Our Lady & St John, 20 The Croft, Sudbury, CO10 1HP
St Joseph’s, Long Bessels, Hadleigh, IP7 5DB
Parish Priest: Father Peter Brett
Tel: 01787 372703
THE CATHOLIC PARISH OF SUDBURY WITH HADLEIGH
TWENTY FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
SUNDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER 2020
Please continue to pray for all the sick in our Parish, and those in the many Care Homes.
First Communions and Confirmations are deferred until further notice.
We are now obliged to wear a mask at Holy Mass.
When coming up to Holy Communion, please lower your mask and so “free up” your hands to receive Communion. Again, please keep your hand flat when receiving Communion.
Saturday in Sudbury at 5.00 p.m. (Streamed unless Mass is in the garden)
Sunday in Sudbury at 9.15 a.m. (Streamed)
Sunday in Hadleigh at 11.15 a.m.
PLEASE OBSERVE SOCIAL DISTANCING AT ALL TIMES. THINK OF OTHERS.
The church is open for the celebration of Mass on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Masses are as follows:
Tuesday in Sudbury at 10.00 a.m. (And will be streamed)
Wednesday in Hadleigh at 10.00 a.m.
Thursday in Sudbury at 10.00 a.m. (And will be streamed)
Friday in Sudbury at 10.00 a.m. the Mass will be streamed only
(N.B. No Mass on Monday or Saturday mornings).
THANK YOU to all for helping with the finances during these difficult days, either by contributing at Holy Mass or sending in your contribution.
It is all helping to pay the bills and keep us afloat.
A special word of thanks to all who contribute by Standing Order or envelope.
SUFFOLK HISTORIC CHURCHES RIDE AND STRIDE
The Suffolk Historic Churches Ride and Stride took place last Saturday. We are very grateful to Tim Power and his daughter, who did the ride on behalf of the Parish, visiting 10 churches over 3 hours.
Should anyone wish to sponsor retrospectively, kindly contact Tim at: email@example.com or by phone on 07803 050709.
MESSAGE FROM FATHER BRETT
In February 2019, I brought to the attention of the Parish that the stonework on the Church tower in Sudbury was in a serious state of corrosion.
At our last “five-yearly” inspection of our properties by the Diocese, we were instructed to remedy this.
Since then our Finance Committee has been attending to the matter but we discovered that the “remedy” was going to be a very slow process.
We had the tower inspected by a firm from Bury St. Edmunds, who in turn, recommended that we employ a stone specialist as a Consultant. He is David Eusden, living in Norfolk. He has guided us and worked on our behalf for the last 18 months.
Because the Church is a listed building we were required to involve Historic Churches. After much, and lengthy consultation, Historic Churches gave their approval for us to proceed. Permission was also given by the Diocese.
Recently, we went out to tender. Four companies have tendered for the work. All came in with more or less the same costing. The same costing had been forecast by our Consultant – approximately £100,000. This is the figure I gave to the Parish in February 2019.
We are about to choose the most suitable stone restoration specialists.
From commencement, the restoration work will take about 12 weeks.
For the last three years, we have been building up our reserves with the Diocese, and now have the money to proceed. We are looking for any grants available and will be claiming a return on V.A.T.
The Parish Finance Committee has been very supportive and, in particular, Michael Evans, who has worked tirelessly behind the scenes on our behalf since February 2019.
We hope to have a start-date very soon.
Father Peter Brett
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