Sunday 15th November 2020 (The Second Sunday before Advent)

Mass live at 9AM:

Benefice Zoom Service

11AM – To gain access, please contact Rev Hugh Burton (rectoro…

Novena (Friday 20 November to Saturday 28 November)

The Religious Life is at the very centre of our Catholic heritage within The Church of England. Those living the Religious Life represent a beating heart of prayer within our tradition and the wisdom of the cloister has had much to teach us during this time of pandemic. Bishop Tony Robinson is inviting you to join us in a novena of prayer for an increase in vocations to the Religious Life, this novena of prayer is supported by Religious of Orthodox Tradition (RooT), The Church Union and The Society, which is supported by Forward in Faith. The novena will be prayed in the period between the feast of St Hilda, which is marked in some calendars on 17 November (the day she died) and by the Church of England on 19 November, and the holy season of Advent, which begins on 29 November this year.The novena will therefore be prayed from Friday 20 November to Saturday 28 November. Please do join in with this time of prayer and ask God to call more people to serve Him in this way of life.You can download the resources here:


We are delighted to announce a new resource for Advent called O Radiant Dawn. In the booklet you will find a reflection for use each day during Advent. Each week will look at a different Advent theme: Patriarchs, Prophets, St John the Baptist & Our Lady.To accompany the booklet, each Saturday in Advent starting on 28th November at 5:30pm we will be releasing a video that will be a reflection on that week’s theme. Each video will include a reflection by Bishop Will Hazlewood, a talk by a priest of The Society on that week’s theme and include music from the choir at St Stephen’s Gloucester Road. More details on those films over the coming weeks.…/O_Radiant_Dawn_final…This resource is brought to you by The Society, which is supported by Forward in Faith, and The Church Union

Bishop Philip North

Bishop Philip North has released a video titled: It’s the hope that kills you. Please watch it here:

Society Video

During the Pandemic The Society has been working with The Church Union to make a number of devotional videos. This short video explains how we did it. It is just one from a series which reviews the work of Forward in Faith this year. See the others here:

Forward in Faith Video

In presenting its annual review for 2020, Forward in Faith thanks all its supporters for their steadfastness during a very difficult year. The videos which form the review include a wide range of material and of particular note is the emphasis placed by the Bishops of Wakefield and of Fulham on the importance of our renewed sacramental life together following two periods of national lockdown. We look forward to gathering together physically once more in 2021 to share our faith and enjoy Christian fellowship.

Have a blessed Sunday and stay safe. I shall see you all once our churches are open for public worship again. St. Edmund’s will be open this Wednesday between 11AM and 12PM however for private prayer.

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