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Update for 12th April 2021

Dear sisters and brothers,

In this time of difficulty for us all, Mass at St Martin de Porres Catholic Church, Luton is currently at:
- 6.30pm Vigil on Saturday
- 11am on Sunday
- 9.30am on Tuesday
- 6.30pm on Thursday
The church will be open for private prayer and Adoration each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
Confession is available by appointment. Please ring the Parish Office to arrange this.

The only thing that may stop our services happening is if we don’t have enough stewards.  Please remain vigilant in following all the government safety guidelines, including that you only attend church with members of your household/bubble and remain socially distanced from people from other households/bubbles and wear a face covering.  This will, as before, limit the numbers of those who can attend inside the church.  If you choose to come and attend outside or in your car, the external speakers should enable you to follow the Mass adequately, and we will bring Holy Communion to you outside.

The obligation to attend Mass on Sunday remains suspended, and we are encouraged to participate from home in some way – either joining us online (see links below) or praying through the readings of the Mass, which you’ll find on the newsletter elsewhere on this website.  In either of these ways you will be sharing in a spiritual communion with those of us who feel able to come together.  I will continue to offer Mass privately for the whole parish on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

We will endeavour to live stream Masses on…

Tuesday at 9.30am       Thursday at 6.30pm       Saturday at 6.30pm      Sunday at 11.00am

via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/StMartinsLuton/ Please note that you do not need to have the Facebook App or an account in order to view these videos, as our account is public.

We now also have a YouTube account.  Search for ‘St Martin de Porres Catholic Church, Luton’ or click on this link, St Martin de Porres Catholic Church, Luton – YouTube and subscribe to receive alerts for future videos of streamed Masses and the Stations of the Cross.

Unfortunately Confession is not able to happen as it used to on a Saturday, though the Sacrament is available by appointment if you ring the Parish Office.  However, Pope Francis has reminded us that, in a time such as this, if we profess genuine sorrow for our sins to God, expressed by a sincere request for forgiveness and accompanied by the firm resolution to go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation as soon as is possible, forgiveness of sins is obtained, even mortal ones (cf. CCC, no. 1452).

The Parish Office will only be open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9.15am to 1.15pm as Elaine, our parish administrator, has to work reduced hours during the pandemic.  Please note that it is advisable to make any enquiries via phone or email.  She will still endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible, but replies may take longer than usual.  Please do not come to the presbytery office at the moment.

I will be keeping you all in my prayers as we continue to journey through these challenging times but let us also remember that Jesus’ love is more powerful than any disease, and that with St Paul we stand together as the family of God, praying for each other that we will continue to show our faith in action, working together for love and persevering through hope!!!  And in my role as Father, be assured that I carry you in my heart, and entrust us all to the ‘power’ of the Holy Spirit who brings us his hope and conviction, even in the most troubling of times.

With every blessing,

Simon

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