Conditions are still nowhere back to normal and there is a new spike in the Coronavirus pandemic, as we are seeing in other countries. I'm also extremely concerned about the lack of adherence to government guidelines to restrict the spread of this virus. On the other hand it is heartening to see the continuation of care and kindness being shown one to another.
In the church we have resumed our Parish Mass at 10:30 and we continue also to stream this on zoom. We have now got our choir back after so long an absence. Socially distanced they add such a richness to our liturgy
We continue to stream on zoom the offices of Morning and Evening prayer, taken from the Book of Common Prayer. This has been a wonderful experience, well at least for me. Not only have I experienced the fellowship of other Christians on a day-to-day basis, but I have also learned many interesting little facts, especially about ones dress sense on Zoom!
John Blackburne John was ordained at Michaelmas at St Andrew’s, Holborn. John will serve his title at All Saints, Notting Hill & St Michael’s, Ladbroke Grove. Please remember him in your prayers
St Marylebone Project – a refuge for women. Several people have asked me for details of the St. Marylebone project, which is under the auspices of the Church Army and provides a refuge for women. This is an extraordinary and amazing organisation and I commend them to your prayers, please? If you would like to know more of their work or make a donation please refer to their website: https://www.maryleboneproject.org.uk/
Ronald Dongworth RIP A Requiem Mass for the recently departed Ronald, who attended St Cyprian’s until he entered a care home earlier this year, was held recently. Fr Desmond Tillyer, a long-time friend, celebrated and preached assisted by Fr Alan Chidwick.
Love is the Way. “That’s what love is about: where selfishness excludes, love makes room and includes. Were selfishness puts down, love lifts up. Where selfishness hurts and harms, love helps and heels.” These are words from Bishop Michael Curry’s, primate of the Episcopal Church of the USA (Anglicans), latest book entitled, ‘Love is the way’, and subtitled ‘holding on to hope in troubling times’. I commend this book to you, it’s available online from Amazon.
Please help I think by now you must be fed up with reading my appeal for assistance to the North Paddington Food Bank, but the need is absolutely desperate. It has changed slightly from needing donations of food when it was a small organisation to being more appreciative know of financial contribution, to enable them to buy larger quantities of food wholesale. You can get more information concerning their activities on the website, https://www.npfoodbank.org.uk. Or you can donate financially by clicking here, which is the best form of donation for them in the current circumstances. We are still collecting dried and tinned food and toiletries.
Thank you, thank you. My grateful thanks to all who have been able to support us financially during this difficult time. At present we are managing to hold our own, but at the cost of eroding our reserves. We still have no idea when we can resume bookings. There are several ways you can give, if you were able and minded to, the simplest is to simply click on to our online giving ‘give a little’. Alternatively, you could send a cheque to the Parish Office or make a bank transfer; the details of our bank account are NatWest plc., Baker Street Branch. Sort Code: 56-00-14. Account: St Cyprian’s Parochial Council. Account Number: 12138126
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Some words of Saint Mother Teresa: ‘When you look at a crucifix you understand how much Jesus loved you then. When you look at the Eucharist you understand how much Jesus loves you now!’