Notices w/c 28th February

Dear parishioners,

Welcome to St Michael’s Parish Notices this week as we continue our Lent pilgrimage together. This Sunday we reflect particularly on Rome as a site of pilgrimage. You can find the relevant chapter from our Lent Book here. The full Lent leaflet is here.

THIS SUNDAY – Lent 2              Pilgrimage Theme: ‘Rome’
8.00am: Low Mass 
9.00am: Morning Prayer 
10.00am: Sung Mass *
Readings: Genesis 17.1-7, 15-16 and Romans 4.13-end
Gospel: Mark 8.31-end
Introit Hymn: Be thou my guardian
Lent Prose
Offertory Anthem: Panis angelicus
Communion Hymn: O for a heart to praise my God

11.45am: Zoom Coffee + (see below)
6.00pm: Lent Evensong (see below)
NB. All services are now in-person. Livestreamed services are indicted with a *

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ZOOM COFFEE THIS WEEK      11.45am-12.30pm
Fr James Hadley joins us to tells us about Rome as a place of pilgrimage.
About Fr James. The Rev’d Dr James Hadley currently serves as curate in the Parish of Harpenden. Before moving to the UK, Fr James taught the history of liturgical art and architecture in Rome, as well as running an architectural studio. He completed his post-doctoral studies in church heritage management at the Gregorian University, as well as studying at the Vatican Museums and the Pontifical Academy for Christian Archaeology.

Topic: St Michael’s Zoom Coffee
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SUNDAY EVENSONG ‘My journey of faith’ with Pat Reed-Boswell
This Sunday at 6.00pm we welcome Pat Reed-Boswell as the second of our Lent Evensong speakers on the theme ‘My journey of faith … so far’. The service is accompanied on the organ by Frederick Appleby.
Covid has helped us to be creative and find different ways to pray within the current restrictions. This Lent I’d like to encourage you to consider two ways of praying that you might not have tried before:–

  1. Holy Hour of Silence before the Blessed Sacrament (Mondays 7-8ppm). An hour of silent prayer in church. You can come for 5 minutes or 60 or anything in between. Silence is one of the most important and simplest ways we can rest in God’s presence. If you’re looking for some peace and quiet this is for you.
  2. Stations of the Cross (anytime the church is open as a private devotion). This year it’s difficult to gather and move together for the Stations of the Cross, so we have produced a booklet which can be found here and you are invited to follow the stations in your time and at your convenience. The stations in the church this year are by the French-American artist Jean Charlot. Hard copies of the order of service can be found by the first Station (near the entrance to the Lady Chapel).

See our special leaflet here – do forward it on to friends and family who may be interested, especially with regard to Mothering Sunday on 14th March when our Children’s Services restart.

It’s been great to see so many people using our contactless payment machine! Jane Bennet-Powell and Fr Stephen have made a video about how to use it.

As usual we will be decorating the church with lilies for Easter. If you would like to make a donation to the cost of the lilies in memory of a loved one, please leave cash in an envelope marked ‘Lilies’ at the Parish Office with the names of those you would like to be remembered. Envelopes can be slid under the door if the office is closed. Alternatively, cash and names can be given to Fiona Brannon or Jane Gardiner.

There is increasing evidence that being vaccinated not only protects yourself but also other people ,as it reduces transmission to some extent. It may be encouraging for some of you to know that, as key workers, all the clergy of Saint Michael’s have now received their first vaccination and will be having their second in due course.

In light of the government announcement about the easing of restrictions over the coming months we are taking the precaution of moving the Midsummer Fete to 26th June in the hope that restrictions might be lifted in time. Please adjust your diaries accordingly.

Monday 1st S. David
9.00am Morning Prayer
7.00pm Holy Hour: Silent Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament
Tuesday 2nd
9.00am Morning Prayer
Wednesday 3rd
9.00am Morning Prayer
12.00pm Angelus and Mass
Thursday 4th
9.00am Morning Prayer
Saturday 6th
9.00am Morning Prayer
 9.30am Mass   
Sunday 7th – Lent 2              Pilgrimage Theme: ‘Jerusalem’
8.00am  Low Mass
9.00am Morning Prayer
10.00am Sung Mass * 
Preacher: Mthr Judith Roberts
11.45am Zoom Coffee+ with Rosemary Nutt, McCabe Pilgrimages
6.00pm  Lent Evensong
‘My journey of faith … so far’  Speaker: James Day

Sick: Frances Harman, Rosalyn Fletcher, Tina Wilkinson, Ali Adams, Colin Harrison
Recently Died: Jack Gillon, Peter Seaton, David King, Darren Simpson-Lees, Lucian Nethsingha
Anniversary of Death: Dorothy Smith, Michael Billing, Anthony Gardiner, Peggy Hoskyns-Abrahall, Juliet Salaman, Sheila Jacks, Valerie Haynes, Gilly Parsons, John Hornblow, Joy Gibben