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Friday 31st July 2020




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Regular Mass Times (check online for temporary amended Mass Times due to COVID):
Sunday- Parish Mass 10am. Monday- 6.00pm. Wednesday- 12.30pm. Thursday- 10am. Friday- 6.00pm. Saturday 10am.
And aSt Peter's Church, Southfield Road, W4 1BB: Sunday- Parish Mass 10am.

Letter from the Vicar
 
Dear Friends, 
‘Be joyful in hope, patient in tribulation, constant in prayer.’ (Romans 12:12)
 
Quite a few people have told me that they have found this period of the gradual easing of lockdown very difficult. 
 
For many the opportunities (even with restrictions) to see family, friends, play sports, go to a pub or restaurant, to get back to work and to come to church have been something longed for and valued. Yet despite the happiness surrounding these things, the anticipated changes can also be a source of anxiety. For those who are vulnerable and shielding, of course, who will need to take extra care of themselves, but also for the rest of us. Just as it took time to find ways of coping during the lockdown, we should also expect that it will take time to find our way back and to reconnect with others in ‘real space’ again.
 
Looking out onto the street or High Road, everything can look as if it is back to normal until we go out and find it isn’t. Masks are worn, safe distancing is expected, routines have changed, ways of doing things are different. It can make going back to something feel unusual and scary, and we might note that we get anxious and nervous at negotiating what was once very familiar, such as one- way systems and queues. 
 
It may also be just because we haven’t done these things for a while and have forgotten how it feels: such as being with crowds of people. It will take a little while to adjust to the changes, and we need to be patient with ourselves- and others -and learn to pace ourselves as we build up our resilience once more. 
 
The ‘new normal’, we hear so much about, will involve change, uncertainty and managing risk for the foreseeable future. It is difficult to predict what the rest of the year will look like and to plan ahead. We can only do our best with what we have today.
Let St Paul’s words resonate with us: ‘Be patient in tribulation!’
 
BACK TO CHURCH
‘Be joyful in hope!’
I am very glad to say that public worship has resumed, and we are now happily back in church. We began on Sunday 5th July with a new pattern of Masses at 9.30am (live streamed) and 11am at St Michael’s and 10am St Peter’s. The Churchwardens and Parish Managers, along with our caretakers, have worked hard to ensure that we have an appropriate ‘Covid secure’ environment. Thank you!
Be constant in prayer.
We are now enjoying being physically present for worship, receiving the Blessed Sacrament and acknowledging each other in person. If you have not done so yet, then I encourage you to return to church, either to one of the Sunday Masses or one of the daily weekday Masses.
 
We have, as most of you know, been live streaming Mass each day during the lockdown. I know how much seeing and hearing the daily offering of Mass has meant to you. It has been in the words of the poet T. S Eliot, the ‘still point of the turning world,’ or as one of the congregation described it to me a ‘lifeline.’ 
Now it is time to come back to church in ‘real time and real space’.
During August we will be reducing the live streaming to Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. 
We will continue the same pattern of services throughout August.
Weekday Masses at noon:
St Michael’s: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 
St Peter’s: Tuesdays and Fridays.  (apart from 4th, 7th, 11th and 14th)
 
Sunday Masses 
St Michael’s at 9.30 and 11am
St Peter’s at 10am
In September, I hope we will be able to resume our ministry and task -based rotas and to resume our former pattern of times for services. However, it does seem that the 9.30 and 11am Masses on a Sunday will continue into the Autumn. We are looking carefully at provisions for Children’s Church and the possibility of sung music and like much else, it is constantly under review.
What do you think?
As we move forward, I’d be interested to know of your experiences, your comments and views. Here are some questions which may help your thinking and response.
  • During lockdown did you find you connected with the Church through the live-streamed Masses?  
  • What helped you connect? What did not help you connect?
  • Other than worship, what aspects of church life have you missed most?
  • During lockdown our weekday Masses have been at noon. Now we are able to return to church for Mass, what times of service would enable you to attend? 10am, 12 noon, 6pm?
  • To ensure safe social distancing we offer 2 Sunday masses at St Michael’s - at 9.30 and at 11 and a 10am Mass at St Peter’s. Which of these times do you prefer?
  • How can we help you to attend church?
  • Do you think we should continue with the live streaming of some services? And/ or occasional podcasts?
  • Do you have any suggestions for a communal activity that might take place within the Covid safer guidelines (Zoom coffee mornings for instance?)
When you respond, please write to or e-email the Parish Office, Priory Avenue, W4 1TX  parishoffice@smaaa.org.uk
My good wishes to you all. I hope you are able to take some time for refreshment in the summer months and my prayers that we may be joyful in hope, patient in tribulation and constant in prayer.
Yours in Christ,
 
Fr Kevin 

 

1. Today Friday July 31st, St Michael & All Angels Church is open for private prayer. At 12 Noon, St Peter’s Acton Green will be open for public worship in the Weekday Mass. Please observe the safety rules which are displayed.
 
2. Tomorrow, Saturday August 1st, at 12 Noon, St Michael & All Angels will be open for the Weekday Mass


3. On Sunday August 1st, at 9.30am and 11am, St Michael & All Angels will be open for Sunday Mass. At 10am, there will be Sunday Mass at St Peter’s Acton Green. Please observe the social distancing rules – sit at the end of the pews and follow the sidespeople’s directions for communion.
            We can only take 80 people at St Michael’s for each Mass, so please be patient if you turn up and we have already reached that number. Mass will last for about 40 minutes and be much like the live-streaming Masses we have become accustomed to. 
            The 9.30am service will be live-streamed on our Facebook page for you to join it at home.
 
4. If you still feel vulnerable or are shielding, please consider attending a Weekday Mass.  Weekday Masses will take place at noon  – on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at St Michael’s. This timing will be reviewed in due course. 
            As of tomorrow, we will only be live-streaming the 9.30am Sunday Mass, and the 12noon Wednesday & Thursday Masses. Live-streaming is via the SMAAA Facebook page.

5. 12noon midweek Mass at St Peter's will be cancelled on 4th, 7th, 11th & 14th August due to Clergy Holiday. Masses will still be available through the week and on Sundays at St Michael's and on Sundays 10am at St Peter's.

6. The Arts Society Chiswick have two exciting events coming up, and you are still able to take advantage of the end of year reduced membership offer. The reduced offer is just £15 per household (usually per person) and gives membership until the end of the year. 
-Lecture- Thursday August 13th
-Virtual Walk- Monday August 24th
For more details of these events and for membership, click here.
 
7. It is six weeks to the Chiswick Book Festival, which will take place online and will rely on donations and sponsorship for its income. It will be smaller than usual but speakers will include Antonia Fraser, Michael Billington, Alexandra Shulman, Loyd Grossman, Polly Toynbee and others. 
        More names will be announced in a month’s time. See more (and please donate if you wish) at 
www.chiswickbookfestival.net


8. Chiswick Playhouse is pleased to announce the launch of B.U School - Saturday morning classes for children to have fun, make friends and develop new skills. 
 B.U School is much more than just a stage school. Each week children will get involved with a new activity. Things like: sketch comedy, improvisation, public speaking, acting on screen, learning new accents or even delivering their very own podcast! Classes start in September on Saturday mornings for Kids aged 5-11. For information and booking
click here.


9. Sadly, the Chiswick House Dog Show will not take place this year. But there will be a dog-focussed webinar from Chiswick House on Wednesday August 26th (see below).
 
10. Chiswick House & Gardens Trust has launched a series of Wednesday Webinars on Zoom with Chiswickbuzz. 
Read more and register here
 
11. A monthly Chiswick Flower Market will open on Sunday September 6th. 
You can read more on the Market’s website.
 
For events in Chiswick and local news see 
The Chiswick Calendar 
and  
ChiswickW4.com and Chiswickbuzz.net .

 
Regular Mass Times (check online for temporary amended Mass Times due to COVID):
Sunday- Parish Mass 10am. Monday- 6.00pm. Wednesday- 12.30pm. Thursday- 10am. Friday- 6.00pm. Saturday 10am.
And aSt Peter's Church, Southfield Road, W4 1BB: Sunday- Parish Mass 10am. 

        
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