Sunday, 2 August 2020

Mass Figures Weekend 1st/2nd August

The Mass figures for the weekend 25/26. 

The figure in brackets the lower end of how many 'units' can attend. A unit can be one single person, or a whole family/household/bubble - or even those who have travelled together in the same car.So the figure in the brackets can increase. So in Shepton it may be only that 40 single people attend, but if they are in bubbles/families/households/cars, then the number can be much larger.


Shepton Saturday 6.00pm - 27  (40) - up 9
Glastonbury Saturday 6.00pm - 31 (50) - down 7
Cheddar Sunday 9.00am - 16 (25) - down 8
Shepton Sunday 9.00am - 33 (40) - up 4
Wells Sunday 10.30am - 13 (16) - down 15
Glastonbury Sunday 10.30am - 41 (50) - up 16
Cheddar Sunday 11am - no information
Glastonbury Sunday 12.15 - 34 (50) - up 3
Glastonbury Sunday 5.00pm - 25 (50) - down 7


Our numbers this weekend were down 3 on the weekend before over the four parishes. 

Over the past week the numbers have been 231, 223, 220. We have been decreasing every week. 

220 people came to Mass in total. Our Mass figures would normally have been 573.

Saturday, 1 August 2020

Face Masks



From next weekend, the Government has said that we must wear face masks at Holy Mass. 

We have not heard from our own Bishop or the Bishops of England and Wales yet, but I'm sure they will confirm the law before next weekend. If not, then we will follow the law anyway. 

If you are exempt, then please do not wear a face mask. As a general rule of thumb... if you wear a mask to go shopping, then wear a mask to come to Church.

(p.s. this is the 1000th post!)

Thursday, 30 July 2020

The New Normal of Holy Mass



Having talked about the ‘new normal’ last week, I said that I might talk through some ‘new normal’ things about Holy Mass this week. The first thing I want to do is to draw a line between the older liturgy (sometimes called the Latin Mass or Extraordinary Form) and the new Mass which was written in the 60s. I have no interest in debating liturgy etc., frankly I can’t be bothered. Blood, sweat and tears have gone into that, and my life on earth is too short. What I want to do again, is to show how the ‘new normal’ is not new at all, but rather that the things that we have been doing for the past decades have been a ‘blip’ in the practice of the Church. You see, the Old Mass developed through centuries. It knew plague and disaster. It had changed so that the Priest and the People were kept safe while at the same time the Mass could continue to be offered. 

What are the things which have been banned in the new rite? The sign of peace (always optional in the new rite, but not a part of the older liturgy); receiving the Precious Blood (only the Priest receives this in the Latin Mass); people doing readings and bidding prayers (I have no idea why our Bishops say that bidding prayers are dangerous, but there you go - but these things do not exist in the older Mass); the length of Mass (we are instructed that the older forms of the said Mass should not be too long); speaking while administering the Sacred Host on an eye level (the Old Rite has the person kneeling, so there is no exchange of breath); the cleaning of the hands by the Priest (in the Latin Mass we have prayers when we thoroughly wash our hands before we come out, then more to say at the offertory - and guess what, they take about 20 seconds!, and then the Priest touches nothing with the two fingers with which he will administer the sacred host - which is why we keep those fingers together while saying Mass); we can no longer speak words of consecration over hosts which are exposed on the altar and which the people will consume (we usually give communion from the Tabernacle in the Old Rite - a practice that was scorned when I was training to be a Priest, but which, guess what, is now best practice!). 

In fact the only thing that you will find at variance with the ancient practices, and what the bishops are now imposing, is communion in the hand versus communion on the tongue, and I’m afraid that is more to do with ideology than health - I touch a higher percentage of hands than I do tongues when I administer Holy Communion, and since the virus lives on surfaces, I do not lick the door handles and pews when I come into Church, but I do touch them!

So… a lot of what we ended up with in the past years after the New Mass was written in the 60s were quasi Protestant practices, dressed up as ‘early Church’ but which came from a history, tradition and context which was not Catholic. It was fine for the Methodists all to receive the wine in little cups, because it was only ever wine - that is their theology. Communion in the hand has to be at odds with our belief that ever particle of the Sacred Host is the Body and Blood, soul and divinity of Christ, and I pop it onto an unclean palm, and if any drops off, well, they drop off. If you don’t believe that It is God, and the Protestant communities don’t, then there is no harm in it. In ‘simplifying’ the liturgy not only did we get rid of the layers of symbolic meaning, we also got rid of the centuries of development which gave rise to it. And that development included plague and disease. Of course Mass is safe! If it’s done in safe way. The Old Mass is safe because that’s how it adapted, the new one isn’t because it never existed in a time of disease, and as soon as one comes along all of those things which are its hallmarks have to be banned - the new normal starts to look like the old one. 

The new normal reached behind the stuff that we have been doing, to an older liturgy which breathed plague air, and survived, which looked on the sick infectious with disease, and kept going, and which was offered in the midst of pandemics and infestations, and which kept everyone safe. 

Perhaps we can learn from this, to think twice before we dismiss what the development of the ages has given to us.


Monday, 27 July 2020

Mass figures 25/26 July 2020

The Mass figures for the weekend 25/26. 

The figure in brackets the lower end of how many 'units' can attend. A unit can be one single person, or a whole family/household/bubble - or even those who have travelled together in the same car.So the figure in the brackets can increase. So in Shepton it may be only that 40 single people attend, but if they are in bubbles/families/households/cars, then the number can be much larger.


Shepton Saturday 6.00pm - 16  (40) - down 19
Glastonbury Saturday 6.00pm - 38 (50) - up 3
Cheddar Sunday 9.00am - 24 (25) - down 6
Shepton Sunday 9.00am - 29 (40) - up 1
Wells Sunday 10.30am - 28 (16) - up 6
Glastonbury Sunday 10.30am - 25 (50) - down 11
Cheddar Sunday 11am - no information
Glastonbury Sunday 12.15 - 31 (50) - down 1
Glastonbury Sunday 5.00pm - 32 (50) - up 19


Our number this weekend were down 11 on the weekend before over the four parishes. 

223 people came to Mass in total. Our Mass figures would normally have been 573.

Thursday, 23 July 2020

Mass Figures

Here are the Mass figures for last weekend. The figure in brackets the lower end of how many 'units' can attend. A unit can be one single person, or a whole family/household/bubble - or even those who have travelled together in the same car.So the figure in the brackets can increase. So in Shepton it may be only that 40 single people attend, but if they are in bubbles/families/households/cars, then the number can be much larger.

Shepton Saturday 6.00pm - 35  (40)
Glastonbury Saturday 6.00pm - 35 (50)
Cheddar Sunday 9.00am - 30 (25)
Shepton Sunday 9.00am - 28 (40)
Wells Sunday 10.30am - 22 (16)
Glastonbury Sunday 10.30am - 36 (50)
Cheddar Sunday 11am - no information
Glastonbury Sunday 12.15 - 32 (50)
Glastonbury Sunday 5.00pm - 13 (50)


The only Mass to be careful about at Wells, and Cheddar 9.00am is getting full. The Masses that can easily expand, because of the size of the Church are at Glastonbury. We estimate that the range of number of people that can be accommodated in Glastonbury is 50-120 (with and in suitable bubbles!!!)

Before lockdown the average number of people attending the four parishes was 650. We estimate 250 currently attend.

There is still no obligation to hear Sunday Mass.


Tuesday, 21 July 2020

The New Normal Grrrr




If you managed to look at the blog and the little talks/homilies, then you may have come across one called the ‘New Normal’. If you did then you’ll know that I’m not too keen on the phrase (hence the ‘Grrrrr’ in the title).

I believe that this is not a ‘new normal’ but rather that what we have been living through for the past 60 or 70 years has been profoundly un-normal. From the 1950s onwards we started to believe that science and technology and society would be able to sort everything out. We would only ever go forward. Things could and would only get better. Even when new diseases came (AIDS in the 80s) we found a way to live with it. We became richer. Life became easier. We had more gadgets. We had access to everything at our fingertips. Early on, we threw off the old ways ‘that was what we used to do, we are new and different now - things have moved on, things are better’. This involved liberation, free to do what you like, and with whoever you like. And there were no consequences.

What a lovely world. I’d like to live there. I’d love to live there. Who wouldn’t? But of course it wasn’t real. We don’t all get richer. We can’t do anything we want. There are consequences. And science and technology is not going to get us to live forever in a paradise on earth. That was our ‘normal’. That is what the world told us was true. When our faith told its ancient story of sin and redemption, of turning from self to become like Christ, of obedience, of eyes fixed on heaven and not on the passing baubles of this world… well we know what happened, don’t we? Our Churches emptied, our Priests ran off, our convents closed, people did not know the faith, and if they knew it, then they did not accept it. “I’ll have a slice of religion please, but that one over there. The one with all the topping on that I like. Not the other bit, you can keep that.” We fooled ourselves that we were in charge, both in the world, in society and in the Church. Guess what… we’re not.

A virus comes. The world stops. Our eyes are opened. We are mortal. Stuff happens. We won’t live forever. We can’t eat money. If no one phones you, then no one phones you. Science has not solved this one, and if it does, guess what, there’s another one just round the corner. Actions have consequences. The ‘freedoms’ we prized have led to death, rioting, the destruction of the our places of worship and our statues. To the slaughter of life in the womb, and life in the care home. To the devaluing of what it means to be a human being so much that I can decide that I will be anything or anyone I want, and if you don’t like it I’ll have you sacked and hated and threatened.

This was the result of the “Old Normal” of the past 60 years. The ‘New’ one reaches back past all this nonsense to what we know is true. The eternal consequences of action: the humility of knowing that our true identity is in the eyes of God and the love of family and friends; the joy of scientific advancement, but responsible and serving us rather than driving us. Our eyes must be raised to Heaven. We stopped looking for a bit, and this virus has given us the opportunity of getting things in perspective again. Eyes up, my dear people, eyes up to God!

I might have a go at the New Normal of Mass next week. Guess what… it’s the same argument.


Friday, 17 July 2020

As we approach his octave day...



Our Holy Father St Benedict

Saturday 11th is one of the great feasts of St Benedict, our holy patron, after whom we are named. His main feast is March 21st, but this secondary feast is of a high rank for us. There are unholy doings attached to this date, and you may not be surprised to find that they involve the French!

There was a certain learned French Priest in the 7th century, who wished to go and venerate the body of Holy Benedict, and went to the place where the Saint had died, about 70 miles from Rome. There was no place which marked St Benedict’s tomb, so the Priest prayed, and the spot was revealed to one of his company. They dug and found two holy saints under a marble slab, St Benedict and his sister St Scholastica. They gathered the holy relics and took them back to Fleury in France. St Scholastica ended up in Le Mans. So this is how St Benedict ended up with two dates; the traditional date of his death, March 21st, and the date of his translation to Fleury, July 11th. The Italians and the monks of Montecassino either deny that this took place at all, or that the holy bones were swiped in a nefarious way by French priest or priests unknown.

So what about unholy doings? Well. Before 1066 ad, (and all that) and the slight little invasion by the French under William the Conqueror, we Benedictines celebrated our Saint on the usual day of March 21st… but, behold, here comes the French, and they keep the celebration on July 11th! The date of the triumphant translation (theft) of St Benedict to Fleury, and “hurrah for the French because we have the bone of St Benedict, so should be top nation and take over England”. The English monks were not too pleased at this, but the new Archbishop Lanfranc (starting life as an Italian, then a Benedictine Abbot in Bec in Normandy) was made Archbishop of Canterbury in 1070ad, after Archbishop Stigand had been deposed. So, to reinforce all things French in the New World Order under King William, Lanfranc imposed July 11th as the feast of St Benedict.

Such skulduggery! Such unholy doings! So dastardly! So underhand! So typical!

We English monks quietly obeyed… and had a huge celebration on both days! We are in the middle of St Benedict’s Octave - eight days of compulsory celebrations, so thanks Lanfrac, because we keep March 21st as well!



Thursday, 16 July 2020

No SHOUTING!



I've said it before and I'll say it again... no shouting in Church.

Now it's official. This is from Government guidelines...

people should avoid singing, shouting, raising voices and/or playing music at a volume that makes normal conversation difficult or that may encourage shouting.

NO SHOUTING!!!

Friday, 10 July 2020

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

The Weekend Masses

Fish and Chips... yum, yum, yum.

Many thanks to all who helped out last weekend. Needless to say, we will continue to need help to keep our Churches open.

The numbers, understandably were not great, and we could easily have accommodated more, so if you want to come to Mass on Saturday or Sunday, then please do. But, as we have said, there is no obligation.

In other news...

Dom Anselm and I have a 'day away' - a Dies Non - the first Monday of the month, and so we went off, after the morning Masses, to Thornbury.

We went into a pub.
And ate fish and chips.
There was no one on the door with hand spray.
We were not two metres apart from other diners.
We did not have to wear masks.
We could go to the toilet.
We were handed a menu.
A nice lady spoke to us, directly in front of us.
She wasn't wearing gloves.
Neither were we.
We went out the same way we went in.

We had a lovely time.

I'm not entirely sure why it is more difficult to come to Mass than it is to go out for fish and chips in a pub.

But we obey... we obey... we obey...


Friday, 3 July 2020

Return to Mass



The Return of Public Mass

This weekend sees the return of Public Masses. We have been saying Masses throughout the lockdown, and praying for you all, especially those of you who we know have been in distress. You may not have known it, but we have held you in our prayers, as I know many of you have remembered us.

The guidelines for opening the Churches are a combination of Government and Diocesan guidelines. We will run through some of the implications in a moment. The most obvious is the change in the Mass times and the number of Masses, both during the week and on the weekend. We have had to be influenced only by the size and layout of each of our four Churches, and trying to coordinate times. The Bishops have not reimposed the Sunday Obligation, so if you wish to come to Mass, then please think of coming to a weekday Mass instead of Sunday. The numbers will be very restricted. The average number allowed at each Church is approximately as follows: Glastonbury 50; Cheddar 25; Shepton 30; Wells 16.

Now that the Churches are open for public Masses, the previous ‘Church Opening times’ are no longer in place. Thank you to all who facilitated our Churches being open. We will still need one person at the door at each Mass, and people to clean the Church after each Mass. We will be in touch if you have helped so far, and if you can help in the future, please let us know. Per week, under the new timetable, Wells will have 3 Masses (two weekday one weekend), Shepton 3 Masses (one weekday, two weekend), Cheddar 3 Masses (one week day two weekend - Fr Wally will also offer weekday Masses in the Classroom), Glastonbury 5 Masses (two weekday, three weekend - as well as daily Latin Mass to which all are welcome). This maximises the number of people we can say Mass for, as well as us keeping somewhere near sane.

The Mass schedule is on the next page of this extended bulletin. Note the changed Mass times, especially that there is no Vigil Mass in Wells. For Vigils and Sundays: there is an additional Vigil Mass in Shepton at 6.00pm (Saturday), an additional Mass in Cheddar at 11.00am in the Classroom, and an additional Mass and changed Mass times at Glastonbury. Please let people know these changes if they do not have access to the internet.

Concerning Mass: Please keep a 2m distance where possible (including coming up to Communion - except in Wells, see below). Use the hand sanitiser when offered. Communion is under one kind, and at the English Masses this must be in the hand. Please leave your collection in the basket provided (please consider making your offering by standing order). There are no Sacristans, Readers, Servers, Bidding Prayers, Extra-ordinary Ministers, shared hymnbooks or Mass leaflets. Singing is not permitted. As you leave Mass, keeping your distance from others and please do not congregate around the doors of the Church. At all other times the Churches have to be kept closed, so that they do not need to be deep cleaned before each Mass. If you have keys, please only enter the Church at the advertised times, or by arrangement with one of us. We have no choice about any of these. We had to get written permission from the Diocese and if we do nor follow these guidelines, then they will be completely closed again.

Because of the very limited numbers, the Sunday Mass in Wells is for people who cannot travel, and who have been isolated/vulnerable. We have been given permission to administer Holy Communion in a particular way so that the Church in Wells can be opened again. If those for whom this is intended are not allowed to make use of it, then we will close this Sunday Mass and say an additional Mass elsewhere.

The format of this new bulletin will change in the coming weeks, but we no longer have the luxury of thinking of my Mass, or even my Parish. We need to know everything that is happening in our four Churches. As someone once said, we are all in this together. Please travel to Mass and be considerate of the needs of other people.

This all seems terribly draconian… but it is better than what we had a week ago. We do not know how long this situation will continue for, but it is going to be months at the very least. If we get into good habits now, then it will be easier in the long run.

We will see you soon!


Thursday, 2 July 2020

New Sunday Timetable

New Mass Schedule


Vigil Masses:
Saturday:
6.00pm Shepton
6.00pm Glastonbury

Sunday Masses
9.00am Cheddar
9.00am Shepton
10.30am Wells (those who cannot travel, etc)
10.30am Glastonbury
11.00am Cheddar (Classroom with Fr Wally)
12.15pm Glastonbury (Latin)
5.00pm Glastonbury

Please note:
There is no longer a Vigil Mass at Wells.
The Mass times in Glastonbury have changed, and the Latin Mas has moved from the evening.

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Week day Mass times

As part of the weekend provision of Mass after the lockdown, we have reconfigured the Mass times during the week.

These do not include any Masses which Fr Wally will say in Cheddar, and do not include the Saturday/Sunday Masses. We will post these later, when further decisions have been made.

All of these Masses now will take place at 10.00am and are the Ordinary form of the Mass in English

Monday: Glastonbury 10.00am
Tuesday: Shepton 10.00am
Wednesday: Wells 10.00am
Thursday: Cheddar 10.00am
Friday: Wells 10.00am
Saturday: Glastonbury 10.00am

There will also be the Conventual Latin Mass in Glastonbury daily at 7.30am

Please remember that the Bishops have not reimposed the Sunday Obligation yet, so please use these weekday Masses in place of the Sunday, if you are not able to get to the Vigil/Sunday provision (which we will outline in the next few days).


Monday, 29 June 2020

Just to say...

... that we;'re working on how and when the Churches can open for Mass.

It will be later on in the week that we make the decisions, so stay tuned!


Saturday, 27 June 2020

The Vigil of Ss Peter and Paul


Guidelines for Mass in Church

Yesterday late afternoon we received an email from the Bishop about how to celebrate Mass next weekend.

I have sent a query into him, for which I will have to receive a reply before we can decided where and when Mass will be said. So we will all need a little more patience!

But Mass will be offered somewhere in the four parishes next weekend (4th/5th July).

Thursday, 25 June 2020

News about Mass

We have just read in the Catholic Herald a letter from the Archbishops of England and Wales.

The link is here.

It says in short, that Mass is beginning and it seems that it will be for us to decide numbers based on social distancing. I am not sure that will be the case, but we have not heard from the Diocese yet, so I cannot give you more information.

We will let you know Mass schedules went we have more information.Masses may well be at different times.

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Text of the Letter

A Message from the Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England

Dear Brothers and sisters in Christ, Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

On Tuesday we heard the announcement that, from the 4th July this year, places of worship will be able to reopen for prayer and services. We welcome this news with great joy. Since the lockdown began, members of all faiths have faced restrictions on how they have been able to celebrate important religious festivals. Our own experience of Easter was unlike any other we have known. Now, in our churches, and with our people, we can look forward again to celebrating the central mysteries of our faith in the Holy Eucharist.

The recent reopening of our churches for individual private prayer was an important milestone on our journey towards resuming communal worship. Our churches that have opened have put in place all the measures needed to ensure the risks of virus transmission are minimised. This includes effective hand sanitisation, social distancing, and cleaning. We remain committed to making sure these systems of hygiene and infection control meet Government and public health standards.

We want to thank everyone within the Catholic community for sustaining the life of faith in such creative ways, not least in the family home. We thank our priests for celebrating Mass faithfully for their people, and for the innovative ways in which they have enabled participation through live-streaming and other means. We are grateful for the pastoral care shown by our clergy to those for whom this time of lockdown has been especially difficult, and, in particular, towards those who have been bereaved. We recognise too the chaplaincy services that have played a vital role in supporting those most in need. Gaining from the experience of all that we have been through, and bringing those lessons into the future, we must now look forward.

With the easing of restrictions on worship with congregations, we tread carefully along the path that lies ahead. Our lives have been changed by the experience of the pandemic and it is clear that we cannot simply return to how things were before lockdown. We remain centred on the Lord Jesus and His command at the Last Supper to “do this in memory of me.” We must now rebuild what it means to be Eucharistic communities, holding fast to all that we hold dear, while at the same time exploring creative ways to meet changed circumstances.

It is important to reaffirm that, at present, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended. A significant number of churches may remain closed as they are unable to meet the requirements for opening for individual prayer. Fulfilling these requirements is a precondition for any church opening after the 4th July for the celebration of Mass with a congregation.

 Please be aware that there will be a limit on the number of people who can attend Mass in our churches. This will determined locally in accordance with social distancing requirements. We therefore need to reflect carefully on how and when we might be able to attend Mass. We cannot return immediately to our customary practices. This next step is not, in any sense, a moment when we are going ‘back to normal.’

We ask every Catholic to think carefully about how and when they will return to Mass. Our priests may need to consider whether it is possible to celebrate additional Masses at the weekends. Given there is no Sunday obligation, we ask you to consider the possibility of attending Mass on a weekday. This will ease the pressure of numbers for Sunday celebrations and allow a gradual return to the Eucharist for more people.

Moving forward, there will still be many people who cannot attend Mass in person. We therefore ask parishes, wherever possible, to continue live-streaming Sunday Mass, both for those who remain shielding and vulnerable, and also for those unable to leave home because of advanced age or illness.

When we return to Mass there will some differences in how the celebration takes place. For the time being, there will be no congregational singing and Mass will be shorter than usual. None of this detracts from the centrality of our encounter with the Risen Christ in the Eucharist. We ask everyone to respect and follow the guidance that will be issued and the instructions in each church.

“As I have loved you,” said the Lord Jesus, “so you must love each other.” (Jn 13:34) The lockdown has brought forth remarkable acts of charity, of loving kindness, from Catholics across our communities as they have cared for the needy and vulnerable. We have seen love in action through charitable works, and through the service of many front-line keyworkers who are members of our Church. Now we can begin to return to the source of that charity, Christ himself, present for us sacramentally, body, blood, soul and divinity, in Holy Communion. As we prepare to gather again to worship, let us, respectful of each other, come together in thanksgiving to God for the immense gift of the Holy Eucharist.

Yours devotedly in Christ

✠ Vincent Cardinal Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster
✠ Malcolm McMahon OP, Archbishop of Liverpool
✠ Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham
✠ John Wilson, Archbishop of Southwark

This letter is addressed to the Catholic Community in England; the opening of the Catholic Churches in Wales is devolved to the Welsh Assembly who are still evaluating their position on opening Places of Worship

Benedictines and Psalms



Wednesday, 24 June 2020

No news about Mass

We still don't any info about how the Mass will be organised, but I'm sure the Diocese will be in touch soon. It will be the weekend of July 4th, but stay tuned for details.

In the meantime, these are the hours the Churches are open...


Sunday - Cheddar 9.30am-11.30am / Glastonbury 9.30am-10.30am

Monday - Glastonbury 9.30am-10.30am

Tuesday - Shepton 10.00am-11.00am
Wednesday - Wells 9.30am-10.30am
Thursday - Glastonbury 9.30am-10.30am
Friday - Glastonbury 6.30pm-7.30pm
Saturday - Glastonbury 6.30pm-7.30pm


Happy Birthday

St John the Baptist



Mass to resume

...on 4th July, but we're not sure about numbers yet... Or what the Bishops will ask us to do... or...or...!

But that is GOOD NEWS!

Sunday, 21 June 2020

Opening Times

These are the times when the four parishes are open:



Sunday - Cheddar 9.30am-11.30am / Glastonbury 9.30am-10.30am

Monday - Glastonbury 9.30am-10.30am

Tuesday - Shepton 10.00am-11.00am
Wednesday - Wells 9.30am-10.30am
Thursday - Glastonbury 9.30am-10.30am
Friday - Glastonbury 6.30pm-7.30pm
Saturday - Glastonbury 6.30pm-7.30pm



Sunday within the Octave of the Sacred Heart


Saturday, 20 June 2020

We're Open!


Sunday - Cheddar 9.30am-11.30am / Glastonbury 9.30am-10.30am

Monday - Glastonbury 9.30am-10.30am

Tuesday - Shepton 10.00am-11.00am

Wednesday - Wells 9.30am-10.30am

Thursday - Glastonbury 9.30am-10.30am

Friday - Glastonbury 6.30pm-7.30pm

Saturday - Glastonbury 6.30pm-7.30pm


Monday, 15 June 2020

Opening of Churches update

So...

This is what is going to happen. The first of the Churches to open will be Glastonbury on FRIDAY. Sorry there is nothing before then, but come hell or high water, that will happen and then the rota will follow on afterwards.

So here are the next days.

Tuesday - Nothing open
Wednesday - Nothing open
Thursday - Nothing open

Friday - Glastonbury 6.30pm-7.30pm

Saturday - Glastonbury 6.30pm-7.30pm

Sunday - Cheddar 9.30am-11.30am / Glastonbury 9.30am-10.30am

Monday - Glastonbury 9.30am-10.30am

Tuesday - Shepton 10.00am-11.00am

Wednesday - Wells 9.30am-10.30am

Thursday - Glastonbury 9.30am-10.30am


Pray for us that everything goes OK!


What to do with the Statues?



Sunday, 14 June 2020

Sunday update

So ...

what you see below is provisional. PLEASE DO NOT TURN UP. The Churches will still be locked as we have not received PPE from the Diocese.

Glastonbury will not be open on Monday. Shepton will not be open on Tuesday.  I strongly suspect that we will miss Wednesday in Wells also.

We have to go through procedures with Volunteers, so it is not just a matter of "the stuff's here, let's go!"

I'm really sorry. I'll keep letting you know how things are going. 





PROVISIONAL TIMETABLE


Monday: Glastonbury 9.30am-10.30am 
Tuesday: Shepton 10am-11am
Wednesday: Wells 9.30am-10.30am
Thursday: Glastonbury 9.30am-10.30am
Friday: Glastonbury 6.30pm-7.30pm
Saturday: Glastonbury 6.30pm-7.30pm

Sunday: Glastonbury 9.30am-10.30am
Cheddar 9.30am-11.30am







Sunday with the Octave of / Corpus Christi




To follow...update of Churches opening...

SPOILER ALERT... 

they won't be on Monday because we have not received PPE from the Diocese.


Friday, 12 June 2020

Friday Night Update

So...

After we looked at the number of volunteers in each of the four Churches, the state of play seems to be this:

In Cheddar, Wells, and Shepton, there will be one time a week when the Churches are open. This may be for one or for two hours. We are still deciding on the specific days and times.

Glastonbury will be much more frequent, but we are waiting to find out from the others first. This week (due to previous commitments) there may be some gaps.

However: it seems highly unlikely that any Church will be opening on Monday, as we do not have the PPE from the Diocese, and (speaking off the record to someone who should know), we do not think that it will be here in time for Monday. I may be wrong...

I'll keep you informed. 


Announcement of the Opening of our Churches

Please check this blog frequently as I will put up updates as they happen over the next few days about which Churches will be open and when. In the mean time, if you can volunteer (between 18 and 70 with no underlying health problems), then please get in touch with Anne (Ceddar), Charlotte (Wells), Dom Bede or Dom Anselm (Glastonbury & Shepton Mallet).



Thursday, 11 June 2020

Corpus Christi


Homily on Corpus Christi

for an update on the Church openings, see the post below.

Update

Another Update:

We are still working on the times when the four Churches will be open. If you can volunteer to help and be on a rota, then please contact Anne (for Cheddar),Charlotte (for Wells), Fr Bede/Anselm for Glastonbury and Shepton.


To volunteer you must be below 70 years of age and with no underlying health problems. 

Wells, Cheddar and Shepton will be open for two one hour slots (hopefully) and Glastonbury a little more.

We will let you know more details as they come about.




Wednesday, 10 June 2020

St Margaret of Scotland

Update on Church opening.

We have to complete a Risk Assessment for the Diocese to OK before we can open the Churches on Monday. We are getting together volunteers and guidelines for the four Churches.

We are aiming at Shepton, Wells, and Cheddar being open for two one hour slots per week for private prayer. This depends on volunteers. We do not have the times of these yet, we will let you know as soon as we have decided. Glastonbury will be a little more frequent, but we have not made definite decisions yet.

Please bear in mind the Government guidelines about who should be out and about, concerning age and medical conditions.

As soon as we know more, and have been able to make more decisions, then we will let you know.

Now... over to St Margaret of Scotland


Tuesday, 9 June 2020

The Gift of Giving

Since this was recorded we have received news from the BBC that churches will be able to begin opening for individuals to pray privately from 15th June. Further details will be made available as soon as possible, especially with regard to volunteers.

Saturday, 6 June 2020

Monday, 1 June 2020

Wisdom



Many have been in touch saying how beautiful the garden is. It is thanks to Ray Dyer (and others, but mainly Ray). Sadly Ray died just a month or so ago. We commend his soul to Almighty God, and do our best to keep up this wonderful garden.

Ray Dyer R.I.P.

Saturday, 30 May 2020

Novena - Final Day



Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit
On my knees I before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light, and listen to Your voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds, and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, “Speak Lord for Your servant heareth.” Amen.



Prayer for the gifts of the Spirit
O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal, the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth, the Spirit on Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, and the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord with the sign of Your true disciples, and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.

Friday, 29 May 2020

Novena - Day Eight



Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit
On my knees I before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light, and listen to Your voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds, and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, “Speak Lord for Your servant heareth.” Amen.



Prayer for the gifts of the Spirit
O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal, the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth, the Spirit on Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, and the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord with the sign of Your true disciples, and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.

Thursday, 28 May 2020

Novena - Day Seven



Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit
On my knees I before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light, and listen to Your voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds, and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, “Speak Lord for Your servant heareth.” Amen.



Prayer for the gifts of the Spirit
O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal, the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth, the Spirit on Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, and the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord with the sign of Your true disciples, and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.
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