This year, the date for Ash Wednesday is 2nd March 2022, which is the first day of Lent. Mass at St. Edmund’s is at the following time:
12:15 PM: Mass with the Imposition of Ashes.
Please make every effort to attend Mass on Ash Wednesday. And as I have mentioned in my last post, we will join with Pope Francis to make Ash Wednesday a day of prayer and fasting for peace following the attack on Ukraine by Russia.
On Sunday 10th April 2022 (Palm Sunday), we are very please to announce that Rt Revd Martin Gorick. Bishop of Dudley, will be presiding at the Mass, and will be starting our journey through Holy Week. Please make very effort to attend. The Mass on Palm Sunday will be at the usual time of 11 AM.
Easter Services are to be announced (please keep tuned to this website), however the Easter Sunday Mass will be at 11 AM on Sunday 17th April 2022.
Many of us may have troubled hearts following the attack by Russia on Ukraine. The Archbishops of Canterbury & York have sent out a pastoral letter which we may wish to read, encouraging us to prayer. You can download the letter here:
Another update concerns the Wednesday Mass. The church will not be open now until 12 PM; if you arrive a church before this time, please wait to be let in.
The Bible is full of references about the resurrection of the dead on the last day. For example Daniel 12:2 in the Hebrew Scriptures, John 5:28-29 in the Gospels, and Revelation 20:12-13 at the end of the New Testament. When we come into church to see the vaults, let us also keep these verses in our minds.
Work to remove the plinths, and other items, at the back of the church, will begin on Monday 17th January 2022. Please be aware of the following:
When coming to church for the 12:15 PM Mass on Wednesdays, the church will not be open until 11:45 AM, and everyone will be required to leave the church by 1 PM; this is to ensure that the contractors can continue with the required work.
The church will remain closed on Thursday mornings until further notice.
Please follow all instructions given by the contractors when entering, leaving, and moving around the church.
Mass on Sundays will continue as usual at 11 AM.
We look forward to seeing everyone at our services.
Services at St. Edmund’s remain at their usual times:
Sundays: 11AM Sung Mass
Wednesdays: 1215PM Mass
Rt Revd Martin Gorick, the Bishop of Dudley, will be celebrating Mass at St. Edmund’s on Sunday 9th January 2022. Please come along to support him, and to ask him any questions you may have.
Below is some news from The Society for the New Year:
Bishop Glyn is thrilled and delighted that The Reverend Canon David Wyatt, Rector of St Paul with Christ Church, Salford and Priest in charge of the Ascension, Lower Broughton and Mrs Helen Wyatt have been jointly honoured in the New Year’s Honours List for services to Homeless People and to the community in Salford, Greater Manchester.
‘A very special year of thanksgiving…’ Bishop Philip, Master of the Guardians, introduces the Centenary of the Restoration of The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham 1922–2022 #WalsinghamCentenary #BeAPilgrim
Below are the Christmas Services at St. Edmund’s this year:
11 AM Sunday 19th December 2021: Sung Mass with Carols
7 PM Friday 24th December 2021: Sung Mass with Carols
10 AM Saturday 25th December 2021: Said Mass with Carols
11 AM Sunday 26th December 2021: Sung Mass
O Come O Come Emmanuel
To mark the first of the Great O Antiphon days in the final week of Advent leading up to the celebration of Christmas, the Church Union and The Society, which is supported by Forward in Faith, are delighted to issue this wonderful recording of the Advent hymn ‘O Come, O Come. Emmanuel’ by the choir of Saint Stephen’s, Gloucester Road. The hymn picks up on the messages of the O Antiphons, which address Our Lord by one of His messianic titles from the Old Testament. This linking of the Old and New Testaments is a striking and profound dimension of Advent from which we can learn much as we prepare for Christmas.
It is now mandatory to wear a face covering in places of worship, and other public places, following changes to the rules and guidance on Covid-19 by HM Government last week. Please endure that you wear your face covering when coming to St. Edmund’s. There would usually be a carol service this afternoon (3rd Sunday of Advent), however this will not be going ahead this year. There are exemptions to wearing a face covering, which Rev. Hugh Burton has helpfully listed for us here:
From the latest C of E guidance – some of the exemptions from the face covering requirement:
• There are exemptions on wearing face coverings for those leading a service or giving a reading. • There is a reasonable excuse exemption which allows people to remove a face covering whilst singing if they wish to do so. However congregations may wish to consider the use of face coverings while singing depending on the local circumstances. • These exemptions are made to enable communication, particularly with those who rely on lip-reading, facial expressions or clear sound; they do not exempt clergy and other leaders from wearing face coverings in other situations or during other activities. • young children under the age of 11 • not being able to put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability • if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress • to eat or drink, but only if you need to
Sunday 28th November 2021 marks the start of Advent. Advent it a time where we think about Jesus Christ’s first coming into the world on 25th December, and his second coming at the end of time; and is a time for us to prepare spiritually for the feast of Christmas. It is also the start of the church’s year.
The Benefice is assisting a charity called Safe Families, who are volunteers currently working with 17 families in Dudley. These families are often facing financial hardship and social isolation. If you want to find out more place contact Team Vicar: Rev Rachel Newell (firstname.lastname@example.org /01384 74777), or see the leaflet below:
The Black Country Food Bank require Christmas food donations. Please ask in church for more details.
At the Heart of Christmas
‘At the heart of Christmas’ is the Church of England’s theme for Advent and Christmas 2021. Looking to sign up for the reflections emails or download the app? Get involved today The event will be launched on Thursday at 6PM, you an watch it here:
Christmas services at St. Edmund’s are as follows:
11AM Sunday 19th December 2021: Sung Mass with Carols
7 PM Friday 24th December 2021: First Mass of Christmas (Sung)