Welcome to the website of St Michael’s Catholic Parish in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire in the UK. My name is Fr Philip Shryane, I am the parish priest and I have been here since November 2017. You can read information on our website about our parish, I hope it helps you and that you will contact us if you wish or come to visit us if you are in Huntingdon.
St Michael’s Parish is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of East Anglia, we are midway between Cambridge and Peterborough. We are a friendly parish with a mixture of different nationalities coming together at weekends to celebrate Mass and to pray together. On our website you can find Mass times, the weekly newsletter and read contributions from some of the communities who make up our parish. You can also find out how to access the Sacraments and what preparation is required by the Church for each Sacrament.
May God bless you and your family,
Live Streaming via Youtube: as we move out of lockdown and Mass is available in the church we are still live streaming on Sundays at 09.45 and 11.15 and on Thursdays at 09.30. To join those Masses, please click here
If you have smart TV you can go straight to YouTube and search St Michael’s Parish Huntingdon.
Please book to attend Mass each weekend: please use our dedicated booking email: firstname.lastname@example.org
During Mass at this time we use two prayers that you may wish to print or have ready on another device so you can join with me in the prayers. The first we say at Holy Communion time signifying our desire to receive Holy Communion which is not possible at present.
AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot, at this moment, receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
The second prayer we say together at the end of Mass, asking God’s help in this whole pandemic situation.
A PRAYER TO BE SAID AT THE END OF EACH MASS AND TO BE GIVEN TO ALL WHO ARE SELF ISOLATING
God our Father, Creator of the world, almighty and merciful,
out of love for us You sent your Son into the world as the doctor of our souls and our bodies.
Look upon your children who, in this difficult time of confusion and dismay in many regions of the world,
turn to you seeking strength, salvation and relief.
Deliver us from illness and fear, heal our sick, comfort their families, give wisdom to our rulers,
energy and reward to our doctors, nurses and volunteers, eternal life to the dead.
Do not abandon us in the moment of trial but deliver us from all evil.
We ask this of You, who with the Son and the Holy Spirit, live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.
Mary, mother of health and hope, pray for us!
St Michael, pray for us
Wednesday 8th July
Mass times this weekend:
Saturday 17.00 in St Michael’s. (We will return to Papworth on Saturday 18th July)
Sunday: 08.30 (not streamed) 09.45 11.15 (both streamed) Polish Mass at 15.30
It was very good to welcome parishioners to Mass last weekend, even though numbers were small, it was a good beginning and gave time to see that the procedures in place worked very well. Over the four Masses last weekend we had a total of 60 people, so there is plenty of room if you are beginning to think it is time to return to Mass now. Please use the booking email address given above, it means we know how many will be at Mass and also we can track and trace if necessary. It is simple, email to the address above for booking, date and time of Mass you wish to attend and how many seats your household needs and we will get back to you.
Thursday 2nd July
Mass times this weekend:
Saturday 17.00 in St Michael’s. (Papworth is not ready for us to use until 25th July)
Sunday: 08.30 (not streamed) 09.45 11.15 (both streamed) Polish Mass at 15.30
Please do not come to Mass if you are not feeling well, if you have coughs, colds, tummy upset, sore throat or fever. Do not come if you are vulnerable because of age or any medical condition.
To book to attend Mass, email date, time of Mass, number of people in your household to email@example.com Please state if you would be happy to be a steward.
Bring your own mask to wear at Mass. Sanitise your hands at the door. Go to your numbered pew. Upstairs enter by the main door. Downstairs enter by the back door, through the GS Room.
Please view the guidance video on YouTube or Facebook which will be available soon. Please also read the guidance on the News & Events page. Thank you.
Sunday 28th June
I am sure you will be very happy to have heard that we can begin celebrating Mass together again as from next Saturday, abiding by strict guidelines and social distancing, with which you are familiar now, the Guidelines can be found on News & Events, please read them in full. This means there will be Mass on Saturday 4th July at 17.00 in Papworth, following the guidelines given and the local advice from the Church there. I look forward to seeing some of the regular community there at Mass.
There will be Masses in St Michael’s next Sunday, but at different times to enable three Masses in the morning: Mass will be at 08.30, 09.45 and 11.15 please note these changes of time. I will continue t live stream Mass as well. We can have only a maximum of 50 people at each Mass, so during this week you will need to visit this website again to find out how to book to attend Mass. We need stewards for each Mass, please volunteer by email. From all other re-opening of our shops & offices, you know this is not going to be easy, so please book, please offer help, please check the website; we are trying to avoid turning people away from Mass. I hope that there will not be one big rush, but that we can build up slowly; some of you can attend Mass during the weekdays, from 6th July onwards, but not come on Sunday, to leave space for others. Please think carefully about your own individual situation before you come to Mass, remember, stay alert, stay safe and stay well. If you are vulnerable, shielding, have any health issues or are self-isolating or have any symptoms, you should not come to Mass.
Sunday 21st June
I mentioned at Mass a Sunday missal on offer from the CTS, this may help many of you who like to have the readings in front of you and the answers for Mass. It is only available at the special price today, Sunday, follow the link below to view it and order if you wish. It may still be available later in the week, but at the usual price.
Happy Fathers’ Day to all the dads in our parish. The newsletter is now posted: there are a few changes this week, there will be no Mass on Tuesdays from now on, as was usual before the lockdown, the midweek meditations will be on Wednesday and Friday. Don’t forget the church is open this afternoon from 13.00 – 16.00 for private prayer, please enter via the back door in the garden.
Sunday 14th June
Churches Together in Huntingdon has a video prayer and blessing for the whole community of Huntingdon, you can view the blessing and share the prayer by following this link: A prayer for Huntingdon.mp4
This week we can begin to open our church for private and silent prayer. This is a first step towards opening again for Mass and our community worship. St Michael’s Church will be open for private prayer on Wednesdays from 11.00 – 13.00 and again on Sundays from 13.00 – 16.00, beginning Wednesday 17th June and Sunday 21st June. When we open, we can only allow 10 people in the church at one time, we need stewards to volunteer to be here when the church is open, to volunteer for one hour. If you can help, we need two stewards on Wednesday and three on Sundays, I will also act as a steward at the beginning; if there is a great demand, we will increase the hours that we are open. If you wish to help, please email to offer your convenient date and time. Thank you.
Please enter the church by the back door in the garden, through the Good Shepherd Room, please touch as little as possible, sanitise your hands when you enter, please follow the guidance of the stewards, and sit at social distance from others from other households. You are welcome to wear you own mask inside the church. At this stage the toilets will not be available. If it is busy when you come please do not stay longer than 10 minutes, you may be asked to wait outside if there are many people.
Further details about when and how we will be permitted to open for Mass will be given as and when we know them.
Sunday 31st May 2020
Rosary Relay: to conclude the month of May the Rosary is being prayed throughout the country by each Diocese at a set time, to create an all day Rosary of prayer for Covid-19. Our Diocese is asked to pray the Rosary from 14.00 – 15.00, the Bishop will lead the Rosary from St John’s Cathedral at 14.00, I will say the Rosary here in St Michael’s at 14.30, maybe you will be able to join one or other of us for this prayer. More details are in the newsletter, now posted.
Thursday 21st May 2020
BEWARE Someone is sending out emails in my name from a 3529gmail address asking for money for someone in hospital; these emails are not coming from me and should be deleted immediately, please do not reply to them and do not send any money in response. Sorry for this added worry, but fraudsters are very active at this time. Happy Feast of the Ascension, God bless, Fr Philip
Sunday 17th May 2020s
After the difficulties of last weekend our technology has been much more reliable, I hope it will be so this morning. A reminder that this coming Thursday is the beautiful east of the Ascension of the Lord, there will be Mass as usual at 09.30.
Via Lucis: for many years I worked with our deaf friends, signing Mass on a monthly basis, I still receive their mailings and they have sent out a lovely set of meditations on the Resurrection appearances o Jesus, I am going to lead these meditations for you this evening at 19.00, please join me if you can, or watch later, according to your schedule. More details are on the newsletter.
Sunday 10th May 2020
I am very sorry but I cannot get any wifi to connect in the church this morning, I have no idea why, please try somewhere else for Mass today, so sorry, I will say Mass alone this morning, or maybe try a little later, please do not wait, try another church. Thanks, Fr Philip
Saturday 9th May 2020
Apologies to all who were waiting for Mass this morning, there was a technical fault which meant I could not get the camera to come on, sorry for this mishap, hopefully it is going to work all right tomorrow, I have had some help and tested it and it is working correctly again now.
Wednesday 22nd April 2020
Mass for the Sick and their Families,
NHS Front-Line workers and those working in Social Care
The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales recognise that this time of the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting every person in our countries. Those who are sick, and their families, are suffering many hardships of isolation from contact with those they love. Our front-line workers in hospitals and in care homes all over our lands are giving exceptional service to those who are vulnerable at this time. In order to show a spiritual solidarity with all those who are involved in the ways described above, each week from next Thursday, a Catholic Bishop will celebrate Mass in their Cathedral which will be live-streamed for people to join. This will take place every Thursday at 7.00pm
The first is tomorrow 23rd April: Cardinal Vincent Nichols Westminster Cathedral, to join this Mass go to http://www.westminstercathedral.org.uk/
Midweek Meditation; I have been asked, originally by NHS staff, for some words of comfort for them as they have stressful shifts and feel cut off from the Church, from family and friends, I planned to record a short video for them and send it by email. But God had a different plan: it was too large to send by email, so I have decided to record it on our YouTube channel for all of you to find. It will usually be a short meditation on the first and second reading of the following Sunday, to help you feel connected to the Sunday Mass, even though you cannot be here in person. I hope these will be a help to all of you during this difficult time. I will record the first one today at 11.00 and it will be on the channel some time after that for you to watch as and when you wish.
Confession can still be offered on request as long as hygiene and social distancing requirements can be observed. Simply ring or email Fr Philip to make a request and book a time.
First Confession and First Holy Communion
These celebrations will be postponed until such time allows for family and friends to gather safely in our Churches; our programme sessions will also be cancelled at this time. It would be very good for parents and children to continue to use the I Belong book during this time and work through it together; this will help the children to be ready to share the sacraments when it is possible to do so.
Anointing and Holy Communion for the Sick
Pastoral visits to the sick and housebound will continue as they wish and as long as they are not self-isolating. This also depends on Fr Philip staying free of the virus. We can also do much on the phone, supporting each other and asking for help if necessary. If you need visits during this time of separation and isolation, please phone to ask.
At this time the funeral service will take place either at the graveside or in the crematorium, subject to their conditions. Arrangements can be made at a later date for a Memorial Mass to be celebrated when congregations are allowed to gather.
For now, these are the main items for our parish, I am sure there will be more changes as the days go by. Please remember to keep your times of prayer, feel free to come to the church at weekends or ring if you wish to come in during a weekday, I am more likely to be at home during this time. Although we cannot gather at the Church, the Lord will not abandon us He will be present in the Blessed Sacrament for you This is a time when we need to turn to the Lord asking his help and guidance, praying for his protection for ourselves and our loved ones. Remember in your prayers those who are sick and their families; pray also for those who work in the NHS and all caring for others; pray for yourselves and your own family. Keep safe and well, be sensible about what you can do; if you are vulnerable take care and accept the limitations; if you are not in the vulnerable group, please pray for those who are and help them if you can. Please keep an eye on our parish website for the newsletter each Sunday morning.
May the Lord bless us all during this time,
CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF ENGLAND AND WALES
A letter from the President and Vice-President on behalf of all the Bishops of the Conference
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, so many aspects of our lives must change. This includes the ways in which we publicly express our faith. It is very clear that, following official advice and in order to keep each other safe, save lives and support the NHS, at this time we must not gather for public acts of worship in our churches. This will begin from Friday evening, 20th March 2020, until further notice.
Our churches will remain open. They are not closing. They will be a focal point of prayer, where you will find solace and strength. In visiting our churches at this time, we will observe with great care the practices of hygiene and the guidance on social distancing.
However, the celebration of Mass, Sunday by Sunday and day by day, will take place without a public congregation.
Knowing that the Mass is being celebrated; joining in spiritually in that celebration; watching the live-streaming of the Mass; following its prayers at home; making an act of spiritual communion: this is how we share in the Sacrifice of Christ in these days. These are the ways in which we will sanctify Sunday, and indeed every day.
We want everyone to understand that in these emergency circumstances, and for as long as they last, the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is removed. This is, without doubt, the teaching of the Church (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2181). This pandemic is the ‘serious reason’ why this obligation does not apply at this time.
You will find more details about the pathway of prayer and sacramental life we are now to take in the accompanying document and on the Bishops’ Conference website (www.cbcew.org.uk). Your own bishop and parish priest will provide further support, encouragement and information about our way of prayer together in the coming weeks.
The second vital aspect of these challenging times is our care for each other. There are so many ways in which we are to do this: being attentive to the needs of our neighbour, especially the elderly and vulnerable; contributing to our local food banks; volunteering for charitable initiatives and organisations; simply keeping in touch by all the means open to us.
During these disturbing and threatening times, the rhythm of the prayer of the Church will continue. Please play your part in it. The effort of daily kindness and mutual support for all will continue and increase. Please play your part in this too. For your commitment to this, we thank you.
‘The Lord is my shepherd,
There is nothing I shall want.’
May God bless us all.
Vincent Cardinal Nichols Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP
Bishop Alan Hopes and Fr. Philip Shryane together with our young people
who had the Sacrament of Confirmation
4th July 2019