Two pieces of good news… firstly, our experiment with Mass via Zoom seemed to go quite well last Sunday, with over 30 accounts logging in to be with us. But even better, many thanks to Geoff Summers, who’s been able to set us up with the WiFi we needed in the church, so we don’t have to be limited to my mobile data allowance! That means we’re hoping to be able to offer Mass via Zoom every day!
The first daily Mass on Zoom will be this Friday morning (15th May) at 9am, with the meeting open from 8.45am. Mass will be offered for the repose of the soul of Amar Dias.

From then on, there can hopefully be Mass each day at 9am. Any changes will be announced in the weekly newsletter.
The details will be the same:
Meeting ID: 750 028 1276
Foolproof Password: 123

And the link:
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When will churches re-open? We may not be much the wiser after the PM’s announcement on Sunday, but the best guess seems to be that there’ll be no public liturgies in churches until at least July. We’ve also had a message from the bishop saying that there are discussions underway about the possibility of re-opening churches for private prayer, with the appropriate hygiene measures in place, as soon as it is considered safe to do so, possibly in early June.
Joseph Meigh and Stuart Ford are continuing to work through Paul’s letter to the Philippians in Letters from Lockdown. This week we look at Phil 3.1-11 – but don’t watch before the watershed, as Paul uses some rather strong language in this section!
I’d really encourage you to find some time to read Philippians, and to use the videos if they’re helpful – you can skip over my bits, but Stu is always very worth listening to! And what a verse to meditate on this week: ‘I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ’ (Phil 3.8).

You can also catch up on Episode 1, Episode 2, and Episode 3.
St Rock (or Roch, Roque, Rocco, or in Scotland, Rollox…) is a French saint from the 14th century, commemorated on the 16th August. Although patron of numerous intentions (including bachelors, dogs, invalids, tile-makers, gravediggers, surgeons, knee problems, skin diseases, falsely accused people, diseased cattle, and Istanbul), he is primarily invoked for his intercession against plague.
According to his hagiography, Rock was so devout, even as a baby, that on fast days, he would ‘would suck his mother but once that day’. Despite being made governor of Montpellier at age 20, he sold all his possessions and set out for Rome. The Black Death was ravaging Italy at the time, and Rock set himself to caring for victims in hospitals, and became renowned for procuring miraculous cures through his prayers. Eventually, he caught the disease himself, and withdrew to the woods, where a spring of water miraculously appeared, and a dog brought him food.
When he died, the story states, an angel placed a golden inscription underneath his head, which stated that, ‘who that calleth meekly to S. Rocke, he shall not be hurt with any hurt of pestilence’. Let’s ask for his prayers at this time, that more people would come to know Jesus, the healer of souls and bodies.
…and don’t forget a special prayer to St Corona on her feast day tomorrow (14th May), though she’s somewhat ‘kicked into touch’ (as Fr Tom might say) by sharing the day with St Matthias (the Apostle who replaced Judas Iscariot)!
We got some sad news this morning about 11 nuns who have died from COVID-19 from a single community in the US.
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Thank you to anyone who might have written to John Penrose about the Abortion bill on Tuesday. The vote was withdrawn at the last minute, and will be re-drafted, though it remains far from certain that the new draft, which will be re-tabled shortly, will be any great improvement.
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We also received the following distress call from Jane Walker, MBE, founder of the Purple Community Fund & the Upskills+ Foundation in the Philippines. Please be generous if you can, and let’s keep our brothers & sisters throughout the world in our prayers, who are not so well placed to cope with the crisis as we are.  
Dear Canon Tom,

I hope that all is well with you, your family and Church members, and that my email will not cause anxiety.  I am the founder and CEO for PCF a  Christian charity supporting the poorest of the poor in the Philippines.

In 2005, your parish generously supported our work  (then known as Philippine Community Fund), providing funds for the education and spiritual development for our school children, of which we are extremely grateful.

I hope you don't me asking but we need you help again, at the start of the Philippine lock down we knew that the  majority of our families survive on a meal to meal basis, mainly eating leftovers from restaurants that are now closed, their biggest challenge is  how they will eat and remain safe.  Families live in small shanties without the use of running water or the ability for social distancing puts them most at risk.

Recently a fire broke out in our largest community and left 1,055 families homeless including 40 of our school children's families  and 2 staff.   We opened our doors and now have 131 individuals living with us  in our gym and child care center as well as trying to provide food parcels of rice and some canned foods for all our school children and their families  and  for the wider community when funds allow.

The Government has announced that it is unable to provide food for the country's poor.
Families message us daily to help them as they have no money to buy their children's milk and have not eaten for several days, in some cases weeks. The situation is dire.

All of our meetings and product sales have been cancelled reducing our income significantly, the result being we are unable to continue to meet this new need without additional help.

I understand this is a really big ask when we are all so worried about our own families but if you can help in anyway. All donations  no matter what size  will enable us to get vital food, medicines and milk to those most at risk or / and can you please share this email  with any friends, churches  or businesses that you think might be able to help us.

To make a donation you can use the donate button on our website, or call Hannah on 01489 790219 and she can take a payment over the phone or send by bank transfer using these details:

Purple Community Fund : CAF Bank Sort Code 40-52-40 Account details: 00026864

Or please send a cheque to Purple Community Fund at 53 Russell Street, Norwich, NR2 4QT ( The Hampshire PCF PO Box is closed so please send cheques to my  home address).

Any help you can offer will be much appreciated.

Jane Walker  E:, T: 077 9469 6213  W:

In Christian service


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With our prayers,
Canon Tom Gunning (Parish Priest)
and Joseph Meigh (seminarian)
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