THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
15th August 2021
Today we celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Our Lady is crowned Queen of all heaven and earth and
through her intercession she presents our prayers to her Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Her "yes" to the will of
God changed history forever. Each one of us has our own "yes" within our lives and we should take courage to hear
the voice of God. I know for me personally, it took some time until I was able to listen to what God was calling me to.
Spending time at the Grotto and spending time in Adoration I was able to discern what God wanted me to do. If you are
making a decision whatever this may be, present it to Our Lady and know that she will bring it to her Son. Through her
powerful intercession we grow in love of our Lord Jesus.
In the Gospel we hear Mary's song of praise, The Magnificat. Her song of praise is for the glory of God and her
thanksgiving to God for the blessing bestowed upon her. If you can find time, read the Gospel again and notice how
Mary's song of praise can be part of our own prayer and praise of God.
Our Blessed Mother Mary knew what it was to serve, to weep and to love. Let her example and witness be upon our hearts
this day and forever.
May God bless you always and may Our Lady put her mantle over you and protect you.
- A PARTING GIFT FOR FR SABU We have been blessed to have Fr Sabu as our parish priest for the past
4½ years and a number of parishioners have expressed a wish to contribute to a collection as a token of thanks
from the parish. If you would like to contribute, you can do so online to Catholic Church of St. Augustine of Canterbury
Springfield, account no. 91082884, Sort Code 40-13-22 using 'Fr Sabu gift' as your payment reference or hand your
donation in an envelope marked Fr Sabu showing your Gift Aid no., if appropriate, to Kevin, Cath or Judith (Wiseman).
SVP SUMMER TREASURE HUNT Want to get some exercise, explore unchartered parts of Chelmsford and
support the SVP fundraising for the Activity Weekend at Skreens Park, for disadvantaged families? Chris Thompson has
kindly designed a new Treasure Trail route. It should take just over one hour to walk and an independent assessor has
graded it as "not too difficult"! You have the whole of the summer holidays to complete it, so hopefully
there will be at least one dry afternoon. To obtain a copy of the clue sheet, please click here to
Email Chris, or pick one up after Sunday Mass. Submission details for the completed entries are included on the
entry form. There is no entry fee, but donations can be made via:
If you are a taxpayer and able to Gift Aid your donations (electronically via Just Giving page, using your Parish
Gift Aid number if placing your donation into the church plate, or please complete the attached SVP Gift Aid declaration form if making a payment direct to the SVP) that
would be very much appreciated.
- or an envelope into the weekly church collection marked "SVP Camp" (please include your Parish Gift Aid
- or by direct payment into the SVP Bank Account: NatWest Bank Business Account, snappily entitled: A030408 SVP St
Augustine of Canterbury, Chelmsford, Account No. : 46085602 Sort Code.: 60-60-04 with the reference "Summer
SEASON OF CREATION STUDY DAYS During the 2021 Season of Creation, from 1st Sept to the feast of St
Francis on 4th Oct, thousands of Christians on 6 continents will unite to pray and take action in defence of our common
home www.seasonofcreation.org. 2 study days will be
livestreamed from the parish of Gidea Park at www.whatgoodnews.org on Sat 4th Sept and Sat 2nd Oct from 11am to 12.30pm to explore the teaching of Pope
Francis. These study days, 'The Cry of Creation' and 'The Cry of the Poor' will be given by Fr Ashley
Beck, associate professor at St Mary's University, Twickenham. No registration needed. Talks will be available
subsequently on the same website. Please spread the word on social media.
ANNUAL DIOCESAN MASS FOR ALTAR SERVERS at Westminster Cathedral Saturday 2nd October, 2.30pm.
Principal celebrant Rt. Rev. Nicholas Hudson, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster. Servers from beyond the Westminster
Diocese are welcome to this Mass if they can't attend the National Mass on 25th September in Wolverhampton. Please
click here to Email
to advise numbers wishing to attend by 18th September 2021.
SVP FAMILY WEEKEND CAMP APPEAL SVP are raising money to offer a weekend activity camp for families
they support in the Chelmsford area. If you would like to donate please use the JustGiving page. Many thanks. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/svpspringfieldsummer21
- PARISH BBQ 29th AUGUST 12.30pm we will be holding our parish BBQ in the presbytery garden by kind
permission of Father Sabu. Please put this date in your diaries NOW. It will be the usual fun afternoon … Karin
ONLINE DONATIONS: The diocese has arranged a new option to pay in directly to parish accounts at the
following https://stream.seccomgroup.com/donations/saoc. It is also possible to use the QR codes displayed in the
church. Full details on the website.
THE GOSPEL OF MARK Talks accessible free of charge from the home page of www.whatgoodnews.org and also on the page entitled 'Faith
Talks'. Fr Adrian Graffy
ONLINE MASS BOOKINGS:
- Go to Ticket Tailor: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/saintaugustineofcanterbury
Full details on parish website under Essentials / Online Booking System http://staugustine-springfield.com/massbooking.html
- From Fr Sabu: Special thanks to all those who are being very generous in this special time, with
your regular Sunday collections, special donations and secret offerings for charity. This will help our Church and bring
a smile on some faces. God bless you all for your generosity.
RELAXATION OF COVID RESTRICTIONS AT THE CHURCH: Over the summer, we will come back to some of our
'normal' practices in church. For example:- we can now sing together, but still using a face-covering; we will be
bringing back the offertory basket, but not passing the basket but the stewards coming to you.
Some of the changes will happen as the arrangement of seating is adjusted. Longer rows of chairs will be coming back and as
that happens, please leave THREE CHAIRS between family groups. As rows get longer, it may be that in some rows more than
two households will fit in, but in general please start at the END of a row, not in the middle, so as to make best use of
seats set out. This may mean that a row is full when one group has sat in it e.g. two singles can sit one at either end of
a 5-seat group, but a larger group will 'fill' that set of chairs.
When the seating layout allows, we will be able to go up to the altar step to receive Communion (in one kind-body of Christ
only); we will still need to wear face-covering. PLEASE as stewards are less visible, do pay attention to SPACE around you,
to avoid crowding in doorways, in queues and in front of the building. We will still be taking contact details for Test and
Trace. When the seating has been rearranged, BOOKINGS will no longer be required for Sundays, but we ask that you still DO
BOOK, if you can, to speed up queueing as we arrive before Mass.
Please remember to pray for:
Daily for the sick clergy of our Diocese
The sick and housebound
Those who have recently died
Wednesday: Canon Peter Prendegast
Thursday: Canon Vincent Hurley, Fr Andrew Hurley
Sunday: Fr George Cresley, Fr Sean Sheils
NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS - TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY OF YEAR B
First Reading: Joshua 24:1-2,15-17,18
We will serve the Lord, for he is our God.
Second Reading: Ephesians 5:21-32
This mystery has many implications for Christ and his Church.
Gospel: John 6:60-69
Who shall we go to? You have the message of eternal life.