Church Notices


Please continue to wear of face masks in Church

Following the easing of rules by the Government, it is no longer mandatory to wear a face mask and now a personal choice to wear one. Please continue to wear a face mask whilst in church. Also, continue to sanitise your hands on entering church and to please be aware of your proximity to others. Thank you.

Read the new COVID guidance from Bishops’ Conference.

For the lastest guidance and rules, see https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus


June is the Month of the Sacred Heart

June is traditionally given to devotions to the Sacred Heart of our Lord – the Heart that loved so much so that we could all go to heaven. Please pray the Litany to the Sacred Heart showing love and gratitude to the Heart that has given us heaven.    


Today is The Feast of The Most Holy Body & Blood Of Christ

This morning our annual procession with the Blessed Sacrament took place around the church grounds led by the children who celebrated their First Holy Communion yesterday. Please keep Isabel, Raphael, Mavis, Anthony, Bernice, Melody, Kamsiyochukwu, Patrick, Emmanuella, Ethan and Noelia in your prayers.


Calling People Home for Pentecost – A Message from Archbishop John Wilson

In Advent, the Agency for Evangelisation and Catechesis offered the Come Home campaign, which sought to invite Catholics back to church. This Pentecost, I am again Calling People Home and back to Sunday Mass. This is a simple initiative which comprises two elements: next week you will receive a  letter from me to all parishioners who are worshipping Sunday by Sunday, inviting them to play their part in reaching out to fellow Catholics who no longer come to Mass – maybe family, friends, neighbours, colleagues, and a card from me to those who have not returned to Mass, who are hesitant, or whose practice has come to a halt during the pandemic, inviting them to return. There are many challenges today; the cost of living crisis, a feeling of tension in society and worldwide conflicts that impact our ability to see good and to hope. We, however, remain confident that the Lord Jesus’ power, love and mercy can and does speak to these situations and to people’s hearts, providing precisely what is needed for each of us through the Gospel. We have so much to gain by such simple acts to heal the wounds of separation exacerbated by the pandemic’.


Day For Life Second Collection Today

‘Day for Life’, is the day in the Church’s calendar set aside to celebrate life from conception to natural death. This year our focus in on caring for and valuing the elderly. Do not cast me off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength is spent.


Mass Intentions

You can ask the Parish Priest to offer Mass for a specific intention of yours. It could be for: yourself or your family, a friend in need, a deceased relative, our community or the wider world or a private intention. If you indicate a preferred date, the Mass will be offered on or about that preferred date. If you would like to be sure of a specific date, please speak to Fr Hans. Simply fill in a Mass Offering envelope and either give it to Fr. Hans or place it in the collection plate.


Receiving Holy Communion

We welcome all visitors and those who do not regularly worship with us at St. Simon Stock.

If you are not a Catholic, you are welcome to come for a blessing or remain in your seat if you prefer. If you would like to receive a blessing, please fold your arms across your chest in the form of a cross and I will be happy to give you a blessing.

If you are a Catholic who does not regularly attend Sunday Mass at a Catholic Church, you are also invited to come for a blessing or remain in your seat if you prefer. If you would like to receive a blessing, please fold your arms across your chest in the form of a cross and I will be happy to give you a blessing.

Those receiving communion are reminded that the host must be consumed before returning to your seat.


Help Needed at Our Church

We are looking for volunteers to help with the various tasks that take place to make the parish run smoothly in particular church cleaners. If you have a couple of hours to spare to volunteer for these roles, or any of the other behind the scenes roles that help the parish function, please speak to Fr. Hans or Thereza. Many hands make light work!

Flower Arrangers Needed

We are looking for some more volunteers to join the team of flower arrangers who decorate our church each week. If you are interested, please see Fr. Hans.

Choir Members Needed

We are looking for new members for the choir. If you would like to join, no special aptitude is required just enthusiasm and a willingness to learn, please see Thereza Baker or Titus Msoka. The day and time for practices is yet to be agreed, but it will be a weekday evening.


Care Of The Sick

If you would like a sick member of your family, or a friend, to be visited and the sacraments administered please let Fr. Hans know. If you know of someone who would like to attend Mass but is unable to get here please let us know and a lift may be able to be organised.


Other Notices


CARITAS POVERTY CHALLENGE – SEE, JUDGE, ACT

Following the pandemic, may households now also face new hardships as prices rise. Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN) the Catholic agency addressing poverty and injustice in England and Wales, has released a free new booklet to increase awareness of Catholic Social Teaching on poverty, and to inform local responses. Please take a moment to read and encourage others to engage with it. Download from http://www.csan.org.uk


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