up via your own bank. The parish account details are HSBC Bank Sort Code 40 27 15, Account Name: Diocese of Leeds St Mary’s Church, Account Number: 21023225. Alternatively, you can download a standing order form here. Return the completed form to Fr Martin at the presbytery (2 Clarence Street, Halifax, HX1 5DH). There is also the possibility to make one-off donations by text message. You can donate £5 by texting CHURCH MARY HALIFAX to 70500. Cheques, cash and envelopes can also be posted at the presbytery.
You will find some very useful and devout prayer resources on the Parish Website or by clicking https://www.stmaryshalifax.com/prayer-resource/. This also includes suggested prayers from the Bishops of England and Wales. In particular, the practice of making a Spiritual Communion is highly recommended and will give you an overabundance of Grace.