Welcome to the St Paul's RC Church Cantley website. We hope you enjoy browsing our site and invite you to contact us or to join us at any of our masses.
Please pray for:
Fr. Michael O’Connor, Gerry Togher , Carole Watson, Anne-Mair Pickering, Kay O’Reilly, Jim &Tricia Herring, Catherine Ovenden, Ivy Thornton, Desmond Jenkinson, Susanne Blatherwick, Rowena and Colin Ball, Christine Hornsby, Whitehouse, Suzanne Wynne & family and Ryan Chilvers.
A Sister of the Holy Cross, died on 24th April 2022.
For many years, she served alongside Sister Christina as Administrators of the Parish of Our Lady of Sorrows, Armthorpe.
May she rest in peace.
Mrs Eileen Mary Cunningham
Aged 86 years sadly died on 14th April 2022.
Her Funeral Mass will take place at St Pauls on Thursday 26th May 2022 at 1pm, followed by interment at Tickhill Churchyard.
Please remember Eileen and her grieving family in your prayers.
May she rest in peace. Amen.
The organisers of the pilgrimage have asked to share the following update with parishes
“It’s hard to believe that it’s almost 2 years since we started to prepare for our first ever virtual pilgrimage (who would have thought that would have ever been a thing?). Coming together remotely provided a huge amount of joy and comfort during a very surreal and difficult time.
Last year we continued our journey through the Hallam@Home pilgrimage, with a mix of in person and virtual services in the hope that we would all be reunited in Lourdes again this year. We are very happy to be able to say (with absolutely everything crossed!) that Lourdes 2022 is very much all systems go!
Lots and lots of prayers needed for no increased restrictions in the next few weeks…… We know this is great news for all those who can travel with us this year and we can’t wait to see you all. It’s going to be very special. However, we know that with Covid still very much a part of our lives, not everyone will be able to be there in person.
We are therefore happy to announce that we are going to continue to bring the pilgrimage to you - only this time we will be Live from Lourdes (as often as possible) .. our first hybrid pilgrimage!
We’ll stream a number of the Hallam services so you can join us from the comfort of your own home”.
We are inviting nominations from parishioners aged over 16 to stand as a Chair or as a member of the Pastoral Council.
Elections will be held during the second half of June. The purpose and role of the Pastoral Council is an elected advisory body to the Parish Priest.
Please consider standing for election as life hopefully returns to ‘normal’ and help to make us make a difference.
A nomination paper is attached to the Newsletter or available in the Church Entrance hall.
You can also download one HERE
We now have a card reader in church. The device is situated in the church entrance hall to the right of the internal double doors.
Contactless payments are touch-free with no need to type in your PIN or hand over your card.
The reader displays some default amounts to choose from plus the option of ‘Other amount’.
Simply select the sum you wish to donate, hold your card to the reader, listen for the beep, and your payment is done.
If you prefer, there is the option to insert your card into the payment device and enter your PIN to make a payment.
If you do not want to register your card for Gift Aid:
1. Select the amount you wish to give from the options on the screen.
2. When the screen prompts for payment, hold your card over the reader or insert your card and enter PIN.
3. After taking payment you will be asked if you want to Gift Aid. Please select No.
To register your card for Gift Aid:
This will take a little bit longer, but you only have to do it once, per card.
Once you have registered your card, the card reader in the church will recognise it next time you make a payment. You may wish to register your card on the ‘Online Donations Webpage’ in your own time, before using it in church (this will save time, as others may be queuing to use the card reader!)
1. Select the amount you wish to give from the options on the screen
2. When the screen prompts for payment, hold your card over the reader or insert your card and enter PIN.
3. After taking payment you will be asked if you want to Gift Aid the payment.
Please select Yes then the machine will ask for:
• First name
• Last name
• House number
• Post Code
• Email address
If you have any queries or require assistance in using the machine, please ask a member of the Parish Welcoming Team.
Mark O’Toole Bishop of Plymouth since his appointment in 2013 has been appointed as Archbishop-elect of Cardiff and Bishop-elect of Menevia by Pope Francis.
Archbishop-elect O’Toole will become the eighth archbishop of Cardiff in succession to Archbishop George Stack, who has been Archbishop of Cardiff since 2011.
The installation will take place in Cardiff Cathedral on 20 June.
Following the Spring Conference of the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales, they have made an announcement on the "Sunday Obligation" as follows:
"Since the beginning of the Covid pandemic, until the present time, we have shared with you our judgment that the situation of the last two years has meant that the Sunday Obligation has been impeded and has needed to be fulfilled in other ways.
We thank God that this situation has now changed. The pressing challenges of the pandemic have lessened significantly. Most people have resumed the wide range of normal activities, no longer restricted by the previous Covid measures. We therefore believe that the reasons which have prevented Catholics from attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation no longer apply.
We understand there will still be some members of our congregations who, for reasons of health, do not feel safe enough to return to Mass.
It has always been the understanding of the Church that when the freedom of any Catholic to attend Mass in peson is impeded for a serious reason, because of situations such as ill health, care for the sick or legitimate fear, this is not a breach of the Sunday Obligation."
You are able to watch Mass via You Tube on your computer, mobile phone, tablet, smart tv or even an ordinary TV with a Firestick attachment.
Just search for You Tube in your browser or click onto the You Tube app.
In search box, type “St Paul’s Cantley” or “stpaulscantley”, hopefully a picture of the outside of the church or the stained glass window will appear, click on the picture.
Below the picture of the church is the word “SUBSCRIBE”, click on this word to become a subscriber.
Alternatively just click on the link below:
Simply select the Mass you would like to watch from the Stills listed. If you want to watch full screen, look to the bottom right hand corner of the stream and click on the icon that looks like a broken square (Full Screen).
All parishioners are warmly encouraged to spiritually join in with these celebrations.
Please join us at the following times:
Saturday - 6pm
Sunday - 10:30am
Wednesday - 9:30am
Friday - 7:30pm
The purpose of the meeting was to review the COVID restrictions.
Wearing of masks.
We still encourage the wearing of face masks in church. It is true it is no longer mandatory, but the virus has not gone away. While we encourage the wearing face masks, do not look at those who do wear masks as aliens from outer space.
The Priests and Eucharistic ministers will still be wearing face masks while distributing communion.
As the situation is gradually getting better, we do not need to leave the two side doors open during mass. The central door will be open, and the vents will be switched on.
Other churches like St Peter-in-Chains are following this practice. We can open the side doors if the church becomes too warm and we need to get in some fresh air.
Sign of Peace.
The sign of peace will not be reintroduced in its old format yet, so we will continue as currently for a while longer.
Holy Water Stoups.
We will reintroduce the Holy water stoups. The Holy water will be changed at least once every week.
Feel free to use it, but if you are not comfortable using it at this time, you have done nothing wrong.
It has been suggested that we have a contactless offertory collection provision in church. This is not just for mass offering but also for baptisms, funerals, and weddings.
Many of us no longer carry cash, and as you know, I have always said why I love Tesco - every little helps!
The Young at Heart group are keen on restarting the coffee morning after mass on Wednesdays as they did before the pandemic. It has also been suggested we have coffee in the parish hall after Mass on Sunday.
These ideas are welcomed, but we need volunteers to facilitate them. Please let us know if you want to help with making this happen.
We intend to have an additional weekday Mass on Mondays (morning or evening), and to move the Friday evening Mass from 7.30 to either 6pm or 9am, (subject to the decision of the music group deciding the time for their practice).
God willing, we intend to have a day of Thanksgiving sometime before the summer holidays.
This will be our first parish social for more than two years. Volunteers and suggestions are needed for this to be a success.
There are some of us who are still a bit reluctant to attend weekend Masses.
Though we are not out of the woods yet, we are getting there. The church is as safe as could be, and we need you to come back.
If you know anyone who needs some encouragement to attend, please let us know. If it, is you that needs encouraging, please also let us know? Please encourage friends and family to start attending Mass if they have not already started.
Thank you for who you are and what you do for the parish community. Your presence at any of our Mass is much appreciated.
Thanks to all our volunteers who have kept oiling the wheel of progress in the parish. Please, your suggestions are highly welcomed, but please be charitable with your choice of words.
Thank you for your continuing support of the Foodbank.
The Foodbank is currently in need of UHT/long-life milk, tinned fruit, tinned meats, coffee, hot chocolate, tea, sugar, nappies, and toiletries.
Pope Francis has asked every one of the People of God to let him know how things are for them in the church. He believes we are journeying together through life, finding ways to communicate the fundamental message of Jesus, to love one another in how we live our lives and in our words.
That is the meaning of the word ‘Synodal’ - it means “journeying together “.
Pope Francis has asked the Bishops of the world, to ask you and then tell him. You can do this with other people in the parish, with your families and friends and on your own.
Bishop Ralph will collect your thoughts and take them to a meeting of the Bishops of England and Wales and some of our bishops will then gather in Rome for a synod in 2023 to listen to what you are saying about our journeying together.
Pope Francis is asking you to pray to the Holy Spirit, to listen and discern.
You will be asked to respond to Pope Francis’s call in the coming weeks.
This Synthesis of the listening and discernment that has taken place in the diocese for the past six months has been submitted to the Bishops’ Conference. You can find a summary of what has been said, included with this weekends Parish Newsletter.
You will see that there is much about the Church that brings joy to people as well as much that we need to do to be a Church that allows and encourages all to respond to their baptismal calling.
Read the report HERE
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