TRUST IN ME

‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God still, and trust in Me.’ (John 14.1)
 
May these words, which open this week’s Gospel, resonate in us through this coming week. Plenty to look at in today’s email: we’re going to do an experiment with using Zoom to live-broadcast tomorrow’s Sunday Mass; a plea to write to John Penrose about an important pro-life vote on Tuesday; and another suggestion for your lockdown viewing – the largest crowd-funded project in the history of film. Please also have a look at this week’s newsletter for Canon Tom’s Sunday reflection, and all of the readings.
 
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EXPERIMENTAL ZOOM MASS
Our Zoom account is back in action, and we thought we’d try an experiment: we’d like to invite you to join us for Mass at Corpus Christi. As you know, we’re not able to access WiFi in the church, so can’t livestream, but we’re going to try using mobile data, just occasionally. We also have no way of hooking it into the amplification system, so we’re just hoping the sound will be OK! So we can’t promise it’ll work – but if you’d like to be part of the experiment, you’d be very welcome to log into Zoom tomorrow morning!

8.45am Meeting will open
9am Mass


Then a 10 minute break to put the kettle on, followed by:
Virtual Tea & Coffee after Mass!
 
To join the ‘meeting’ (that’s Zoom language – we’ve not become Protestant!), you can click here:
Join the Zoom Meeting
And you may need these numbers:
Meeting ID: 750 028 1276
Fiendishly complicated password: 123

If you don’t have Zoom installed, it’s free to download from here. Hopefully see you tomorrow!

PRO-LIFE
Despite the current crisis, and the re-assembly of Stormont, the Government is planning to press on with introducing one of the most extreme abortion regimes in the world in Northern Ireland. This will legalise:
  • Abortion up to birth of children with disabilities,
  • Sex-selective abortions,
  • Abortion on-demand for any reason, up to 24 weeks, without the involvement of a doctor (or parents in the case of young girls),
  • Aborting one twin and saving the other,
  • Babies born alive being left to die,
  • Partial-birth abortions,
  • Forced abortions by the State, on mothers who want their children,
  • and lots more – see here for information.
 
MPs in Westminster will vote on this on Tuesday. Can we send a message, asking them to vote it down?
Email your MP

THE CHOSEN
Have you heard about The Chosen? It’s a TV dramatisation of the life of Christ, but done well. Season 1 raised $10 million, making it the largest crowd-funded film project ever. It’s also done to a very high standard, and I’ve been getting lots of reports from people who are watching it during this lockdown, and finding it incredibly moving – most tell me they’re in tears. Have a look at the trailer below…
The project is ecumenical and international: indeed, the actor who plays Christ – Jonathan Roumie –  is a Catholic, and does all the filming with rosary beads in his pocket!

You can watch the other episodes either on YouTube, or via their app (iOS or Android), and if you find it a blessing, you can help fund Series 2 on their website (it looks like they’ve currently raised enough for 3 episodes out of 8).
Watch Episode One on YouTube

LISTENING CHAPLAINCY

THE UK BLESSING
Continuing the theme of musical collaborations via video-messaging, this video called ‘The UK blessing’ has been viewed almost 2 million times in the last week. The words are familiar:

The Lord bless you and keep you
Make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you
The Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
Amen, amen, amen.

May His favour be upon you
And a thousand generations
And your family and your children
And their children, and their children

May His presence go before you
And behind you, and beside you
All around you, and within you
He is with you, He is with you
 
In the morning, in the evening
In your coming, and your going
In your weeping, and rejoicing
He is for you, He is for you

 
 

KEEP SMILING
And what are you doing with your lockdown time...?
With our prayers,
Canon Tom Gunning (Parish Priest)
and Joseph Meigh (seminarian)
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