ALPHA cancelled for the time being. All being well, the next course will start around Easter 2021.
Alpha is a series of weekly interactive sessions, where anyone can explore life and the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. Every Alpha session has three key elements: a meal, a talk and a discussion. Alpha provides an environment where people can once again ask the fundamental basic questions about life: Why are we here?; Who are we?; What is our purpose?
It is a fantastic way to explore these questions, and if you’re already a believer, to gain a deeper understanding of your faith, who Jesus is to us, and how we can enter into a more intimate relationship with him.
If you would like to know more, please phone 07308 952908 and one of the team will call you back and be happy to answer any questions you may have.
An alternative Rosary – A COVID-19 Rosary There are many ways to pray the rosary. Marija Pavlović, one of the Visionaries in Medjugorje, suggested that: “It is far better to say one decade slowly and prayerfully or even just one Hail Mary and meditate on the decade or sit quietly and contemplate the words of one Hail Mary than to rush through a whole rosary.”
We have to conform to Government restrictions, so please remember to come wearing a mask, follow all the directions when moving about the Church, sanitise your hands on arrival and departure and check in, preferably using the NHS Covid-19 App – see below. Please also take special care not to interact outside the Church in groups of more than 6.
Over the last few weekends the numbers coming to the Sunday morning Masses have gone up to the point where, at times, it has been difficult to ensure that the social distancing guidelines required by the Government are being followed. Every weekend until further notice, if you wish to attend either the 9.00 or 10.30 am Mass then you must book in advance. This can be done by clicking on the button below . Bookings for each Sunday will open at about 7.00 pm on the previous Sunday evening and close at 4.00 pm on the Friday so that the lists can be printed for the Sunday. If you know of someone who would like to come to the Sunday morning Masses but cannot book online then please offer to book a place for them. If you do book and then cannot come, please cancel your ticket so that you do not prevent someone else from attending. You can do this by going to your email confirmation and click on “view and manage your order online” and then click on “cancel order”.
The Catholic Church in England and Wales welcomes the Report from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse relating to the institutional response of the Church in its duty of care to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation. Click here to read the statement issued by Bishops’ Conference on 20th November or here for a video of the Cardinal.
Survey about for us all about loneliness
Whether or not you are affected, ROC Woking – the community needs organisation set up this year – would like everyone to take just a few minutes to complete a simple on-line survey which asks about loneliness and social isolation and tries to identify their causes. The intention is to follow up the results of this survey with action and practical provisions to help make Woking people feel happier and more connected. The link to access the survey is:https://www.facebook.com/WOK.ROCOr search @WOK.ROC from within Facebook. A hardcopy version, if anyone wants one will be available, on request, in mid-January.
For the present, Mass with congregations will continue. Any further updates will be posted here. For latest guidance from the government on this subject click here.
There will be no Morning prayer before weekday Masses but the rosary and exposition after Mass will continue.
Next Saturday, 28th November 11.00-13.30,the diocese has arranged a Zoom meeting to address the question of how we, as Catholics, as Christians, should respond to the call to serve the wounded world? Whatever your situation, come along to reflect, pray and explore this call put forth in the new document from the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the World Council of Churches called “Serving a Wounded World in Interreligious Solidarity”. You can access a copy of thisdocument via the following link. It is a short document and quite easy – and interesting – reading.