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LATEST UPDATE (28th February 2021)

The Season of Lent is now underway. The six weeks that stretch ahead of us take on a different atmosphere this year. In our own isolation and with the involuntary giving up of so many things and activities we might normally take for granted, we can perhaps identify more closely with the Lord in his desert experience.

 

The road map presented by the Prime Minster also offers a glimpse of the freedoms that  await us as the country moves out of lockdown. There are a lot of ‘ifs’ and unknowns on the way and there is still a long way to go. The infection rates in Westbourne are, thankfully coming down but are still above the average. It remains the case that we should all continue to take the greatest care. Although the lockdown regulations do allow for communal acts of worship and for churches to be open, the public celebration of mass at Our Lady Immaculate remains suspended. The church will also remain closed during the week but is open for individual visits on Sundays from 10.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m. This will be kept under review but likely to remain the case for some weeks yet.

 

The ‘church of home’ is, once again, as important as ever and our prayers, though offered alone, are always in communion with and the through our Lord.

The link below is a useful directory for finding a mass online:

https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/health-social-care/coronavirus-guidelines/online-mass-directory/

 

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A ‘Thank you’ to those who are using the ‘Donate’ button on the website. The ‘Donate’ button has the facility of adding a reference and also the option to Gift Aid any donation. Any donation with no specific reference will be treated as ordinary offertory.  The donate button can therefore be used  for a mass intention (mark the reference ‘re: xxx but also email or phone the office to request an intention). The parish’s bank details are set out below for those who may wish to take out a standing order.

  • Bank:                           Lloyds
  • Account Name:           PRCDTR Bournemouth Our Lady Immaculate
  • Sort Code:                   30-93-04
  • Account Number:       00875075

The Parish Office is physically closed but will remain operational.

                             Tel: 01202 760640

                             Email: oliadmin@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk

Fr Andrew may be contacted directly by email at:

                              andrewmoore@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk

 

We remember in our prayers all Health workers, those who have been directly affected, remembering especially those who have died.