Welcome to the website of St Christopher's Catholic Church, Cheam, situated in the heart of Cheam Village and part of the Archdiocese of Southwark and the Deanery of Sutton. St Christopher's is a friendly parish with a strong sense of shared values and community support. It offers many activities, details of which can be found on this site, and the weekly newsletter provides information on current and future events. We hope you will find our site useful and invite you to contact us via the parish office for further information.To find out more about our Parish please (click here) our Parish Directory.

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MONDAY 30 MARCH 2020

 

ARCHBISHOP PETER SMITH RIP

Archbishop Peter's funeral is taking place today with only his close

family and the priests of the Cathedral present.  Please pray for him

and his family, and all who mourn him at this time of loss.  This is

effectively a graveside service as Archbishop Peter will be buried in

the vault of the Cathedral.  There will be a Mass in memoriam once

the restrictions are lifted.  May he rest in peace.

 

 

 FRIDAY 27 MARCH 2020

 

God bless you and your families and keep you from all harm,

worry and distress.

 

The Archbishop is keeping us all in his prayers.

 

I say Mass on my own every day.  On Sunday, at 10.00am, the

Mass intention is 'for the people of the parish'.

 

The Gospel reading for the 5th Sunday of Lent (A) is John 11:1-45.

 

I draw your attention to three prayers from the Divine Office for

Thursday of the 4th week of Lent.

 

"Lead us more deeply into the life of your Church; and through us

make it a clearer sign of the world's salvation."

 

"Lover of men, help us to play our part in the growth of the human

city and help us to build up your Kingdom in every way."

 

"Save men from the blind pursuit of wealth; make them sensitive to

the needs of others."

 

Let us hope that the 'good neighbourliness' and concern for the 

common good inspired by the present crisis endures when it is over.

 

Bernard 

 

 

MONDAY 23 MARCH 2020

 

I hope that you and your families are well and coping with the

anxieties and restrictions caused by this emergency.

 

We all missed seeing each other on Sunday to celebrate the

Eucharist together.  I have never before celebrated the Eucharist

behind locked doors. 

 

We are all in the Archbishop's prayers.

 

Pope Francis has urged us, this year, to become better acquainted

with Sacred Scripture.  I suggest that you read the Gospel

according to Mark - the first of the Gospels to be written.

 

As you have noticed, Christian values are still influencing the

behaviour of many people during this emergency - even if they don't

realise that they are being influenced by them!

 

O God, be gracious and bless us

and let your face shed its light upon us.

So will your ways be known upon earth

and all nations learn your saving help.

Ps 66 (67) 

Bernard 

 

 

 

Monday 23 March 2020

 

Update regarding Sacrament of the Sick  

 Unfortunately, during this emergency, Holy Communion (and, of

course, the Sacrament of the Sick) may only be taken to persons in

danger of death.

 

 

 

Thursday 19 March 2020

 

MEASURES TO BE PUT IN PLACE

REGARDING PUBLIC WORSHIP

AND THE CELEBRATION OF THE SACRAMENTS

IN RELATION TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

 

 

In order to comply with the advice and regulations of the

Government, the Bishops of England and Wales have decided, with

great sadness, to suspend the public celebration of Mass and the

public celebration of all other liturgies until the present emergency is

over.

This is how the parishioners of St Christopher's will be affected.

 

Mass

This will be celebrated privately by the priest each day with only one

other person present.

As far as possible, the intention of the Mass will be for the one

requested.  Inevitably, some Mass intentions will have to be deferred

until the present emergency is over. 

The Mass on Sunday will be for 'the People of the Parish'.

 

Sacrament of Reconciliation

This will be celebrated, as usual, between 10.30am - 11.00am, at

5.00pm - 5.30pm on each Saturday.

Parishioners attending are asked to observe the advice concerning

hand washing, social distancing, etc

 

Baptism

Except in danger of death, Baptisms will be deferred until the

present emergency is over.

 

Funerals

These will be celebrated at crematoriums and cemeteries.

Masses for the repose of the soul of the deceased will be deferred

until the emergency is over and when family and friends can gather.

 

Sacrament of the Sick ('Extreme Unction', Anointing of the Sick')

This sacrament will be conferred by the priest when and where

required.

  

First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion

The celebration of these is deferred until the present emergency is

over.

 

Parish Rotas

All rotas are suspended until the emergency is over.

 

 

The Parish website will be brought up to date as often as is possible. 

 

If you know of any other member of the Parish community who does

not have access to the modern methods of communication, please

do your best to keep them informed.

 

We must not lose our sense of being members of the Parish, the

Archdiocese and the Universal Church.

 

We will be deprived of the communal celebration of the Eucharist, let

us renew our private and family prayers.

 

May Almighty God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit bless you

and all your families and friends and keep you all safe.

 

 

Mass Online & Daily Liturgical Resources:


To find a weekly schedule of live-streamed Masses: http://www.churchservices.tv

Each day, Vatican News live-streams Pope Francis' 6am (GMT) Masses at Casa Santa Marta on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vaticannews/  and

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxIsefyl9g9A5SGWA4FvGIA

The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham live-streams their 12 noon Mass: 

http://www.walsingham.org.uk/live-stream

 

Prayers for when Mass cannot be celebrated publicly, prepared by the Bishops' Conference:

https://www.cbcew.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/03/No-Mass-A4.pdf