Secondary School Transfers

All applications to  Catholic Secondary Schools require a document from the parish priest indicating how often the parents and child attend Sunday Mass. Parents will need to approach Fr John after Sunday Mass and sign each week if they wish the child to receive a favourable report. Bonus Pastor our local school will have three applicants for each place and the decision will be made on the frequency of attending Sunday Mass. No last-minute excuses will be accepted as I'm giving ample warning of the process.

Latest Update

We return the distribution of Holy Communion to its proper place in the Mass and invite you to form two queues as you come to receive from the priest. Please consider keeping a distance from the person in front of you as we show our awareness of one another.

After Lockdown – from 19th July 2021.

A Gradual Approach.

  1. The church layout will return to normal and is open to all. No more stewarding.
  2. As your personal responsibility towards others, please consider wearing a mask in church and allowing sufficient space between persons on the same bench.
  3. Only one Mass per day (including Saturday and Sunday) at 10 am until our numbers begin to grow.
  4. The Sunday Obligation remains suspended until Advent 2021 and so you may continue to treat any day as your Sunday worship.
  5. The Church Door will open at 9.45 am and Mass will continue in the shortened version for the summer.
  6. The priest will continue to sanitise and wear a mask during Holy Communion distribution.
  7. As we rebuild our confidence, I suggest we continue with the distribution of Holy Communion at the end of Mass, thus, ensuring we have no melee of people leaving the church in one large scrum.
  8. We will continue the one distribution point for Holy Communion and invite the congregation to continue with our current practice of coming forward, row by row.
  9. As is our custom during the summer holidays we will not have any music/singing during Mass.
  10. Statues are still off-limits, but you can still purchase your devotional candles from the front barrier in the main aisle of the church.
  11. The restrictions on numbers attending baptisms, weddings and funerals are now lifted.

 

Recognising our need to be sensitive and understanding of others

Mask Wearing.

Masks are no longer compulsory, but I would ask you to consider wearing a mask in church to offer reassurance to those who are still anxious.

 

Social Distancing.

If you are the first to enter a bench I would ask you to consider occupying the middle of the bench allowing for others to arrive in the bench to left and right of you. Before sitting it would be polite to engage with the other users and ask if they are happy with the distance you are maintaining from them.

 

Baptisms.

You will need to contact Fr John and establish you are a regular worshipper at Good Shepherd and apply for the online course.

 

First Holy Communion 2021.

Children who have completed the course will celebrate First Holy Communion during August.

 

 

 

 

 

We pray for all those working with the NHS and we especially pray for those members of our community who work in hospitals, care homes and serving the public. Also for our elderly parishioners and those with medical conditions. We place you all before God in our daily prayers.

 

Masses during the Coronavirus Pandemic after Lockdown

 

Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B).

 

Please Note

The obligation to attend Mass on Sunday is not applicable during this crisis.

 

The limit on numbers attending Mass is now removed.

 

We ask you to consider giving priority on Saturday and Sunday to those who are working on weekdays.

 

 

19/9/2021

 

Day

Time

Intention

Feastday

Saturday

10 am

Stephen Gurden RIP

feria

Sunday

10 am

Private Intention

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Monday

10 am

Martin Sims RIP

St Andrew Dim Tae-gon

Tuesday

10 am

Everal Egan RIP

St Matthew, Apostle

Wednesday

10 am

Parishioners

feria

Thursday 

10 am

Jim Murphy RIP

Padro Pio

Friday

10 am

Jean Tsangarides RIP

Our Lady of Walsingham

Saturday

10am

No Mass Intention

feria

Sunday

10 am

Intention of Jinmi Akinrele

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time


 

Fundraising at Good Shepherd

This is the Justgiving site where you can contirbute to our parish finances.

You can use the code reader scan or the link below to make a contribution.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Good-Shepherd-Church-Downham

Those who gift aid are reminded to ensure you provide the details requested.

Thank you for your support.

 

Other options to financially support the parish are offered below.

Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School

We are your parish primary school,

graded “Good” by OFSTED in February 2020 and would love to hear from you.

We currently have spaces in our Reception Class for September 2021.

If you have a child whose date of birth is between 1st September 2016 and 31st August 2017

and you are interested in a place for them, please contact the school office on 020 8698 4173.

We also have vacancies in our Nursery for September 2021.

If you would like a place for your child and they will be 3 years old by September 2021, or soon after, please call us.

 

19. Sep, 2021

A short reflection by Fr John

Fr John offers this short video reflection on the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

13. Sep, 2021

Open Days at Bonus Pastor for Secondary School Transfers

We hope that you can visit us on the following dates and times:
Thursday 23rd September: 6:30pm and 7:30pm Talk and Tour
Monday 27th, Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th September: 9:15am
Talk andTour
To register you interest to attend our open events and to find out more about us, please visit our Virtual Open
Event Webpage for virtual tours, videos from staff and students and all of the key information about our
Outstanding School:
https://www.bonuspastor.co.uk/959/open-events-2021
See link for poster.

20. Aug, 2021

Archbishop's Award to our Stewards during the Pandemic

Our Archbishop, Most Rev, John Wilson, has awarded a Certificat of Recognition to each one of our parishioners who helped keep the church open during the dark days of the Pandemic. The citation records, 'Because you have served the Lord in his Church
through the exercise of your gifts, and because the Body of Christ
has been enriched by your faithfulness and dedication,
we award the certificate to you'.
As a parish community, I will offer a Mass for each of our stewards over the next few weeks as we acknowledge our appreciation of their courage in stepping forward to ensure our parish community has not been denied the opportunity to give praise to God and ask his protection over our lives.

17. Jul, 2021

Church Stewards

As the stewarding ends in our church I wish to acknowledge my thanks to the stewards who have ensured we were able to remain open throughout the time of restrictions. Thank you to Mel, Ray and Geraldine for looking after our weekdays and to Dayo, George, Christine and Ramona for our weekends and to all for plugging the gaps. You have truly been ministers of the Gospel in allowing our community to praise and worship God around the Table of the Lord.

25. Apr, 2021

Gift Aid Tax information for personal Tax Returns

Please see link for Gift Aid contributions concerning the Tax Year 2020/2021.

18. Jul, 2020

The Sacrament of Reconciliation

Available any day after Mass at the Sacristy Emergency Door exit. Please wear a face mask.

24. Oct, 2020

The Sacrament of Baptism

Speak with Fr John after Mass at the Sacristy Emergency exit to enroll on the online programme.

27. Jun, 2020

Financial Contributions to Good Shepherd

We have a small number of parishioners who have supported us through Standing Orders or others through cheques or cash. During this crisis and without our Sunday collection we are appealing for you to support your parish.
See the link to contact Mary W who can guide you in choosing the best way to make your contribution.

10. Jul, 2020

Gift Aid Envelopes

If you are a member of our Gift Aid scheme then please phone or email Fr John to ask for your box of envelopes. Nominate the day you wish to collect and Fr John will make them available.

27. Jun, 2020

No place for Racism

Archbishop John Wilson addresses the Schools and Colleges of our diocese in this important letter to students.
See link for details.

27. Jun, 2020

Online Prayer Wall

Here is an opportunity to ask for parish prayers using this padlet platform.
Highlight the url. right clikck the mouse and Go..............
https://padlet.com/johnkavanagh6/tz6mxa8gtok3h7dq

10. Jul, 2020

Red Box 'Missio'.

We are not able to collect the Red Boxes at this time but those who wish to empty and donate from home should see the following link.

28. Jun, 2020

200 Club

Our monthly draws still take place but no prizes have been distributed during the lockdown.
See link for monthly winners.

18. Nov, 2020

Recent Deaths

Please remember in your prayers the souls of the recently departed.
Kathleen Marjoram RIP
Dr Lawrence Kalu RIP
Mavis Brewer RIP
Hannah (Joan) Guilfoyle RIP
Baby Johanna Busingyi RIP
Patrick O Neill RIP
Christopher Griffin RIP
Maurice Moen RIP
Gladys Marina Giffard RIP
Bill Greenslade RIP
Sheila Scholey RIP
Eileen Margaret Harney RIP
Lil O Sullivan RIP
Jennifer Obel RIP
John Galvin RIP
Dean Francolini RIP
John Gorman RIP
Jim Murphy RIP
Everal Egan RIP
Kathleen Stamp RIP
Brian Overall RIP
Joyce Prescott RIP
Kevin Anderson RIP
Jean Tsangarides RIP
Patrick Yan Chun Po RIP